NHRC to brief UN in Geneva on developments

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
NHRC to brief UN in Geneva on developments

Mar 9, 2015-

A high-level delegation of the National Human Rights Commission is likely to brief the UN high commissioner for human rights on the transitional justice process in Nepal, on the sidelines of the 28 annual meeting of the International Coordination Committee (ICC) of national human rights institutions, in Geneva.

The national rights watchdog will be conferred the ‘A’ status at the meeting that began on Monday.

In November last year, the ICC decided to give continuity to the ‘A’ grade for the NHRC, which was awarded for the first time in 2011 for five years.

The delegation led by NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma is expected to brief the UN high commissioner for refugees and the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross during the visit.

The team includes Commissioners Mohna Ansari and Sudip Pathak, and Shree Ram Adhikari, in-charge of the international desk at the NHRC.

“We’ll try to present a real picture of the rights situation in Nepal to the international community,” said Ansari.

Sharma is expected to brief on the transitional justice process, Ansari on women and children, and Pathak on universal periodic review. Adhikari has got the charge to elaborate on the commission’s qualification for the “A” status.

Despite widespread criticism from civil society organisations, NHRC received the A rating the second time in a row. Nepal is one of the 70 countries in the 106-member global association of national human rights institutions that have got the ‘A’ status.


Published: 10-03-2015 08:47

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