News Digest: Human Rights and GESI (December 31, 2021 – January 5, 2022)


Human Rights  

According to the records of Press Council Nepal, there have been 31 incidents of violation of press freedom  in the last four month. The highest number of incidents of violation of press freedom was recorded in Bagmati province with 17 incidents. Similarly, there are two incidents in Province 2, Gandaki Province, Lumbini Province and Far Western Province. 

Indrajit Raut, a contractor from Sarlahi  allegedly killed three youths from Sarlahi, who were bonded laborers in a wetland center in Uttar Pradesh by trapping them in debt. Sarlahi Police have refused to register a complaint citing jurisdiction issue.  

Nepal-Oman has not signed the labor agreement even after three years of drafting of the ‘Nepal-Oman Labor Agreement’. Consequently, Nepali workers are forced to pay service fees for employment in Oman. According to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, the change of government in Oman has stalled the process of concluding labor agreements. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs has directed the district administration offices in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Morang, Sunsari, Dhanusha, Parsa, Chitwan, Kaski, Rupandehi, Banke and Jumla to take legal action against the medial colleges charging  extra fees from the students.  


Ruby Khan have called off the strike after signing a four point agreement with Ministry of Home Affairs on 4 January. The government will launch another round of probe into the case of Nirmala Kurmi. 

Nine policemen have been arrested for sharing and watching child pornography on social media. An investigation by the cyber bureau of the police revealed that the police had formed a group on Facebook and shared the video.  

In the past five month, Nepal Police recorded 9,240 cases of crime against women. 

Social Inclusion  

Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has claimed that Nepal is the only country to ensure 33% representation of women in every body of the state. Furthermore, Nepal has represented Dalits, Janajatis and Adivasis at every level of the state and party.

Addressing a national gathering of the Socialist Dalit Liberation Organization at Janakpurdham, Chairman of the Janata Samajwadi Party- Upendra Yadav has proposed to reserve separate constituencies for the Dalit community as they could not win the election in the current political system. 

Nepali Congress and the main opposition CPN-UML will compete in the upcoming National Assembly elections on January 27. Candidates for the 19 seats including seven women, three dalits, two persons with disabilities, minorities and seven other clusters will be registered on January 20.  

35 percent women and 20 percent youth- under the age of 40, of the total number of 299- member central committees have been made mandatory in the eighth general convention of the CPN-Maoist. 

Leaders of the Dalit Community of the CPN-Maoist Center have demanded 15 percent mandatory representation in the Central Committee. 

Six women and five Dalit central members have been elected from the eighth general convention of the CPN-Maoist.  Pampha Bhusal, Urmila Aryal, Jaipuri Gharti, Rekha Sharma, Purna Kumari Subedi and Yashoda Subedi Gurung have been named from woman side. Maheshwar Jung Gahatraj, Parashuram Ramtel, Mahendra Paswan, Gopi Achhami and Daljit Sripali have become central members of the Dalit community. 

Rastriya Janamorcha Party nominated Tul Bahadur BK as a candidate for the National Assembly. 

The Supreme Court  issued an interim order to appoint teachers through open competition at Tribhuvan University.

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