Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)


LAHURNIP aims to ensure social justice through legal aid and focuses on strategic litigations, documentation and reporting at national and international levels, research and policy advocacy activities, as well as capacity building. It has also been working to create solidarity with the regional and international indigenous peoples’ rights movements and other NGOs.

Country: Nepal


LAHURNIP envisions a situation where Indigenous Peoples of Nepal are freely enjoying collective rights, including right to self-determination, ownership and control over lands, territories and resources, customary rights and justice system and self-determined development.
Indigenous Peoples are free from all forms of colonization, discrimination, racism and hegemony, and are participating through freely chosen representatives in the decision-making process at all levels of the State. They exercise their fullest potential, equal rights, dignity and democracy.

Our work in development finance:

LAHURNIP supports Indigenous communities impacted by development projects through legal aid, advocacy and capacity-building activities. In the past, it has worked with communities struggling against development projects (such as dams and transmission lines) funded by the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the European Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank.


Geographic Focus: Asia

Constituency/Partners: Indigenous peoples

Sector Focus: Dams, Energy, Environmental Rights, Forests, Health, Housing, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Land Rights & Natural Resources, Mining, Natural resources, Right to access to justice, Water

Financier Targets: ADB, EIB, IFC, World Bank