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SC orders eviction of squatters from riverbanks with compensation (kh 16/07/2024), Supreme Court orders removal of riverside squatters : Says authorities should clear settlements along Bagmati and provide alternative housing for genuine squatters, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/07/2024), Court ruling to boost KMC’s push to evict riverside squatters: Bagmati Civilisation officials say squatter hut demolition will resume with a simultaneous relocation plan, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 18/07/2024)

Women with disabilities struggle to exercise reproductive health rights : Absence of accessible infrastructure and lack of awareness among health workers are some of the hurdles, by Manushree Mahat (kp 01/06/2024)

Eerie silence : The cost of not speaking up against blatant attack on free speech could be too high for our democracy (kp 30/05/2024)

Undrinkable : Safe drinking water is a fundamental right. The authorities are duty-bound to fulfil that (kp 29/05/2024)

Between politics and education : Political parties will harm education if they continue using students and teachers for politics, by Abhi Subedi (kp 12/05/2024) [The abuse of teachers and pupils for party political interests is reprehensible, but difficult to avoid, as the basic right of all people to political engagement must be respected in a democratic state.]

Incidents of press freedom violation on the rise in the past one year (rep 12/05/2024) [see report by Freedom Forum]

Family Rights Nepal raises issues of Nepali citizens’s foreign spouses and children deprived of natural rights due to unclear laws (rep 10/05/2024)

Status of RTI implementation in Nepal : RTI implementation is still challenging despite the RTI act promulgated over 15 years ago, by Umesh Pokharel (ae 06/05/2024)

Supreme Court sets new precedent, distinguishes marital rape from rape in a landmark ruling, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 02/05/2024) [According to the patriarchal Nepalese way of thinking, women become the property of their husbands when they get married and have to be submissive?]

Education Minister, Chief Election Commissioner discuss action against party-affiliated teachers (kh 16/04/2024) [The chancellor of all universities must be the prime minister, but teachers are denied the fundamental right to be involved in a political party. This is extremely strange!], Government to crack down on teachers engaged in partisan politics : Ministry of Education asserts action aligns law, court orders, and international practice (kp 17/04/2024) [This is definitely not a practice in truly democratic states! All citizens have the fundamental right to be politically active. Let's take Germany as an example: teachers are active in political parties in large numbers and many of them hold public office, at best taking temporary leave of absence for practical reasons and then returning to their teaching jobs. Punishing teachers for their political engagement is a crime!], Teachers’ union challenges Education Minister Shrestha's policy on political affiliation (rep 19/04/2024) [This is correct and justified on the basis of international concepts of democracy and fundamental human rights!]

The right to be forgotten : As vast amounts of data are collected online, this right lets individuals curate their digital identities, by Sunu Rijal (kp 05/03/2024)

NC leaders, including 22 central members, to announce Special Campaign for Sanatan Hindu State today (kh 17/02/2024) [To identify the state and the nation with a single culture and religion is a crime against the multi-ethnic and multi-religious society of Nepal! The country is not the property of predominantly male high caste Hindus, even though they have pretended to be for centuries!]

DAO Kathmandu extends prohibited zone duration for two more months (kh 17/02/2024)

From Constitution to Kitchen: Nepal’s Journey to Food Rights, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (rep 28/01/2024)

Let people protest : Trying to maintain public order by banning peaceful demonstrations is a fool’s errand (kp 22/01/2024)

NSU students arrested in Maitighar (kh 21/01/2021)

NIC instructs universities to implement Right to Information laws (kh 15/01/2024) [The right to information is a fundamental right that is very often not even respected by the government!]

Right to protest under threat : Despite the strengthening of human rights, the repression of protests persists in Nepal and worldwide, by Marissa Leena Taylor and Ashmita Sapkota (kp 14/01/2024)

Adding insult to injury: Nepali women, children grapple with statelessness : Many Nepali women and their children are enduring the plight of statelessness due to discriminatory politics and government officials. Misogynistic laws, procedural gaps, and the apathy of relevant authorities contribute to the suppression of their civil right to live a dignified life, by Ajabi Poudel (ae 28/12/2023)

Govt restrictions leave women migrant workers in danger as they are forced to resort to illegal routes, by Aesha Bajracharya (rep 18/12/2023)

Tiktok ban: What does it mean for the future of democracy in Nepal? Banning TikTok can be seen as another form of infringing on the right to freedom of speech?, by Pragya Neupane (rep 03/12/2023)

Sixth conference of National Land Rights Forum commences (rep 03/12/2023)

Durga Prasai to announce “Citizen’s Government” and “Sanatan Hindu Rastra” (kh 03/12/2023) [As long as coup plotters are allowed to continue to operate with impunity, as they have repeatedly done in the recent past, there will always be new ones. The Hindu state would be a crime against Nepal's multi-ethnic society!]

Flawed Legislative Process Irks Teachers, by Mukti Rijal (rn 28/09/2023) [No right to information, no democratic procedures, only authoritarian decisions by supposedly democratic politicians based on internal agreements! This is how the rule of law works in Nepal, presumably as a legacy of the former absolutist monarchy!], Speakers call for increasing people's access to RTI (rn 28/09/2023)

Right to health: Some suggestions, by Simone Galimberti (ht 13/09/2023)

Why proposed revisions to Criminal Code have courted controversy : Critics say withdrawing cases from all tiers of court is an encroachment on the judiciary’s authority, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/09/2023)

Government’s cybersecurity policy criticised for National Internet Gateway plan : Experts are concerned that it may curtail the right to privacy and freedom of expression in Nepal, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/08/2023)

SC rules KDAO order banning protest at Maitighar Mandala illegal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/07/2023)

op court orders registration of same sex marriages : Government ordered to form a temporary mechanism to register such marriages pending final verdict, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/06/2023)

Torture laws need to be amended, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/06/2023)

Clean the water : The state is responsible for ensuring its citizens’ fundamental right to safe drinking water (kp 14/06/2023)

EC seeks clarification from political parties, university teachers (kh 21/05/2023) [It should be the basic right of every Nepali citizen to be politically active, regardless of their everyday occupation. The Political Parties Act is discriminatory in this respect, while on the other hand it grants authoritarian powers to party leaders!]

Dahal says court barred release of Lal panel report : The prime minister claims his Maoist party didn’t misuse cantonment funds and offers to go to jail if found guilty, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/05/2023) [Obviously, Nepalis continue to be denied the right to information!]

Civic Initiatives For Charitable Services, by Mukti Rijal (rn 11/05/2023)

Birth registration laws need amendment (ht 21/04/2023)

Ensure Voting Right For All Nepalis, by Lokdeep Thapa (rn 21/04/2023)

Nepal’s queer community watching India with interest : Supreme Court of Nepal in 2007 ordered the government to recognise same-sex marriages, but there’s no law yet, by Anup Ojha (kp 19/04/2023)

Prime minister renews voting pledge to Nepali citizens residing abroad : Experts say enabling Nepali citizens working or studying abroad to exercise their franchise is easier said than done, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/04/2023) [So far, these have only been hollow promises by politicians, although the Supreme Court has long obliged the government to apply this right of Nepali citizens!], Difficult but doable : The political parties should do more than pay lip service to give voting rights to Nepalis living abroad (kp 17/04/2023)

Four youths arrested for protesting against PA member Rai (rep 09/04/2023) [Freedom of expression and protests are obviously not wanted in Nepal!]

Civil Registration Department adds new provision for birth registration (rep 06/04/2023) [Despite this slight improvement, discrimination against women and their descendants explicitly remains!]

Freedom of expression in Nepal: The false prototype, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (ht 03/04/2023)

Future of 1.7 million children uncertain as they fail to get citizenship from their mother’s name (rep 27/03/2023)

Law to record conversations being introduced!, by Tapendra Karki (rep 21/03/2023)

John F Kennedy and consumer rights: Its relevance to Nepal at present, by Samrat Dhungana (ht 17/03/2023)

Ensure Fundamental Right to Education in Mother Tongue, by Randhir Chaudhary (rep 21/02/2023)

Why media should have the access to court proceedings : Media plays a crucial role in ensuring that the public is informed about what is happening in the courts. This is essential to the functioning of democratic society, by Bivek Chaudhary (nlt 19/02/2023)

Fresh bid to withhold information draws flak : Calls grow for revoking decision of chief secretary-led panel that could curtail people’s right to information, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/01/2023), Govt's decision to repeal RTI Act condemned (ht 30/01/2023), Government backtracks on information classification : Experts say it happened just because the drafters tried to incorporate unnecessary issues instead of pinpointing certain matters or documents, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/01/2023), Not for your eyes : The government tried to curtail the people’s right to know by stamping certain information as confidential (kp 01/02/2023), Role Of Informed Citizens In Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 02/02/2023)

US rights group says President Bhandari’s inaction deprived many Nepalis of citizenship : The Human Rights Watch expresses concerns over lack of progress in transitional justice process (kp 13/01/2023) [The President's "inaction" was a deliberate breach of the Constitution and should be named as such!]

Improved but unstable : While there has been an increase in news media outlets, there has also been a surge in fake news, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 06/01/2023)

‘State can curtail freedom of press and expression at any time’ (rep 30/12/2022)

Parents face hassles in birth registration of children (rep 12/12/2022)

Supreme Court issues interim order in favour of ‘No Not Again’ campaign : Election Commission has threatened action against campaign members involved in posting photos of prominent politicians on social media (kp 07/11/2022) [The SC's decision means a victory of freedom of expression over the anti-democratic EC and and the failed politicians it protects!]

Achham prisoners eager to cast ballot but only a few are registered voters : There are a total of 82 inmates in the Mangalsen-based district prison, but only seven are in the voter roll, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 07/11/2022)

“Press Council has attacked press freedom and journalists' rights in Nepal” (rep 01/11/2022)

UN CEDAW concerned about dire situation of women's rights, gender equality (ht 31/10/2022)

Things that cannot be said : Apoorwa Singh’s case is a timely reminder of the need to rethink and revise our idea of free speech (kp 21/10/2022)

Dangers of blindly following traditions without questioning : The four Vedas do not state that a woman’s body is impure or a woman cannot perform poojas during menstruation. Prohibiting women from entering temples and castigating them is against the teachings of Vedas, by Ruchi Dhital (nlt 14/10/2022)

How free is freedom of artistic expression in Nepal? Artists have been arrested now and then and at times censures have been imposed on their creations. What does this suggest about the freedom of expression in Nepal?, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 17/09/2022)

Traffic jams amid Chinese Speaker’s visit trouble Valley commuters, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/09/2022) [The disregard for basic civil rights because of the courting of god-like politicians and foreign state visitors is reminiscent of the royal middle ages from which Nepal actually wanted to liberate itself!], VIP movement causes inconvenience to commuters, pedestrians, office-goers (rep 14/09/2022)

Beyond grand promises : Only by making quality education an easily attainable fundamental right can we dream of a better tomorrow (kp 14/09/2022)

Police crackdown on loan shark victims continues : As many as 30 protestors have been detained by the police on Tuesday (kp 13/09/2022)

Arrest of comedian Apoorwa Kshitiz reignites the free-speech debate : There appears to be some gap in the interpretation of free speech between new and old generations, by Anup Ojha (kp 13/09/2022)

Rastriya Ekata Abhiyan denounces arrest of Chair Yadav (kh 12/09/2022)

Teachers in politics: Can Balen Shah’s directive herald a dissociation? Although several acts prohibit teachers from having political affiliation, a majority of them are openly affiliated with political parties and are campaigning for them (nlt 25/08/2022) [Excluding certain professional groups from political activity is a serious violation of fundamental human rights. Only the abuse of their professional position, in the case of teachers for example the party-political indoctrination of students, should be legally prosecuted. In democratic states worldwide, it is normal for teachers to be politically active.]

Institutions play a vital role to ensure that people exercise their rights : “There is a big gap between what the political parties and civil society leaders profess to do and what they actually do. That’s basically the reason why people are losing trust in them”, interview with Shibesh Chandra Regmi, Social Analyst (nlt 29/07/2022)

NIC directs public sector, political parties to implement right to information (kh 27/07/2022)

Govt told to ensure voting rights of security personnel, civil servants and prisoners (kh 17/07/2022), Ensure security personnel, staff on poll day get to vote: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/07/2022)

Workers lack security in Nepal and abroad, by Keshav Adhikari (kh 11/07/2022)

New citizenship bill does away with 7 years wait (ht 10/07/2022) [Nepal's patriarchal high caste politicians simply do not want to understand that all people in Nepal are entitled to equal citizenship rights regardless of their gender. The country does not belong to men, but to all citizens!], Govt registers Citizenship Bill in Parliament : Home Minister and Law Minister in a rush seeking consensus (kh 11/07/2022)

Nepal among countries with gender discriminatory nationality laws (ht 08/07/2022) [see corresponding report by Equality Now and Index of related laws (Nepal pp. 63-63)]

NIC takes action against 32 office chiefs for denying information (kh 07/07/2022)

NIC penalises CAO for denying information (ht 02/07/2022)

'Migration ban on women counterproductive' (ht 30/06/2022)

Torture at the hands of authorities continues with little action : The Criminal Code that came into force in 2018 has criminalised torture but the cases are seldom investigated and no perpetrators have been brought to book so far., by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/06/2022)

SC orders not to implement govt. decision to restrict loan disbursement (kh 20/06/2022)

Late as usual : Delayed delivery of textbooks infringes the right to education of Nepali students, by Karuna Parajuli and Timothy Fish Hodgson (kp 12/06/2022)

'Inform parliament about US-Nepal military visits' (rn 09/06/2022) [The fundamental right to information is unknown in Nepal's politics!]

The right to bodily autonomy : Abortion has been legal in Nepal since 2002 but there could be fallout from any overturning of Roe v Wade in the United States., by Ameesha Rayamajhi (rec 07/06/2022)

Nepal drops down in global rankings on budget accountability: What does it indicate? This shows that citizens now have less access to timely and comprehensive information they need to participate in decision-making and hold the government to account, by Subhash Dahal (nlt 07/06/2022) [see report results on Nepal]

Uphold Women’s Constitutional Rights, by Namrata Sharma (rn 18/05/2022)

Raute community deprived of voting right, again (rep 13/05/2022)

About half of Nepal’s voters will not be able to cast their votes in local polls (rep 10/05/2022), Voting rights for all : Persons with disabilities in Nepal continue to be excluded from the electoral process (kp 11/05/2022)

Exploring the barriers to the right to inclusive election in Nepal : Despite elaborate provisions on including persons with disabilities in political and public life in Nepal, political participation by persons with disabilities remains minimal, by Dev Datta Joshi (rec 06/05/2022)

World Press Freedom Day 2022: Nepal records 55 incidents of press freedom violations in a year : “No efforts were made to address impunity relating to crimes against journalists. Justice is awaited both in conflict era and post-conflict cases.” (nlt 02/05/2022)

Supreme Court set to decide today on petition on women’s representation in local governments : Deadline given to political parties to file nominations for the May 13 local level elections ends today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/04/2022)

Patriarchy plagues the lives of young girls in Siraha : When one girl acts beyond the traditional norms, all other girls in the village face the consequences—their education is discontinued and they are married off, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 18/04/2022)

74 incidents of press freedom violation in 2078 BS (ht 16/04/2022)

Voting rights for Nepalis abroad: Full of promises, lack of action : Political parties have promised suffrage to Nepali citizens living abroad time and again but have not taken definite measures to actually allow them to vote, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 06/04/2022)

Righting reproductive rights : Each one of us needs to be educated and respectful of women’s rights to their bodies (kp 01/04/2022)

It is govt responsibility to grant citizenship to people: JSP Chairman Yadav (rep 27/03/2022)

Right to education for children with disabilities: It's the government's responsibility, by Dev Datta Joshi (ht 17/03/2022)

Consumer fraud proliferates as government drags its feet : World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated every year on March 15, but there has been little respite for harassed Nepali consumers, activists say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 15/03/2022)

Decriminalise abortion, say women rights activists (ht 10/03/2022)

Women look for a human economy— equal for all : Problems ranging from managing cash, paying workers, rent and repaying loans caused distress to women during Covid-19 pandemic, forcing many to quit entrepreneurship, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/03/2022)

Harsh toll on visit visa: Govt likely to ask citizens to hold on their travel dreams : Ironically, only rich Nepalis can travel abroad, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 08/03/2022), Visit visa for all? No, terms and conditions apply, by Anjila Shrestha (nlt 11/03/2022), MoHA asks DoI to regulate visit visa (kh 11/03/2022)

Respect international laws to respect women : We all need to work for the actual implementation of UN conventions and international laws. Otherwise, the celebration of women’s day will be nothing more than a formality, by Jivesh Jha (nlt 07/03/2022)

What lies behind the upward trend of resignation among public school teachers in Nepal : Nepal is expected to vote for local level representatives in May this year, and teachers, who hold significant social and political clout in local levels, aspire for various posts. A government job, however, disallows them from contesting the elections (nlt 05/03/2022)

Female teachers at this Bajura school stay away during periods, by Padam Bahadur Singh (ae 24/02/2022)

NHRC urges for peaceful demonstration (kh 24/02/2022)

Let us all speak our languages : It needs to be ensured that not a single language becomes extinct. If it does, then it means Nepal has failed to live up to its constitutional ethos, by Jivesh Jha and Bidhan Chandra Jha (nlt 21/02/2022)

A tale of displacement for conservation : The longstanding ‘park-people’ conflict surrounding Chitwan National Park, which includes instances of gross human rights violations against the Tharu community, is a story that is often buried in the garb of conservation, by Nirupan Karki (rec 11/02/2022)

Supreme Court orders release of a man languishing in jail for no apparent crime : Uma Shankar Rayabhar’s release order comes after continuous reporting on how the poor man was framed. Legal experts say the case shows many problems in the system, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/01/2022), Don’t blame women, blame misogyny : Here is a look at how books and literature from Swasthani to Mahabharata to Badhusikshya have portrayed women as being inferior to men and why we should unlearn the claims, by Shreena Nepal (nlt 02/02/2022), Barking up the wrong tree : Rayabhar landed in prison due to lack of integrity and common sense among the authorities (kp 02/02/2022)

Need for openness in governance : The age of democratic accountability in Nepal also needs to emphasise citizen engagement, by Taranath Dahal (kp 09/01/2022)

Educate about RTI : Not many would know that RTI covers not just government agencies but also political parties and NGOs funded by foreign agencies (ht 29/12/2021)

RTI In Nepal, by Aashish Mishra (rn 11/12/2021)

How menstrual stigma intersects with violence against women : Confining women and young girls to small sheds for three or more days and keeping surveillance on their daily mobility is a form of violence against women, by Jyotika Rimal (nlt 08/12/2021)

What ails construction projects in Nepal? Taxpayers have every right to expect roads and bridges that do not get washed away with the first rain, by Rudra Sharma Aryal (kp 03/12/2021)

What constitutes sexual harassment at the workplace? An explainer on what sexual harassment is, the legal frameworks that aim to prevent and eliminate it, and what else can be done, by Prakritee Yonzon (rec 02/12/2021)

Chepang Children In Dhanding In Need Of Warm Clothes (rn 01/12/2021)

Police use force to disperse agitating lawyers in SC (kh 18/11/2021), At least seven including Nepal Bar chair injured in a scuffle with police : Clash occurred when security personnel tried to stop protesting lawyers from moving towards the gate chief justice has been using to enter office (kp 18/11/2021), NHRC urges govt to stop use of force on agitating legal practitioners (kh 18/11/2021) [The Deuba government is behaving much like the previous one of the authoritarian anti-democrat Oli. And the police still do not respect the fundamental rights of the people!]

Misogyny in Nepal: Little acts, big consequences, by Cilla Khatry (ae 28/10/2021)

Nepalis pay more for internet than other South Asians, report says : A Nepali spends 2.6 percent of their gross annual income on internet while it costs less than one percent in India and Pakistan, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/10/2021) [Nowadays, affordable internet access is one of the basic rights of the people in Nepal and must be guaranteed by the state!]

Non-Nepali children of Nepali parents demand rights (ht 26/10/2021)

Ugly connivance: People deserve to know about the ‘secret deal’ between the Judiciary and the Executive : The erosion we see today in major organs of the state—the legislative, the executive and the judiciary—will lead to an unimaginable disaster if it is left unchecked (nlt 05/10/2021)

NEA starts removing internet cables from utility poles (rep 03/10/2021), NTA urges NEA to resolve issue regarding rent hike of utility poles through dialogue (rep 03/10/2021), Internet Service In Many Areas Across Country Affected Following NEA’s Move (rn 03/10/2010) [The use of the internet is one of the basic rights of people today. In times of Covid-19, it can be life-saving. It is your duty as Prime Minister to stop this crazy nonsense immediately, Mr Deuba!], Consumers bear brunt of fight between internet companies, power utility : To punish internet providers, Electricity Authority cut wires and cables after a longstanding dispute over rental fee in a move that curtails people’s basic rights, activists say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 04/10/2021), Service unavailable : On no pretext can the utility and communication service providers create an information abyss (kp 05/10/2021)

The right to know : Effective implementation of the RTI Act is essential to ensure transparency and accountability in Nepal, by Mahendra Man Gurung (kp 28/09/2021)

Musahar children can’t enrol in schools for lack of birth certificates : Child marriage, which is illegal in Nepal, is still common in the community leading to unregistered births of children from underage marriages, by Bharat Jargha Magar (kp 25/09/2021) [Every child living in Nepal has a right to unhindered school attendance! What does this have to do with birth documents denied out of narrow-minded and partly patriarchal ways of thinking?]

Police ask house owners to keep personal details of tenants. Rights activists show concern : Police say they want to maintain general record of people but rights activists call it an act of privacy infringement, by Anup Ojha (kp 25/09/2021) [Why by the police? Such things should be registered with the city administration, if necessary also with the tax administration, but only the absolutely necessary data!]

Police personnel barred from using TikTok, other social media (rep 18/09/2021)

‘Example of compulsory and free education act is enough to know status of law implementation’ (kh 13/09/2021)

SC receives writ petition against Home Ministry’s statement (kh 08/09/2021)

Government attempts to curb protests, public debates : Home Ministry’s two statements in three days warning of actions over activities against ‘friendly nations’ amount to curtailing of fundamental rights, analysts and leaders say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/09/2021), HM warns not to protest against neighbouring countries (ht 06/09/02021) [A government that suppresses freedom of opinion is not democratic!], Six arrested from outside U.S. Embassy in Maharajgunj (kh 06/09/2021)

Court observation on public debate on sub judice cases raises questions : Restricting public discourse could be tantamount to gag order, which is a detriment to democracy, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/09/2021)

One man’s quest to prove he is alive and to undo his death on records : Subhash Tamang has been running around from one government office to another to reclaim his citizenship and his identity after he was pronounced dead in Saudi Arabia, by Binod Bhandari (kp 10/08/2021)

'One in four teen girls miss school during menstruation' (ht 22/07/2021), Girls' absenteeism : There is a long way to go before we totally end school absenteeism during the menstruation period (ht 23/07/2021)

Women in remote Baglung village are sent to animal sheds to give birth : Many women die for want of treatment and maternity care in Dhiri since they do not go to hospitals for delivery, by Prakash Baral (kp 20/07/2021), Towards safer births : Superstitions and discriminatory customs continue to deny women their basic rights (kp 21/07/2021)

In Kalikot, gender discrimination begins at birth : Despite efforts from social organisations and local authorities to raise awareness on gender discrimination, prejudices against girls are still prevalent, by Tularam Pandey (kp 19/07/2021)

Proposed policy to ban small importers sparks individual rights concerns : Provision will limit the number of importers and make it easier to identify them and track their transactions, report says, by Prithvi ManShrestha (kp 16/07/2021)

Reproductive rights of women, young people must be protected, says UNFPA (ht 14/07/2021)

Ratnanagar not to allow lactating mothers to go abroad (kh 03/07/2021) [This is archaic patriarchy! According to Article 18 of the Constitution, all people are equal, regardless of their gender. Consequently, men with children of this age are also no longer allowed to leave the country!]

New severe media law in the offing : Media publishing, broadcasting news on prohibited issues to be shut down (kh 13/06/2021) [related to Lumbini Province]

Right to bodily autonomy under threat, say activists (ht 07/06/2021)

NHRC urges to ensure Dalit’s rights to justice and equality (kh 04/06/2021)

Police misbehaviour with citizens under scanner, thanks to social media, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 03/06/2021)

Strike ban on areas of essential goods and services expanded (ht 02/06/2021)

The subtle art of misogyny: Time to break free of it, by Supriya Pudasainy (ht 27/05/2021)

Fight for survival, by Nitish Lal Shrestha (kh 25/05/2021), Valley’s poor worry about food as authorities prepare to extend lockdown by another week : Rights activist Mohna Ansari says the state must support the needy in times of crisis, by Anup Ojha (kp 25/05/2021)

Nepalis on social media take a dig at Oli over his criticism of a Kantipur cartoon : The Post’s sister paper had run the cartoon two days after President Bhandari endorsed Prime Minister Oli’s House dissolution decision with promptitude, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/05/2021)

Free Press Checks Disinformation, by Namrata Sharma (rn 05/05/2021)

Safeguarding Privacy In The Digital World, by Harsha Man Maharjan (rn 01/05/2021)

Remote local unit in Gorkha enhancing public access to information : Dharche Rural Municipality has employed heralds and used radio services to disseminate information in highlands, by Hariram Upreti (kp 14/04/2021)

High-level mechanism advised for effective RTI implementation (kh 27/03/2021)

My body, my rights : There is growing evidence that the Covid-19 economic recession has led to increased vulnerabilities, by Christian Manhart and Eunsong Kim (kp 24/03/2021)

Police tend to make public suspects too quickly and that’s wrong, experts sayThe practice came to light once again when four people were paraded without ascertaining what they possessed was actually uranium, a material used for making nuclear bombs, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 22/03/2021), Guilty until proven innocent? The practice of making suspects public too quickly is wrong (kp 23/03/2021)

Many Nepalis deprived of citizenship certificate (ht 07/03/2021)

Of trafficking and absurd rules : Long before, women travelling abroad were routinely subjected to humiliating questions about why and with whom they were travelling, or how they could afford to do so, by Bishal Thapa (ae 05/03/2021)

Linguistic discrimination and conflict : As long as there is unfairness, the goal of an inclusive and prosperous Nepal is impossible, by Sangmo Yonjan-Tamang (kp 03/03/2021)

Narrow the gap : Although the constitution has not discriminated its citizens based on gender, the laws need to be amended to see this in practice (ht 26/02/2021) [The constitution, too, discriminates against women, for example with regard to citizenship law!]

Manifestation of misogyny : If the government really wants to ‘protect’ women it needs to make the country safe from violence, prejudices, practices and laws that harm and humiliate women, by Grishma Bista (rep 22/02/2021)

How proposed immigration policy on women is deeply flawed : Limiting women’s education, employment and movement hinders their economic empowerment and freedom thereby perpetuating their dependency on men, by Tara Kanel (rep 18/02/2021)

Contempt of conscience : Let freedom of speech and divergent views flourish (kp 17/02/2021)

Former chief justices reply to the court, reasserting why free speech matters : In saying House dissolution is unconstitutional, they say they used their right to freedom of expression and that does not amount to contempt of court, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/02/2021)

Ensure right to speech : It is sure to backfire on the government should it introduce the directives aimed at curtailing the freedom of speech (ht 15/02/2021)

Draft directives to regulate social media give authorities power to define decency : Provisions of the directives, to be enforced by the Department of Information Technology, are from the controversial Information Technology Bill which is in Parliament., by Bijay Timalsina (kp 13/02/2021), New directives to control online media worry free speech proponents (ht 13/02/2021)

In Jhakri’s arrest, analysts see Oli government’s intent to curb free speech : The leader was charged with crime against the state, before she was released, for her remarks on the President, but legal experts say police stretched the law a bit too far, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/02/2021)

History of female (im)mobility in Nepal : Immigration Dept proposal is just the latest proof of a misogynist, bungling bureaucracy, by Upasana Khadka (nt 12/02/2021), Nepal’s ‘inferior’ women : Nepal is still a highly patriarchal society that looks upon women as second-class citizens (ae 12/02/2021), ‘Women’s March’ in Kathmandu to demand an end to violence against women and impunity : People from various walks of life are participating in the march from Basantapur to Singha Durbar gate (kp 12/02/2021), ‘Justice, justice, justice’ : Fed up with inaction, women march to demand end to impunity, by Samiksha Baral (kp 13/02/2021), Hundreds rally in capital for women’s rights (ht 13/02/2021)

Proposed travel rule change may not help control women’s trafficking, experts say : Immigration official tries but fails to convince protesters that the government is not trying to curtail anyone’s rights, by Chandan Kumar Mandal and Samikshy Baral (kp 12/02/2021) [But it helps the patriarchy to control women even better! According to the thinking of Hindu fundamentalists like Oli, this is perfectly fine!]

Smash rape culture : Impunity is one of the reasons why sexual violence continues to thrive (kp 11/02/2021) [The Oli government and political parties care more about their sympathisers, even if they are perpetrators! They also regard women as inferior creatures, subordinate to men in every way!]

Lactating mothers, newborns in the far-west forced to stay in cowsheds after childbirth, by Prakash Singh (ht 10/02/2021)

Why women should be given equal rights in citizenship : Nepal’s sovereignty will be stronger if we empower our women and children and weaker if we disenfranchise the children of Nepali mothers. A nation that treats its citizens unequally is doomed from within, by Riti Prasai (rep 09/02/2021)

Kalikot teens run successful campaign against Chhaupadi : Campaign inspires girls and women to abandon period sheds, by Tularam Pandey (kp 23/01/2021)

When will Dalit lives matter? Despite voices being raised in the Capital and across the country against the injustices inflicted on Dalit people, their plight remains the same.  The Post takes a look at the events that took shape last year and why they were not enough, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 23/01/2021)

‘Govt working to end discrimination against women’ (ht 18/01/2021) [This claim is a farce as long as the political patriarchy that dominates all parties is not willing to treat women as equal to men in every way, that is, in the constitution, laws, citizenship, and any kind of inclusion and participation. And none of the autocratic male Tagadhari politicians are willing to do that!]

COVID pandemic worsens citizens’ right to employment (ht 07/01/2021)

FNJ flays journalists’ arrest in Kathmandu (ht 07/01/2021)

Bardibas villagers grapple with drinking water shortage : Around 400 families have been facing water shortages for the last five decades, by Sunita Baral (kp 07/01/2021)

Lumbini to expand access to drinking water (ht 06/01/2021)

Proposed amendment on visit visa law is deeply flawed, by Karan Kunwar and Indu Dhungana (rep 03/01/2021)

Large number of people could be disenfranchised if polls are held as planned : The government has announced midterm elections on April 30 and May 10 but experts say there isn’t enough time for new voters to get registered, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2020)

NC demands immediate release of its cadre arrested for criticising NCP leader Mahesh Basnet on Facebook (rep 31/12/2020)

Nepal waits for an unequal Citizenship Law : An international policy perspective on gender-based discrimination in the country’s citizenship Law, by Ajay Pradhan (nt 19/12/2020)

Govt frames compulsory free education rules (ht 14/12/2020)

Education Ministry continues action against two bodies for publishing commission report : A day after seeking legal proceedings against the two for violating copyright provisions, it asks major donors about their ties with them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/12/2020) [The state is ours, says the Oli government. Civil society has to shut up or face action!], Government recommends action against two NGOs (ht 08/12/2020)

Addressing Rights To Safe Abortion, by Shyam P Lohani (rn 06/12/2020)

Kathmandu DAO’s ban on protests comes under fire (ht 03/12/2020)

Govt urged to guarantee right to housing (ht 03/12/2020)

FoE defenders demand justice to victim journalists (kh 28/11/2020)

In their wait for son, Baitadi women keep delivering babies : The reproductive health of the majority of women in the district is poor, with many  suffering from anaemia, uterine prolapse and other issues, health workers say. The pressure to bear a son compromises women’s mental health, officials say, by Tripti Shahi (kp 26/11/2020), No country for girl child : The perceived importance of having a son continues to exert manifold pressure on women (kp 27/11/2020)

Ensure right to life: NHRC (ht 26/11/2020)

Right to health : Advancing universal health coverage, by Jhabindra Bhandari (ht 26/11/2020)

‘New labour standards crucial to fight violence and harassment at workplace’ (ht 25/11/2020)

Kathmandu city officials forcefully shift free meal distribution venue : Only 20 percent people show up to get food at the new venue in Thapathali, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/11/2020)

Provincial, local officials target free speech, media : Advocates of free speech fear the culture that trickled down from the federal government will ultimately lead to a state of censorship, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/11/2020)

Open area feeding for poor to close from Nov 17 (kh 14/11/2020) [And where will the mayor provide the hungry with food in the future? After all, it is his job!]

Materialising Zero Hunger Challenge, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 10/11/2020)

Chhaupadi Still In Practice In Few Villages Of Terai, by Chandani Acharya (rn 08/11/2020)

Consumers deprived of their rights due to lax market monitoring (ht 05/11/2020)

Kathmandu Metropolitan City to remove free food distribution from Khula Manch : Voluntary organisations who have been distributing food wonder how they  will now feed the hungry and want an alternative location, by Anup Ojha (kp 03/11/2020) [This shows all the irresponsibility of incompetent government and administration, that are only interested in personal power struggles and are completely indifferent to the people and the country!], KMC bars people from serving meals to needy (ht 03/11/2020), Mayor Shakya berates volunteers for distributing ‘unhygienic meals’ : Volunteers say mayor’s remark is baseless; rights activists call city’s ban on food distribution against people’s right to life, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/11/2020)

संविधानका मौलिक हकहरुको औचित्य, by Bal Krishna Mainali (Nepal Samacharpatra 01/11/2020)

Do Rapists Deserve Death Penalty?, by Birendra Madai (rn 20/10/2020)

Right To Information During Pandemic, by Mahendra Man Gurung (rn 13/10/2020) [The fundamental right to information is very often disregarded by the Oli government though it is guaranteed by the constitution!]

6.3 million Nepalis without citizenship (kh 05/10/2020) [A consequence of the narrow minded patriarchal Hindu thinking of Nepal's top Bahun politicians!!!], NRNA Europe Meeting urges parliament for prompt passage of law on Nepali citizenship (kh 05/10/2020)

Govt offices told to abide by Right to Information Act (ht 30/09/2020)

Six NSU leaders arrested for staging protest outside Chinese Embassy (ht 29/09/2020) [Freedom of expression is only valid as long as the government allows it and the opinion is in line with the government's opinion!]

Convoluted court judgments often leave even lawyers scratching their heads : Legal experts stress the need to simplify the language in court orders, which are so wordy and long-winded that even they struggle to decipher them, let alone the general public, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/09/2020),  [For the at least 56 percent of Nepali citizens for whom Nepali is not their mother tongue, the problem is likely to be much greater!]

UN rapporteurs concerned over proposed citizenship law : Some provisions seem discriminatory against women, and sexual minorities, they say, by Anil Giri (kp 26/09/2020)

Police arrest 17 supporters of Dr KC for mocking PM Oli (rep 26/09/2020)

Ruling party wants to gag its leaders to suppress criticism and dissent : Nepal Communist Party has asked its members to refrain from commenting on the party, leadership, government and policies and warned of action if they fail to comply, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/09/2020)

In cases involving members of Chand-led outfit, police are violating court orders : Members of the group have been rearrested multiple times despite courts  ordering their release citing the lack of evidence, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/09/2020)

Gender inequality in education has widened during the pandemic : With families struggling financially, girls cannot focus on their studies. They have to help out in household chores and do not always have access to technology for remote learning, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 26/08/2020)

Internet access is a human right : Affordability, accessibility and availability must be ensured to build a digital Nepal, by Narayan Prasad Ghimire (kp 23/08/2020)

‘Provide proper treatment to ailing pregnant woman’ (ht 21/08/2020)

Menstrual huts: You demolish one, we’ll build another: In Surkhet district alone, around 2,000 menstruation huts were demolished. But with the end of the campaign, menstruation huts are resurfacing, by Lalit Bahadur Budha and Hiknat Bahaduur Nepali (ae 14/08/2020) [Ram, Ram, says the PM!]

COVID-19 sharpens caste discrimination in Nepal: Dalit returnees from India face double discrimination at home even after recovering from coronavirus infection, by Unnati Chaudhary (nt 14/08/2020)

Nepal’s casteist youths: Of the Nepali youths I surveyed, most said human beings are equal. Yet they also expressed their reluctance to marry outside their caste, by Mim Bahadur Pariyar (ae 14/08/2020)

Govt offices neglecting RTI (ht 29/07/2020)

Implementation of guidelines to repatriate stranded workers fraught with challenges: Long verification processes might further delay repatriation, fear experts, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/07/2020)

Women rights organisations urge Human Rights Council to take up issue of women’s equality in citizenship rights: National Women Coalition has called for a revision in the constitution to redress discriminatory citizenship law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/07/2020), Institutionalising discrimination: A society that treats its sons and daughters differently will never achieve prosperity, by Bina Jha (kp 12/07/2020)

When it comes to media content, leave it to viewers’ discretion, experts say: Cable operators' move of banning Indian news channels after insulting video about Oli has raised a question if the state should encourage them to control the content, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/07/2020)

Supreme Court says government cannot restrict anyone from travel: Barring Lenin Bista from visiting Thailand was unconstitutional and against International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, full text of the verdict says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/07/2020)

Exploitation risk for women migrant workers has increased during pandemic, labour migration experts and rights activists say: They have urged the government to protect vulnerable women migrant workers and ensure their wages and other legal rights, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/07/2020)

Patriarchy and citizenship: Conspiracy theories flowed seamlessly from Panchayat-era scholars to politicians, by Pramod Mishra (kp 03/07/2020)

Govt urged to protect rights, interests of LGBTI people (ht 02/07/2020)

FNJ to stage protest for journalists’ job security, rights (ht 30/06/2020)

15 lawmakers, activists arrested from Baluwatar (ht 25/06/2020)

What on earth do we want on citizenship? There is a lot of whining and crying, lot of ifs and buts, unleashing of hate against political leaders, nation and nationalism but there is no solution, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 22/06/2020)

House panel endorses bill to amend Citizenship Act amid objections from three parties: Opposing parties and rights activists call seven-year rule for foreign women married to Nepali men to get naturalised citizenship a regressive move, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/06/2020)  [Long live male Bahunbad with its misogynistic patriarchal thinking! Laws must apply equally to all people, regardless of gender!]

Police arrest labourers protesting against Melamchi project: Workers, vendors and subcontractors of the project are yet to receive over Rs169million in remuneration and provident fund, by Anish Tiwari (kp 17/06/2020)

Amid mounting public pressure, govt publicizes details of Rs 8.39 billion spent on COVID-19 response so far (rep 13/06/2020)

Married daughter entitled to inherit parental property: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/06/2020)

Skirting the issue: On paper, Nepal has made some important strides towards gender equality and inclusion. Yet, in reality, the situation is far from perfect, by Deepak Thapa (kp 11/06/2020)

In Saptari, a Musahar woman is accused of practising witchcraft and beaten: Despite being beaten bloody with a metal plate, Manjudevi Sada has been ordered by the village panchayat to settle with the perpetrators and not file a case, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 11/06/2020)

Feed the hungry: The government can’t abandon the poor in the face of a humanitarian crisis (kp 05/06/2020)

Dirty mop: While changing the laws governing the CIAA is a good thing, the current amendment under discussion falls below par (kp 26/05/2020)

Survivors of domestic violence are forced to “compromise” with abusive husbands, by Sher Bahadur Jero (rep 16/05/2020)

Over 400,000 Nepalis stranded abroad appeal for rescue (kh 15/05/2020)

Motion tabled in Parliament to repatriate Nepali migrant workers: The motion of public importance tabled by Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Thapa recommends that the government initiate rescue and repatriation of Nepalis from Covid-19 hit countries based on their status of vulnerability, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/05/2020)

How Free Is Freedom Of Expression?, by Mukunda Kattel (rn 11/05/2020)

Information, please! The government needs to communicate its lockdown policies better to the people, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 01/05/2020)

Around 1,300 Nepalis stranded in bordering Indian district brought home: Hundreds of home-bound Nepali workers were quarantined in the border area after Nepal-India border was sealed amid fear of Covid-19 around a month ago, by Manoj Badu (kp 01/05/23020) [It would have been the duty of the Oli government to arrange this about five weeks ago!]

Removal of Bhattarai’s interview from Radio Nepal draws flak (ht 28/04/2020)

SC rejects govt’s request to review verdict on transitional justice (rep 27/04/2020)

Former secy arrested for cyber offence (ht 24/04/2020), Freedom Forum concerned (ht 24/04/2020), Attorney’s office file a court case against former government secretary Upadhyaya for cyber crime: Upadhyaya was arrested for his critical comments against the Oli government on his social media, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 27/04/2020), It's a free country: The government must remember it is serving a democratic country where people have a voice (kp 27/04/2020), Former secy Upadhyay’s arrest shows govt hell-bent on silencing critics (rep 27/04/2020)

Nepal slips 6 ranks on RSF index (ht 22/04/2020) [Lowest ranking since 2014! See RSF comment and index 2020], Nepal loses six spots on global press freedom index to rank 112th out of 180 countries: Environment for journalists working for independent media outlets has been extremely difficult, Reporters Without Borders report says, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/04/2020)

While dealing with Covid-19, government should not lose sight of other infectious diseases, say doctors: With the onset of summer, infectious diseases like malaria, typhoid, dengue, and cholera could lead to epidemics of their own if focus stays on the coronavirus, they say, by Arjun Poudel (kp 17/04/2020)

Police sub-inspector beat up health worker in Dharan: Health workers staged a protest outside the city demanding action the officer following the incident, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 17/04/2020) [The policemen's mistaken idea that they could beat other people at any time has not changed a bit since the royal panchayat era!], Departmental action should be initiated against police personnel who manhandled doctors, committee concludes: It follows reports that personnel from Maharajgunj Police Circle manhandled three doctors returning from work on Wednesday night, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 17/04/2020) [Disciplinary measures are not enough. There must also be criminal proceedings in public courts!]

Nepal Army contacting people who bought SIM cards recentl: Officials working under the assumption that those who returned to Nepal would have bought new mobile numbers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/04/2020) [????]

The pandemic is reinforcing social inequalities: For minority groups already suffering under various inequalities, the pandemic and the lockdown are already furthering their marginalisation, by Aditi Aryal (kp 16/04/2020)

Oli cautioning party members to keep distance from media reflects a lack of trust, leaders say: Unhappy with leaks, Oli asks all aides, ministers and party members to keep the media at bay, by Anil Giri (kp 16/04/2020) [This means a fundamental violation of constitution and democratic principles!!]

Food crisis hits haliya families hard in Bajura, by Prakash Singh (ht 09/04/2020)

Silent at the top: During times of crisis, clear information from the government is reassuring—especially from the very top. (kp 07/04/2020) [Oli and his colleagues have no idea of the people's right and the government's duty to information!]

Winter crops lie unharvested in the fields as the lockdown forces farmers indoors: There are many who say that farmers should be allowed to work in the fields, as there is little danger of contracting Covid-19 while working five or six feet apart, by Sangam Prasain (kp 06/04/2020) [Is there a need for other evidence of the government's high level of incompetence? The people have a right to food!]

Detainees languish in police custody amid closure of court (ht 04/04/2020)

Panic spikes as PM's IT guru Ali has access to people's private data, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 04/04/2020)

Red flag placed on housetops to identify people coming from abroad in Dolakha (ht 02/04/2020) [One must not discriminate against anyone just because he/she has been abroad. The virus can be carried by anyone!], Foreign returnees facing humiliation (ht 02/04/2020)

Patients with fever being turned away due to COVID fear, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 02/04/2020), Private health facilities refusing service to face music (ht 02/04/2020))

Supreme Court orders government to ensure vulnerable people’s right to food: The court asks government authorities to apprise it of what they are doing for food security, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 31/03/2020), Hunger looms as the economy stops: The government needs to act to neutralise the threats to food and nutrition security from the lockdown, by Shobha Poudel (kp 31/03/2020)

Nepalis are swimming across the Mahakali to get home: Around 500 Nepali migrant workers are currently stuck at the border with India in Darchula because of the ongoing lockdown, and they're desperate to get back., by Manoj Badu (kp 31/03/2020) [Health precautions must be taken, but Nepalese citizens have the right to enter their own country even in times of Corona! This is tantamount to temporary expatriation!], Around 400 Nepalis stranded at Sunauli border point stage a sit-in: The Nepalis reached Sunauli border point from various parts of India three days ago and are waiting to be allowed in, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 31/03/2020)

Decision to ban entry of Nepalis returning from abroad challenged: ‘Move violates rights of Nepalis stranded in foreign countries’ (ht 25/03/2020), Hopes of Nepalis stuck abroad dashed (ht 26/03/2020) [This is tantamount to justifying a temporary exile!]

House panel endorses bill allowing intelligence agency to listen in on conversations: The bill passed with the support of the opposition Nepali Congress, despite legal experts sounding the alarm over its potential for misuse and privacy violations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/03/2020)

‘More than half the population denied access to hand hygiene’: UNICEF says 54 per cent health care units in Nepal lack access to handwashing facilites (kp 19/03/2020)

Govt curtailing freedom of expression: Report; The government did not make efforts to preserve safety and independence of the media (ht 15/03/2020)

Govt fails to deliver right info at right time (ht 14/03/2020)

Marriage halted during day, conducted at night (ht 13/03/2020)

In criminal cases, police often fail to ensure privacy or security for complainants, resulting in threats and bribes: Threats and bribes can lead the complainant to ultimately change their statements in courts, weakening the case and resulting in a lack of conviction, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 06/03/2020)

Caste-based discrimination continues across Nepal: Report: “Dalits are unable to sell dairy products due to superstitious beliefs in society”  (ht 05/03/2020)

Right to Housing: Right to housing is not the same as the right to land. The state must make every possible effort to implement the right to shelter and take progressive steps in that direction, by Jivesh Jha and Nil Prasad Paneru (rep 04/03/2020)

Why Special Service Bill should be amended: If Special Service Bill is authenticated in current format, it could lead to self-censorship among the journalists and their sources. Besides, journalists, You Tubers and bloggers may be arrested, by Taranath Dahal and Dikchya Raut (rep 03/03/2020)

Supreme Court orders contempt of court case against four police officials, including the Nepal Police chief: The order comes following the arrest of three Chand party members from the Supreme Court premises immediately after their release on February 17, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 01/03/2020)

Video of police officer baton charging a woman carrying a child outrages the public: The video once again calls attention to the police’s use of excessive force against peaceful protestors who pose no threat, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 29/02/2020), [No one has the right to beat other people, especially not with wooden sticks. Even policemen who do this are to be treated as criminals!], Police inspector mercilessly beats up woman, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 29/02/2020)

Accept the criticisms: Government needs to understand that appreciation of different perspectives and criticisms can only help the government become more accountable, by Tulasi Acharya (rep 29/02/2020)

Civil code deems a man and woman married if a child is born, but opinions are divided: While some rights activists believe that the provision will help ensure citizenship for the child, others see it as a patriarchal imposition, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 27/02/2020)

Civil liberty group calls for more changes in proposed Media Council Bill: In a statement, Freedom Forum has welcomed recent changes but pointed out a number of provisions that could jeopardise freedom of expression in the country (kp 24/02/2020)

After the executive, legislature restricts media’s access: At least two parliamentary committees have refused to allow journalists to cover their meetings, while both the Prime Minister’s Office and Home Ministry have also imposed restrictions, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/02/2020) [This is a serious violation of Article 27 of the Constitution, which guarantees all citizens the right to information. It is the duty and right of the media to provide this information without restriction (article 19).]

Chinese Embassy takes exception to article carried by Post on coronavirus: The Post on its February 18 edition had carried an op-ed, previously published by The Korean Herald, about China’s handling of the outbreak (kp 19/02/2020), Journalists and diplomats seriously concerned over Chinese embassy statement: The Chinese embassy’s statement objecting to an article published by the Post is against press freedom and breaches diplomatic protocol, they say, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan  (kp 20/02/2020), Why China’s statement targeting The Post is a cause for concern: The Chinese embassy’s statement, ultimately, is not just about the Post, or its Editor-in-Chief. It is a rebuke to not bite the hand that feeds (kp 20/02/2020)

Karnali reeling under food shortage: Six districts out of 10 in the province are not able to meet the demand for food (ht 16/02/2020)

Rural municipality chair accused of coercing a Dalit woman into abortion: Jaya Bahadur Chemjong is among seven people accused of forcing a Dalit woman to abort her fetus at 21 weeks as she was in an intercaste marriage, district police say, by Ananda Gautam (kp 15/02/2020)

Despite robust legal provisions, pregnant women still find it difficult to get maternity leave: The law mandates a total of 98 days of maternity leave, with 60 days fully paid, but most private employers fail to comply and women are hesitant to ask, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 13/02/2020), Maternity leave: Women are discriminated against in the workplace (kp 14/02/2020)

Citizens still deprived of fundamental rights in lack of regulations, by Ashok Dahal (rep 03/02/2020)

Student’s arrest from university library prompts questions over intent: The student, who was released after 24 hours in custody, had in his possession a book by an Indian politician which police said was only read by “terrorists”, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 03/02/2020) [????]

‘RTI ensures transparency of local bodies’ (ht 29/01/2020)

Civil servants spreading awareness against chhaupadi in Bajura (ht 29/01/2020)

Assessing privacy law: Individual’s right to refuse medical treatment or terminate his life and opt for euthanasia falls within the ambit of right to privacy. Individual’s Right to Privacy Act is silent on this matter, by Jivesh Jha and Nil Prasad Paneru (rep 26/01/2020)

Police, local reps destroy chhau huts in Dadeldhura district (ht 24/01/2020), 241 chhaugoths demolished in Dailekh (rep 24/01/2020)

Lack of laws affects implementation of fundamental rights (ht 23/01/2020)

Govt urged to rectify controversial IT Bill (ht 22/01/2020))

Women urge for 'brainwashing' along with strict measures against Chhaupadi, by Jagat Khadka (rep 20/01/2020)

Tipping point on menstrual banishment in Nepal: It is when local women take the lead to end the practice that it is most effective, by Marty Logan (nt 17/01/2020)

Young girls taking one step at a time to fight menstrual banishment: Although complete eradication of the practice seems like a far cry at the moment, various anti-Chhaupadi campaigns launched by young women have paved a way to fight against the practice, by Tularam Pandey (kp 15/01/2020)

Widows in Nepal still need to fight for their property right: Despite legal provisions that ensure widows’ rights to the property of their husbands, implementation has been impeded by societal norms and customs, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 15/01/2020)

Organisations gear up for protest against IT bill saying it will curb freedom of expression: Even within the ruling party, some leaders have been raising voices against the bill, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/01/2020)

MPs demand court nod for tapping personal phone calls (rep 07/01/2020), Internet service providers open to criminal liability under new IT bill (rep 07/01/2020)

The current government is breathing down our necks: The Information Technology Bill will asphyxiate freedom of speech and expression, by Sushrey Nepal (kp 03/01/2020)

As the government pushes ahead with IT Bill, rights watchdog expresses concern: The bill in its current form infringes on the fundamental freedom of expression, says the National Human Rights Commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/1/2020)

Without proper sanitation facilities, girls keep missing school during menstruation: While menstrual taboos already lead girls to miss school, a lack of water and sanitation at schools only pushes them to stay away, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 31/12/2019)

Curtailing civil liberties in Nepal, one legislation at a time: The KP Sharma Oli-led government has been repeatedly criticised for trying to curb dissent through its laws and policies, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 31/12/2019)

House panel passes controversial IT Bill disregarding dozens of amendment proposals: In an attempt to regulate the cyberspace, the government has given itself enormous new powers to curb online content, experts say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 30/12/2019), HoR panel passes ‘restrictive’ IT Bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/12/2019), Government tables bill that will allow intelligence agencies to listen in to private conversations: Provisions in the bill contradict the spirit of the constitutional rights to freedom of expression and privacy, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/12/2019)

Spooking Nepalis by snooping on them: A new bill in Parliament threatens the citizens’ right to privacy and freedom, by Mukesh Pokhrel (nt 27/12/2019)

NHRC urges govt to ensure fundamental rights of citizens (ht 25/12/2019)

In Kathmandu’s schools, it’s not just teachers who are watching you: Surveillance cameras have become ubiquitous in Kathmandu’s schools and colleges. But students and teachers say they come at the cost of personal freedoms, by Tulsi Tauniyar (kp 18/12/2019)

Government tables bill allowing intelligence agencies to intercept personal conversation: Rights defenders and main opposition object to the bill, saying it infringes upon people’s right to privacy and individual freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/12/2019) [Is Nepal more and more turning into an the authoritarian control state?], New bill lets govt snoop on citizens: Comes under fire from rights activists, lawyers and NC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/12/2019), Big Brother is listening: The government has once again shown its tendency towards authoritarianism. It must stop (kp 18/12/2019), Ensure privacy right: It would be in the interest of the government not to push the bill through the Parliament on the strength of its near two-thirds majority (ht 18/12/2019)

The government must ensure it establishes the consumer court expeditiously: Consumer courts enable consumers to make the best choices based on their interests and prevent them from being mistreated (kp 16/12/2019)

Let’s talk about the queer: Bringing LGBTIQ discussions to the mainstream at WOW festival, as the community struggles for social acceptance, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp13/12/2019)

Right to Information Act: Most ministries fail to update their information (ht 03/12/2019)

NVC seeks action against 258 employees (kp 01/12/2019) [How can the Nepalese state dare to force all civil servants to wear the Hindu caste clothes in office?]

NCP student wing cadres thrash college chief: ANNFSU targets Tri-Chandra College principal for hiking fees (ht 26/11/2019)

FNJ to hold demonstration for protection of press freedom (ht 23/11/2019)

With new legislation in the works, Nepal’s civil society organisations fear tighter control: The KP Sharma Oli administration has been repeatedly criticised by national and international rights bodies for trying to curb dissent through laws and policies, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 23/11/2019)

Our songs from the forest: Finding freedom from menstrual taboos in the lap of nature, by Uma Bista (kp 23/11/2019)

In Rajapur, police consistently fail to investigate cases involving marginalised communities: Police have refused to look into a number of recent cases involving Tharus and Dalits, despite their families alleging foul play, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 16/11/2019)

Human Rights Watch criticises the government’s move to undermine citizen’s rights to organise: The current administration has been repeatedly criticised by national and international rights bodies for trying to curb dissent through laws and policies, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 15/11/2019)

FNJ to launch special mission for press freedom from January (ht 11/11/2019)

Why media must be free: Nepal would do better by adhering to the principles of freedom, diversity and equality in media actions, by Mohan Nepali (rep 05/11/2019)

Govt told not to curtail Bista’s rights (ht 01/11/2019)

The health of the prime minister is a topic that affects everyone in the country: The public has a right to know about KP Sharma Oli's condition (kp 01/11/2019)

Rapper’s arrest is latest in government’s attempt to crack down on free expression: Samir Ghising’s detention comes just days after another singer, Durgesh Thapa, was called for questioning by the police for the same reason, by Samuel Chhetri and Bhrikuti Rai (kp 25/10/2019), Democratic nations should protect all free speech: If a state fundamentally guarantees freedom of expression then it also guarantees a right to offend, by Atit Babu Rijal (kp 27/10/2019), Artists decry the growing tendency to arrest musicians for their lyrical content as autocratic censorship: In the wake of singer Durgesh Thapa and rapper VTEN’s arrest, Nepali artists say that the police’s actions are alarming and people need to resist them, by Timothy Aryal (kp 28/0/2019)

Some basic rights still a struggle for LGBTI in Nepal, by Priyanka Adhikari (rep 20/10/2019)

Supreme Court directs information commission to respond to writ regarding Lal Commission report: The report includes findings from investigations into deadly violence in 2015 that killed nearly 50 people, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/10/2019)

Nepali citizens detained during Xi Jinping’s visit for Tibetan signage on clothes and accessories: All citizens have a right to political opinion and the right to criticise and protest Nepal’s foreign policy, irrespective of the country’s formal position, say rights activists, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 18/10/2019)

Hospitals are implanting hormonal birth control on mentally impaired women: Rights activists say that such implants are a violation of women’s rights and legal provisions and do not address the core problem of violence against women, by Arjun Poudel (kpn 17/10/2019)

11 Tibetan refugees among 22 held (ht 13/10/2019)

While the entire country takes a four-day holiday, Nepal’s courts go on a two-week break: The decision to take a 15-day holiday is especially concerning given that thousands of cases remain pending at the courts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/10/2019)

NHRC concerned about curbs on free speech (ht 02/10/2019)

Governments have no right to dictate what the citizenry can think: The current government is notorious for its attempts to muzzle the free press (kp 30/09/2019)

Press Council wants to monitor journalists’ social media use because it wants them to be ‘role models’: Amendments to the Journalist Code of Conduct could stifle journalists’ freedom of expression on social media, rights advocates say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 27/09/2019)

How safe is your data? To start the culture of protecting data, Nepali consumers have to demand accountability and transparency from the organizations which collect their data, by Pratigya Bhattarai (kp 26/09/2019)

Progress in rights has stalled: Sexual minorities (ht 20/09/2019)

In a democracy, protesting is a right: Guided by the ‘best constitution’, we have to presume our current political system is not a sham democracy, by Deepak Thapa (kp 19/09/2019)

Women's battle for citizenship continues: The new proposals regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill still treat women as second-class citizens (kp 16/09/2019)

Politics of the Dolpo festival: The violation of the political rights of Dolpo in 2014 is still fresh in the minds of many, by Tashi Tewa (kp 16/09/2019)

Citizenship debate has reached another low, rights activists say: New provisions in the citizenship amendment bill could further limit equal citizenship rights for women, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 12/09/2019), Lawmakers continue to debate marital naturalisation in Parliament (ht 12/09/2019) [Women and men should be legally treated absolutely equally, regardless of whether they are foreigners or not! Nepal is not the property of men!]

Government to launch mobile app to deliver services digitally: IT experts say use of mobile SIM card registration data for applicant identification problematic; raise concern over cyber threat and misuse of digital information by the state, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/05/2019)

No regulation to implement acts related to fundamental rights, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/09/2019)

Suicide is preventable: Mental health should be respected as a fundamental right (kp 30/08/2019)

Police intensify crack down on sex workers: 121 persons, including 25 transgender, arrested in the last one month, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 29/08/2019)

UN asks Nepal government to bring anti-torture law at par with international standard: The existing provision in criminal code is flexible, legal experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/08/2019) [It is not only the unchanged and continued practice of torture and targeted injuries up to killings by the security forces. Numerous other laws and practices also violate internationally recognized human rights statutes, although Nepal has been a member of the UN Human Rights Council since the beginning of 2018!]

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

End gender discrimination in citizenship bill: NHRC (ht 24/08/2019)

Journalists are being arrested for their political beliefs, in eerie reminder of Panchayat days: At least two journalists are in detention on suspicion of their affiliation with the Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/08/2019)

Neglected for giving birth to a baby girl: If there is something our society as a whole must fight together it is this (rep 15/08/2019)

States are beginning to play a direct role in supporting press freedom: The declining state of freedom of expression in the subcontinent needs more exposure, by Achyut Wagle (kp 06/08/2019)

‘Implement sexual and reproductive health rights’ (ht 04/08/2019)

A new film bill draws sharp criticism from Nepali entertainment industry: The proposed bill gives sweeping authority to film censor board and adds unnecessary hassles, filmmakers say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 03/08/2019)

In some colleges, students say teachers are going through their phones: While students decry invasion of privacy, teachers and staff say that they only do it for the protection of their students, by Sneha Dahal (kp 03/08/2019)

Data collection and privacy issues: We need to start talking about who is gathering our personal information and how they are using it, by Jagat Bahadur Kunwar (kp 02/08/2019)

Consumers have rights: The government must do everything in its power to establish consumer courts in the country (kp 01/08/2019)

Postpartum mothers in Joshibunga carry the weight of old traditions: In many parts of Nepal, new mothers are considered “untouchable” until the eleventh day of delivery, by Trpti Shahi (kp 30/07/2019)

NHRC for lifting curbs  on women aspiring to work abroad (ht 27/07/2019)

Women workers in construction sector continue to experience exploitation on several fronts: The workers are formally organising against unequal pay, workplace safety, and workplace harassment, and this is helping them protect their rights, recent study concludes, by Chandan Kumar Mandal(kp 26/07/2019)

The government should protect intellectual property, not hide behind it: It should make all data easily accessible, not limit its usage by adding unnecessary watermarks, by Deepak Thapa (kp 25/07/2019)

Debate on external voting rages on, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/07/2019)

Govt told to ensure safe migration, protect rights of women migrants (ht 20/07/2019)

Thousands of domestic violence cases are registered every year, but almost none go to court: Nepal’s law itself favours mediation over prosecution, as domestic violence is regarded to be a family affair, lawyers say, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 19/07/2019)

NHRC for lifting travel ban on female migrant workers (rep 17/07/2019)

Bungal declared first ‘Chhaupadi free’ municipality in Farwest: Bungal’s Mayor Dhan Bahadur Bista says the declaration came after a long, persistent effort from the municipality and various non-governmental organisations, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 15/07/2019)

Allow LGBTIQ people to join govt jobs, say lawmakers, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 01/07/2019)

‘Govt invoking reasonable restriction provision to curtail press freedom’: Deteriorating press freedom in Nepal has drawn the attention of international press bodies (ht 25/06/2019)

Political violence: Missing the gender lens, by Susan Risal (ht 25/06/2019)

Dhading’s centuries-old temple where women are still barred, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 21/06/2019)

CBS report brings to fore huge gender pay gap: Nepali women earn 29 per cent less than equally educated men, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 20/06/2019)

Senior citizens in rural areas deprived of citizenship certificate: Without citizenship, people are denied job opportunities and social security allowances, by Ramesh Chandra Adhikari (kp 14/06/2019)

On sex and citizenship: The debate on citizenship goes from nationalist rhetoric to plain misogyny, by Subina Shrestha (kp 14/06/2019)

AI tells govt to ensure safe housing for all people: Nearly half the population is living in substandard homes; 10 pc people are homeless (ht 13/06/2019), Right to housing law must extend protection to tenants, squatters: Amnesty report; Director of Amnesty International Nepal Nirajan Thapaliya says the government has been increasingly  enacting laws related to fundamental rights without any consultation with stakeholders, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 14/06/2019)

Rights activists urge govt to sign OPCAT, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/05/2019)

Together against pollution: Air pollution should be controlled immediately. Otherwise, we will witness huge loss in human resources, production and economic growth, by Nitigya Oli and Durga Sapkota (rep 21/05/2019)

National Human Rights Commission objects to Media Council Bill: If endorsed in present form, it will be against the basic principles of human rights and freedom of expression, watchdog says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/05/2019), NHRC concerned about freedom of expression (ht 16/05/2019)

Two years on, Nepali women still barred from working in the Gulf as housemaids: Latest recommendations urge the government to revoke discriminatory restrictions and allow all women equal access to employment, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 14/05/2019)

Threats to press freedom have only increased in Nepal, report says: Even as violations of press freedom nearly doubled in the last  12 months, the administration is formulating tighter laws, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 02/05/2019) [see report by Freedom Forum], 104 cases of press freedom violations in a year (ht 02/05/2019)

Right to food sovereignty still a far cry, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/05/2019)

Gaumul Rural Municipality freed of chhaupadi (ht 20/04/2019)

Rising threat of pollution: Right to clean environment is the fundamental right granted by the constitution. ​Health of general public should not be compromised in the name of development, by Sandip Neupane (rep 18/04/2019)

Journalist arrested on charge of cybercrime for publishing news on financial fraud: Reporters, freedom of speech campaigners condemn the arrest saying journalism is not cybercrime, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 16/04/2019)

Citizenship relief for children of  citizens by birth: District administrative offices told to grant them citizenship by descent, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 04/04/2019) [The cheering can only come from male persons! Concerning the right to citizenship through the mother everything remains unchanged! Women continue to be treated as unequal and inferior persons! Long live the patriarchal state of Nepal!!]

Is Nepal’s progressive trans rights movement bracing for a setback? LGBTIQ community expresses reservations about provisions in the citizenship bill which, according to them, can result in further discrimination against sexual minorities, by Asmita Manandhar (kp 31/03/2019)

Back to the Middle Ages: An examinee had her sanitary pad confiscated in the name of security (kp 28/03/2019)

His mother is a Nepali.He has been refused citizenship for 10 years: Between 2009 and 2017, Nepal has issued 13 naturalised citizenships to those born to a Nepali mother and a foreign father. Many are waiting, hoping to be the next, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 25/03/2019)

Women are still dying after being sent to menstruation huts, but no one is filing complaints: A new report by the National Human Rights Commision paints a grim picture of Chhaupadi and how it’s still taking women’s lives, despite being outlawed, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 23/03/2019) [see NHRC report (in Nepali)]

On the wrong side of history: Defending unequal citizenship rights is defending the Khas-Arya man’s status, not the state sovereignty, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 22/03/2019)

Achham police launch campaign against Chhaupadi, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 12/03/2019)

Debate on women’s citizenship rights rages as House takes up amendment bill: Activists say lawmakers’ reluctance to grant equal citizenship rights to women is reflective of the deep-rooted patriarchal beliefs in society, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 08/03/2019)

Free the speech: The beauty of the internet is freedom. Let it be, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 03/03/2019)

‘Democracy is also about tolerating dissent’ (ht 02/03/2019)

‘ITB curtails fundamental rights of  people’ (ht 26/02/2019)

Menstruating women are still being banished to outdoor sheds — and it’s killing them, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 23/02/2019)

Everything you need to know about the government’s new IT bill: In an attempt to regulate the cyberspace, the K P Sharma Oli government is trying to give itself  enormous new powers to curb online content, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 23/02/2019)

Assaulting free speech: The provisions in the new bill could further curtail free speech and silence dissenters, by Taranath Dahal (kp 21/02/2019)

Following threats, popular folk singer Sharma pulls video from YouTube: Rights advocates call pressure an attack on freedom of expression, by Anup Ojha and Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/02/2019), Folk singer Pashupati faces YAN music for satirical song, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/02/2019)

With a new IT bill, state draws battle lines against free speech: In attempting to regulate social media platforms, Oli administration violates the freedom of speech and opinion guaranteed under the constitution, experts say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 16/02/2019)

Government proposes harsh punishment for posting ‘improper’ contents online, by Sanjaya Lama (kp 14/02/2019)

Ministry asks staff to not partake in programmes without consent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/02/2019) [Fundamental rights not valid for civil servants!]

Bill restricting civil servants from sharing views on social media cause for concern: Experts, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/02/2019), Bill puts rigid restrictions on govt staff, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/02/2019)

Many muzzles: Press freedom cannot be curtailed in the name of ‘regulation’ (kp 12/02/2019)

Provincial media bills will curtail press freedom, experts warn: Provincial assemblies should take into account the importance of  fourth estate in democracy and governance, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/02/2019)

Rise against the clock: Proactive research and analysis are needed to effectively address future nutritional problems, by Ramu Bishwakarma (kp 05/02/2019)

Youth denied citizenship despite SC order (ht 05/02/2019)

Standing in the  way of control: Protests, a means of political  communication, cannot be stifled (kp 04/02/2019)

Nepal Citizenship bill: Female lawmakers decry unequal provisions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 30/01/2019), Nepal Citizenship Bill faces hurdles to passage in HoR, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 31/01/2019)

Citizens’ Right to Health, by Mukti Rijal (rn 24/01/2019)

A school too far: Through a child rights perspective, the school merging programme goes against the right to education, by Nilima Rai (kp 24/01/2019)

A dangerous life: Road safety is not a privilege, but the right of the people (kp 21/01/2019)

Press freedom anxiety: To demonstrate that it will work as per the spirit of the Constitution, the govt has no option but to amend some of the draconian provisions (ht 03/01/2019), Civil society and media: Give them their due, by Dutta Shree Duwadi (Khanal) (ht 03/01/2019)

‘Untouchability’ culture among Dalits weakens anti-discrimination drive, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 28/12/2018)

Nirmala murder case: 2nd suspect freed by DNA report, accuses police of torture, by Sanjaya Lama (kp 27/12/2018), Police deny torturing suspects during interrogation: Pradip Rawal and Bishal Chaudhary, the latest suspects  in Nirmala murder case, cleared by DNA evidence, by Nayak Paudel (kp 28/12/2018)

No remedy even as Kathmandu air crosses dangerous levels, by Arpan Shrestha (kp 25/12/2018)

Chaudhary: Police tortured me to extract confession, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/12/2018), Bishal taken to Kathmandu for medical examination, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 25/12/2018) [Showing mental problems after severe police torture!]

Chhaupadi-free drive ineffective, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 22/12/2018)

Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights (ht 22/12/2018)

'Monopoly of capitalist big media houses' must en, says Dahal (rep 13/12/2018) [Another frontal attack on free press and freedom of opinion!!]

Hail Comrade Chairman! With the mass intelligentsia ready to pounce upon his critics, Oli is confident that he can cut the media and intelligentsia down to size, by CK Lal (rep 10/12/2018)

Disabled people to campaign for inclusion across the country: 513,321 disabled people live in Nepal, according to 2011 census, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/12/2018), Count them in: The state must take ownership over empowering differently-abled people (kp 03/12/2018), Getting noticed: For people with disabilities, the realisation of their basic human rights is a huge challenge, by Rajesh Man KC (kp 03/12/2018)

People still unaware of right to info (ht 29/11/2018) [And the governmaent of PM Oli does everything that they will never become aware!]

Stringent IT law to replace Electronic Transaction Act: Advocates of press freedom concerned over its effects in digital age, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/11/2018)

Citizens, not subjects: Criticising the government and expressing dissatisfaction is our right (kp 15/11/2018)

Fearing backlash, Cabinet keeps key decisions to itself: In an unprecedented move and against a longstanding practice, journalists on Sunday were denied information on government decisions, by Anil Giri (kp 13/11/2018), Govt move to deny info on cabinet decisions causes widespread controversy (rep 13/11/2018), Govt’s information gag draws flak, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 13/11/2018), Not disclosing cabinet decisions a huge setback for freedom of info, by Taranath Dahal (rep 14/11/2018), Cabinet decisions must be transparent (rep 14/11/2018), Cabinet to share its decisions only once a week: Prime Minister Oli warns ministers not to divulge decisions to media, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/11/2018) [??????], PM cements information gag order, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 16/11/2018), Nepaleaks: Why is the greatest communist government on Earth afraid of its own people, media and even well-wishers?, by Guffadi (kp 17/11/2108), ‘Info gag on Cabinet decisions against constitution, RTI Act’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/11/2018)

Ministry issues stern social media use policy: Directive bars comments or posts against government, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/11/2018)

PM's IT consultant 'tapping' private data on people for commercial use (rep 09/10/2018)

Don’t be cruel: The authorities need to understand that the use of torture is inhumane and illegal, by Sudeshna Thapa (kp 05/10/2018)

Disenfranchised citizen: Every citizen has the right to a good education, even the visually impaired, by Parbishi Mishra (kp 03/10/2018)

Government mulling over making local level permit mandatory for foreign trip, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 27/09/2018), Right to roam: Govt must bear in mind that people are citizens, not subjects and any move to restrict people’s mobility will contravene human rights (ht 28/09/2018)

Shelter for everyone: Easier said than done, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 27/09/2018)

Enabling Nepalis abroad to vote: ‘Government should start preparations immediately’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 26/09/2018)

Dang brutal for women if the charge is witchery: Mostly, illiterate women with weak financial status are accused of witchcraft, they are beaten up and even murdered, by Devendra Basnet (rep 19/09/2018)

Parliament passes all bills on basic rights, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [by breaking laws and rulings in an authoritarian way!], Fundamental rights-related bills passed / MPs cast doubt over implementation, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 17/09/2018), The right stuff: Passing of the bills on basic rights is a milestone, but implementation will be key (kp 18/09/2018), Citizenship bill unlikely to be passed this session: Parliament passed 15 bills related to fundamental rights on Sunday, but stateless people will not be able to enjoy the fundamental rights, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/09/2018), Fast-tracked: Fundamental rights are essential to safeguard interests of the people, so the state now must act for their full implementation (ht 18/09/2018)

House set to endorse laws barring uneducated people from all types of jobs after 10 yrs, by Ashok Dahal (rep 16/09/2018)

Scramble to meet deadline on fundamental right laws (rep 15/09/2018), Deadline looming large over passage of rights bills, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 16/09/2018)

They are citizens too: Gender equality was sacrificed in the name of preserving social and cultural values, by Bharati Silawal Giri (kp 14/09/2018)

No laws on fundamental rights ready though deadline ends Sept 19, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/09/2018)

Leaders pledge to amend laws limiting free press: Leaders of various political parties sympathise with the concern raised by journalists and writers over the new laws that restrict press freedom (kp 03/09/2018)

Nepalis abroad set to exercise voting right: Court orders facilities for citizens to vote from foreign destinations, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/09/2019), Ensure voting rights for Nepalis living abroad, SC tells government, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/09/2018), Right to vote for Nepalis living abroad (rep 04/09/2018)

Lawmakers demand removal of 'regressive' provisions in Privacy Bill (rep 02/09/2018), Why privacy bill should be amended: The state has no right to control people’s freedom and liberties while introducing right to privacy laws. No law should encroach on people’s right to know, by Taranath Dahal (rep 02/09/2018)

Bista moves court against travel ban (kp 01/09/2018), Top court questions government for foiling Bista’s travel (kp 03/09/2018)

Plans to fast-track fundamental laws related bills afoot: Sixteen out of 17 laws related bills were registered in the Parliament, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 28/08/2018)

Truth to power: The main duty of a free press is to uphold the people’s right to know (kp 23/08/2018)

Even elected representatives have chhaugoths at home, by Nagendra Upadhyay (rep 23/08/2018)

Laws needed for exercise of fundamental rights still in pipeline: Govt set to miss Sept 19 deadline for implementation, by Ashok Dahal (rep 23/08/2018)

Protests escalate after police parade ‘wrong’ rape suspect, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 22/08/2018)

13 pc citizens have no access to drinking water, by Tika R Pradhan (22/08/2018)

Govt can’t disclose classified information: Oli (rep 20/08/2018) [??], Right to Information Act: Ensure implementation; Right to Information Act provides an opportunity for federal Nepal to hold all three tiers of governments accountable, by Pramod Bhattarai (rep 21/08/2018), Press Freedom Under Attack?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 22/08/2018), Government ignores free press concerns: New bill bars journalists from even gathering information on public staff, by Binod Ghimre (kp 22/08/2018), Solidarity against press freedom curbs (kp 22/08/2018), Value differing opinions: The new code has provisions that limit free expression and criminalise media lapses, by Binod Bhattarai (kp 23/08/2018)

End inequalities: Children of Nepali women, irrespective of who she is married to, should unquestionably be entitled to citizenship by descent (ht 20/08/2018)

Press council grills editors (rep 18/08/2018), Press Council's grilling of editors against jurisdiction and a misuse of authority: Freedom Forum (rep 19/08/2018)

Free press on edge as new laws come into force today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/08/2018), Media Society warns against anti-press rules (kp 17/08/2018), Privacy and the press: Press freedom might come under attack as the government passes new law (kp 17/08/2018)

All political parties are technically illegal, by Om Astha Rai (nt 17/08/2018)

Practising untouchability during menstruation, postpartum periods criminal offense: Offenders can be jailed for up to three months (Setopati 16/08/2018)

35 days remain to pass laws on fundamental rights: Cabinet sitting on 10 bills for a month, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/08/2018)

Cops beat up Dalit man 'without reason' (rep 15/08/2018) [Cops don't have the right to beat anybody, espexcially not the downtrodden Dalits!!]

Bill to amend citizenship act: Ruling party lawmakers object tweaks to law, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/08/2018) [The male Tagadhari politicians will take care that women will never be equal to men!]

Children are starving in Bajhang: Thousands of children at risk from malnutrition in the remote far-western district, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 13/08/2018)

Gender, nation, and women’s honour: Women’s bodies have been instrumentalised to legitimise certain groups’ political and business interests under the pretext of nationalism, by Sangita Thebe Limbu and Kalpana Jha (kp 10/08/2018)

Son worshippers: It is sad when women have to achieve recognition by having a male child (kp 09/08/2018)

Newborns may get birth certificate through their mothers, by Ashok Dahal (rep 08/08/2018), Birth certificates in mom’s name to be a norm; Fine and jail proposed for spouses who abandon their partners citing reproductive health problems. A new bill also proposes to prohibit forceful use of contraceptives, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 08/08/2018), New bill proposes to protect a woman’s right on her body: Three months prison term and fine of Rs 50,000 for forcing a woman to use contraceptive to prevent pregnancy (kp 09/08/2018)

My horrible experience with immigration at TIA, by Nikita Acharya (rep 06/08/2018) [Based on article 18 of the constitution, men should be treated in the same way if they are not travelling with female relatives!]

Right to know: Hiding information is violation of citizen’s right to information and a major stumbling block to strengthening democracy, by Pramod Bhattarai  (rep 05/08/2018)

Law ministry sends back draft bills to ministries (ht 31/07/2018)

The privilege to choose: It’s increasingly clear that our liberal standards come with the freedom to choose our protests, by Amish Mulmi (kp 27/07/2018)

Concern over shrinking civic space mounts as govt moves to stifle dissent (rep 26/07/2018)

7 ministries finalise drafts on fundamental rights: The documents will likely be tabled at the Cabinet for approval today (kp 24/07/2018), Ministries complete draft laws on fundamental rights (kp 25/07/2018)

Police gone wild! Why can’t our politicians understand that no regime has succeeded by beating up protestors and or even shooting at them?, by Guffadi (kp 21/07/2018)

Women MPs join hands against dowry system (ht 21/07/2018)

askota vows state will not muzzle media freedom KMG chairman hopes state includes stakeholders’ voice in new act (kp 20/07/2018)

Government ‘abducts’ social activist: Dr KC refuges to enter ICU, vows to continue his protest until his demands for reforms in medical education sector are met, by Binod Ghimire and LP Devkota (kp 20/07/2018), 20 doctors among injured in clashes with security forces (kp 20/07/2018), PM Oli says some parties are playing with Dr KC’s life (kp 20/07/2018) [Bare mockery!], Congress urges RJP-N, Naya Shakti to join in the fight against govt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/07/2018) [Pressure on the government is urgent, but Deuba's argumentation is also mockery, since he did not act otherwise when he was PM!], NC raises pitch against ‘autocracy’ (kp 20/07/2018), Police detain 25 students protesting against PM Oli (kp 20/07/2018)

Law Ministry to hold final talks on basic rights today: Line ministries fail to submit drafts as deadline lapses, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/07/2018)

Right to know: Hidden cabinet decisions (rep 10/07/2018), Govt hiding budget transfer details since February (rep 10/07/2018)

Govt hides cabinet decisions, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 09/07/2018), PM to direct ministers, secys on implementing policies, programmes: The government plans to set up a mechanism at the PMO to execute the policies and programmes (kp 09/07/2018)

Prof Koirala didn’t have permission to fly: Home minister: Oppn party terms it ‘fascist terror’ by govt (rep 09/07/2018), University of British Colombia dismayed and shamed (rep 09/07/2018)

Protest ban ‘unconstitutional’ (kp 04/07/2018)

On liberty: Govt’s decision to ban protests in prime spaces shows authoritarian tendency (kp 03/07/2018) Politics of prohibition: What is the need for the government to declare a no-go area for peaceful protests and prohibit spaces located at the heart of the city?, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 03/07/2018)

What’s the intention? Fundamental rights at stake (rep 02/07/2018), Allow dissent: Silencing public voice weakens democracy; govt must understand democracy and dissent go together (ht 02/07/2018)

Laws related to polygamy contradictory (ht 01/07/2018)

MoHA designates protest zones in valley (ht 29/06/2018), Activists vow to defy Maitighar Mandala ban: Nepali Congress and Bibeksheel Sajha Party say ban on protest rallies muzzles citizens’ freedom to express (kp 30/06/2018), Right to protest! Our greatest communist government on earth is slowly showing its true colours and if we don’t wake up now, it might be a little too late when you realise that you can no longer assemble peacefully, or protest against our thulo mancheys, by Guffadi (kp 30/06/2018), Bibeksheel Sajha defies govt ban, stages demonstration at Maitighar (kp 01/07/2018), Protest ban in Valley raises fears of ‘controlled democracy’ (rep 02/07/2018), Activists question legality of protest ban in Valley (rep 02/07/2018)

Textbook shortage in rural Achham: A teacher says textbook shortage is a perennial problem that the government has failed to address, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 25/06/2018) [The continued inaction by the governments is a grave violation of the children's fundamental rights!!]

Women head back to Chhaupadi sheds, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 25/06/2018)

Over 20,000 quake victims might have to spend fourth monsoon under tents, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 22/06/2018)

RTI needed for federalism to succeed (ht 21/06/2018)

Govt may miss deadline for passing fundamental rights: The constitution has set three years since the implementation of the constitution as the deadline for the implementation of 31 various fundamental rights, by Ashok Dahal (rep 16/06/2018)

Communist government moves to curtail civil liberties: Two new policies look set to curb dissent, by Supriya Manandhar (The Record 15/06/2018)

Implementation of fundamental rights: Time running out for framing laws (ht 03/06/2018)

Untold stories of women: Untold stories of rural women need to be told for change and for raising awareness that women’s rights are human rights, by Sabita Nakarmi (rep 03/06/2018)

Obtaining citizenship in mother's name no more a challenge in Myagdi, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 03/06/2018)

Knowledge is Power: The government needs to revamp its information-sharing system to help foster better knowledge production and transparency, by Deepak Thapa (kp 31/05/2018)

School students of various hill, tarai districts yet to get all textbooks (rep 27/05/2018)

Know thy laws: What’s in laws and bills proposed by the government? Do they help in safeguarding right to freedom of expression or do they seek to curtail those rights?, by Taranath Dahal (rep 23/05/2018)

Lawmakers raise Madhesis’ concern about citizenship denial in House: Say statelessness hits their studies, chances of getting jobs (ht 19/05/2018)

ICJ calls to end criminalisation of LGBTI persons (kp 18/05/2018), Call to protect rights of sexual minorities (ht 18/05/2018)

‘Violation of press freedom continues’ (ht 03/05/2018)

Call to improve occupational safety (ht 29/04/2018)

Homes away from home: Female domestic workers in Lebanon cannot visit families back in Nepal because of a travel ban that prevents them from returning to well-paying jobs, by Upasana Khadka (nt 27/04/2018)

‘Remove Gulf job age limit for women’ (kp 20/04/2018), Stakeholders want laws barring women from working abroad as housemaids amended (rep 20/04/2018)

Speaker Mahara promises help to get bill on people's right to safe water endorsed (ht 14/04/2018)

Girls miss schools during menstruation (kp 07/04/2018), Girls skipping school during menstruation (ht 07/04/2018)

Need for open government data stressed (ht 24/03/2018)

Times change, mindsets don’t: For how many more years will the people need to wait to see an inclusive Nepal?, by Raj Pariyar (kp 23/03/2018)

SC orders govt to ensure migrants’ right to vote, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/03/2018)

An unresolved agenda: Current lawmakers have the opportunity to end the discrimination faced by women on citizenship rights, by Anjita Parajuli (kp 20/03/2018)

Gender equality: New Opportunities, by Pratik Chhetri and Neha Malla (ht 13/03/2018)

Female patients of kidney diseases deprived of proper care and treatment: Pregnant women with high blood pressure are at high risk of kidney diseases (ht 08/03/2018)

Citizenship a far cry for most Madhesi daughters-in-law (rep 06/03/2018)

Child marriage, polygamy taking toll on women’s life, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 05/03/2018)

Hindu custom of Chhaupadi: Kanchanpur continues to isolate menstruating women in sheds (kp 03/03/2018)

CJ Parajuli orders media probe: Legal experts ‘slam attack on free press’ n NHRC says it’s against right of fair trial ensured by global HR law (kp 26/02/2018), Attempts to censor media draw flak (kp 27/02/2018), NMS urges SC to rectify its decision (kp 27/02/2018), NMS opposes SC order against Kantipur daily (ht 27/02/2018), Apex court’s decision draws serious concern of FNJ (ht 27/02/2018), US stresses unbiased judiciary (kp 27/02/2018), CJ Parajuli's order: Attempt to ‘muzzle media’ draws flak (kp 28/02/2018), Concerns over censorship order: Chief Justice Parajuli’s attempt to muzzle press draws widespread criticism from different sides (kp 28/02/2018), Journalist bodies condemn CJ order: Federation of Nepali Journalists says contempt of court case against Kantipur daily ‘unconstitutional’;Gag order clearly constitutes a misuse of the judicial apparatus for personal ends: Paris-based RSF (kp 01/03/2018) [see RSF statement], Contempt case has no merit: Experts (kp 02/03/2018), SC justices split over CJ Parajuli’s judicial conduct (kp 08/03/2018), Writing news does not amount to contempt of court: FNJ; Says all state bodies should respect freedom of press (kp 08/03/2018)

Indian wives of Madhes: Biased citizenship laws have been created to promote ethnic homogeneity in Nepal, by Kalpana Jha (kp 22/02/2018)

An opportunity for a fresh start: As Nepal begins its tenure in UN Human Rights Council, it is important for it to protect citizens’ right to religious freedom, by David Anderson (kp 21/02/2018)

Grant citizenship through mother’s nationality: NHRC (ht 15/02/2018)

Quest for citizenship hits District Office hurdle, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 11/02/2018)

Nepal must ‘do more’ to protect workers’ rights (kp 06/02/2018)

Food for all: Making law ensuring right to food is not enough. The three tiers of government should first come up with a land use policy (ht 06/02/2018)

Just a minute, Your Honour: Are Dr Govinda KC’s statements an attack against the chief justice or the judiciary?, by Prakritee Yonzon (kp 25/01/2018)

Only few schools imparting education in mother tongue (ht 25/01/2018)

Minor girls employed in entertainment industry (25/01/2018)

CJ urges press to refrain from commenting on sub-judice cases (rep 22/01/2018) [???]

Calling for press freedom: Nepal is still a long way from complete press freedom, and all stakeholders need to speak against violations, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 17/01/2018)

Few people using right to information to make public offices accountable (ht 15/01/2018)

Right to information: A tool to strengthen democracy, by Krishna Hari Baskota (ht 03/01/2017)

Abolishing Chhaupadi: Jumla women in period no longer deemed unclean, by DB Buda (rep 30/12/2017)

SC directs police not to harass people based on appearances (kp 28/12/2017)

Breaking barrier: Placing persons with disabilities under guardianship is a violation of human rights, it is unfair and unnecessary, by Dev Datta Joshi (rep 26/12/2017)

News portals asked to reveal news sources in Silwal case (kp 25/12/2017), MPR asks online media to reveal source (ht 25/12/2017), Online portals move HC against police order (rep 27/12/2017)

The need for a watchdog: The media needs to get its priorities right and report news that matters to the public, by Anil Bhattarai (kp 24/12/2017)

Male chambers: Only six of 165 candidates picked for House of Representatives under FPTP are women, which comes to a paltry 3.63 percent, by Meena Bhatta (rep 24/12/2017)

Protect rights of LGBTI people, ICJ tells govt (ht 22/12/2017)

Children of single, divorced parents face difficulty acquiring citizenship (ht 22/12/2017)

Women migrant workers continue to face abuse (ht 22/12/2017)

Chhaupadi sheds being demolished (ht 20/12/2017)

FNJ moves SC demanding release of arrested journalists (kp 06/12/2017)

Equality before the law: Govt must examine all areas of law to ensure persons with disabilities have unbiased right of legal capacity, by Dev Datta Joshi (kp 06/12/2017)

Girls face barriers in accessing education, health, safety: Report (kp 01/12/2017)

Space of absence: Women and other marginalised gender groups cannot  afford to ignore inaccessibility to fundamental rights, by Archana Thapa (kp 24/11/2017)

Speakers stress effective implementation of CEDAW (kp 23/11/2017)

Blind people call for secret voting rights (kp 16/11/2017)

Free press for development: Government should remove obstacles that prevent people from exercising their right to information, by Meera Rajbhandari Amatya (kp 13/10/2017)

etired ‘living goddess’ starts school (kp 10/10/2017)

MoGA warns civil servants against contesting polls (ht 10/10/2017) [To prevent members of special vocational groups from candidating in elections is a grave violation of equal fundamental rights!]

Ten years on, displaced families still struggling for permanent shelter, by Amar Khadka (rep 07/10/2017)

Sons, daughters to have equal rights in parental property: Will system dropped from final bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (kp 26/09/2017), Sweeping reforms: The Will System which was passed at the Legislation Committee was dropped when the Bills were discussed in the full House of Parliament (ht 27/09/2017)

Criminal Code: Chhaupadi and community, by Mukesh Adhikari (ht 21/09/2017)

From terror to tolerance: Efforts promoting interfaith harmony should be sustained, even as basic human rights should be upheld, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 15/09/2017)

People with disabilities: Access to justice, by Dev Datta Joshi (ht 11/09/2017)

Criminalisation of Chhaupadi: Bajhang women sceptical about effective implementation of law, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 06/09/2017), Saving their honor: While Chhaupadi ban is indeed a major step towards women’s empowerment and emancipation in our highly patriarchal society, it also has many hitherto ignored ramifications, by Basant Kumar Chaudhary (rep 06/09/2017), Chhaupadi tradition: Uneducated belief, by Usha Maharjan Wall (ht 08/09/2017) [And why is it practised by people who pretend to be educated as well, especially in Western and Far Western Nepal?]

Reconceiving the second sex: Nepal must protect reproductive health rights of women with disabilities, by Dev Datta Joshi (kp 05/09/2017)

Right to vote: Ensure accessible polling booths so that persons with disabilities are not disenfranchised, by Pragya Lamsal (kp 01/09/2017)

Old beliefs die hard: The stigma surrounding menstruation should be effectively challenged, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 27/08/2017)

Interim order against IoE, TU (ht 22/08/2017) [continued discrimination on the basis of gender and citizenship!]

Barrier to gender equality: Eliminating citizenship discrimination in Nepal is essential, by Wendy Yu (kp 20/08/2017)

New law criminalises Chhaupadi custom (kp 10/08/2017), Ending bad blood: Criminalising the practice of Chhaupadi is a milestone in Nepali women’s fight against patriarchy, by Supriya Gurung (kp 11/08/2017), Ending chhaupadi system: Comprehensive approach required, by Valerie Julliand, Giulia Vallese annd Wenny Kusuma (ht 18/08/2017), Women’s issues: Laws to correct them, by Bijen Jonchhe (ht 23/08/2017), Chhaupadi in Jumla: Even health workers live in shed during menstruation, by DB Buda (rep 23/08/2017)

Denial of citizenship top complaint at home ministry (ht 06/08/2017)

Denying summit certificates an insult to Sherpas, says Norbu Tenzing Norgay, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht 20/07/2017)

NHRC concern over girl’s death in road flood (kp 18/07/2017)

60 percent people in Karnali unaware of Chhaupadi ban: Report (kp 18/07/2017) [And govt and administration do nothing to implement it!], National disgrace: A clean or dirty shed is not the issue, the issue is women’s dignity and human rights, by Radha Paudel (kp 18/07/2017)

Human right to water: Revitalising Kathmandu’s ancient water system can address issues of water insecurity, vulnerability to disasters and loss of cultural heritage, by Olivia Molden, Nicholas Griffin and Prakash Mani Sharma (kp 14/07/2017)

Chhaupadi: A heavy burden, by Arun Bam (rep 14/07/2017)

Chhaupadi: A tradition that continues to claim women's live, by Govinda KC (rep 09/07/2017)

Curtailment of RTI unacceptable, says CIC Baskota (ht 08/07/2017)

Call to ensure citizens’ right to information (ht 03/07/2017)

Dalit beaten for entering temple (kp 29/06/2017)

It’s not right: Historically the security forces in Nepal have used force, threats and torture to control the population, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 26/06/2017)

War on words: Branding feminists as terrorists may be libellous because ‘terrorist’ is a highly politicised term, by Archana Thapa (kp 23/06/2017)

Call for strengthening citizens’ right to information (ht 21/06/2017)

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

Police detain 2 Kanchanpur journos (kp 18/06/2017), Journalists held over news report (ht 18/06/2017)

Badi women continue to be deprived of citizenship, by Anita Shrestha (ht 01/06/2017)

SC orders citizenship through mother for Gurung sisters, by Anjali Subedi (rep 23/05/2017)

Happy family, happy world: Children and the elderly first, this is the message of International Day of Families, by Angur Baba Joshi (kp 14/05/2017)

Raute demand voting rights, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 13/05/2017)

4.4 million school textbooks yet to be printed (rep 12/05/2017)

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

‘Nepali media still under threat, remains unsecure’: Impunity for crimes against journalists a big concern, says a newly launched IFJ report (kp 04/05/2017) [see IFJ report, Nepal on pp. 72-77], 70 cases of press freedom violation in a year: FNJ (rep 04/05/2017)

Many Nepali women deprived of reproductive rights (ht 02/05/2017)

Nepal: Two years on, the government continues to fail marginalised earthquake survivors (Amnesty International 25/04/2017) [see full reports "What I want is the government to help" and "Building Inequality"]

Right to Education, by Pawan Timilsina (ht 23/04/2017)

Nuwakot DAO denies 3 siblings citizenships in mother’s name (kp 06/04/2017)

Kids sans birth certificate deprived of education (ht 06/04/2017)

Most women unaware of reservations, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 04/04/2017)

Amendment needed to secure women’s rights: Activists (ht 21/03/2017)

Khadka addresses UN’s CSW session (kp 17/03/2017) [??]

Consumer protection act: Govt aims to force traders to buy back or replace faulty goods (kp 11/03/2017), Know your rights: Consumers can claim compensation for damages caused by bad products or services, by Kahar Singh Khadka (kp 15/03/2017), Are we getting what we deserve?, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 15/03/2017), Lax market monitoring laws causing chaos: The new constitution has enshrined access to quality products as one of the rights of consumers (kp 16/03/2017)

Gender Equality In Nepal, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 11/03/2017)

Stateless daughters: Every Nepali mother must be allowed to get Nepali citizenship as easily as a man, without if’s and but’s, by Deepti Gurung (nt 10/03/2017)

3 years on, society yet to accept Maoist leader who married a Dalit girl, by Ram Hari Gajurel (rep 08/03/2017)

From safe motherhood to safe womanhood: Nepali women deserve to be recognised as complete human beings and equal citizens, not just as mothers, by Poonam Thapa (kp 07/03/2017)

Chhaupadi tradition: Women’s monthly exile continues (kp 05/03/2017)

Devoid of aid, Badi women continue sex trade (ht 05/03/2017)

KUKL refuses to respond to RTI petition (rep 02/03/2017)

Experts call for revising torture bill (rep 28/02/2017)

Newborns battle to survive in sheds, by Prakash Singh (ht 23/02/2017)

Decades of apathy results in landlessness (ht 23/02/2017)

Focus On Informed Citizenry, by P. Kharel (rn 13/02/2017)

Teenager wins court case on citizenship in mother’s name, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 11/02/2017)

District court permission must for accessing phone call, SMS details (rep 08/02/2017)

Toilets off-limits to menstruating females in Bajhang, by Jagat Khadka (rep 08/02/2017)

Civil Code Bill draws flak from rights advocates: Rights activists say the  bill introduced to replace Muluki Ain has denied even those rights that women had enjoyed earlier (kp 06/02/2017), A regressive step: The new Civil Code Bill will roll back the historic gains in property rights for Nepali women, by Subin Mulmni (kp 09/02/2017)

Nepali workers abroad still unable to vote, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 04/02/2017)

Periods of banishment: Women in western Nepal are starting to refuse to be thrown out of the house once a month, by Subeksha Poudel (nt 03/02/2017)

Unequal by law: The constitution needs to be amended so that  people of all genders can receive equal treatment, by Sanjay Sharma and Tingyi Yang (kp 27/01/2017)

From hut to putt: Story of Pratima Sherpa, Nepal’s first female golf star (ht 27/01/2017) [But the state denies her Nepali citizenship!!]

Govt unlikely to meet water supply target (ht 14/01/2017)

Officials fined for denying information (ht 07/01/2017)

Visually impaired unable to open bank accounts in Pokhara, by Bharat Koirala (ht 18/12/2016)

Two-day Training of trainers on Right to Information begins (ht 17/12/2016)

Manang schools shut for three months (ht 17/12/2016)

Lack of rights in land ownership blamed for violence against women (ht 11/12/2016)

Female staff at health ministry allege discrimination, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 10/12/2016)

Divorced women may not get property share in new Code, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/12/2016), Mindset needs to change: There are numerous obstacles to inclusive education for children with disabilities; Disabled people are often subjected to inhuman treatment and are largely perceived as requiring charity as opposed to rights, by Devdatta Joshi (kp 07/12/2016)

Chepangs sans citizenship, by Pratap Bista (kp 04/12/2016)

Reform begins at home: Behavioural changes are needed to remove the stigma associated with menstruation (kp 02/12/2016)

Breaking Information Monopoly: Key To Democratic Governance, by Mukti Rijal (rn 10/11/2016)

Toil and trouble: Labour Act deprives domestic workers of basic labour rights that all other workers enjoy, at least at policy level, by Tara Kanel (kp 02/10/2016)

Most people unaware of right to information, says Justice Malla (ht 29/09/2016)

Proposed provision could further ‘limit women’s citizenship right’, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/09/2016)

Radio Dhading building razed, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 24/09/2016), ACORAB inspects Radio Dhading building (kp 25/09/2016), Radio Dhading resumes service, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 26/09/2016), Radio Dhading resumes work from demolished building (ht 26/09/2016)

Open Singha Durbar: How can Nepal, which has enacted RTI Act, deny its citizens access to the office of their representatives?, by Yek Raj Pathak (rep 30/08/2016)

Clear provision to ensure freedom of expression on internet sought, by Shraddha Amatya (rep 03/08/2016)

NIC seeks development partners’ support for implementing RTI (ht 02/08/2016)

Most citizens unaware of RTI, says NIC Chief Baskota (ht 23/07/2016)

Freedoms And Rights: Citizens Need To Exercise Them Diligently, by Mukti Rijal (kp 14/07/2016)

Stigma-free life is what we want: Survivors (kp 10/07/2016)

Still in the Middle Ages: Torture has yet to be criminalised and it is seen as a legitimate method of investigation, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 05/07/2016)

Rana vows to implement gender rights in Nepal (kp 29/06/2016)

Some men never changeTop male politicians are trying to undo the rights given to women by the constitution, by Asmita Verma (kp 24/06/2016)

Bid to restrain online media draws flak (kp 20/06/2016), Pressing the freedom: New online media directive could seriously endanger press freedom (kp 20/06/2016), Govt forms team to review online media directive: Govt agrees to form review team after journalists flay the clauses contradicting the constitution (kp 22/06/2016)

The information era: Govt needs to facilitate more citizens’ access to mobile devices and internet (kp 15/06/2016)

Wives may not get partition share of hubby’s property, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/06/2016) [??], Idea of injustice (ht 13/06/2016)

Equal but unequal: Prez Bhandari, Speaker Magar should clearly state support for women’s citizenship rights (kp 31/05/2016)

Onsari wary of citizenship concerns (kp 30/05/2016)

Govt fails to enforce law to ensure urgent service: In violation of Essential Services Act, transport entrepreneurs go on a strike to protest hike in traffic rule violation fines, by Manish Gautam (kp 27/05/2016)

Badi women demand security, by Kamal Panthi (kp 25/05/2016)

Right to a fair trial: No compromise, by Roshan Kumar Jha (ht 25/05/2016)

Free the speech: We the citizens have to make sure laws of Nepal do not end up like draconian laws of totalitarian states like North Korea and Syria, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 18/05/2016)

Chepangs denied basic rights just because they lack documents, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep 12/05/2016)

Youth demand easy access to Singha Durbar (ht 07/05/2016), NIC fiat to open Singha Durbar to public (ht 17/05/2016) [!!]

Speak your mind: Hallmark of a democracy should be the ease with which it allows proliferation of ideas, however unpalatable, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 04/05/2016), Canadian man asked to leave Nepal in 2 days (kp 04/05/2016), Canadian ordered to leave Nepal over tweets (ht 04/05/2016), No one can curb press freedom, says Prez (kp 04/05/2016) [???], SC summons both parties (kp 10/05/2016), SC refuses stay order in Penner case (kp 23/05/2016)

Citizenship after gender reassignment: Sex change puts MoHA in sort of a fix, by Manish Gautam (kp 03/05/2016)

Not so free: Although Nepal recognises the right to information, journalists are not able to investigate issues properly, by Laxman Datt Pant (kp 03/05/2016)

LGBTI people Are ‘silent sufferers’ (kp 03/05/2016)

Curbs on press freedom: Constitution drafters seriously misunderstood idea of press freedom, which differs from right to communication, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 25/04/2016)

Teenager leaves home to escape ‘forced marriage’, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 07/04/2016)

Deprived of a childhood, by Ayushma Basnyat (rep 01/04/2016)

Mentally-ill youth shackled for three years (ht 26/03/2016)

Dating couples in public places face music, by Isha Pandey (rep 22/03/2016)

Mingma receives citizenship after her mother’s name, by Aash Gurung (kp 21/03/2016) [Even though this should be taken for granted it still sounds like a sensation in patriarchal Nepal!]

House panel asks TRC not to bring disputes out in media, by Nabin Khatiwata (rep 27/02/2016) [The people have a right to information on institutions nominated by political parties!!]

Miles to go: Nepal must bring policies to eliminate gender disparities in our workplaces, by Anta Yadav (rep 24/02/2016)

LGBTI community asks govt to honour its rights (kp 16/02/2016)

Citizenship eased for foreign wives of Nepalis (ht 09/02/2016) [And why are foreign wives and foreign husbands treated differently? This is in violation of article 18 of the new constitution as well as against international fundamental human rights!!]

NIC submits annual report to PM Oli: Says it settled 98.45 per cent of appeals filed in fiscal year 2015-16 (ht 08/02/2016)

Cops in Kabadi Bazaar complain of pay discrimination (ht 31/01/2016)

Teen with disability rescued from barn (ht 28/01/2016)

Humla women giving birth in cowsheds, by Prakash Singh (ht 27/01/2016)

CEDAW: Govt runs six months past report submission deadline (kp 19/01/2016), Sixth shadow report to be presented to CEDAW committee (ht 19/01/2016)

Project repeats Chhaupadi eradication campaign, by Govinda KC (rep 18/01/2018)

Will ensure citizenship through mother: Basnet, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 16/01/2016), Fresh circular for DAOs on citizenship in mother’s name (ht 16/01/2016)

Citizenship provision leaves out street kids (kp 09/01/2016)

4.6m Nepalis without citizenship, report claims (kp 30/12/2015)

Women rights groups, FNJ censure Janaki Temple incident (kp 21/12/2015)

Ensuring gender equality: Implementing policies a huge challenge: Study (kp 16/12/2015)

Anti-dowry bill awaits approval (kp 09/11/2015)

Early marriage taking toll on youths' health, future, by Janak KC (rep 20/10/2015)

Right to read: The new government should facilitate the access of visually impaired people to published works, by Pratyush Nath Upreti and Asmita Dhital (kp 18/10/2015)

The right to have rights: The new Constitution lays bare misogynistic and patriarchal psyches that usually hide behind nationalism, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (nt 16/10/2015)

FAO hails right to food provision in new statute (ht 02/10/2015)

Law impedes progress of women: Report (kp 26/09/2015)

SSFN demands Sherpa’s release (kp 04/09/2015) [Arrested for criticising a minister?]

War on the web: The recent spate of inflammatory posts in the aftermath of the Tikapur killings point to an urgent need for social media laws, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 04/09/2015)

War on the web: The recent spate of inflammatory posts in the aftermath of the Tikapur killings point to an urgent need for social media laws, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 04/09/2015)

Citizenship through mother: Rights activists begin hunger strike (kp 03/09/2015)

Open up: Quick response to information requests and active disclosure of information are important to build an informed citizenry, by Anirudra Neupane (rep 02/09/2015)

Civil and Criminal Codes to rid Jari (kp 12/08/2015)

Foes of freedom: The draft constitution denies people the freedom to choose and change their religion, by Saral Shrestha (kp 11/08/2015)

Citizenship issue: Debate for ‘or’ provision still ‘unresolved’ (kp 10/08/2015)

Second RTI National Convention concludes (ht 09/08/2015)

Ex-trafficking victims demand citizenship right: A study says not being able to pass on citizenship to their children is one of the biggest troubles faced by trafficking survivors (kp 04/08/2015)

Rights groups laud Witchcraft Act, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 01/08/2015)

Scaling up nutrition: All people have a right to food and good nutrition. Participatory and inclusive approach to improve nutrition is a must, by Jhabindra Bhandari (rep 01/08/2015)

FNJ for ‘complete press freedom’ in new constitution (ht 13/07/2015)

Writ filed for guaranteeing right to die (ht 10/07/2015)

Govt plans to keep tabs on media draw flak (kp 09/07/2015)

Disaster-hit people: Right to live with dignity, by Amrit Prasad Sharma (ht 08/07/2015)

Press for freedom: Draft provisions that subtly allow govt greater powers should be removed (kp 06/07/2015)

Time to Act: We need to learn from India where the RTI Act emerged as a powerful tool to promote transparency and hold those in power accountable, by Shristi Joshi (rep 02/07/2015)

Citizenship through mother: Youth activists protest ‘regressive’ provision (kp 27/06/2015)

Citizenship from either of Nepali parents: Agreement to replace ‘and’ conjunction with ‘or’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/06/2015), Hopes raised by new provision dampened: The ‘and’ clause on citizenship remains despite claims to the contrary, say rights activists, by Dewan Rai (kp 13/06/2015) [Long live the exclusive state dominated by male Bahuns whose thinking is deeply rooted in archaic Hindu traditions!!], Citizenship issue: Civil society concerned over PDCC report (kp 14/06/2015), CDC sub-panel settles citizenship issue, by Prakash Acharya (ht 17/06/2015) [The male Bahun overlords as based on their traditional Hindu thinking have decided that women will remain second or third class citizens under the new constitution, subordinate to male persons! This issue is symbolic for what can be expected from the consequences of the 16-point-agreement!!]

CDC to include chapter on RTI for ninth graders, by Kokila KC (ht 30/05/2015)

Conspiracy of silence: It is high time we began questioning, debating, and discussing menstrual taboos more publicly, by Mona Shrestha Adhikari (kp 28/05/2015)

CK Raut arrested again (kp 27/05/2015) [government once again not interested in court decisions!!]

Banke DAO told to grant woman citizenship through mother’s name, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 21/04/2015)

Govt urged to Ensure rights of consumers (kp 19/04/2015)

Access To Information For Development, by Karna B. Nepali (rn 11/04/2015)

Millions of Nepalis to be without citizenship: Study; The number will go down if the clause is changed to ‘Father or Mother’ from ‘Father and Mother’ (ht 3ß/03/2015)

MPs committed to ‘or’ provision for citizenship (kp 27/03/2015)

Daughters as traitors: By doing away with the ‘or’ provision on citizenship, the state is seeking to institute gender bias as a national policy, by Anjita Parajuli (kp 17/03/2015)

Ensure consumers’ rights, NHRC to govt (ht 16/03/2015), Making a mockery of consumer rights, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 20/03/2015)

Waiting for an epitaph: Today’s woman is freer than her mother or grandmother, but her freedom is still circumscribed, by Vishwendra Paswan and Shakun Sherchand (kp 13/03/2015)

Enhance access to info: House panel, by Prakash Acharya (ht 10/03/2015)

Long road: Ensuring women's rights is part of the overall effort needed to make our societies more just and inclusive, by Kirsten Geelan, Kjell Tormod Pettersen and Asko Luukkainen (rep 07/03/2015)

Continued struggle for women rights, say leaders (kp 02/03/2015)

Masculinist logic: The proposed ‘and’ provision in granting citizenship insults autonomy of adult subjects who are rightful residents of Nepal, by Archana Thapa (kp 27/02/2015)

Disabled kept in wooden box for past two decades, by Shankar Acharya (kp 26/02/2015)

Justice eludes women even after favourable court ruling, by Durga Lal KC (kp 12/02/2015)

‘And’ provision on citizenship out of the CA questionnaire, by Weena Pun (kp 06/02/2015), 'And' provision in citizenship: Not a ‘dispute’, clause out of question, by Weena Pun (kp 09/02/2015), Conjunction conundrum: Now that the opposition has agreed to the ‘or’ provision on citizenship, it is up to the ruling parties to follow through, by Subin Mulmi (kp 10/02/2015)

Fair game? Many argue that free speech is "not-negotiable" but then they are also unwillinmg to "negotiate" when it comes of preserving their own values, by Shyam Sharma (rep 04/02/2015)

Court orders Banke CDO to grant citizenship through mother’s name: CDOs in many districts refuse to grant citizenship through mother’s name on grounds that the father could be a foreign national (kp 29/01/2015) [What about not granting citizenship through father's name because the mother could be a foreign national????]

Experts stress on right to info (ht 27/01/2015)

Nationality card through mother: Apex court verdict helps siblings get citizenship (kp 26/01/2015)

Youth groups campaign for citizenship through mother (kp 20/01/2015)

New Bill seeks to end culture of torture (ht 17/01/2015)

Citizenship through mother: 2000 signatures submitted to CA chair, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 09/01/2015), Demand to make citizenship accessible (ht 12/01/201), SC favors citizenship through mother, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 12/01/2015), Citizenship by descent: Leaders pledge to empower mother (kp 13/01/2015), CA fails to endorse proposal for citizenship through mother (rep 13/01/2015), UML blocks proposal to issue citizenship through mothers, by Weena Pun (kp 14/01/2015)
Documents / Websites

Challenges Persist on Nepal's Press Freedom : 'Year of inaction' on law and policy for free press, report by Freedom Forum, Kathmandu, 3 May 2024

Violations in the name of conservation : "What crime had I committed by putting my feet on the Land that I own?" Amnesty International, 9 August 2021

Nepal Press Freedom, by Freedom Forum; dedicated to monitoring of freedom of expression and press freedom violation in Nepal

Regressive Laws, Mounting Violations, report by Freedom Forum, 3 May 2019

New Fronts, Brave Voices: Press Freedom in South Asia 2016-17, by International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), 3 May 2017 [Nepal on pages 72-77]

“Building inequality": The failure of the Nepali government to protect the marginalised in post-earthquake reconstruction efforts (Amnesty International 25/04/2017) "What I want is for the government to help". Nepal: Ensure the right to adequate housing for the marginalised in post-earthquake Nepal (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

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