NHRC clears 148 backlog cases

- DEWAN RAI, Kathmandu

Jan 27, 2015-

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has cleared 148 backlog cases in 100 days since the national rights watchdog received officer bearers.

Although the implementation of the its recommendations is a different question altogether, officials claim the NHRC has made a modest beginning towards safeguarding human rights in the country.

The NHRC had over 800 investigated cases awaiting endorsement by the commissioners as the government delayed in the appointment of the office bearers. These include the cases of disappearance, torture, rape and murder.

Of the cases recommended for actions, Beni attack and Bara shooting are two high major cases the NHRC took the decision over the period. It has recommended that the government provide compensations to the victims’ families and identify and take action against the culprits.

The then Maoist rebels had attacked Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi, in 2004 in which over 70 security personnel were killed. In Bara, Jay Narayan Patel was killed and Mohmmed Shah Hawari was injured in police firing in October, 2014.

The NHRC issued two directives to the government over the same period. The constitutional rights watchdog directed the government not to deport six asylum seekers of Pakistan without ensuring their complete security. “It would be against the UN Convention against Torture,” said an official at the NHRC.

It has also directed the government to provide compensation and relocation of the flood victims in Surkhet and Jure. Over 4,000 people were directly affected by floods during the monsoon this past year.

“We are trying to reach out to the public as an attempt to increase public access to justice,” said Commissioner Mohna Ansari. According to her, the NHRC commissioners have already visited 33 districts, mostly remote districts of the country to monitor the rights situation.

Ansari said the NHRC was working on a strategic plan to address the issue of low implementation rate of its recommendations.

In its 14-year history, the government has executed only 105 of 737 recommendations. The government carried out the recommendations of only those cases related to compensation. No culprits were brought to justice.

“We are preparing a list of both the officials against whom action is recommended as well as those who ignored such recommendations,” Ansari said, “The list will be made public if the government continues to ignore the rights situation.”


Published: 28-01-2015 10:54

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