The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday that Tanzania remained the largest host of Burundi refugees.   "Tanzania has become host to more than 241,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from Burundi since the outbreak of violence in 2015, making it the largest host of Burundian refugees in the region," said the UNHCR in a report to mark the World Refugee Day published on Tuesday.   The UNHCR's new Global Trends report, the organization's major annual survey of displacement said at the end of 2016 there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, some 300,000 more than a year earlier.   Two years after the outbreak of violence in Burundi, childr

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KABUL, June 20 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is continuing to assist the Afghan returnees and displaced persons at a time when the country has been suffering from armed conflicts and economic woes, an official from the aid agency has said.   "The UNHCR remains committed and engaged in providing the assistance needed, including protection assistance as well as non-food and food assistance, as a humanitarian agency, for the displaced population, as well as returnees," UNHCR spokesman Nadir Farhad told Xinhua in a recent interview.   Against the backdrop of the World Refugee Day which falls on June 20, Farhad noted that the long-term solutio

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On 10th June, the 1st Nepali Online Media Forum on “The Freedom and Responsibility of the Press for a Just and Peaceful Society” was hosted by called Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO cooperating with national and local organizations, including youths, women, law specialists and religious leaders for peace and stability. This forum celebrating the ‘World Press Freedom Day’, May 3rd, designated by the UN aimed to discuss the role of the press in both protecting freedom of expression and promoting the public awareness of peace.HWPL introduced the theme of the forum "to discuss the specific role of journalists in crea

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Rukum, June 8: Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) cadres,  arrested on the charge of their involvement in foiling the local level elections, have been nabbed again immediately after their release.    The Rukum District Administration Office (DAO) released some 19 cadres of Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN including Rukum District Secretary Chandra Bahadur Budha on bail and took under control. They were arrested on May 2 for their alleged role to disrupt the local elections of second phase, said Police Inspector Thamman Bahadur Rajali.    The CNP cadres-arrested would remain under bar till the completion of second phase elections. "They were arrested again for their po

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Kathmandu, June 7: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar assumed the office with the same portfolio for second time in a month.   DPM Gachchhadar had assumed the same portfolio in the government led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, while he repeated it today under the leadership of NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba.   This is the fifth time he became the DPM and the 14th time he became the minister.   Assuming the office on Wednesday, he said the first round of local level election was held as the first step of the implementation of the constitution. Remaining election of the second round and of provincial and federal p

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Kathmandu, June 7: Social Justice and Human Rights Committee under the Legislature-Parliament has urged the government to formulate necessary law as well as to provide resources and human resources to Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons.   Issuing a press release on Wednesday, Committee Chairperson Sushil Kumar Shrestha requested the top leaders of political parties and government to make the activities of the two commissions successful by formulating the required laws as well as providing required resources, including human resource.     The press release reads that the commissions have not achieved the expec

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Kathmandu, June 7: The new government is to take constitution implementation and three-tier elections to be held within January 21, 2018 as its top priority.   The first meeting of the Council of Ministers held today at the Office of the Prime Minister at Singha Durbar decided to hold second round of local-level election in the scheduled date and to implement the constitution and management of transition as per the constitution. Newly elected Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba chaired the meeting.   Similarly, the government also decided to hold election of province and the centre within January 21, 2018 as mentioned in the constitution, said newly appointed Finance Minister Gya

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Seoul, Republic of Korea – Today’s global community is facing widespread extremism that accompanies violence with radical views, which has become a great concern on stability and prosperity of the globe. National governments around the world have responded to the contemporary issues of extremism by domestic policies and international cooperation on security and education. Along with the national efforts, international NGOs are organizing campaignsto raise public awareness on the need for peace and tolerance and further to prevent violent extremism.   At85 cities in 43 countries including Beijing, New York, Paris, Seoul, Sydney, andTokyo on May 25th, Heavenly Culture, World

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Faced with the dire need for the international cooperation on policymaking in areas of security and education by governments to counter extremism accompanied by violence and conflict, a global campaign for a culture of peace is projected by international NGOs to raise public awareness of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual understanding, and encourage civic participation.   Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a UN DPI registered a non-governmental organization, will host the peace campaign titled “Walk&Talk to Prevent Violent Extremism” together with the associated organizations from the major cities of 44 countries such as the USA, Ukraine, Indi

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