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Nepal’s Maoist Ex-child Soldier Lenin Bista Met UN Secretary

KATHMANDU: Lenin Bista, a former Nepal’s Maoist child soldier met UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at Belgium to draw concern about their problems at Nepal.
Earlier, the Nepal government banned Bista to participate in a meeting at Thailand regarding child soldiers. But, he able to reached Europe this time. Earlier, he was a forced to return from airport even after taking boarding pass.
Bista submitted a demand paper to Virginia Gamba, special representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict. He asked with UN to make recommendations to the Nepal government to provide compensation to the former child soldiers on par with the combatants who had qualified in the UN-led verification process.

(Lenin Bista, Ex Maoist Child Solder in Netherlands Academic tour with Professors and Colleagues from International Victimology Institute Tilburg. Photo: Lenin Bista)

Bista and discharged PLA members have been demanding sustainable management 4,009 discharged PLA, government and concerned parties have to take responsibility for the abuse of rights of the child and insure child rights according to international standards.
Since ex-child soldiers have been deprived of the fundamental human right to education, the government of Nepal have to address youth combatants’ practical concerns based on a social and economic package based on principles of social justice, Bista and his team demanding.

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