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HRW report criticizes Nepal

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Nepal has made virtually no discernible progress in upholding promises of justice, accountability and a new constitution, said a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on Thursday.

In its World Report 2015, HRW said political parties in Nepal seemed intent on ensuring ongoing impunity for war crimes and failed to break a years-long deadlock by promulgating a new constitution.

“It is deeply disappointing that Nepal remains stuck in the same place it has been for years in spite of the grand promises made after the end of the civil war,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW. “The state appears determined to ensure that there is no accountability, leaving victims with no hope for justice.”

In the 656-page report, HRW has reviewed human rights practices in more than 90 countries, including Nepal.

In May 2014, Nepal’s legislative parliament enacted a law establishing the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation to investigate serious rights violations and abuses committed during Nepal’s decade-long civil war from 1996 to 2006.

The HRW report says the law, however, largely replicates a previous version that was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and has been criticized by local and international groups as an attempt to ensure that perpetrators get amnesty and freedom from prosecution.

In the report, HRW also criticized restrictions on peaceful protests by Tibetan refugees and urged the government to allow the Tibetan community in Nepal the rights to free expression and assembly.

Stating that an estimated 4 million people continue to be denied citizenship due to flawed laws in Nepal, HRW drew the government’s attention to the fact that this denial leaves this population without access to basic rights.

“Nepal’s inability to move forward on a new constitution has stalled efforts to ensure protection of the rights of minorities and to reform flawed laws and practices,” Adams said.  “Both for the victims of the conflict and for the millions of other vulnerable communities who continue to suffer unjustly, the government must honor its pledges without further delay.”

The report has been published at a time when hundreds of the conflict era victims are struggling to get justice. Just this week, Kedarnath Chaulagain of Kavre district filed a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee saying that the Nepal government did not investigate the murder of her daughter allegedly by the Nepal Army (NA) personnel. Chaulagain’s daughter Subhadra was killed a decade ago.




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One Response to “HRW report criticizes Nepal”

  1. Socrates on Says:

    I suppose we will now get a barrage of flames from the Human Rights Denyers ignoring citizenship issues, Dalit issues, violence against women, conflict crimes, etc and telling the international community to keep its nose out of Nepal’s affairs! Just accept reality, Nepal is a failed state in all but name.

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