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Nepalese Journalists Receive Human Rights Training

Nepalese journalists receive training in human rights reporting from UN

10 July 2008 - The United Nations human rights office in Nepal today completed training for 25 local journalists in reporting on rights issues in the post-conflict country.

The training course, which outlined basic human rights information and engaged the journalists in discussions on reporting in this field, was organized by the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal).

"I believe that it has provided them with important information about human rights in this critical period of Nepal's history and also helped to establish a foundation of knowledge upon which they can build throughout their careers," Frederick Rawski, Head of OHCHR-Nepal's Eastern Regional Office, said.

The four-day course, carried out with the Federation of Nepali Journalists, focused on human rights and the country's new Constituent Assembly, which held its first meeting in May after national elections, as well as transitional justice.

The 25 participants included 10 women and came from 13 districts in Nepal's Eastern Region. Previously journalists from the country's Central Region were trained in March and a third course is planned for the Mid- and Far-West regions in September.

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