Human Rights Network and Peace Action Group (PAG) Nepal is a Nepalese human rights and peace organisation. It was established as a loose network of human rights and peace activists, journalists, indigenous groups and lawyers of the eastern region of Nepal in 2004 and has since been involved in the protection and promotion of human rights and peace in the region.
Since its establishment, PAG has worked towards improving the human rights situation at the grassroots level, with a special focus on the rights of women, children, and marginalised groups. PAG has been further working to support peacebuilding processes working with conflict-affected and internally displaced people.
The organisation also seeks to enhance the capacity of human rights defenders and peace activists in Nepal through organising trainings and information-sharing.
Reintegrating children affected by conflict
The reintegration of conflict-affected children and young people has been regarded as crucial to sustainable peace in Nepal. PAG implements a reintegration programme in five districts – Jhapa, Ilam Panchthar, Taplejung and Terhathum – in Eastern Nepal. The overall purpose of this programme is to support the peace process through reintegrating children and youth formerly associated with armed forces and armed groups, and children affected by armed conflict. The reintegration program includes education, skills and employment training, and health education. The organisation is working in cooperation with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
Human rights education and peacebuilding
PAG has been implementing their ‘Human Rights Education and Peace Building’ programme in twenty ‘Village Development Committees’ in Mechi Zone. The goal of the programme is to contribute to ending the culture of impunity and establishing sustainable peace through human rights education. Constructive dispute handling processes are taught and adopted to resolve local human rights issues. Similarly, ‘Human Rights Protection Committees’ have been established.