News Digest: Human Rights, Gender and Social Inclusion (September 30 to October 6 2021)

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Human Rights

Minister of Foreign Affairs Narayan Khadka told the United Nations General Assembly that the government is dedicated to completing the transitional justice process and ruled out blanket amnesty in the cases of serious human rights violations. The victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency said Khadka had lied about the progress and sent a letter to the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres.

According to Supreme Court Spokesperson Baburam Dahal, the Supreme Court will only hear cases of habeas corpus and issues of urgent hearing during Dashain.

On 28 September, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued an order to register a complaint of extra judicial killing of Kumar Paudel, committed by the country’s law enforcement agency. After the police declined to register the complaint, a writ petition was filed before the Supreme Court demanding registration.

Gender

An organisation named Nepal Teen Leaders staged a demonstration in Basantapur today, demanding the government to remove the tax levied on sanitary pads, claiming the pads are a basic need.

On 3 October, Maiti Nepal, Central Bureau of Investigation and Gaushala Police rescued five teenage girls who were forcibly engaged in sex work in Mulpani Tiwari Tol of Kathmandu.

On 3 October, a joint team of the Armed Police Force and Afanta Nepal, rescued a 22 years old girl from Nuwakot, who was on her way to be trafficked to India.

The Human Trafficking Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police have arrested man, for selling his wife to Indian brothel.

On 2 October, 12 children aged 13 to 17, who had reached different cities of Mumbai in search of jobs after their schools were closed due to COVID-19, were rescued and brought to Kathmandu.

On 3 October, five people were arrested from Itahari on charges of gang rape. Four of the arrested were under the age of 18 years. One is still absconding.

Social Inclusion 

The federal government has drafted the Guideline on Accessible System for Persons with Disabilities, 2021โ€™. The guideline requires the authorities to gurantee the accessibility of differently-abled persons with no discrimination, in private and public building, health, education and other employment services.

The Annual report of the National Dalit Commission was presented to the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The report failed to mention overall situation of the Dalit community, identify policy, legal and institutional reforms for the fiscal year 2077-2078.

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