Koirala to look into U.K. envoy’s conversion remarks

Ambassador had called for protection of the ‘right to change religion’

December 14, 2014 07:58 pm | Updated 10:55 pm IST - Kathmandu

Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala on Sunday told a visiting delegation from RPP-Nepal to inquire about remarks of British ambassador on protecting the right to religious conversion in the new Constitution.

According to RPP-Nepal Spokesperson, Mohan Shrestha, Mr. Koirala assured them that he would seek information on Ambassador Andrew Sparkes’ call from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and if necessary “summon him for clarification”.

In an Op-Ed article on Republica daily, titled Letter to sabhasad-jyus on December 10, 2014 on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the British ambassador to Nepal called for protection of the rights of all kinds of minorities, among others.

“We encourage you to ensure that the right to change religion is protected, and that the right to hold opinions and to express them freely will remain strong,” Mr. Sparkes wrote.

On Saturday, RPP-Nepal chairman Kamal Thapa objected to the remarks, terming it an interference in Nepal’s internal matters. RPP-Nepal is a pro-Hindu party, advocating a return to Hindu rastra.

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