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

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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 has forced millions of people to live without citizenship, depriving them of social protection from the state.

Citizenship certificates issued by the government are a prerequisite to get the Covid-19 vaccine which is hindering the vaccination process, says experts.  

There has been allegation that District court of Dhanusha is continuously adjourning the hearing of Raj Kumar Shah, arrested in charge of raping a 14 year old girl. Despite the order from Supreme Court to end rape case through ‘fast track’ no progress has been made. 

 The District Police Office, Dang on 12th January registered a formal complaint in conflict-era disappearance case. According to Gyanendra Raj Aran- a human rights lawyer, this is the first FIR in the disappearance case after the formation of the transitional justice commissions.  

Gender and Social Inclusion  

In an attempt to spread the socialist agenda, the CPN (Maoist Center) Mechinagar Municipal Committee is going to run a maternity nutrition program, agriculture program, and health program  from January 20.  

Deeply rooted superstitious beliefs in witchcraft and traditional healers (jhakri) are taking lives of people in the Capital City.  

As observed in the general conventions:  absence of compulsory provision in the party statute to include persons with disabilities have deprived the disabled person the position of  leadership, states Ramesh Pokhrel, central vice-chairman of the Disability Organization of Nepal.   

It has been observed that, small parties like the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) have not fully imbibed the spirit of inclusion  in the party convention.  The Election Commission has repeatedly called on JSP to increase the number of women to one-third as per the Constitution. Likewise, the Rishi Babu Pariyar- Central Leader of RPP raised a question of non-inclusion of Dalit participants in the party. 

With an intention to make labour approval paperless and cashless, The Foreign Employment Office, Kathmandu, under the Department of Foreign Employment, is going to issue labor permits again through an online system starting from 16 January.  

Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Shrestha, has pledged to create jobs opportunities within the country. He also spoke about the government policy of identifying practical hurdles in the domestic employment sector.

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