Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to use this personal statement to give the contextual information to evaluate my application which will help the Admission Committee of the University where I am applying for the master’s program in International Human Rights Law. I was born as a third child of my parents on May 19, 1993, in a remote village of Tehrathum district, east-north part of Nepal. Then I was brought to the capital city, Kathmandu for my school level and higher-level studies, nearly 307 Miles away from my birthplace and my parents.

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I am licensed by Nepal Bar Council and have permission to practice law in Nepal. I graduated from Nepal Law Campus Tribhuvan University in 2016 in BA.LL.B (Bachelor in Arts Bachelor in Law) a five-year dual degree program with the flying colors, an aggregated 65.57%. Before that, I had completed my school level and intermediate level studies in the year 2009 (with 80.75%) and 2011 (72.70%) respectively.


I still remember vividly the spring of 2007 while I was taught the biography of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States in my 9th grade that has inspired me to choose legal field. Lincoln was an activist and a lawyer from Illinois who later paved the way for the abolition of the inhumane practice of slavery. Lincoln’s ability to empathize has become a great motivation for me to dedicate my life towards legal studies and needy people. His belief that all men should be set free has quite touched me as I was born in such a society where life was harsh. Though I grew up in the capital city of the country I have seen people suffering in the most vulnerable situations, begging in streets for food and being exploited in many ways. I believe every people have the right to live with dignity and an environment which shall make them able to fulfill their basic needs. Although law of my country has abolished inhuman practice of slavery in the country there are people still suffering the similar level of inhuman practices but under different names. My deep feeling of revolution and compassion towards the torn clothes, bare feet, empty tummies, unfulfilled basic need, exploitations and disregard of the state towards we people have encouraged me to become a lawyer and contribute something for the society and the nation.


During my law graduation, among many subjects, we studied subjects like International Human Rights Law and Institution and International Humanitarian Law (taught in the 5th year with 100 and 50 full marks respectively), Environmental Law and Labor Law (in the 4th year), Criminal Law, Law Poverty and Development et al (in the 3rd year), and Social Welfare of 2nd year which brought more clarity to my understanding and, necessities and contextual significance of human rights law in the country like Nepal. My five years of academic has taught me to integrate and analyze the theoretical contents and principles of human rights law with the current scenario of the society.


I have held the position of program coordinator in NCDMC (National Network of Community Disaster Management Committees), a national level network that has provided me with invaluable opportunity to understand the basic needs and the root causes of the backwardness of the community. I visited remote disaster affected districts of Nepal viz; Dang, Surkhet, Kanchanpur, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok, Kavrepalanchok, Syangja, Kaski, Sunsari, Saptari, Okhaldhunga, Khotang, etc. in the course of facilitating the programs and taking interaction classes among the communities. It was awful to see the sufferings of the peoples and get to know that they were completely unaware about their fundamental rights and legal remedy. Though my country has signed and ratified most of the international human rights instrument such as CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) , CRC (Convention on the Rights of Child),  ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), ICESCR (International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with the Disabilities), etc. women, people with disabilities (PWDs), so-called Dalits (lower caste people) and marginalized people are deprived of crucial human rights such as right to dignity, good food and health, education, labor and wages, social inclusion, etc.


Moreover, a decade long Maoist insurgency period (1966-2006) took away the lives of more than nineteen thousand Nepalese and displaced nearly one hundred fifty thousand people internally. Many are still missing. Relatives of missing people are not answered with reliable information, despite Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has been established in 2015. People are not satisfied with its functioning. This clearly depicts the human rights condition of Nepalese people.  


I seek admission to International Human Rights LLM Program at Lund University because I see your University as the optimal venue for me to enhance my human rights education since Lund University is one of the renowned and oldest university in Sweden. Furthermore, I believe the University will provide me the springboard to enhance my understanding of how to consolidate the principles and theories into practice. The best combination of renowned professors, students and resources will ensure that I can widen my knowledge in human rights in international arena and will provide me best exposure to my potentials so that I will be able to maximize my contribution and fulfill my commitment to work lifelong on behalf of deprived communities of my country and round the globe. As quoted by Martin Luther King, Jr. “Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.”


I am looking forward for the positive response and really excited to become an asset to Lund University. I thank you for considering my application at your program.



Sandesh Basnet    

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