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Nepal’s human rights defenders, conflict victims seek UN support to correct flaws in transitional justice bill : Rights activists and conflict victims' organizations wrote to the UN Secretary General drawing the attention of the latter toward the flawed transitional justice bill (nlt 29/08/2022)

Nepal should become a global champion in abolition of death penalty : Nepal is one of the first nations in the world to abolish death penalty. Why can’t Kathmandu capitalize on such a positive history to push for a global abolition of death penalty?, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 18/07/2022)

FIFA urged to match $440m World Cup prize money to fund major compensation program for abused migrant workers (rep 19/05/2022)

‘The human rights situation in Nepal is still far from satisfactory’, interview with Nirajan Thapaliya, Director, Amnesty International Nepal (nlt 12/04/2022)

Amnesty International’s report highlights government’s failure to safeguard citizens’ rights (nlt 29/03/2022) [see AI report on Nepal]

Commission to dig up sites in search of missing persons : Disappearance commission set to excavate possible places where victims could have been buried after being killed by either the state or rebel forces, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/03/2022)

Looking back at Nepal’s feminist movement – and looking forward : Nepal’s mainstream feminist movement must go beyond class, caste, and gender to embrace intersectionality and encompass diversity in all its forms, say feminists, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 08/03/2022)

Transitional justice law yet to be revised 7 years since court order : Campaigners to move court to hold officials in contempt for not abiding by the ruling, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/02/2022)

Human rights situation still grim in Karnali (kh 20/02/2022)

Govt urged to ratify UN convention on statelessness (ht 27/12/2021)

Mindset Change A Must To Curb VAW, by Namrata Sharma (rn 01/12/2021)

Govt urged to ratify Violence and Harassment Convention (190) (ht 10/11/2021)

Regulate border : The refugees will keep coming as there is a racket involved in transporting these people to different countries for money (ht 28/10/2021) [Why is Nepal still not a signatory of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol?]

A country where victimization of vulnerable women in the name of practicing witchcraft is still rampant : In Nepal, there’s still no let up in cases of violence based on witchcraft accusations, despite the fact that the country’s law has criminalized it, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 04/10/2021)

Implementation of basic humanitarian standards stressed (kh 20/08/2021)

Our history offers grim hope : Government after  government has failed to address the grievances of the insurgency period, by Mohna Ansari (kp 28/07/2021)

Government must up its efforts to prevent human trafficking, stakeholders sayChanging forms of human trafficking and gap in existing laws have made things worse for the victims as well as authorities working to prevent them, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 27/07/2021), Trafficking laws incompatible with Palermo Protocol (ht 27/07/2021)

My vision for Nepal : Establish a national culture of human rights, by Mohna Ansari (ae 08/07/2021)

Domestic violence: Lessons from Nepal’s first nationwide lockdown : Risks have increased due to restrictions on movement, confinement with perpetrators, constant surveillance, and disconnect from social support systems, by Simran Shrestha, Sagun Bhetwal and Dikshya Khadgi (ae 27/05/2021)

Nepal 2020. Excerpt from Amnesty International Report 2020/21 (07/04/021), Amnesty International paints bleak picture of rights situation in Nepal Report calls Nepal out for custody deaths, police brutality, curbs on freedom and failure to probe conflict-era crimes (kp 08/04/2021), AI paints dismal picture of human rights in Nepal (ht 08/04/2021)

Addressing HR violations : Nepal Police needs to reform, by Mohna Ansari (ht 23/02/2021)

Nepal needs to amend human trafficking laws to fully enforce Palermo Protocol, experts say : Existing laws define the crime in a narrow sense and fail to protect the victims, they argue, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 21/02/2021)

Let’s raise our voice : This is a time to unite and educate every person to speak out against gender violence, by Sachina Paudel (kp 31/01/2021)

Campaigners decry use of force by police on peaceful civic protest against the House dissolution move : Unwarned, protesters were hit by water cannons and  beaten up as they marched towards Baluwatar. Earlier in the day, rights activists were rounded up from same area, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/01/2021), [The police action as now ordered by the Oli government is criminal and a serious violation of basic human rights. The behaviour of the police has not changed since the end of the authoritarian royal Panchayat system!]

Universal Periodic Review: Nepal quizzed on transitional justice, rights, Tibetan refugee issue : Foreign Minister Gyawali reiterates Nepal’s commitment to human rights, deflects US queries on Nepal-China agreements as a bilateral matter, by Anil Giri (kp 22/01/2021), United Nations urged to tell Nepal government to protect civic freedom : Physical attacks on journalists, rights activists continue to undermine civic space (ht 22/01/2021)

Ordinance amends law on rape but fails to recognise rape of boy child and sexual minorities : Provision to legally recognise rape of only a woman or a girl child retained despite authorities wanting to change that provision to ‘person’. That could have had other implications, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/12/2020)

Rights violation rampant in Nepal, says AHRC (ht 11/12/2020) [See AHRC report: The Government of Nepal has been using the Covid-19 Pandemic to Exercise Control, to Commit Human Rights Violations and to Deny Justice to Victims of Human Rights Abuses]

Reflecting on the past years : Our political class should feel ashamed for having let down the Nepali people for so long, by Mohna Ansari (kp 10/12/2020)

बुहारी : लैंगिक विभेदको जीवन्त तस्बिर , by Ghambar Nepali (Nayan Patrika 30/10/2020)

Nepal : Justice stalled for conflict victims. Amnesty International submission for the UN universal periodic review, 37th session of the UPR working group, January 2021 (Amnesty International, 23/10/2020)

Civil aviation body proposes extra levy to fund provincial air connectivity scheme : The Human Rights Commission and parliamentary committees have, on different occasions, directed the government  to provide easy and affordable flight services to people in remote areas to fulfil its social obligation, by Sangam Prasain ( 19/10/2020)

To pile pressure for action, National Human  Rights Commission lists 286 violators : Rights abusers are also from conflict era and they could face national and global scrutiny as the government fails to implement the constitutional body’s recommendations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/10/2020), NHRC Makes Public Name Of Human Rights Violators (rn 16/10/2020)

Nepal re-elected to UN Human Rights Council (rep 14/10/2020) [Given the numerous serious human rights violations in its own country, which the Oli government strictly refuses to combat, Nepal is still not qualified for this task!]

Tenants in the Valley face discrimination in the hands of home owners : Many tenants, especially health workers living in rented rooms in the Valley, fear getting kicked out if they contract the virus, by Anup Ojha (kp 04/10/2020)

Human Rights In Time Of COVID-19, by Jaya Shor Chapagain (rn 28/09/2020)

Perplexities of Human Rights and COVID-induced Crisis in Nepal, by Uttam Poudel (South Asia Time 23/09/2020)

Our most vulnerable need protection during the pandemic. We can then celebrate the constitution : First thing first, by Shreejana Pokhrel (rep 19/09/2020)

Despite poor rights record, Nepal eyes another term at Human Rights Council : Nepal government has largely failed to uphold the promises it made in 2017 in the lead  up to the election for membership for the 2018-20 period in the UN body, by Anil Giri (kp 12/09/2020) [Nepal has never been qualified for this task!]

“Forgotten and Forsaken”, by Nirajan Thapaliya (ht 30/08/2020), For the families of the hundreds of disappeared, the long wait for justice still continues : Fourteen years have passed since civil conflict ended and five years since the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons was formed, but not a single family has been told what happened to its loved one, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/08/2020) [Not even those who claim to be responsible for the death of 5.000 people are removed from all offices and taken to court!], Various organizations call for end to continue delays in justice for Nepal's victims (rep 30/08/2020)

Another case spotlights apathy towards rights body: Ministry of Home Affairs asks the National Human Rights commission to review its recommendations on alleged extra-judicial killing of Kumar Poudel, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/08/2020) [The authoritarian Oli government continues to move forward on its path of anti-democratic and unlawful action!]

Nepal likely to face host of questions in its bid for another UN rights council term: But officials say the country is one of the best performers among the present members of the council; Various rights enshrined in the constitution have not been implemented (kp 09/08/2020) [Nepal was already not qualified for this task in 2018. This disqualification has unfortunately worsened considerably under the Oli government!]

ICJ urges Nepal to bring law and policy reform to achieve human rights accountability and strengthen justice sector institutions (rep 07/08/2020) [see statement and report by ICJ],

Nepal: Authorities must stop ruthless evictions of Indigenous peoples (Amnesty International 22/07/2020), Amnesty International calls for halting forced eviction of people from Chepang community in Chitwan (rep 22/07/2020), Amnesty condemns enforced eviction of indigenous Chepang families by Chitwan National Park authority: The rights organisation has called on the authorities concerned to hold the people accountable who set fire and razed down the huts of the landless families (kp 22/07/2020), Amnesty International calls for halt in eviction of Chepang peoples (kh 22/07/2020), Amnesty International Calls For Halt In Eviction Of Indigenous Peoples (Sancharkarmi 22/07/2020), Amnesty International calls for halt in eviction of indigenous peoples (Ratopati 22/07/2020), ‘Halt forced eviction of Chepang people’ (ht 22/07/2020)

Nepal failed to implement recommendations from periodic review, says rights group: During the next review, members should remind Nepal it needs to do much better in upholding civil, political, economic, and social rights, says Human Rights Watch (kp 19/07/2020) (see HRW report]

Human rights situation in Tarai-Madhes: There are several examples of rights violations after the coronavirus lockdown was declared, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (kp 12/07/2020)

Nepal doesn’t meet minimum standard for eliminating trafficking, a US government report says: The report suggests the Nepal government to investigate allegations of official complicity in trafficking crimes and hold perpetrators criminally accountable, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/07/2020) [see report by US Department of State]

Government tells UN that it will incorporate conflict victims’ concerns but victims are not convinced: Victims have called the government’s response to the concerns of five special UN human rights rapporteurs insincere and the entire transitional justice process flawed, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/07/2020)

Water cannons and batons at protest against government’s handling of the pandemic: Police employed force to disperse around 150 people gathered in peaceful protest outside the prime minister’s residence in Baluwatar, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/06/2020)

Govt refutes UNHCR statement on freedom of expression (ht 05/06/2020)

Thousands of Nepalis without food or shelter await entrance at the Karnali border: Migrants arriving from India are massed at the border without basic amenities as the provincial government has sought to test them all for Covid-19 before letting them in, by Aditi Aryal (kp 27/05/2020)

Nepal hasn’t allowed UN rapporteurs on transitional justice to visit country: The government is afraid their visit will expose it’s failure, say victims and human rights activists, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/05/2020)

Can human rights be set aside in our fight against Covid-19? The answer is no. We have to do everything possible to make sure human rights are front and centre when we deal with the pandemic, by Mohna Ansari (kp 03/05/2020)

Human rights monitoring panel formed in all districts: Government urged to protect migrant workers and students during lockout (ht 01/05/2020)

Human Rights in the time of COVID-19, by Sushil Koirala (ht 24/04/2020)

‘Keep rights at centre during emergency measures’ (ht 08/04/2020)

House committee all set to endorse a bill allowing intelligence agencies to intercept suspicious conversations: Main opposition has demanded that it should be moved ahead only if there is a guarantee that the provision is not misused, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/03/2020)

Washington takes a dim view of human rights situation in Nepal: A US State Department report has pointed out cases of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention by the state agencies and government’s restriction in the right to freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2020), Extrajudicial killings continue in Nepal, reveals report (ht 14/03/2020)

Nepal’s Rule of Law Index remains static (ht 13/03/2020) [see WJP comment on Nepal]

UN concerned over Nepal’s TJ process (rep 01/03/2020)

Gyawali claims progress on transitional justice in Geneva but back home, victims are boycotting the process: Rights activists and victims call Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s claim that the transitional justice commissions are working independently a ‘blatant lie’, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/02/2020)

Transitional justice could be an issue for Nepal at the upcoming Human Rights Council meet: It is likely that questions will not be too critical, but at the Universal Periodic Review in November, the government is certain to face serious queries, say activists, by Anil Giri (kp 22/02/2020)

Majority of human rights violations in past year involved women, report says: Nearly 80 percent of human rights violations last year were against women, with domestic violence accounting for over a half, according to a yearly human rights review, byBinod Ghimire (kp 20/02/2020) [see INSEC Yearbook 2020]

Freedom of expression is under attack and transitional justice stalled in Nepal, rights group says: Amnesty International in its global report has painted a bleak picture of Nepal’s human rights situation and pointed at government’s regressive ways to restrict freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/01/2020) [see AI report on Nepal]

Shock responsive social protection: Notable efforts underway in Nepal, by Sudeep Uprety and Santosh Dahal (ht 30/01/2020)

Who will save Nepalis awaiting execution in foreign lands? As a country that has done away with the death penalty, it is up to the Nepal government to make all efforts to rescue its citizens from being executed abroad, rights activists say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/01/2020)

Nepal, China to hand over nationals illegally crossing mutual border, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 23/01/2020) [As was to be expected, this means that in future Tibetans fleeing from the Chinese occupying forces in their home country will be handed over to the Chinese occupying power.]

Nepal failed to ensure justice for conflict victims, as the government continued to stifle freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch says: The rights body’s World Report 2020 has also taken note of draconian legislation and controversial decisions that the Oli administration has made in the past year (kp 16/01/2020) [see HRW report on Nepal], Nepal turning into land of injustice: Rights watchdog (ht 16/01/2020)

Nepal’s arrest and deportation of 122 Chinese raise legal and ethical questions: The Chinese were deported despite Nepal Police’s failure to establish any criminal charges against them—and to a country that practices capital punishment, by Anil Giri (kp 09/01/2020)

Human rights violation up in Karnali (ht 02/01/2020)

No help at home for women migrants who come back with babies: When women migrants get pregnant out of wedlock, they are generally evicted from their destination countries and come back to stigma at home, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 25/12/2019)

Police want to be friends with the community but they act more like foes: Time and again, police quickly resort to baton charges and physical violence to deal with protests, even when unnecessary, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/12/2019)

Overall human rights situation dismal: NHRC (ht 11/12/2019)

‘Protecting human rights a challenge’ (ht 09/12/2019)

Smile! You’re on camera: Nepal Police currently operates 1,200 CCTV cameras inside Kathmandu. They want to raise the number to 21,000, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 21/11/2019)

Nepal reaffirms commitment to eliminating forced labour, human trafficking and child labour: Nepal’s objectives are in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 21/11/2019)

VTEN's arrest is only a symbol of a larger malaise: ‘Moral order’ is such an amorphous idea that anything undesirable to the authorities can be slotted into it, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 01/11/2019)

Human rights education: For harmony in society, by Samjhana Sharma (ht 24/09/2019)

Prejudice in the rights community: Human rights activists should join forces and fight violations regardless of the victims' backgrounds, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (kp 19/09/2019)

Does blackface have a place in Nepali comedy? Probably not: Stereotypical Madhesi portrayals in popular culture are a big hit, but for the Madhesi community, they are racist and offensive, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 02/09/2019)

Nepal violated human rights: UNHRC (ht 28/08/2019)

Citizenship in limbo: Sub-panel fails to forge consensus on naturalised citizenship, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 28/08/2019)

Nepal falls behind in combating human trafficking, says NHRC (ht 15/08/2019)

Calls from the police shake up human rights activists: At least three rights activists received calls from the police asking for their professional affiliation, without saying why, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/08/2019)

Nepal’s government has been quietly facilitating urban refugee resettlement: Despite the lack of a resettlement policy, successive governments have  assisted the resettlement of 139 urban refugees since 2013, by Anil Giri (kp 22/06/2019)

The refugee situation in Nepal can be better: The country has been friendly to refugees, but there is still much room for improvement, by Evan Jones (kp 20/06/2019), Hope to see you soon: The resettlement of Bhutanese refugees gave them a good life, but it also separated families, by Buddha Mani Dhakal (kp 20/06/2019)

People in Nepal are not enjoying their civil rights and political freedoms, new human rights report says: The KP Sharma Oli administration has been visibly attempting to limit freedom  of expression through laws and policies, rights advocates say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 07/06/2019)

Locals concerned about  deteriorating rights condition (ht 02/06/2019)

Govt getting ready to ratify Palermo Protocol, by Sonam Lama (rep 15/05/2019)

Nepal should not backslide on human rights, by Meenakshi Ganguly (kp 08/05/2019)

In annual report, US Department of State paints bleak picture of Nepal’s human rights: Officials say they have not read the report yet, by Anil Giri (kp 16/03/2019) [See US eport]

Opportunity knocks: Nepal’s diplomacy efforts are in many avenues — the Human Rights Council is irrefutably one of them, by Antara Singh (kp 11/02/2019)

"I knew I couldn’t stay silent anymore”: meet the women fighting sexual violence in Nepal (Amnesty International 08/02/2019)

Minorities and Human Rights, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn 23/01/2019)

Walk The Talk, Raju Prasad Chapagai (Amnesty International 21/01/2019)

Policing the police: Reform Nepal’s interrogration practices, by Sakun Bhandari (kp 20/01/2019)

Watchdog says pollution issue complaints more than crime (kp 14/12/2018)

Political quick-fix won’t provide justice: As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Nepal must uphold the charter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (rep 13/12/2018)

Walk the talk: The global community has little faith in the government’s ability to fulfil its human rights obligations, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (kp 10/12/2018), Overall human rights situation still not satisfactory, says NHRC (ht 10/12/2018), Overall situation not satisfactory, says NHRC (ht 11/12/2018)

Nepal abstains from UN vote on Myanmar’s human rights violation: This is not the first time Nepal has abstained from voting on a UNGA resolution (rep 18/11/2018) [This reflects Nepal's own human rights standards!]

US clears four Army units on human rights, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/08/2018) [This does not excuse the fact that many secutity forces who committed crimes at the time of insurgency are still running free and have been promoted time and again!]

‘Thaha chha’ mobile app launched officially (ht 28/07/2018)

Strong leaders, weak democracies: Authoritarianism does not need a separate governing system; it can function equally well in a democracy, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/06/2018)

Torture still endemic: Though torture is prohibited, systemic torture by the state is a common practice, by Sanjeev K. Shah (kp 26/06/2018), Preventing torture: The revised criminal code is an attempt toward systematic reform to address torture-related impunity. It should be implemented, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 26/06/2018)

Nepal top South Asian nation in rule of law index (ht 22/06/2018) (see Nepal related index) [In detail, there are still many very negative ratings!]

Bring back for better: Sentence transfer is a reformative justice tool that protects the rights of migrants, by Anurag Devkota (kp 18/06/2018)

Darshana files RTI application seeking details of Rani Pokhari reconstruction (kp 15/06/2018)

‘Over 5 million people without citizenship’: Laws governing citizenship discriminated by gender among factors contributing to statelessness (kp 26/04/2018)

New govt needs to prioritise rights: HRW (ht 21/04/2018) [see HRW statement and open letter to PM KP Oli]

Yesterday’s impunity is today’s impunity: The recently held conference on impunity has shown that South Asia stands together against human rights abuses, by Mohna Ansari (kp 16/04/2018)

Helping people on the move: Nepali government should pay attention to the fact  that Nepal is now a hub for asylum seekers, by Sapana Phuyal (kp 08/04/2018)

Catch the momentum: Nepal’s resounding victory at Human Rights Council reflects international community’s acknowledgment of our commitments and accomplishments in human rights, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep 15/03/2018) [This article does not correctly reflect Nepal's human rights reality!]

Nepal ‘committed’ to human rights (kp 28/02/2018) [What about conflict victims and their families, women, Dalits, labour migrants, earthquake affected families, pollution affected persons, healthcare, etc.?], Quake victims get into debt constructing their homes, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 28/02/2018), Nepal committed to protecting, promoting human rights: Bairagi (ht 28/02/2018), Top court calls for Sunuwar case paper (kp 28/02/2018)

Discrimination rife in Nepali society: AI (ht 25/02/2018)

Impunity remains entrenched in Nepal: Amnesty International (kp 23/02/2018) [see AI Annual Report 2017/18 on Nepal], Govt failed to protect migrant workers’ rights: AI report (ht 23/02/2018), Amnesty faults Nepal over migrant workers' rights, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 23/02/2018)

Informal Sector Service Centre releases Yearbook 2018 (ht 20/02/2018) [see report], Govt failed to curb rights abuse by non-state actors: INSEC (rep 20/02/2018)

Dealing with refugees: Nepal needs to institutionalise refugee matters by creating a legislative framework, by Shubhash Wostey (kp 05/02/2018)

Human rights violation on the rise in western region (rep 02/01/2018)

Cases of human rights violation up (ht 31/12/2017)

Nepal govt failed to curb illegal recruitment fees, says Amnesty Int’l (kp 19/12/2017) [see AI press release]

9th Human Rights National Magna Meet ends with 50-point declaration (ht 12/12/2017)

The politics of human rights: Govt must enact laws for protecting and promoting human rights if Constitution is to be implemented, by Mohna Ansari (kp 10/12/2017)

NHRC concerned over country’s poor human rights track record (kp 09/12/2017), Rights situation not satisfactory: NHRC (ht 09/12/2017), AHRC urges govt to improve human rights situation (ht 09/12/2017)

#16 Days: Make the call: Only if the culture of shame and silence around Gender Based Violence is broken will we be able to create a safe environment, by Biska Thapa (kp 08/12/2017)

Slaving away: Govt has proven toothless, instead of taking strong position to protect migrant workers (kp 10/11/2017)

If parties allow human rights problems to fester, new issues will crop up, interview with Mohna Ansari (kp 23/10/2017)

No country for Rohingya: If we are indeed a tolerant country, why can’t Nepal offer a sanctuary to the Rohingya people, often dubbed ‘the most persecuted minority in the world’?, by Biswas Baral (repm 19/10/2017)

Nepal elected to UN Human rights Council (kp 17/10/2017), Nepal elected UNHRC member (ht 17/10/2017), Do more: member of the UNHRC gives an immense opportunity to share experiences of the unique and successful peace process (ht 18/10/2017), Well within our rights: Now a member of the UNHRC, Nepal has to fully commit to upholding human rights (kp 19/10/2017)

Demanding our rights: Only through provision of basic services can the cycle of poverty be broken and the marginalised given a voice, by Anjita Parajuli (kp 10/10/2017)

‘Human rights situation not satisfactory’ (ht 26/09/2017)

Living as refugees: Statelessness of Bhutanese Lhotsampas and Myanmar’s Rohingya has been a cause of human suffering and needs global attention, by Suresh Sharma (kp 26/09/2017)

Nepal invites three UN Rapporteurs as it makes a bid for HR Council member (rep 18/09/2017)

UN special rapporteurs invited for inspection visit (kp 11/09/2017)

Building lives beyond the streets, by Swasti Gautam (rep 08/09/2017)

MoWCSW to form rapid response teams in local levels (ht 12/08/2017)

Monsoon drenching quake victims once again, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 13/07/2017)

Her future is our future: When a woman is free to make choices about her life, her children, her family and everybody else will benefit, by Giulia Vallese (kp 11/07/2017)

Over 6,000 trafficked in 2015-16, says NHRC report (kp 05/07/2017) [see NHRC report], ‘Entertainment sector fertile ground for traffickers’ (ht 06/07/2017)

Quake victims to spend third monsoon under makeshift huts, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 27/06/2017)

Forgotten schools: Classes cannot be conducted during the rains or on particularly hot or cold days, by Vikash Raj Satyal (rep 20/06/2017)

Nepal shows solidarity with refugees (kp 19/06/2017), Standing with refugees: We are at a crossroads in Nepal, with the chance to finally achieve durable solutions for every refugee, by Kevin J. Allen (kp 20/06/2017), Nepal Knows: Nepal has already hosted almost 200,000 refugees from several countries, including Bhutan, so it knows the pain of refugees (sp 23/06/2017)

Seize the moment: For Nepalis, there is no ‘safe migration’ without the end of debt bondage, by James Lynch (kp 07/06/2017), Nepal failing to protect migrant workers: Amnesty International (kp 07/06/2017) [see AI report], Unscrupulous recruiters continue to exploit migrants: AI (ht 07/06/2017), Nepal fails to stop exploitation of migrant workers: AI (rep 07/06/2017)

Discrimination against LGBTIs should end: Human rights activists (ht 18/05/2017)

Over 25,000 children in Kailali out of school (ht 10/05/2017)

44 Nepalis prisoned in India; families barred from visiting, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 21/04/2017)

3 ex-NA officials convicted of killing Maina Sunuwar: Kavre court passes landmark verdict on a case that had been dragging on for 13 years; Sentences former soldiers in absentia to 20 years in jail for the murder of teenage girl, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 18/04/2017) [The verdict remains symbolic as long as they are not arrested and serve their sentences!!], UN welcomes court verdict on Maina Sunuwar murder: Calls ruling a significant step towards ensuring victims’ rights to justice (kp 19/04/2017), Fresh wounds: Conviction of the perpetrators of war-era cases provides hope for justice, but enforcement is key (kp 19/04/2017), Nepal: Need Effective Steps to Enforce Court Verdicts; Rule of Law Should Prevail, Not Political Protectionism (Amnesty International 20/04/2017)

HR defenders call for regional mechanism (rep 08/04/2017)

‘Citizens should be made aware of their rights and duties’ (ht 03/04/2017)

GloAct against human trafficking launched (kp 08/03/2017)

‘Torture high in Tarai district’: According to a study  carried out by the THRD Alliance, 23.76 percent of the 766 detainees  interviewed in 19 districts reported torture (kp 05/03/2017) [see THRDA press release]

Mahat, UN top official discuss Nepal HR issues (kp 03/03/2017)

Nepal 206/17, report by Amnesty International (22/02/2017)

For some women in need, Hatti Hatti has become a home away from home and a wellspring for creativity, by Abha Dhital (kp 04/02/2017)

Never heard from again: Hundreds of Nepali migrant workers never return home, not even in coffins. They simply disappear, by Om Astha Rai (nt 27/01/2017)

Nepal: Political Bickering Stalls Justice for Conflict Victims; Government Fails Earthquake Relief For Second Winter (HRW 12/01/2017), Post-earthquake recovery: NRA plans to address grievances by Feb 11; ‘Quake-hit left to languish in shelters as parties bicker’ (kp 14/01/2017), ‘Nepal yet to ensure justice to war-era victims’ (kp 14/01/2017), Nepal fails to deliver justice to wartime abuses, relief to quake victims: HRW (ht 14/01/2017) [see Nepal chapter in HRW report 2017]

Reconstruction Works: Moving At A Snail’s Pace, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 12/01/2017)

Lessons in mourning: We need to move beyond sensationalising migrant deaths to asking harder questions, by Upasana Khadka and Aamik Adhikari (kp 02/01/2017)

Govt drops right to reject provision in elections: Experts describe move as regressive, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 30/12/2016)

Guilty of grave human rights violations will be brought to book: Prime minister (kp 11/12/2016) [?], State apathetic towards rights violation cases, says NHRC (ht 11/12/2016), Justice In Waiting And The HR Day, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 12/12/2016)

Human rights national magna meet: ‘Prolonged transition obstacle to safeguarding human rights’ (kp 10/12/2016), Human Rights Magna Meet begins (ht 10/12/2016)

Human Rights Day: When the guilty remain free and victims continue to suffer, the event is just a farce, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 09/12/2016)

Some are more equal than others: Affront to human dignity and rights poses a challenge to the identity of any person, by Madhab Regmi (kp 09/12/2016)

Human rights meet beginning tomorrow (ht 08/12/2016)

Laudable but inadequate: National Human Rights Action Plan might not be enough to ensure rights at the local level, by Prakash Budha Magar (kp 15/11/2016)

‘Govt apathy’ leaves TRC in a quandary, by Dewan Rai (kp 14/11/2016)

Global Gender Gap Index 2016: Nepal fails to improve on 2015’s place (kp 13/11/2016) [see Nepal data in report by World Economic Forum]

Caste discrimination laws have made little difference: Report (kp 12/11/2016)

Nepal becomes party to anti-biological arms pact: Nepal is the 177th country to ratify the convention, Foreign Ministry says (kp 11/11/2016), Nepal ratifies Biological Weapons Convention (ht 11/11/2016)

Former child soldiers announce protest plan (kp 07/11/2016)

Submit periodical reports to UN committee on time, NHRC tells government (ht 04/11/2016)

Anti-torture bill gathers dust in House panel: The bill was registered in the Parliament Secretariat two years ago after the arrest of Nepal Army Col Kumar Lama in the United Kingdom under universal jurisdiction, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/10/2016)

Doing by knowing: We citizens need to realise that we have as many responsibilities as we have rights, by Kishori Mahat (kp 09/10/2016)

Bill to criminalize torture tabled, by Ashok Dahal (rep 30/08/2016), Anti-torture Bill moves (kp 31/08/2016), Rights activists say new anti-torture law should have retroactive effect (ht 02/09/2016), 10 amendments proposed to Bill against torture (kp 05/09/2016, Fight against human trafficking: Calls louder for SAARC convention revision (kp 05/09/2016), Drop statute of limitations from anti-torture bill: Rights groups (rep 08/09/2016), It’s not over yet: Nepal should hold people accused of torture and other ill-treatment accountable through fair trials in its own courts, by Champa Patel (kp 09/09/2016)

NHRC recommendations poised to be implemented: Amendment draft includes directive provisions for government attorney to register case against rights violators as recommended by the National Human Rights Commission, by Dewan Rai (kp 12/07/2016)

Nepal misses extended deadline to submit CEDAW report to UN (kp 11/07/2016)

Clarion call for endorsing pending anti-torture bill, by Dewan Rai (kp 27/06/2016)

Govt pushing for pre-emptive amnesty for war crime accused: The government seems to be pushing for general amnesty even before facts are established and due process is met, by Dewan Rai (kp 03/06/2016)

‘Over 230,000 Nepalis living in modern day slavery’ (kp 02/06/2016)

Irrational practice: Many women in rural Nepal are forced to live like animals due to rigid cultural and social traditions, by Shree Prasad Devkota and Dikendra Lal Dhakal (kp 02/06/2016)

Nationalism vs human rights: Nepal wants aid from the international community, but not criticism of its rights record, by Subin Mulmi (kp 24/05/2016)

Documenting torture: In the current institutional practices of documentation, the poor and the marginalized can't even report their human right violation, by Jeevan R. Sharma (rep 23/05/2016)

Where are the rights? Representatives from the marginalised communities are under pressure to conform to the norms, by Mukesh Jha (kp 06/05/2016)

CEDAW convention: Civil society to send alternate report (kp 19/04/2016), NGOs plan to submit alternative report to CEDAW (ht 19/04/2016)

Far too common: Reports from human rights organisations suggest that Nepali police and armed forces regularly practice torture, by Jeevan Raj Sharma (rep 19/04/2016)

“How many times do we need to share our story?”: From the human rights perspective, Nepal’s peace process has been a failure, by Seulki Lee (nt 15/04/2016), State of Impunity: Letting war criminals go free erodes the rule of law, sends the message that violence is the answer and no one has to pay for crimes (nt 15/04/2016), The torturous road to peace: The conflict ended ten years ago, but the physical and mental scars of torture victims has not, by Yuvaraj Shrestha (nt 15/04/2016), Just waiting: Twenty years of war to peace has brought Nepalis back full circle, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt 15/04/2016)

Excessive force used against Tarai protesters (ht 15/04/2016) [see report by US Department of State]

Stakeholders: Ratify UN convention on refugees (kp 26/03/2016), Some 40,000 refugees languishing in Nepal (rep 26/03/2017)

Violence takes centre stage in HRC: India assures support to Nepal for UPR recommendation adoption, by Dewan Rai (kp 19/03/2016)

UN may not support Nepal’s TJ process: Reminds Kathmandu to formulate act, procedures for the TJ bodies in line with international standards; It has also reminded the government of the Supreme Court verdict, which has struck down a dozen provisions as well as suggested amendments to the Act, by Dewan Rai (kp 03/03/2016), OHCHR stance no different from our own: TRC Chair Gurung, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 05/03/2016)

Nepal rejects UN suggestions on TJ-related cases: Govt tells UN Human  Rights Council it is yet to be prepared to enact  conventions ratified earlier, by Dewan Rai (kp 01/03/2016)

Real Rights Now: A new campaign to highlight the need for justice against human rights violations is being launched, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 26/02/2016)

AI presses for independent probe into Tarai atrocities (kp 25/02/2016) [see AI report 2015/16 on Nepal]

Nepal’s police in Madhesi-hunting spree (AHRC 24/02/2016)

INSEC: Rights violation cases escalate (kp 20/02/2016)

12 rights defenders arrested, released (ht 20/02/2016) [??]

NHRC to govt: Ratify Rome Statute: Commission’s suggestion is timed with  the government’s preparation of response to the United Nations Human Rights Council (kp 19/02/2016)

Appathon uses tech to tackle rights issues: UNDP has been providing fundings to find new ways to solve problems (kp 08/02/2016)

Once hailed, now failed? LGBTI people have been facing hurdles when it comes to getting hitched, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 24/01/2016)

Serious warning: It seems that the real conflict victims have not come forward to both the commissions due to their distrust of the commissions formed under a political compromise (ht 13/01/2016)

Promise of peace: It is important to understand that transitional justice and traditional justice systems are two different things, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp 12/01/2016)

Govt, political parties not cooperating, says CIEDP (kp 01/01/2016)

Imaginary homeland: International refugees in Nepal have been protesting outside the UNHCR  premises in Kathmandu with a host of demands, the first and foremost of them being food, by Prateebha Tuladhar (kp 12/12/2015)

Transitional justice: NHRC urges govt to implement SC verdicts; The Supreme Court has suggested at least a dozen amendments to the Transitional Justice Act in response to petitions filed between 2007 and 2015 (kp 21/11/2015), Govt urged to implement its HR pledges (ht 21/11/2015)

Transitional justice: Commissions while away nine months for want of regulations (kp 18/11/2015)

Old habits die hard: The Nepali state remains hesitant to investigate and prosecute acts of human rights violations, by Ram Bhandari (kp 09/11/2015))

Aid groups warn of crisis in earthquake-hit Nepal (ht 07/11/2015), Nepal urged to end caste-based discrimination (kp 07/11/2015), UPR session: Nepal accepts 148 recommendations (kp 07/11/2015), Half widows have little hope for justice: Even as they emerge from the conflicts  that took their husbands, the lives of ‘half widows’ continue to be stricken with strife and stigma, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 07/11/2015), Human rights organisations oppose Indian blockade (kp 07/11/2015), South Asian HR defenders term 'blockade' unfortunate, shameful, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 07/11/2015), Nepal accepts most UPR recommendations made in Geneva (ht 08/11/2015), Amnesty for war crimes: Govt’s disregard for court order upsets victims of conflict (kp 16/11/2015)

Human rights defenders call for SAsia regional mechanism: Subodh Raj Pyakurel says a regional meeting of human rights commissions, where the mechanism will be dis-cussed, has been planned (kp 05/11/2015)

AI seeks amendments to new constitution: The global rights body has sought amendments to provisions regarding citizenship, right to life, right to freedom, child’s rights and state of emergency (ht 05/11/2015)

Conflict-hit girl meets father after 14 years, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 04/11/2015) [Her mother had been murdered by the army at the time of the emergency declared by then PM Sher Bahadur Deuba (Nepali Congress)]

PR Geneva: Nepal to emphasise civil rights, liberties assured by new statute; Nepal has not yet criminalised enforced dis-appearance and tourture, a major recommendation of the previous UPR session (kp 30/10/2015), Nepal to defend HR record during UPR (ht 31/10/2015), Nepal's rights record to come under scrutiny at UPR (rep 31/10/2015), Nepali delegation to UPR: CIEDP, TRC secys’ trip raises eyebrows (kp 03/11/2015), Thapa defends statute, calls blockade unlawful: India, Sweden and Switzerland voice concerns over unrest in the Tarai; Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa tells the member nations  that the Tarai crisis is Nepal’s internal problem (kp 05/11/2015) [Human rights have also to be respected in the solution internal problems!!], DPM Thapa highlights impending humanitarian crisis: Presents Universal Periodic Review at Human Rights Council in Geneva (ht 05/11/2015), Thapa tells UN body humanitarian crisis looms over Nepal (rep 05/11/2015)

THRDA objects to use of bullets on protesters (ht 20/10/2015)

New Constitution: Ensuring human rights, by Shobhakar Parajuli (ht 13/10/2015)

NHRC demands justice for Adhikaris (kp 24/09/2015)

Stakeholders discuss threat to journalists, impunity (ht 19/09/2015)

CIEDP gets new office (kp 09/09/2015)

ICJ urges CA to ensure universal human rights: ICJ adviser says the draft statue needs revisions to meet international standards regarding human rights protection (kp 03/09/2015)

Int'l day for the disappeared: Govt ignores UNHRC recommendations, by Dewan Rai (kp 30/08/2015), Kin of 1,530 seek closure as govt yet to criminalise disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp 31/08/2015)

Present NHRC report: Panel (kp 09/07/2015)

People in pain: The pending torture bill in Parliament must be amended in line with the UN Torture Convention, by Dipendra Jha (kp 30/06/2015)

No to torture, by Bindesh Dahal (rep 27/06/2015), Torture in police custody declining (ht 28/06/2015)

Govt urged to ratify refugee convention (kp 20/06/2015)

AHRC objects to plan to grant policing duty to APF (ht 18/06/2015)

Save Ganga Maya’s life: Rights activists (ht 16/06/2015), Ganga Maya files RTI application at Nepal Police Headquarters (ht 17/06/2015), Address Ganga Maya’s demand: Rights activists (ht 22/06/2015)

Nepal slips in rule of law rankings (ht 05/06/2015)

Special Court acquits Raut (kp 24/04/2015) [Nepal's political prisoner number one finally freed!], CK Raut acquitted of sedition charge (ht 24/04/2015), Raut exonerated in sedition charge, by Durga Lal (rep 24/04/2015)

Report on conflict time rights violation out (ht 16/04/2015)

Demand for rehabilitation of Badi women (kp 07/04/2015)

Dalits changing caste for shelter (ht 06/04/2015)

Meet highlights education for human rights (kp 05/04/2015)

When we were young: Child survivors of wars and natural disasters carry their trauma into adulthood, by Anjana Rajbhandary (nt 27/03/2015), Just justice: Reconciliation is not possible without truth and justice for the relatives of those murdered and disappeared ten years ago (nt 27/03/2015))

73 foreigners get visa amnesty, by Dewan Rai (kp 24/03/2015)

Indigenous people raise issues for UN review (ht 22/03/2015)

Justice in transition: The Maoists react badly to the Supreme Court verdict rejecting amnesty provisions in the TRC Act, by Binita Dahal (nt 20/03/2015)

UN briefed on progress in transitional justice (kp 18/03/2015)

NHRC to brief UN in Geneva on developments (kp 10/03/2015)

OHCHR hails SC verdict on TRC amnesty provision (kp 07/03/2015), OHRC hails SC ruling on rights violation cases: Apex court had upheld international standards rejecting TRC, CIEDP’s role in securing amnesty (ht 07/03/2015), Apex court ruling on transitional justice mechanism: UCPN (Maoist) objects to curbs on commissions’ jurisdiction (kp 10/03/2015)

FM Pandey defends rights situation at UN Human Rights Council (ht 04/03/2015), Govt for multi-pronged approach to promote human rights: Pandey (kp 05/03/2015)

HR violation cases by state drop, says INSEC (kp 20/02/2015)

Nepal stares at UN grilling in Geneva meet, by Anil Giri (kp 17/02/2015)

‘Witchcraft’ victim’s family face social boycott, by Mohan Budhair (kp 01/02/2015)

In-laws, husband selling women to Indian brothels, by Upendra Yadav (rep 31/01/2015)

MoFA told to curb human trafficking: House panel seeks details on Nepalis being ‘shipped’ to US via Latin America (ht 30/01/2015)

Nepal ‘partly free’ in political rights and civil liberties: Situation improved with stable govt, progress in constitution drafting process, says report (ht 29/01/2015) [?????]

Nepal asked to redress teen’s murder case (kp 29/01/2015)

Whose commissions? The politically-controlled transitional justice commissions offer little hope for victims of the conflict, by Ram Bhandari (kp 21/01/2015)

We Want To Foster A Positive Change: Human rights and Good governance have many faces, by Kirsten Geelan (sp 16/01/2015)

Human rights action plan out; promises better implementation (kp 08/01/2015)

Nanda Prasad's death blemish on country's human rights record, by Arjun Poudel (rep 01/01/2015)
Documents / Websites

The State of the World's Human Rights. Amnesty International’s Annual Report 2021/22, Nepal chapter, March 2022

Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2022, by INSEC, Kathmandu 2022

World Report 2021 : Nepal - Events of 2020, by Human Rights Watch, January 2021

The Government of Nepal has been using the Covid-19 Pandemic to Exercise Control, to Commit Human Rights Violations and to Deny Justice to Victims of Human Rights Abuses, by AHRC, 09/12/2020

No Law, No Justice, No State for Victims : The Culture of Impunity in Post-Conflict Nepal. Report by Human Rights Watch. 20/11/2020

Nepal : Justice stalled for conflict victims. Amnesty International submission for the UN universal periodic review, 37th session of the UPR working group, January 2021 (Amnesty International, 23/10/2020)

Human Rights and the Rule of Law in a Federal Nepal: Recommendations from an ICJ High-Level Mission, by ICJ: Geneva, July 2020

Nepal’s Universal Periodic Review: Human Rights Review Should Address Broken Commitments, Impunity, by Human Rights Watch, 16/07/2020), see submission report by HRW (15/07/2020)

Lawyers at risk: Law Society submits joint UPR report on Nepal, by The Law Society of England and Wales, 13 July 2020

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report: Nepal, by US Department of State

2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, by US Department of State, 11 March 2020

Rule of Law Index Nepal 2020, by World Justice Project, 11 March 2020

Nepal 2019. In: Human Rights in Asia-Pacific. Review of 2019. Amnesty International, 29 January 2020

Nepal: Events of 2019, by Human Rights Watch, January 2020, pp. 418-422

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

Nepal 2018 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Human Rights Forum Nepal (HURFON); a website on human rights in Nepal by Nepal Research

Human Rights Yearbook 2019, by INSEC, 17 February 2019

Nepal 2017 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/2018 on Nepal, 22 February 2018

Nepal: Events of 2017, by Human Rights Watch, January 2018

Trafficking in persons. National report 2015/16, by NHRC, June 2017

Amnesty International. Turning people into profits: Abusive recruitment, trafficking and forced labour of Nepali migrant workers. London, 6 June 2017

Nepal 2016 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 3 March 2017

Nepal 2016/17, report by Amnesty International, 22 February 2017

Human Rights Yearbook 2017, by INSEC, 17 February 2017 [including Overall Assessment]

Human Rights Watch, World report 2017, Nepal chapter (January 2017)

Nepal - Torture and Coerced Confessions, by Amnesty International, 19 July 2016

Nepal 2015 Human Rights Report, by Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 14 April 2016

Nepal 2015/16, by Amnesty International, 24 February 2016

Nepal’s police in Madhesi-hunting spree (Asian Human Rights Commission, 24 February 2016)

Earthquake Recovery Must Safeguard Human Rights, by Amnesty International 1 June 2015

Human Rights Watch: Silenced and Forgotten  Survivors of Nepal’s Conflict-Era Sexual Violence. September 23, 2014

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Justice denied: The 2014 Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation Act. Geneva, May 2014

Human Rights Watch. Under China’s Shadow: Mistreatment of Tibetans in Nepal. 1 April 2014

THRD Alliance. Continuing extra-judicial executions in the Terai (March 2014)

Amnesty International. The dark side of migration: Spotlight on Qatar's construction sector ahead of the world cup, London: AI, 18 November 2013

Nepal: Is the Government Unable or Unwilling to Prevent and Investigate Torture?, report by Advocacy Forum (26/06/2013)

Human Rights Watch: World Report 2013, Nepal chapter (01/02/2013)

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC): The State of Human Rights in Nepal in 2012 (10/12/2012)

Torture of Women: Nepal’s Duplicity Continues, rebort by Advocacy Forum (26/06/2012

Torture of Women in Detention: Nepal’s Failure to Prevent and Protect, by Advocy Forum (26/06/2011)



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