Call for submissions on Nepal in advance of visit
Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
To seek input from all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society organizations, activists, and academics, to prepare for the visit to the Nepal
Background and Objectives
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter, will conduct an official visit to Nepal from 22 November to 3 December, at the invitation of the Government of Nepal. His visit aims at assessing the efforts to combat poverty and to protect the human rights of people in poverty in Nepal.
The Special Rapporteur invites all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society organizations, activists, and academics, to provide input on the priority issues listed below to assist him in preparing for the visit.
The Special Rapporteur
The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. UN independent experts regularly undertake country visits to report on human rights issues. Visits, which typically last for two weeks, include meetings between the Special Rapporteur and individuals affected by poverty, public officials, members of parliamentary and judicial bodies, official institutions, civil society organizations, and academics. At the conclusion of country visits, the Special Rapporteur presents a detailed statement of his initial findings. He subsequently submits a final report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The report informs other processes, including the review of the country in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council and by human rights treaty bodies.
The Special Rapporteur,
Olivier De Schutter, is a Professor of Law at UCLouvain and at SciencesPo (Paris), with extensive experience as an independent UN human rights expert. Between 2008-2014, he served as Special Rapporteur on the right to food. He was a Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights between 2015-2020, a position he held until he took up his functions as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on 1 May 2020.
Key questions and Inputs sought
Respondents are requested to limit their comments to a maximum of
2,000 words. Additional supporting materials, such as reports, academic studies, and other background materials may be annexed to the submission.
While all submissions are welcome, and the questions below are by no means exhaustive, the Special Rapporteur would be grateful for comments that address topics such as:
- The nature of poverty and inequality in Nepal, including how poverty is or should be defined and measured, its prevalence, and its distribution.
- The impact of poverty on civil and political rights, as well as on economic, social and cultural rights such as the rights to health, housing, food, education, and social security.
- The potential of and challenges facing the existing social protection system to address poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, especially with a view to protecting informal workers, rural populations, refugees, and unregistered/unrecognized citizens.
- The challenges facing the implementation of constitutional guarantees of equality and social inclusion for marginalized groups, such as Dalits, women, non-citizens, indigenous peoples, and religious minorities.
- The prevailing model of planning and implementing development projects and the consultation and involvement, or otherwise, of indigenous peoples and other affected groups.
- The question of indigenous and rural populations’ access and title to land and income-generating activities, and their intersection with existing issues of poverty and inequality.
- The effectiveness of existing efforts to free, rehabilitate, and integrate former bonded laborers into the economy, and challenges thereto.
- The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on poor and low-income groups.
- The role of fiscal spending, public finance management, and tax policy in relation to poverty.
- Individuals and organisations the Special Rapporteur should meet with during his country visit.
How and where to submit inputs
Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by
30 October 2021. Kindly send your submission as an attachment to an email. Where possible, submissions in English, French, or Spanish are encouraged, as capacity for translation is limited and this would significantly facilitate review by the Special Rapporteur and his staff.
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Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
The Special Rapporteur’s visit will lead to a detailed, end of mission statement on 3 December 2021, and a final report presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2022.
Treatment of inputs received
We will publish all submissions unless the submitting individual and/or organisation requests that their submission be kept confidential. Please indicate in your submission whether we may publish all or part of it on the website of the Special Rapporteur.
The Special Rapporteur greatly appreciates the effort that goes into making such contributions and looks forward to reading all submissions.
Regular updates on the visit to Nepal will be posted on the website of the Special Rapporteur and via his
Twitter account. A media advisory with additional information about the visit will be issued on 15 November 2021.
On 3 December 2021, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference in Kathmandu where he will present a statement with his initial findings. Before and during the visit, the Special Rapporteur’s engagement with media will be limited to commenting on the scope of the visit, meetings held, and issues discussed during these meetings. Only at the press conference and thereafter will the Special Rapporteur be in a position to comment on his findings and conclusions.
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