Nepal’s ruling political parties succeeded in ending a six-year deadlock on drafting a new constitution, following devastating earthquakes in 2015 that needed an immediate and effective administrative response. The new constitution contains welcome efforts to ensure equal rights and affirmative action, and outlaws capital punishment. However, its failure to address the rights of marginalized communities in the southern Terai region led to months of protests. Scores were killed or injured, and a blockade of crucial trade transit routes from India resulted in an acute shortage of essential supplies, including for humanitarian assistance to earthquake victims. Promises of justice for thousands of victims of Nepal’s 1996-2006 civil war remained unfulfilled.

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End Child Marriage In New York

Did you know 14-year-olds can legally marry in New York State? From 2001 to 2010, nearly 4,000 teenagers under 18 married in New York. Research strongly links child marriage with dropping out of school, poverty, and mental and physical health problems. It is time something was done! This month, a new bill to crack down on child marriage was introduced in New York's state legislature. Please email key New York lawmakers to tell them to support the bill.
(This email will go to Governor Cuomo, Sen. Flanagan, Sen. Lanza, Assembly Speaker Heastie & Assembly member Weinstein)