‘Nepal’s human rights condition deteriorates’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 10, 2014-

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has said that the human rights situation in Nepal has deteriorated, and as a result,  the country is headed towards becoming a police state.

In a statement issued on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on Wednesday, the rights organisation said that the state security agencies and justice institutions in Nepal are heavily politicised and corrupt, making justice impossible for commoners.

This year also witnessed relatively increasing police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the Tarai region,  the human rights watchdog reported.

According to AHRC, they received reports on a number of incidents where police used excessive force for what they say to “maintain peace and order in society”.

In a recent incident, a person was killed and several were wounded in a clash with police. One person was killed and several others were injured in police beatings at     Dho village in Dolpa district following a dispute over levy for Yarchagumba, a fungus believed to have medicinal value.  

The report said that abuse of police power had been a regular occurrence this year. “Incidents of custodial torture were a regular phenomenon, and remain the only available form of investigation in Nepal,” read the statement.

“The Nepali state is killing its citizens who are attempting to seek justice. The state is least bothered about providing justice,” said the organisation, referring to the Nanda Prasad Adhikari incident in which he died during a hunger strike on September.

The commission also pointed out the non-compliance of the government with the Supreme Court order. The government has passed the transitional justice bill ‘without incorporating the rulings of the Court’.

Published: 11-12-2014 09:41

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