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Now this is the globalized world and we are inter-connected with each other in many respect. No doubt poverty brought untold suffering for the people. Because of the poverty many countries are facing human-rights crisis. Many countries need urgent and immediate attention. World body like United Nations can play a very important and constructive role in establishment of development, resource and expertise in this regard. This is the high time that UN should engage constructively to development building process and use its resource, expertise and influence to facilitation of development process. And at the same time civil society has also a bigger role to play in this context because civil society is also emerged as a major actor in shaping of policy agenda. World body and International civil society facilitate the development process.

"There is massive violation of International humanitarian law," Dinesh Tripathi, a well-known human rights lawyer from Nepal who has worked as a human-rights attorney for the Nepal Supreme Court for fifteen years, said recently. "This process has to be stopped immediately. In addition to that violation of human rights must be closely monitor by International community and urgent and immediate measure should to be taken to stop the violation of human rights and humanitarian law.

"Democratic peace and development are the need of the hour for the people. Development cannot exist or secure without full guarantee of human rights, democracy and rule of law and at the same time social justice and equity is also a pre-condition of genuine development. And it is self-evident truth that peace cannot survive amidst vast social and economic inequality, exclusion and marginalization. For the establishment of the genuine development root cause of poverty has to be addressed. No doubt that just and equitable socio-economic order is pre-condition of it.

"Peace cannot just happen by itself automatically but it need a concerted and collective action on the part of stakeholder to build and create peace. Since peace does mean it provides a space for realization of fundamental rights and liberty for people. Without peace there could be no guarantee of well being, prosperity and happiness of people and without democracy and human rights no genuine peace is possible."

Peace requires a restructuring of social order and existing power structure, which is unjust, inequitable and undemocratic. Peace requires socio-economic and political justice. It provides a space for people to genuine participation in the governance and nation-building process. For the genuine peace people must have a control over their destiny. Now peace is our prime national agenda. Therefore just ending an armed conflict does not create peace by itself it is a necessary condition of peace but not a sufficient condition of it. For the peace, civil society must play an active and constructive role.

Peace is too serious subject. People most come forward and take responsibility. Without an active and constructive participation and engagement of people at grassroots level, no peace and development can move forward. Development and peace are most fundamental of the fundamental rights of the people. UN declaration on the right of people to peace 1984 clearly mentions, "The people of our planet have a sacred right to peace." And also proclaimed that the preservation of the right of peoples to peace and the promotion of the implementation constitute a fundamental obligation of each state. Because without peace people are unable to enjoy their any other rights and freedom.

We have to agree on the plain and simple fact that there must be a strong desire for the development, democracy and peace. Violation of human rights and humanitarian law must stop immediately.

Geneva convention has become the part of customary International law. Violation of Geneva Convention considered crime against humanity and perpetrator and violator must be held accountable for their action. We all must play a chief role. Development and peace must be carefully and efficiently managed. People are the main stakeholder in this development democratic process. Participation of civil society and media must be ensured. Peace must be open and transparent. There must be a broader agreement of goal and objective, such as guarantee of people's sovereignty, basic human rights, democracy, independence of judiciary and rule of law. Likewise freedom of speech and press, right to association, right to life, right to equality is the basic rights of people, which are non-negotiable rights. "Human-rights issue must be at the top of the agenda of any development and peace process", Tripathi further argued. He has made extensive contributions by doing research on social studies, culture, language and literature. He also wrote a books on human rights and several article presented several paper at various national and international forum.

We need to achieve economic stability. I believe, for peace, and development, which largely depends on our work and policy, needs commitment. Globally people need political stability, human rights, development, peace, and democracy.


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Journalist, poet and editor Kamala Sarup works at the Cape Collection. Kamala specializes in reporting news and writing stories covering journalism, Peace, Public health, Democracy, Women/Children, development, justice and economic development. (more...)

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