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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern slavery: Exploitation of children, human tafficking, debt bondage, morced marriage and forced labor constitute modern slavery, by Saurav Ghimire (rep 31/12/2014)

War-era cases: Clarify crime, punishment: NBA (kp 20/12/2014), UN asks govt to ensure rights (kp 20/12/2014)

Transitional justice: Rights groups ask PM for transparency in appts (kp 20/12/2014), Rights groups call on Nepal tomake TRC, CID independent (ht 20/12/2014)

Truth and consequences: For true reconciliation, human rights violations during the conflict must be confronted head on, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Erik B. Wilson (kp 18/12/2014), Kin of conflict victim deprived of relief (ht 18/12/2014)

Longer the transition, the less attention govt pays to human rights, interview with Anup Raj Sharma (kp 15/12/2014)

‘Nepal’s human rights condition deteriorates’ (kp 11/12/2014) [see report of AHRC], Time to deliver: NHRC should book politicians and senior government officials who condoned torture and human rights violations, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep 11/12/2014), And justice for all: Conflict wounds cannot be healed without recognising victims’ demands (kp 11/12/2014), Youths of Taplejung rue decade-long insurgency: Youngsters quit their studies to work as porters (ht 11/12/2014), TRC secretary tasked to begin logistical, administrative works (kp 11/12/2014)

Rights all year round: Promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups can strengthen national integrity, peace and democracy, by Madhab Regmi (kp 10/12/2014)

Empowering the other half: All out against VAW, by Gail Marzetti (ht 10/12/2014)

UNHRC prods Nepal for justice in 3 war-era cases, by Weena Pun (kp 03/12/2014)

Not in our name: A Truth Commission cannot impose reconciliation upon victims of conflict under any circumstance, by Suman Adhikari (kp 01/12/2014)

Transitional justice panels to begin work on ‘Dec 10’: Diplomatic committee grills recommendation panel on Act provisions (kp 12/11/2014), TRC Act will eventually tend to amnesty: Experts (rep 12/11/2014), TRC may take up journo murder case, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 12/11/2014)

Senior US official to assess rights, Tibetan refugee issues in Nepal (ht 09/11/2014)

UK Bar urges govt to release CK Raut: Requests Nepal to ensure the internationally protected right to freedom of expression (kp 09/11/2014)

Healing The Past Wounds?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 08/11/2014)

Conflict-hit children appeal for support to help them move on, by Arjun Oli (rep 08/11/2014), Insurgency burdened many children with grown up responsibilities, by Benup Raj Bhattarai (rep 08/11/2014)

Sins of commission: There are lessons to be learned from the history of truth commissions across the world and in Nepal, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 29/10/2014)

Transitional justice: Focus on socio-economic needs of victims: Sharma (kp 23/10/2014)

Death of justice: Adhikari couple's struggle against injustice and Nanda Prasad's death have exposed government failure on rights to remedy, by Charan Prasai (rep 22/10/2014), NHRC pledges support to Ganga Maya (kp 23/10/2014)

Ganga Maya ends year-long fast: Says won’t have solid food until govt fulfils its commitments, by Dewan Rai and Manish Gautam (kp 19/10/2014), Ganga Maya breaks fast-unto-death (ht 19/10/2014), Ganga Maya starts taking fluids: Docs (kp 20/10/2014), Ganga Maya’s health condition stable: Hospital; Being administered ORS; Parenteral nutrition to continue (ht 20/10/2014)

Appeal for CK Raut’s release (kp 19/10/2014), AI urges authorities to release CK Raut (ht 19/10/2014)

Justice denied: The death of Nanda Prasad Adhikari is a combined failure of politicians, civil society and Nepali citizens, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (kp 12/10/2014), Travesty of justice: Nanda Prasad’s death, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep 12/10/2014), Adhikari’s body remains unclaimed at hospital (kp 13/10/2014), Govt to perform final rites of Nanda Prasad (ht 27/10/2014), Ganga Maya denies permission for husband’s final rites (ht 05/11/2014)

Institutionalising human rights: A basic need of the people, by Gyan Basnet (ht 10/10/2014)

Missing law for missing people: A commission to investigate war-era disappearances is needed, even if it has limited or no judicial power, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Erik B. Wilson (kp 09/10/2014)

Limits of liberty: Raut's continued confinement will expose ethnic discrimination, exclusion and rights abuse carried out in the guise of nationalism and patriotism, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 07/10/2014)

Discrepancy in data of disappeared persons (ht 07/10/2014)

Game of brinkmanship: Raut needs to break his indefinite fast; The struggle must continue, but within bounds of peaceful politics, by C.K. Lal (rep 29/09/2014), Silencing dissent: The arrest and subsequent processing of CK Raut hints at political interference and is highly suspect, by Dipendra Jha (kp 30/09/2014)

A vow to fight violence against women: Feminist leaders and women rights advocates take stage to express their solidarity to a global campaign for gender equality, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 29/09/2014)

One Billion Rising campaign to start from Nepal today (kp 28/09/2014)

TRC formation: Victims say panel is not legitimate (kp 26/09/2014), Nepal govt Responsible for Adhikari’s Death: AFAD (kp 26/09/2014), Nanda Prasad, in memory: We may run but we cannot hide from the values that Nanda Prasad Adhikari was trying to teach us, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 26/09/2014), The sad saga of the Adhikari family: It was murder, not a fast-unto-death, by Damakant Jayshi (nt 26/09/2014), Children of war: The most vulnerable victims are still those who were children during the war, by Kunda Dixit (nt 26/09/2014), Still missing them: Most families of the estimated 1,400 disappeared have no information about their relatives, by Deepak Gyawali (nt 26/09/2014), Death of justice: If the perpetrators and the state showed even the slightest sign of remorse for wartime atrocities, survivors may be willing to forgive; But they will never forget (nt 26/09/2014), Victims seek warring parties’ presence in TRC: ‘Individuals without pains of conflict cannot deliver justice’ (kp 28/09/2014), 65 apply for transitional justice posts (kp 29/09/2014), Human rights lawyers recommend apolitical, competent appointments (kp 29/09/2014)

Bitter pill: Foolproof transitional justice bodies the international community seems to have in mind has never existed anywhere in the world, by Biswas Baral (rep 25/09/2014)

‘Conflict-era rapes unpunished’: HRW says both Maoist combatants and govt forces sexually harassed women and girls (ht 24/09/2014) [see HRW report]

Job application call for TRC challenged in SC (kp 24/09/2014)

Ganga Maya urged to end fast (kp 24/09/2014), Both govt forces, Maoists raped women during insurgency: HRW, by Nabin Khatiwada (ht 24/09/2014), Justice delayed: Death of Nanda Prasad is an indictment of the callousness of the state and political parties (kp 24/09/2014), Death without justice (ht 24/09/2014), Justice silenced: Nanda Prasad’s passing (rep 24/09/2014), Adhikari died after refusing food, treatment: Govt (rep 24/09/2014) [?????], Govt pledges justice just as it is delayed (ht 24/09/2014)

Adhikari’s cry for justice dies down: Widow lives to fight against her son’s murderers (kp 23/09/2014) [A true martyr! Resposible for his murder are all those from politics and judiciary who denied justice!!], Nanda Prasad Adhikari dies fighting for justice, by Kritagya Regmi (ht 23/09/2014), Nanda Prasad Adhikari loses battle for justice: Hunger strike ends in death, by Arjun Paudel and Nabin Khatiwada (rep 23/09/2014), Fellow villagers mourn Adhikari, by Sudip Kaini (kp 23/09/2014)

Disappearance: Just Search; Almost a decade after 15,000 people disappeared, their fate is still unknown (sp 12/09/2014)

The absent state: We haven’t just failed to protect citizens within Nepal and abroad, we have abdicated our responsibility, by Anurag Acharya (nt 05/09/2014)

Domestic violence: ‘Clinic’ to hand out awareness materials (kp 04/09/2014)

Call for in-depth media coverage on human trafficking (ht 04/09/2014)

NHRC reports alarming rise in trafficking rate: 60.34 pc growth in human trafficking in one-and-half yrs, by Nirmala Adhikari (kp 02/09/2014)

ICRC says fate of the disappeared still unclear (ht 02/09/2014), ICRC urges govt, parties to respect rights of kin of disappeared (rep 02/09/2014), Commission on disappearance: Will it deliver?, by Govinda Sharma 'Bandi' (ht 02/09/2014)

Foiled kidnapping: 11th grader saved from abductors’ clutches, by Manish Gautam (kp 02/09/2014)

Enforced disappearances: 8 yrs on, kin have only hope to cling on, by Dewan Rai (kp 31/08/2014), 32nd international day of the disappeared: Kin hoping against hope, by Rajendra Manadhar (kp 31/08/2014), Right bodies seek justice for missing persons (ht 31/08/2014), ‘Probe killing of five Dhanusha youths’ (kp 31/08/2014), Kin of dissapeared vent their ire, by Amar Khadka (rep 31/08/2014)

TRC, CED commissioners: Public hearing of candidates to be held (ht 30/08/2014), ICJ, AI seek justice for missing persons (ht 30/08/2014), ICJ to govt: Provide justice to victims of disappearances (rep 30/08/2014)

The disappeared: Addressing the impact of disappearance means understanding how victim needs emerge from the social worlds they live in, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 29/08/2014)

Nepali housemaid returns to tell harrowing Saudi tale, by Anup Ojha (kp 22/08/2014)

Row over TRC recommendation committee: SC issues show-cause notice to govt (rep 21/08/2014)

Neither truth nor justice: Parties have demonstrated time and again that they intend to do nothing to stop extrajudicial killings, by Suhas Chakma (kp 18/08/2014)

On the sidelines of justice: A gender-blind and victim insensitive Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be a futile exercise, by Trishna Rana (nt 15/08/2014)

22-yr-old confined in room for 20 yrs, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 09/08/2014)

State killing Adhikari couple: AHRC (kp 31/07/2014), Speaker wants details on Adhikari couple (ht 31/07/2014), DPM: Adhikari couple's hunger strike irrelevant (rep 07/08/2014)) [Bam Dev Gautam's comments sound predominantly irrelevant, but they are extremely dangerous for peace, rule of law and an inclusive democratic future!!!]

Petition filed questioning legality of panel for TRC nominations (kp 06/08/2014), TRC controversy: Conflict victims move apex court (ht), Petition seeks dissolution of recommendation committee (rep 06/08/2014), TRC controversy: Conflict victims move apex court (ht 06/08/2014)

Class and justice: The marginalisation of victim’s priorities widens the gap between the powerful and powerless, by Ram Bhandari and Erik Wilson (kp 30/07/2014)

NAked truth: The NA has a record of widespread and systematic violations of human rights perpetrated as part of the conflict, by Suhas Chakma (rep 27/07/2014)

OHCHR: Amend inconsistent clauses (kp 02/07/2014) [see comment by OHCHR], TRC Act violates United Nations policy: OHCHR (ht 02/07/2014), OHCHR urges govt to amend TRC Act (rep 02/07/2014), NHRC says it cannot send official to panel for picking TRC team (kp 03/07/2014), Overcoming criticism: Take TRC and CED seriously (rep 03/07/2014), Shame on all of us! A human rights debacle is unfolding, with collaboration of a democratic government, the international community and intelligentsia, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 04/07/2014), Question of legitimacy: Victims must be recognised as critical actors in the transitional justice process, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 04/07/2014), UN rights experts urge government to amend TRC Act: Say it is necessary to end impunity (ht 05/07/2015), Govt brought bill on TRC responsibly, says Acharya (ht 05/07/2015) [???], TRC panel seeks Malla’s replacement: Asks govt to give recommendation committee full shape, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht 05/07/2015) [????], Bajura conflict victims scramble for a living, by Prakash Singh (ht 06/07/2014), Don’t cooperate on TRC, CID: Rights activists (ht 07/07/2014), Malla lambasts suggestion to replace her: Says the TRC Recommendation Committee members exceeded their brief (ht 08/07/2014), Govt to SC: TRC Act doesn’t grant amnesty to serious offenders, by Pranab Kharel (kp 10/07/2014) [?????], TRC Act consistent with int'l law: Government (rep 10/07/2014) [Yes, all the international experts who criticise this law are absolutely innocent and ignorant!?], Rights bodies’ call to fix TRC Act flaws (ht 10/07/2014), Int’l rights groups call for amending flawed provisions (kp 10/07/2014) [!!!!!], Widespread resistance makes commissions on transitional justice uncertain, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 11/07/2014), Expert Call: United Nations experts warn that Nepal's truth-seeking legislation risks further entrenching impunity (sp 11/07/2014), Post-conflict stress syndrome: Psychological scars of conflict on young survivors take longer to heal, by Taylor Caldwell (nt 11/07/2014), Forgiving the past: The TRC must discourage individuals and political parties from using victims and families as a means to an end, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp 13/07/2014), Flawed TRC Act: Apropos Amendments Indispensable, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 17/07/2014)

‘Living martyr’ Mukesh will not walk again: Doc, by Weena Pun (kp 01/07/2014)

TRC formation in trouble: Advocate to join suggestion panel on condition (kp 27/06/2014), TRC formation process riles conflict victims: Sapana Pradhan Malla, a member of recommending body, also raises questions (ht 27/06/2014)

Torture still common in detention centres: Report says detainees are often subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (ht 26/06/2014), Detainees are often subjected to cruel: Report (Nepal Human Rights 26/06/2014)

Reparative justice: It would be wiser to formulate a freestanding policy on reparations than wait for the TRC, by Rajendra Senchurey (kp 25/06/2014)

Left behind: TRC bill's apathy towards conflict-hit children is troublesome; nowhere in the bill have their concerns be included, by Bindesh Dahal (rep 23/06/2014)

Route to reconciliation: Moving forward requires greater concentration on locally-driven efforts and village-level activism, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 11/06/2014)

Victim of consensus: The country is governed by formula of political consensus and the hegemony of leaders, not rule of law; This has put law and order in limbo, by Charan Prasai (rep 10/06/2014)

Human rights allegations: In whose interests?, by James Rinaldi (ht 06/06/2014)

Transitional justice: TRC bill guideline to address war-era crimes, says Gautam (kp 28/05/2014), ICJ finds faults in TRC Act, says amend it (ht 29/05/2014) (see ICJ report)

Rights violation cases up (ht 29/05/2014)

Nepal's transitional justice: Towards complexity, by Charan Prasai (ht 23/05/2014)

Truth be told: Truth commissions, even with all limitations, should give victims a platform to tell the nation how they suffered, by Eduardo Gonz�les Cueva (kp 21/05/2014)

Parts of a whole: The transitional justice process must move beyond consultations to give victims a true opportunity to be partners and decision-makers, by Yvette Selim (kp 16/05/2014)

Whose voices? The victims’ movement seeks a human rights practice  rooted in the everyday experiences of victims’ lives, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Bhagiram Chaudhary (kp 13/05/2014), Hope for healing: Forgiveness and reconciliation are society-wide processes that will continue far beyond the TRC mandate, by Prakash Mani Sharma (kp 14/05/2014)

Prez seals TRC bill: Paves way for formation of two commissions to ensure transitional justice, by Dewan Rai (kp 12/05/2014), TRC Act takes effect (ht 12/05/2014), Govt admits it erred on TRC Bill: Realises its mistake a day after it was turned into Act, by Prakash Acharya (ht 13/05/2014), NHRC vacuum impedes TRC formation (rep 13/05/2014)

19 fake cases in ‘disappeared’ persons list in Kavre district (ht 12/05/2014)

Justice denied: The Legislature-parliament passed the TRC and Forced Disappearances Bill with majority, by Keshab Poudel (sp 09/05/2014)

Voice for victims: Victims are on the frontline of a new approach to activism as Nepalis no longer trust politicians and NGOs, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 02/05/2014)

TRC Bill: An Overview, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 01/05/2014)

TRC bill offers hope to relatives of disappeared, by Ananda Gautam (kp 29/05/2014), Whose reconciliation? Reconciliation is not possible without the disclosure of truth and the prosecution of individuals involved in grave human rights abuses, by Suman Khadka and Sanjeev Pokharel (kp 29/05/2014)

Call for reviewing provisions in TRC bill (kp 28/04/2014), Call to amend TRC Bill for justice (ht 28/04/2014), A step forward: Passage of the TRC bill marks the  beginning of a long, difficult process (kp 28/04/2014), Convergence on TRC, CA bodies positives for new constitution, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (kp 28/04/2014)

Parliament passes TRC bill: Special Court for handling war-era cases; Govt attorney must file cases forwarded by TRC, by Pranab Kharel (kp 26/04/2014), House passes TRC, CID Bill, by Prakash Acharya (ht m26/04/2014)

Lawmakers make 26 proposals, by Pranab Kharel (kp 24/04/2014), ‘Take war-era cases to spl court’ (kp 24/04/2014), Devolving power: A separate bill to guide prosecution will allow the TRC to focus on seeking truth (kp 24/04/2014), Big III seek to tweak TRC Bill: Register amendment proposal to deal with some vital issues, by Prakash Acharya (ht 24/04/2014), No amnesty for serious crimes: Home minister (kp 25/04/2014) [Discrimination against the fundamental rights of women in the context of citizenship is a serious crime as well!!]

Displaced 8 years ago, conflict victims still ‘unwilling’ to return, by Bechu Gaud (kp 24/04/2014)

Wrong priority: TRC bill has provisions of no amnesty for perpetrators of rape but there is room for reconsiliation for other offences including murder, by Chandra Prasad Luitel (rep 23/04/2014)

In House, TRC bill gets wide support, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 21/04/2014), Lawmakers divided as parliament debates TRC bill: Amendments can be registered by Thursday (rep 21/04/2014), Ruling party lawmakers find flaws in TRC Bill, by Prakash Acharya (ht 21/04/2014), Memorandum to Chairman Nembang (kp 21/04/2014), Conflict victims want revision of TRC bill, submit memo to Speaker  (rep), Transitional justice: No TRC process is flawless. Still, for post-conflict Nepal it’s the best way to heal our society (kp 21/04/2014) [The TRC is necessary but it must respect principles of human rights and justice!], Whose discourse? Transitional justice seems to have been intrumentalised by local elites to maintain existing social structures, by Shradha Ghale (kp 21/04/2014), State should officially acknowledge victims, interview with Ram Kumar Bhandari, founder of the National Network of the Families of the Disappeared and Missing (kp 21/04/2014), House calling: Not only are provisions of new TRC bill flawed, my first-hand experience suggests even the process of preparing it was fault, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (rep 21/04/2014)

Dealing With Transitional Justice, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 19/04/2014), DPM Singh defends Bill on TRC, CID: Says the law is meant for reconciliation; Lawyers flay blanket amnesty provision (ht 19/04/2014), Heed the victims: Ending peace process (rep), Bodde expresses concern about TRC Bill with Dahal: Urges to pay heed also to what UN,international rights bodies are saying (ht 19/04/2014), No amnesty in bill, say leaders; It should be amended as required: UML leader Gyawali (kp 20/04/2014) [Obviously, only politicians understand this bill; jurists and human rights specialists are not able to do so!!], ICTJ concerned over proposed bill (kp 20/04/2014), Nepal urged to amend TRC bill (ht 20/04/2014), Deliberations begin on bills related to TRC (nn 20/04/2014), Reviving conflict era incidents not good: Poudel (nn 20/04/2014) [Not good for the victims or not good for the perpetrators? Your party claims it does not stand for general amnesty ?!] Conflict victims demand amendment in TRC Bill (nn 20/04/2014)

Two Adhikari murder  accused released on bail (ht 18/04/2014), Two Adhikari murder accused freed on bail, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 18/04/2014), Two Fujel accused released on bail, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep 18/04/2014), International rights bodies take exception to TRC Bill (ht 18/04/2014) [see common declaration of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Commission of Jurists], AI, HRW and ICJ concerned over amnesty provision in TRC (rep 18/04/2014), Bill violates int’l law: Rights bodies (kp 18/04/2014), Reparation, reconciliation rather than prosecution: Many of the victims believe revenge would not brimg any solution, by Ashok Dahal (rep 18/04/2014) [Justice does not mean revenge!!], Just want justice: The quest for justice unites two women whose relatives were killed and disappeared by the Nepal Army and the Maoists, by Bhrikuti Rai (nt 18/04/2014), “Forgive and move on”: All cases of grave human rights  violations must go for trial, but victims must also have the power to forgive, by Anurag Acharya (nt 18/04/2014), An Inconvenient Truth: Bishnu Prasad speaks about his experiences of torture during the Civil War and of his life, by Adam Greiner (sp 18/04/2014)

Justice for whom? The transitional justice bill contradicts the Supreme Court verdict and is unacceptable to victims, by Gyanendra Raj Aran (kp 17/04/2014), Parties agree to bring all war-era cases under TRC, by Anil Giri (kp 17/04/2014), Govt-oppn logjam puts statute drafting at risk, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 17/04/2014), Conflict ear cases: Mahara seeks separate collective mechanism (ht 17/04/2014) [There cannot be a collective mechanism for victims!!], Victims of conflict want perpetrators booked, by Devendra Basnet (rep 17/04/2014), Parties agree to form special court to take up conflict-era cases: No agreement on Fujel murder case, by Ashok Dahal (rep 17/04/2014), Lawyers divided over case withdrawal (rep 17/04/2014), Trial begins for Adhikari murder, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 17/04/2014), Plot afoot against Maoist: Thapa (kp 17/04/2014), UCPN-M obstructs House proceedings: Govt proposal to amend Bill on TRC, disappearances gets lukewarm reply (ht 17/04/2014), The Hague Awaits..., by Gyan Basnet (rn 17/04/2014), Here's the rub: If TRC is completely impartial, all leaders, security officials, prime ministers, home ministers an defense ministers from 1996 to 206 could be in the dragnet, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 17/04/2014)

Parties urge PM to end stand-off with Maoists: UCPN (M) to boycott CA until charge sheet against cadres withdrawn (kp 16/04/2014), UCPN-Maoist boycotts meeting with ruling parties (ht 16/04/2014), UCPN-M to protest in House, street: Party to take its agitation to all the 75 districts of country (ht 16/04/2014), Pillay urges govt to uphold int’l law on TRC, disappearnce bills (kp 16/04/2014), UN warns against amnesties for  civil war crimes (ht 16/04/2014), Krishna Adhikari murder case: Maoist cadres, suspects’ kin halt traffic in Chitwan, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 16/04/2014), War-era cases: Rayamajhi challenges PM Koirala (kp 16/04/2014), Reconciliation Mantra To End Transition, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 16/04/2014)

Women’s rights activists serve ultimatum to PM (ht 16/04/2014)

Acharya: Reconciliation basis for TRC formation: ‘Discouraging impunity and finding truth twin goals of commissions’ (kp 15/04/2014), NC lawmakers against amnesty in war crimes (ht 15/04/2014), UCPN (Maoist) to launch stir if cadres not freed (kp 15/04/2014), UCPN-M to boycott all meetings with ruling parties: Wants charge-sheet against Krishna Prasad murder accused withdrawn (ht 15/04/2014), UCPN (Maoist) quits big 3 meet over Adhikari case, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 15/04/2014), Third party’s absence leaves Cong, UML without agenda to discuss (ht 15/04/2014), Cleared suspect accuses state, Maoists of harassment, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 15/04/2014)

Govt tables TRC bill: Reviewed bill does not spell out serious crimes other than rape, by Dewan Rai (kp 10/04/2014), 'No amnesty for serious human rights violations', by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep 10/04/2014) [??], Rights activists decry TRC bill, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 10/04/2014), Why the delay? Nepal's ratification of the Rome Statute could be a good step to end impunity, by Roshan Kumar Jha (rep 10/04/2014), Victims, rights advocates find fault with TRC bill, by Dewan Rai (kp 11/04/2014), Victims, right defenders cry foul over revised TRC bill, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 11/04/2014), Surrender to blackmail: Do the democrats in the government realise that they will be historically tarred as anti-human rights?, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 11/04/2014), The tale of two Commissions, by Binita Dahal (nt 11/04/2014), TRC, CID Bill to be tabled on April 16 , by Arjun Bhandari (ht 12/04/2014), Bill gives rape victims hope: ‘Every crime other than rape can be pardoned and their victims and perpetrators reconciled’, by Weena Pun (kp 12/04/2014) [This may be true for rape victimes, but what about those murdered and disappeared and their families as well as those who suffered irreparable injuries, mental as well as physical?], ‘Sole focus on rights can’t solve war cases’: Leaders of major parties involved in drafting the bill  say it is far more important to take recourse to reconciliation in order to complete the peace process, by Dewan Rai (kp 13/04/2014), No dispute on TRC bill among major parties: Sharma (rep 13/04/2014), South African TRC: TRC ensured individual amnesty for perpetrator, truth for society and acknowledgement and reparation for victim, by Babina Kharel (rep 13/04/2014), Getting rights wrong: In insisting on prosecution, HR community has lost its sight of the broader TRC goals (kp 14/04/2014), TRC Bill: Something Is Better Than Nothing, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 14/04/2014), Big 3 to unite in House to endorse TRC bill (rep 14/04/2014), Bill on TRC, CID reconciliatory; not for amnesty: Minister Acharya, by Prakash Acharya (ht 14/04/2014), The purpose of the TRC is reconciliation in society, interviews with Rajesh Lekhak and Pradip Gyawali (kp 14/04/2014), Bill on TRC and CID: Deal with shortcomings, by Hari Bansh Jha (ht 14/04/2014))

Deny amnesty for heinous crimes: TRC task force, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht 04/04/2014), Taskforce proposes TRC refer wartime cases to OAG, by Dewan Rai (kp 04/04/2014), NHRC to government: Ratify Rome Statute (kp 04/04/2014), NHRC urges govt to address rights defender’s demand (ht 04/04/2014), Dahal decries verdict on war-era cases, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/04/2014), New conflict if law not changed for TRC: Dahal; says, SC should not flaunt its powers (rep 05/04/2014), Another panel to draft TRC bills in three days (kp 06/04/2014), UCPN (Maoist) rejects bills on TRC, disapperance commission: Threatens to take to streets if draft bill not amended, by Kosh Raj Koirala and Ashok Dahal (rep 06/04/2014), The big picture: Transnational justice bodies (rep 06/04/2014)

Fast for endorsement of Rome Statute (ht 01/04/2014), Pahadi fasting unto death for Rome Statute ratification (rep 01/04/2014)

Nepal imposing 'increasing restrictions' on Tibetans after pressure from China: Int'l rights watchdog (nn 01/04/2014) [see HRW report], Govt takes exception to HRW report on Tibetan refugees (ht 04/04/2014), Refugees should respect law of the land: MoFA (kp 04/04/2014), Govt: HRW report 'unnecessary meddling' (rep 04/04/2014)

Refugees find going tough (ht 23/03/2014)

Nepal’s human rights record to face scrutiny by UN body (nn 18/03/2014), Nepal draws flak for rights record (ht 19/03/2014), Nepal on back foot in Geneva, by Dewan Rai (kp 20/03/2014), Maoists warn of House disruption over TRC bills, by Pranab Kharel (kp 22/03/2014), Transitional justice mechanisms under UN scrutiny: Nepal quizzed on independence of NHRC, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 22/03/2014), UNHRC doubts Nepal’s compliance, by Dewan Rai (kp 23/03/2014), Danger zone: Transitional justice (rep 23/03/2014), Kin of disappeared still without answers, by Dewan Rai (kp 24/03/2014), Inescapable truth: Functioning transitional justice institutions are in Nepal’s interest (kp 24/03/2014), Ban urges respect for right to truth (kp 24/03/2014), Handling the truth; The state must apologise, acknowledge and provide justice to victims and survivors of the conflict, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 24/03/2014), Appeal to ratify Rome Statute without delay (ht 24/03/2014), Minister pledges TRC bill in 2 wks; work yet to start, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/03/2014), Govt to bring bills on TRC, disappearances soon: Likely to be tabled in House in 15 days after forging consensus (ht 26/03/2014), TRC, disappearance commission revised bills by 15 days: Acharya (rep 26/03/2014), Families of disappeared struggle for redress, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 26/03/2014), Consult us on TRC bill: Conflict victims to govt (rep 27/03/2014), Those directly responsible for crimes are guilty, not civilian commanders, interview with Govinda Bandi (rep 27/03/2014) [??], NHRC objects to Shrestha as conflict expert (ht 29/03/2014), TRC receives a blow as members threaten to quit (kp 29/03/2014), Victims cry foul over govt's choice of TRC bill drafters (rep 29/03/2014), Under fire, Shrestha quits TRC taskforce (kp 30/03/2014), Ex-SSP quits after furore (rep 30/03/2014), NBA for victim-centric TRC, disappearance panel, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 30/03/2014), Criminal justice: As state tackles offender, sufferers often left out, by Weena Pun (kp 30/03/2014), Extra-judicial killings: Report contradicts govt submission to UNHRC in Geneva on killings in Tarai (ht 30/03/2014) [see report], Ill beginning for TRC work, by Dewan Rai (kp 31/03/2014), TRC task force begins its work (ht 31/03/2014), Clear and present: Only transitional justice bills drafted transparently will enjoy legitimacy (kp 31/03/2014), Govt will bring TRC, disappearance bills within deadline, interview with Narahari Acharya (kp 31/03/2014), TRC team initiates discussion (kp 01/04/2014), Leave conflict era cases to TRC: BRB (ht 01/04/2014), Bhattarai: New laws must for dealing with conflict-era crimes, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep 01/04/2014), Bhattarai says he must be tried for conflict era cases (nn 01/04/2014), Transitional justice mechanism: Maoists demand TRC panel seat (kp 02/04/2014), Victims draw attention of global community (kp 02/04/2014), Justice not served: Victims’ alliances must be watchful of political actors who seek to undermine transitional justice, by Hemanta Raj Dahal (kp 02/04/2014), Instrument of peace: Discussion surrounding TRC has been Kathmandu centric, with minimum consultations with people victimized by Maoists as well as security forces, by D.B. Subedi (rep 02/04/2014), SC: War crimes can be tried under regular law, by Pranab Kharel (kp 03/04/2014), Maoists press govt to allow wartime property deals, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 03/04/2014), Don’t grant mass amnesty for war-era crimes: AHRC to govt (ht 03/04/2014), TRC draft preparation: Taskforce completes discussion process (kp) 03/04/2014, Activating Transitional Justice Mechanism: A Ray Of Hope, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 03/04/2014)

‘Endorse Rome Statute’ (ht 13/03/2014)

Statute delay ‘exacerbating’ HR problem in Nepal (kp 01/03/2014) [see corresponding report by U.S. Department of State]

Eyes of the world: International attention can often support the efforts of local activists, by Aruna Uprety (kp 23/02/2014)

Torture victim moves UN’s rights panel (ht 21/02/2014)

2013 saw rise in number of human rights violations (ht 20/02/2014) [see summary of INSEC report], Human rights situation worse in western region (ht 21/02/2014)

Treat them right: When a country permits refugees, it should be ready to protect their basic human rights, by Swechha Ghimire (rep 21/01/2014)

Asian leaders meet in Capital to combat human trafficking (kp 18/01/2014)

Maiti Nepal launches anti-trafficking drive, by Motilal Paudel (kp 13/01/2014)

Prolonged crisis will boost impunity: Report (ht 10/12/2013), Party leaders stress rights enforcement (kp 11/12/2013)

Continuing Conundrums: Frequent human rights violationsindicate that just marking the day has not been adequate, by Alok Pokhrel (rep 10/12/2013)

Int’l rights groups must seek NHRC nod: SC, by Pranab Kharel (kp 05/12/2013) [???]

HR experts moan about low spending on staff training (kp 03/12/2013)

A nightmare that they will remember forever: Women who were severely tortured on charges of practicing witchcraft living with mental trauma, by Aman Koirala (kp 01/12/2013)

It's all about giving them a chance (rep 15/11/2013) [on Indira Rana Magar]

Domestic workers in horrific situation: Report (ht 29/10/2013)

Home truth: Recruitment agencies in Nepal abuse migrant workers' rights, and the government is failing to protect workers, by Rameshwar Nepal (rep 23/10/2013)

Nepal fifth in ‘modern slavery’ prevalence (kp 19/10/2013)

Human rights to figure in school curricula (ht 09/10/2013)

Norway, UNDP sign agreement to promote people’s access to justice (ht 13/09/2013)

Rights violation cases down: NHRC (rep 13/09/2013)

Poverty As A Human Rights Issue, by Madhab Regmi (rn 13/09/2013)

Depleted potential: Broadening its scope beyond transitional justice can rejuvenate the human rights agenda, by Gyanu Adhikari (kp 11/09/2013)

And justice for all: The TRC cannot simply punish perpetrators; it must establish new social, political and economic parameters for the pursuit of national unity, by Gyan Basnet (kp 10/09/2013)

Nepali NGOs have derailed the human rights discourse, interview with Ram Bhandari (kp 09/09/2013)

Checkpoints inconvenience travellers, by Rajendra Nath (kp 04/09/2013)

Sexual minorities stage rally in Capital to demand rights (ht 23/08/2013)

Forum seeks apparatus for end to torture (kp 26/06/2013)

Enforcement of anti-untouchability law still weak, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 07/06/2013)

Climate change and human rights: Nepal taking the lead, by Anil Chitrakar and Kashish Das Shrestha (ht 05/06/2013)

Truth and consequences: The TRC ordinance ignores consultations with victims and doesn’t address their aspirations, by Suman Adhikari (kp 29/05/2013)

Justice delayed: Cases of disappearances (rep 23/05/2013)

Detainees in Tarai suffering worst abuses: Report (ht 04/05/2013)

Dark deals: Instead of being punished, human rights violators are given political and constitutional power, by Anubha Adhikari (kp 21/04/2013)

Hard done: Worker exploitation, by Kesh B. Malla (rep 21/04/2013)

A worthy guide: Universal declaration of human rights, by Nirajan Thapaliya (rep 03/04/2013)

Lack of awareness, impunity hurdles to women's rights, by Chitra Lekha Yadav (kp 05/03/2013), Nepal capable of combating discrimination, by Arjun Kumar Khadka (kp 05/03/2013)

Citizenship through mother: Fugitives by birth, by Deepti Gurung (rep 05/03/2013)

AG: UDHR outdated in Nepal’s context (kp 04/03/2013) [For the sake of Nepal: Dismiss this man immediately!!!], Nepal Police pledges to protect human rights (ht 04/03/2013) [???]

Denial of right to housing and forced evictions: A gross human rights violation, by Gyan Basnet (28/02/2013)

Sapana is Nepal’s Cedaw candidate (kp 22/02/2013)

Insec reports increase in cases of rights violation (kp 19/02/2013) [see summary of INSEC yearbook 2013], Rights situation disappointing in 2012: INSEC (nn 19/02/2013)

No fence to sit on: The cases of Col Kumar Lama and Dekendra Thapa both raise fundamental questions about whether the country will continue to be run as a playground for elites, by Suhas Chakma (kp 14/02/2013)

Crimes against popular sovereignty: Fascist attitudes of the government, by Gyan Basnet (ht 12/02/2013)

HRW raps govt for ‘broken promises’ (kp 02/02/2013) [see Nepal chapter of World Report 2013], HRW censures Nepal on human rights abuses (ht 02/02/2013)

Govt okays ‘one-window advertisement policy’: Move widely seen as bid to control media outlets critical of it, by Anil Giri (kp 01/02/2013)

UN rights council meeting: Nepal braces for tight spot in Geneva, by Anil Giri (kp 21/01/2013)

Righting the wrongs: Prime Minister Bhattarai’s human rights record is shocking (kp 13/01/2013), AI paints grim picture of rights violation (ht 13/01/2013) [see AI paper]

Old cries, pledges repeat in rights summit, by Ankit Adhikari (kp 17/12/2012)

AHRC paints dismal picture of rights scene (kp 12/12/2012) [see AHRC report]

PM ‘eschews’ rights issues on HR Day: Bhattarai remains silent on cases of rights violations, dwells on social inclusion, equality (kp 11/12/2012), Beyond all platitudes: If human rights violators go scot free, security forces will believe abuses aren’t a big deal (kp 11/12/2012), ‘Citizens’ rights will be protected’: NHRC chairman flays government over withdrawing criminal cases (ht 11/12/2012)

Wishing for progress, EU and Swiss Missions (rep 10/12/2012)

‘HR violation on rise in Mid West’ (kp 03/12/2012)

Women rights defenders themselves at risk (ht 30/11/2012)

Isolation Rituals at First Menstruation Draw Scrutiny in Nepal, by Kamala Gautam (rep 23/11/2012)

Blind to justice: The actions of the present government to withdraw criminal charges against, and to reward, those who did wrong during the conflict must not be glossed over, by Gyan Basnet (kp 01/11/2012)

Government obliged to help convicted Nepalis abroad, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 30/10/2012)

UN, diplomats and criminals: Government of Nepal has been vetoing application of the rule of law and systematically undermining its own Supreme Court, by Suhas Chakma (kp 15/10/2012)

Human rights meet starts (kp 09/10/2012), Rights conference stands for speedy enforcement of defenders’ guidelines (kp 10/10/2012)

Conference on human trafficking (kp 08/10/2012)

After all the hue and cry, Basnet gets a promotion, by Phanindra Dahal (kp 05/10/2012), Govt promotes controversial Col Raju Basnet, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 05/10/2012)

Govt refutes UN’s ‘stateless Nepalis’ report, by Anil Giri (kp 04/10/2012)

International treaties: Human rights body complains of weak implementation (ht 27/09/2012)

Urlado One Billion campaign launched (kp 24/09/2012)

Activists defend homeless’ rights (kp 24/09/2012), ‘Respect rights of slum dwellers’ (ht 24/09/2012)

Tread with care: Govt should beware not to trample on civil liberties in forming public policy (kp 21/09/2012)

Mentally ill man confined in cowshed for 4 years (kp 09/09/2012)

Unjust silence: The state has done nothing to investigate and prosecute those responsible for disappearances, by Yadab Bastola (kp 30/08/2012)

War victims plea for justice: Govt cautioned against HR violations (kp 25/08/2012)

Nepal's gay rights movement, by Bibek Bhandari (rep 13/07/2012)

Human rights violations: Challenging justice, democracy and peace, by Charan Prasai (ht 10/07/2012)

Fear of losing progress on human rights looms large, by Ankit Adhikari (kp 02/07/2012)

HR monitoring slack in absence of OHCHR: ICJ (rep 30/06/2012)

Cruel, inhuman and degrading: A separate law criminalising torture and a human rights commitment is needed to bring perpetrators to justice, by Tejman Shrestha (kp 26/06/2012), Women detainees still tortured (ht 26/06/2012), Torture of women increasing in detention: Report (nn 26/06/2012), Rights defenders to govt: Ratify anti-torture law (kp 27/06/2012), Criminalise torture, urge rights activists: ‘Tradition of torture embedded in society’ (ht 27/06/2012)

UN Human Rights Council urged to monitor Nepal's 'increasingly precarious' rights situation (nn 05/06/2012

Status Of Justice, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn 25/05/2012)

Govt failed to provide truth, justice to victims: Amnesty report (nn 24/05/2012) [see AI report 2012 on Nepal], Report: Nepal towards full-spectrum impunity: Amnesty says the parties government in the subverted justice by favouring withdrawal of criminal charges (kp 25/05/2012), AI slams human rights record: Says war-era crime, widespread torture being overlooked (ht 25/05/2012)

‘Nepal must guarantee rights’ (ht 08/05/2012)

Activists seek clear policy on refugees (ht 05/05/012)

Justice System: Impunity And Reconciliation, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn 25/04/2012)

Taking torture seriously: Legislation which criminalises torture must bear in mind international standards pertaining to the gravity of the offence, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (kp 20/04/2012)

Right to honor, by Madan Bahadur Dhami (rep 15/04/2012)

Govt replaces ‘weak’ torture law with ‘bold’ Act, by Anil Giri (kp 07/04/2012)

Charter of rights: Every individual and community’s rights should be formally protected in a multicultural society, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp 06/04/2012)

Bilateral ties: India’s vote in favour of UN resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC can teach Nepal a lesson or two on the need for better diplomacy with her neighbours, by Mahesh Acharya (kp 02/04/2012)

Challenges Of Human Rights In Nepal, by Raj Kumar Siwakot (rn 29/03/2012)

Conflict and women victims: Grave injustices, by Kopila Adhikari (ht 29/03/2012)

WOREC paints bleak picture of women’s rights: Says city women prone to abuse on witchery charges (ht 25/03/2012)

Ratifying the UN Protocol On Human Trafficking, by Gyan Basnet (rn 15/03/2012)

Rights agency says progress to protect women’s rights in Nepal slow (nn 09/03/2012)

Human rights violations: No justice, no peace, by Gyan Basnet (ht 05/03/2012)

Rights violation cases‘fell sharply’ in 2011 (kp 20/02/2012) [see English summary of INSEC report], 3,039 rights violation cases in 2011: INSEC (ht 20/02/2012)

Blood bricks: A new certification system for bricks aims to remove exploiting and pollution from brick-baking, by Lucia de Vries (nt 10/02/2012)

HRW raps govts, political parties: World Report says no government since 2006 showed will to tackle human rights issues (kp 24/01/2012) [see HRW world report 2012, Nepal chapter see pp. 347-355], HRW report reveals ugly side of Nepal: No progress on liability for killings, disappearances; Govt failed to uphold and protect human rights (ht 24/01/2012)

Rights For Few, Wrongs For Many, by G. K. Pakavath (rn 23/01/2012)

Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2021, by INSEC, Kathmandu 2021

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

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

राष्ट्रिय मानव अधिकार आयोगको वार्षिक प्रतिवेदन (२०७६–२०७७), National Human Rights Commission, 07/12/2020

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

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

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

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

Lawyers at risk: Law Society submits joint UPR report on Nepal, by The Law Society of England and Wales, 13 July 2020 (see also factsheet and submission)

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

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

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

Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2020, by INSEC, Kathmandu 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Human Rights Yearbook 2019, by INSEC, 17 February 2019

Rule of Law Index 2017-2018 - Nepal, by World Justice Project

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

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

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

Human Rights Yearbook 2018, by INSEC, 20 February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Gender Gap Report 2016 - Nepal data, by World Economic Forum, Geneva, October 2016

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

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

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

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

INSEC Yearbook 2016 (19 February 2016)

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

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

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

U.S. Department of State: Nepal 2013 Human Rights Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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