Govt disregards NHRC’s request

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 28, 2015-

The repeated requests of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to the government agencies, including the Office of the Prime Minister and Office of the Attorney General, to provide the details regarding non-compliance of its recommendations for action against the rights violators have gone unheard.

The national rights body has recommended actions in 700 cases of grave human rights violation. So far, 105 recommendations have been implemented, all of them related to providing compensation to the victims.  

Although the Supreme Court’s verdict makes it mandatory for the government to implement the NHRC’s recommendations, the government has ignored the recommendations seeking action against serious human rights violators.

“The first thing we did after taking charge of the office was followed the recommendations made by the commission,” said Anup Raj Sharma, NHRC chair. “We wrote to the authorities concerned for update on the cases, but we have not received any response.”

Briefing the media on Wednesday, Sharma said the NHRC has been preparing a list of the persons against whom action was recommended and the officials who ignored the recommendations.  He added that the names would be made public depending on the response of the government.

“I would like to reiterate that we are determined to bring the rights violators of serious crimes to justice,” Sharma said.

The government has been arguing that the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) should deal with the conflict-era cases. The formation of TRC has already been delayed by eight years.

The political parties had agreed to form the TRC within six months of signing of The Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Commissioner Mohna Ansari said that the NHRC has been holding consultations with stakeholders to improve the human rights situation of the country. She added that the commissioners have already visited 17 countries to monitor the rights situation.

Published: 29-01-2015 08:52

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