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Nepal labourers working at Qatar World Cup sites denied permission to return home after earthquake

As if to confirm suspicions of what international human rights organizations branded ‘slavery’, Qatar’s Nepal work force is being restrained from journeying back home to mourn their family members who were victims of the earthquake on 25 April. According to The Independent, legions of Nepali labourers contracted to expedite World Cup preparations have been refused permission to travel back home under the...

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Nepal earthquake: Nepal PM fears death toll could rise to 10,000

The Telegraph’s Ben Farmer reported yesterday evening that British Army Gurkhas were boarding an RAF C-17 transporter packed with emergency shelters and solar lanterns at Brize Norton. Army sources said the troops from the Kent-based Queen’s Gurkha Engineers will join around 65 others permanently based at the brigade’s HQ in Kathmandu. Others are on standby to deploy at short notice....

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A Scene of Destruction After Ice Thunders Into Everest Base Camp

KATMANDU, Nepal — Even for Lakpa Rita, arevered Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of Mount Everest 17 times, the roaring wall of boulders, rocks, ice and debris that pulverized much of the mountain’s base camp over the weekend signified a malign new twist in the peak’s destructive powers. “Nothing like this has happened before at Everest base camp,”...

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Nepal Villages Cut Off by Earthquake Wait for Aid as Death Toll Passes 4,000

SAURPANI, Nepal — Five hours by car from Katmandu, then by foot for several miles past the spot where the road is blocked by boulders and mud, people from the villages near the epicenter of Nepal’s powerful earthquake are burying their dead, despairing of help arriving anytime soon. On Monday afternoon, Parbati Dhakal and several dozen of her neighbors walked...

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Nepal earthquake: ‘Nine out of 10 soldiers’ in rescue mission

Nine out of 10 Nepalese troops are said to be involved in search and rescue operations, as the country pleads for more foreign aid to deal with a massive earthquake that killed 4,000 people. Almost the entire army and police has joined the quake effort, officials say. China, India, the UK and US are among those sending aid from abroad....

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Nepal earthquake: Death toll rises above 3,000

At least 3,617 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, police say. More than 6,500 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre. Dozens of people are also reported to have been killed in neighbouring China and India. More than 200 climbers have been rescued around Mount Everest,...

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,...