Gender, Social Inclusion & Human Rights

The Human Rights Commission to Monitor the Local Level Election

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) held discussions with former chief election commissioners, former commissioners and civil society representatives with an aim to monitor the local level elections on 12 April 2022. The parties in the discussion encouraged the  commission to review the existing election law from a human rights perspective and suggest amendments. Following the discussion, the NHRC will oversee the election in three phases before, during and…

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Nepal Completes 12th Census Enumeration Despite Controversies

Nepal conducted its 12th National Census from November 11 to 25 2021. First census after the country transitioned to a federal republic. Thus, census is based on the principle of inclusion  as enshrined in the preamble of the Constitution of Nepal 2015. People headcount were done on the basis of the caste-ethnicity, language, religion, sex,…

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Political Intervention – A Solution to Judicial Crisis?

Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana got into a heated controversy after he allegedly demanded a share in Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s Cabinet. He has been accused of seeking a ministerial berth for his brother-in-law, who was appointed as a minister on October 8. The controversy started when Gajendra Hamal, Chief Justice Rana’s brother-in-law, was…

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News Digest: Human Rights, Gender & Social Inclusion (February 3 – 9, 2022)

Human Rights The Chief Justice, as presiding officer of the Court is responsible for administration of justice and hearing cases. Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher has not been able to perform either of his constitutional responsibilities for about three months but still holds office. Fourteen civil society members including human rights activists, journalists, medical professionals and leaders of…

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News Digest: Human Rights, Gender and Social Inclusion (January 27 – February 2, 2022)

Human Rights Indrajit Safi, president of the Citizenship-less Nepalis Struggle Committee claimed that there is a total of 650,000 deserving Nepali citizens  who are deprived of citizenship.  A writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging government decision to make vaccination cards mandatory against Covid-19 to obtain public services.  Depriving anyone of service if they cannot produce the vaccine card would be a violation…

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News Digest: Human Rights, Gender and Social Inclusion (January 20 – 26, 2022)

Human Rights  The National Human Rights Commission has asked the government not to deprive anyone of service if they cannot produce the vaccine card, stating it would be a violation of their human rights.  The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the government to work more effectively to tackle the ongoing crisis. NHRC has urged the government officials for a hassle free vaccination service and  access to basic medicines. …

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News Digest: Human Rights, Gender and Social Inclusion (January 13 – 19, 2022)

Human Rights  The international human rights body annual report states that the many human rights situation in Nepal remains unaddressed in 2021 due to the ‘political infighting’. Furthermore, a pervasive culture of impunity remains a serious concern undermining fundamental human rights in Nepal.  Nepal Human Rights situation remains worrisome during 2021 due to its flawed citizenship law which…

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News Digest: Human Rights, Gender & Social Inclusion (January 6 – 12, 2022)

Human Rights  On 10 January, stateless Nepali Citizens staged a sit-in protest at Maitighar, Mandala demanding the government to provide citizenship immediately as per the constitutional provision. Gender and Social Inclusion  Following the agreement between the National Land Commission and the local level chiefs, the Commission has started the process of distributing land to landless Dalits and…

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March Analysis: Human Rights and Gender and Social Inclusion

The month of March ended without a single bill being endorsed in the Parliament and without any general discussion on the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Rana as PM Sher Bahadur Deuba administration decided to prorogue the winter session of the parliament. Consequently, Ordinances to tackle crime against women which were brought before the house for…

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February Analysis: Human Rights, Gender and Social Inclusion

The Supreme Court, last month, issued a directive to the Government of Nepal and Federal parliament to implement the rights of the Dalit community with necessary legal arrangements and policy guidelines in accordance with the Constitution of Nepal, 2015. Official data released by the District Police Office, Mahottari for the past six months stipulates that…

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Transitional Justice Lessons for Nepal

Nepal’s transitional justice process awaits a logical end. Neither the government nor the major political parties have seriously worked towards for that. Political observers blame leaders for failing to prioritize the transitional justice process despite reiterated written and verbal commitments. On 21 November 2oo6, Nepal Government and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist signed the Comprehensive…

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