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Govt for multi-pronged approach to promote human rights: Pandey
Mar 4, 2015-
Foreign Affairs Minister Manehdra Bahadur Pandey has said the government is undertaking multi-pronged approach to advance human rights situation in the country and that measures are adopted for protection of rights and empowerment of disadvantaged and economically weaker segments of the population.
Addressing the high-level segment of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, Pandey reiterated Nepal’s total and unflinching commitment to human rights and he highlighted various legislative and institutional measures put in place in Nepal in order to further protect and promote human rights of all citizens equitably. He said that the Human Rights Council and other UN human rights mechanisms should strictly adhere to the fundamental universal principles of universality, objectivity and non-selectivity and that the international community must strive hard to create an environment that fosters free and unhindered enjoyment of all human rights by all peoples around the world. He also emphasized on the universal, indivisible, interrelated, interdependent and mutually-reinforcing nature of all human rights and called for a holistic approach to address the human rights issues facing the world today.
Expressing the government’s concerns regarding protection of the interests, rights and well-being of the Nepali migrant workers during the entire migration cycle, he said that the issue of migration should receive cooperation and understanding from all stakeholders, including the destination countries.
Updating the Council on the recent political developments in Nepal, he said that the government was making efforts to come out of the protracted phase of transition and to institutionalise the democratic gains through the promulgation of a constitution through the Constituent Assembly and the conclusion of the remaining tasks of the peace process. Pandey informed the Council of the recent establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, terming the efforts an important step to provide justice to the victims as part of the nationally-driven peace process. He also stated that the government would extend every support to make these commissions fully functional in fulfilling the responsibilities entrusted to them.
The Nepali delegation led by Pandey comprises Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nepal in Geneva Deepak Dhital as well as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Council Session commenced on Monday and will continue until March 27.
Published: 05-03-2015 08:30