Category: Nepal

NEPAL: Human rights action plan out; promises better implementation

Published in The E-Kantipur on Jan. 08 :: The government has publicised the fourth five-year national action plan on human rights 2014-2019, which incorporates six new focal areas. The new thematic areas–education, health, nutrition and population, and employment– were picked by the Prime Minister’s Office after a series of discussions conducted across the country. Previously, the themes were identified by...

NEPAL: Victims demand transparency

Published in The E-Kantipur on Jan. 07 :: As the Recommendation Committee is preparing a roster of candidates for the commissions on truth and reconciliation and enforced disappearances, a group of conflict victims and rights activists have approached the National Human Rights Commission to take initiative to making the transitional process acceptable to all. A delegation representing the conflict victims...

NEPAL: Legislative role of Nepal parliamentarians

Published in The Nepaltelegraph.com on 31 Dec. 2014 ::  Nepal’s past politics recalled The media generally reports news about political debates in the Parliament in summary and legislative information is available to citizens and the media. As the Parliament is the most effective avenue for citizens to be heard and heeded, parliamentarians’ role in political education is very effective. The...

NEPAL: Rights groups call on Nepal to make TRC‚ CID independent

Published in The Himalayan Times :: International Commission of Jurists and other human rights organisations today urged Nepal to ensure participation of more victims and improvement in transparency when selecting candidates for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances.  ICJ, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and five other local human rights and conflict-era victims groups,...

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NEPAL: Rights all year round

Published in The E-Kantipur on Dec. 10 :: Promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups can strengthen national integrity, peace and democracy The United Nations has set ‘Human Rights 365’ as the theme for the international human rights day this year. The theme carries significant meaning because the promotion of human rights in a real sense is possible...

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NEPAL: People’s SAARC challenges regional elite’s agenda

Published in The Green Left on Dec. 06 by Farooq Tariq :: The 18th South Asian Associations for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit took place at Kathmandu, Nepal on November 25 and 26. The heads of the eight states of South Asia took part in the summit. Kathmandu was a showcase of what has happened repeatedly in the three decades since...

NEPAL: Mass Media in Democratization in Nepal

Published in The Telegraph Nepal on Nov. 21 by Dev Raj Dahal (Head, FES, Nepal Office) ::   Introduction Media constitute a part of larger civil society entrusted with the responsibility to protect human rights, expand the domain of public sphere and contribute to public opinion and democratic will-formation. Nepal’s post-conflict situation demands additional contribution of media in the construction...

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NEPAL: Rape as a weapon of war

Perpetrators of conflict-era sexual violence walk free as women suffer in silence and fear Publihsed in The Nepali Times on Oct. 28 by Tufan Neupane :: Gayatri used to study in a secondary school. In 2001, the security forces took her into custody and raped her every night by up to six officers. Nandita was gang raped by soldiers in front...