Human rights and agrarian relations in Nepal : a study of interrelationship

Nepal is an agricultural country. The problem of landlessness has been very much acute in this country. Even a landownership title is needed for claiming citizenship in the country.

Land titles make a person creditworthy and socioeconomic entitlements are correlated with the size of land holding. This report seeks to bring to fore the state of agriculture and the relationship between agrarian relations and human rights.

The study report consists of seven chapters. The first chapter provides a short socio-economic profile of Nepal. The second chapter deals with state of farm productivity in Nepal. The third chapter takes a look at the agrarian structure or the state of agrarian relations in the country. The chapter four of the report discusses land reform
measures undertaken in the past. The chapter also takes a critical look into the reasons why the past land reform initiatives failed. The major highlights of the Land Act (Fourth Amendment) are also included in the chapters.
Chapter five discusses the relationship between democracy, development and human rights. Moreover, chapter six provides an elaboration on the human rights implications of the existing agrarian relation in country.
Chapter seven sets forth some conclusions and recommendations.

Nepal-human rights agrarian relations-thematic report-1996-eng (full text in English, PDF)

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