Stories By 'Mohna Ansari'
Last week Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) hosted the largest high-level meet for human rights institutions of South Asia. Perhaps the symbolic aspect of this meeting was that the seven national human rights commissions took only just over an hour to agree on a five-page Kathmandu Declaration.
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We finally framed a new constitution through a Constituent Assembly after four years of debate and discussion on the constitutional issues. Yet for all the toils, we could not do justice to women.
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Although basic human rights were guaranteed under the International Human Rights Law many years before, it was only in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal, 1990 that the provisions relating to human rights were incorporated for the first time.
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As the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) completes 17 years of its operations, it is an opportune time to review the effectiveness of the constitutional body.
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Nepal saw the emergence of the organised women movement only after end of the autocratic Rana regime in 1951.
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On March 16, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva reviewed the situation of human rights in Nepal and gave recommendations to improve it.
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