About Us

Rationale

 

Nepal, a historically peaceful nation in the Himalayas, has been witnessing an internal armed conflict between the government and Maoists insurgents since February 1996 to this date. The conflict has claimed over 10,000 lives, of which over 80% are unarmed civilians. Rural poverty, rising unemployment and rampant corruption are seen as some of the contributing factors to the insurgency.

 

The Maoist insurgents are influenced by the ideology and strategies of the Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung, who proclaimed that "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun". The Maoists have been fighting for the establishment of a proletariat rule. The Maoists have taken control over a considerable number of the seventy-five districts in the country.

 

“Peoples War” was declared in Nepal in February 1996 and Parliament was dissolved in April 2002 and the elected government dismissed in October 2002.  Thus a non-violent but increasingly bitter conflict between democratic forces and the King was added to the armed war with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

Initiatives for peace and dialogue both times have failed. Currently, the government and Maoists are looking for a way forward to initiative a new round of dialogue for the third time. Many individuals within the major political parties, experts and civil society have called for an inclusive peace process. What has been lacking, however, is a consolidated effort to bring concerned stakeholders to the table and develop a long-term strategy to initiate the peace process using various conflict resolution methods.

 

The National Peace Campaign (NPC) came to existence and is working for peace in the context explained above. It is a non-governmental, non-profit, and non-sectarian educational organization committed towards promoting peace and conflict resolution in Nepal through education, research, training and diplomacy. The programs of NPC will aim at creating a peaceful society in the country.

 

It was established with the vision of building a peaceful, democratic society in Nepal in order to fully realize and respect peace, justice and human rights. NPC envisages a need for an action-oriented movement for a peaceful community, an equitable social system and a respectful life for Nepal.