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Humanist Association of Nepal (HUMAN)
Sanjivani_Nepal youh forum

Humanist Association of Nepal (HUMAN)

The Humanist Association of Nepal (HUMAN) aims to spread humanist values, principles and ideals through secular humanist education campaign activities. One of major focal points of HUMAN activities, is its fight against superstitious and para-normal practices, dogmatic and fundamentalist forces prevalent in contemporary Nepali society.

HUMAN upholds and promotes scientific rationality, human dignity and freedom through secular democracy. HUMAN has carried out rights-based advocacy and action researches on superstitious and paranormal practices and victims of social evils emanated from such practices in Nepali society. HUMAN was established in 1997.

Major Activities

The major activities carried out by HUMAN include:

  • researches in the Kumari cult (child dehumanizing cult),
  • dowry system, empowerment of women through humanist education campaign,
  • women and reproductive health, research on women's health,
  • empowerment of socio-economically marginalized Satar community,
  • introducing humanist education to the schools,
  • and the launching awareness raising and legal campaign against alleged witchcraft practices and untouchability, supernatural practices including paranormal healers and doctors widely prevalent in the Nepalese society.

HUMAN has formed a broad coalition with human rights organisations in the country and has participated in the joint campaign against human rights abuses by both the Maoist insurgents and the government and other fundamentalist and communal forces.

Religion and Superstition in Nepal

Nepal is the only Hindu State in the World. Superstitious practices and orthodox belief system have dominated the socio-cultural lives of the people from time immemorial. Witch-hunting, shamanic practices, paranormal doctors, divine healers and God-men claims are the commonplace phenomenon not only in the illiterate and ignorant rural communities but also in the urban centers of Nepal. Psychologically, it is the fear of unknown that is the driving force behind all kinds of superstitions.

There are two fundamental elements that constitute the superstitious belief: fear and irrationality in the mindset of the gullible ordinary people upon which the so called healers and the God-men claimers and the witch-hunters capitalize. It allows them to systematically induce the irrational and grotesque practices which, in turn, earn them money and social prestige. Large number of women and men of socially repressed and marginalized castes and class have been the victims.They will continue to become the victims of such irrational practices unless strong humanist educational and awareness raising activities are initiated in the areas where such practices are prevalent.

Humanism and Youth

The fundamental premises of Humanism holds that scientific rationality, reason, and the use of human intellect together with compassion, love, cooperation and wisdom are the basis for the moral and social development of the individual and the community.

Humanism holds that theistic and dogmatic believes and religious fundamentalism, in contrast, not only suppress the natural, moral and the social development of individuals and communities, but also make them gullible and susceptible to the irrational social practices including grotesque superstition of various forms. This is a process of dehumanization.

The school children and youth can play a tremendous positive role in disseminating a humanist and scientific attitude in the family and the community. Thereby gradually reducing the environmental and mental spaces for the origin of irrational and superstitious practices. Youth, if mobilized with proper humanist orientation, can do a great service to their families, communities and themselves in spreading a humanist worldview and in improving human conditions.

It is with this realization of the tremendous potential of youth, that HUMAN has established a youth wing to organise and facilitate the creative energy of youth in Nepal.

Youth Wing of HUMAN

HUMAN constituted a youth wing with a committee in 2002. Most of the members are college and school students. The committee consists of 13 members and is coordinated by Mr. Laxmi Prasad Bhattrai.

The process of setting up a youth wing within HUMAN goes by different phases.
In this first phase, the youth wing of HUMAN is planning to work for membership development with developing local groups. The humanist leaders and thinkers educate the new members with humanist values, attitude and outlooks through a series of lectures, talk programs, workshop and seminar. The youth wing is also planning to publish educational material for youth.

In the second phase, HUMAN intends to inject humanist education curricula in the school and colleges. Humanist education material are prepared and distributed to the village and rural youths.

Activities Youth Wing

Members meet informally once every forth-night to discuss problems and plan the action activities. Such activities generally include debate and discussion on various aspects of religion like superstitious and paranormal practices, social evils and the scientific methods and philosophy.

Another set of activities include the campaign against superstitious and paranormal practices that victimize the large number of illiterate and ignorant people. This is primarily an awareness raising campaign in which youth meet the village elders to discuss the cases and the events.

Future Activities

The establishment of humanist youth groups in communities, school and universities to disseminate the humanist philosophy will be the most crucial and the fundamental concern of HUMAN's youth wing at present. For the future the youth of HUMAN plans to expand its scope of activities and focuspoints.

The Youth of HUMAN would like to appeal to all Humanist organisations, friends and young humanists to help us in our goals and objectives.

Contact HUMAN

Address: P.O. Box 5284, Kathmandu, Nepal,
Contact by e-mail: (Mr. Ganga Prasad Subedi) and for the youth department

@Written by Ganga and Tika Prasad Subedi

Involvement in IHEYO

HUMAN is a member organisation of IHEYO.

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Sanjivani_Nepal Youth Forum

Snajivani Nepal

Sanjivani Nepal, a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit making organization was established by a group of dynamic youths in 2003. It was registered in the local authority (Kathmandu) of His Majesty's Government, Nepal under Social Organization Registration Act (SORA) 1976. Bylaws it has received permission to run programmes like health, information/communication, human rights, social justice, women and youth empowerment and child welfare throughout the kingdom.

Sanjivani Nepal has three branches to run different programmes in accordance with its bylaws. Teams of experts and professionals run all three programmes.

· Sanjivani Nepal (Youth Forum for Humanism and Ethics)
· Sanjivani Nepal (Center for Public Health Concern)
· Sanjivani Nepal (Media Forum for Peace and Development)

Sanjivani Nepal Youth Forum

The forum was established in March 2004 in the active participation of youth (16-35 years) working in different areas of life like media, human right and students. The mission of Sanjivani Nepal (Youth Forum for Humanism and Ethics) is to promote greater public awareness, understanding and support for humanism under the guidance of International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) Amsterdam declaration 2002.

Membership Youth Forum

Any person 16 to 35 years old, possessing strong belief in humanism, and ethics is eligible to apply for the membership of the forum. Membership distribution is carried out on each March during its Annual meeting.

Activities Youth Forum

  • Curriculum development on non violence through humanism and ethics focusing on school children,
  • Talk programmes on human rights (including women rights, against child labour) ethics, and youth empowerment and against social evils like superstitions,
  • Publication of bi-monthly bulletin (future plan),
  • Production of radio/television programmes (future plan),
  • Distribution of IEC materials,
  • Discussion, debate, seminar on current issues,
  • Research

Contact person Youth Forum

Ms Prashannata Wasti, President
P.O. Box 11568
Kathmandu, Nepal

Sanjivani Nepal, Center for Public Health Concern
Contact Person: Dr Babu Ram Gautam, Director

Sanjivani Nepal, Media Forum for Peace and Development
Contact Person: Mr Yadav Raj Joshi, Programme Coordinator

@Written by Badri Ojha.

Involvement in IHEYO

Sanjivani Nepal is a full member of IHEYO.

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