Hearing committee receives four plaints against NHRC nominees

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 8, 2014-

Four complaints have been filed against three office bearer nominees for National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC).

The Constitutional Council had recommended former chief justice Anup Raj Sharma as NHRC chairman and former Supreme Court justice Prakash Osti, senior advocate Govinda Sharma Poudel and rights activists Sudip Pathak and Mohana Ansari as commissioners. Complaints have been lodged against Sharma, Wosti and Pathak.

Sharma and Osti are accused of deviating from justice delivery while Pathak has been charged of opposing the democratic movement in 2006.

A complaint also has been filed at the PHSC claiming the selection of NHRC nominees is not inclusive, which has ignored the constitutional provision. A petition is sub judice at the Supreme Court regarding the Council’s selection of NHRC candidates.

On September 24, PHSC had issued 10-day notice for filing complaints against the nominees.

The NHRC had been without commissioners for a year as the six-year term of the officials expired last September, leaving behind a pile of unattended cases of rights violations. According to NHRC officials, there are over 1,000 investigated cases awaiting endorsement by the commissioners. Some of them concern serious cases such as disappearance, torture, rape and murder. The absence of commissioners in the constitutional body has also affected the formation of the transitional justice mechanism. As per the law, the NHRC chairperson or a member designated by him will be a member of the committee for recommending appointments in the proposed Commission on Enforced Disappearances and Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Rights defenders and lawyers have been questioning the legality of the committee without the NHRC representative.

Published: 09-10-2014 09:02

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