Combating discrimination and promoting equality as a fundamental human right and a basic principle of social justice
Tapan Kumar Bose has been Secretary General of the South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR) in Nepal since 1997. He has built SAFHR into a unique public forum in South Asia for regional dialogues, advocacy campaigns, teaching and research. Its flagship the Human Rights and Peace Studies Orientation Course has a been a trail blazer in developing South Asian perspectives and an experimental pedagogy; its Peace Audit programme developed a conceptual framework and dialogue for auditing from a human rights perspective peace accords; its Women, Conflict and Peacebuilding programme was a pioneer in research on the gendered experiences of conflict and peacebuilding, and at the field level, in strengthening women's agency; its Media and Conflict programme enabled a peer review of the Media as an actor in reporting conflicts and produced research publications and a network of 'sensitized' media practitioners; its Refugee programme focused on the absence of legal norms and campaigned for adoption of national law for protection and a regional convention; the Minority Rights programme was designed as a regional campaign for promoting respect for the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. SAFHR's dialogue forum on minorities brought out the first ever regional compendium on the status of minorities in the countries of South Asia.