Historic Event in Reinforcing Democracy and Protecting Human Rights
30th December, 2015 Kathmandu: Lumbini-Kapilvastu Global Campaign Global Coordinator Engr. Ram Kumar Shrestha handed over a 6-page report to the former Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda written addressing to US President HE Barack Obama, President of China HE Xi Jinping, President of Shri Lanka HE Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister of Japan HE Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of the Netherlands HE Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of Thailand HE Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of India HE Narendra Modi requesting them to correct erroneous text books. Based on that document Nepal government cabinet made a decision and Ministry of Tourism wrote them through Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
LKGC Global Coordinator Mr. Shrestha wrote the report to reinforce the democracy in their countries through Right to Correct Information and to protect Human Rights by correcting erroneous information in their text books on World Peace Symbol Buddha’s birthplace.
Justification of Reinforcing Democracy:
- One of the most significant roles to reinforce characteristics of democracy is the right to information. Over the past few years, the “right to information” has gained increasing prominence in the human rights and the democratic discourses. At the heart of the right to information are two key concepts:
- The right of the public to request access to information and the corresponding duty on the government to meet the request, unless specific, defined exemptions apply;
- The duty of the government to proactively provide certain key information, even in the absence of a request.
The right to information does not make any sense without having right information, however; citizens of these countries are getting erroneous information on World Peace Symbol Buddha’s birthplace because textbooks present incorrect information in this regard.
Justification of protecting Human Rights:
Human rights issue is very important in this epoch and, hence; this step was urgently needed to protect human rights of millions and millions people interested to visit World Peace Messenger Buddha’s birthplace as every year thousands and thousands people are visiting not the right place but the wrong one because of misinformation. They are misusing their time and money and when they know the reality, they cannot feel happy. There are lots of such cases.
The Global Campaign already corrected the erroneous information on Buddha’s birthplace in Google, British Museum, the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion situated near Bendigo (Victoria, Australia), the largest Buddhist stupa in the Western world and Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere, located in Berkeley, on the southern outskirts of the Australian city of Wollongong, approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of Sydney. After the Global Campaign the erroneous information on Buddha’s birthplace already corrected in text books of Korea and Sweden.
The event is really historic from reinforcing democracy and protecting human rights point of view.