On the occasion of World Indigenous Peoples’ Day [August 9, 2007], Nepal-US Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, [NIP Forumorgainized a special program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America. Subash Thapa Magar and Anjana Budhathoki were  honored in the program. They have received the Best International Director [Documentary] award – for their documentary ‘A Tragedy For The Liberty’ in the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles March 2007. They also shared their thoughts on Nepal’s on going peace processes in the program. Others were Shyama Kumari Rai, President, United Kirat Rai Organization of America –  New England Chapter, Khadga Bhattachan – President, Boston Thakali Society , Dhan Kumar Gurung – President, Boston Tamu Samaj, Lok Bahadur Lama  – President, Boston Tamang Society [BTS], Binod Oli – President – Greater Boston Nepalese Community [GBNC] and Shiva K. Rai – President, United Kirat Rai Organization of America, Central Committee and Director, NIP Forum. Likewise, the following Speakers expressed their opinions: i) Sonja Darai: (Executive Director, Somerville Commission for Women), a native American, who has extensively traveled and worked in Nepal, will speak on ‘Emergency Preparedness’ ; ii) Ratna B. Bagchand: He has served as a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Nepal from 2005 onward, and is the Founder and President of the Lawyers National Campaign against Untouchability [LANCAU]. In 2003, he received the award for Outstanding Lawyer of the Kingdom of Nepal, 2003, conferred by the National Dalit Commission, His Majesty’s Government of Nepal for promoting social justice, equality, and human rights throughout the country; and  Maita Lal Gurung, Convenor, People’s Freedom Party [Green], will speak on the current socio-economic changes in Nepal. A Vote of Thanks was conveyed by  B. K. Rana, President, NIP Forum, The program was held at The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Graduate Students Lounge, Dudley   House, Harvard University on August 6, 2007.

Details: http://www.nipforum.org