NHRC chief threatens to quit if govt fails to act

- POST REPORT, Lalitpur
NHRC chief threatens to quit if govt fails to act

Mar 26, 2015-

Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Anup Raj Sharma has threatened to quit if the government fails to implement the commission’s recommendations for action against the rights violators.

Speaking at a launch of briefing paper on Dhanusha Five Cases on Thursday,  Sharma said that he had already told the prime minister that he would make public a list of rights abusers if the recommendations were ignored.

“I will not hold on to the post if no action is taken against the culprits within a year of my tenure in the NHRC,” he said. “I have made my position clear during my recent meeting with the PM.”

The constitutional body has recommended actions in 715 cases of grave human rights violation. So far, 105 recommendations have been implemented, all of them related to providing compensation to the victims. The Supreme Court’s verdict has made it mandatory for the government to implement the NHRC recommendations.

Accountability Watch Committee, in technical support of the International Centre for Transitional Justice, prepared the paper compiling developments of the cases over the period.

 In Dhanusa incident, five youths--Sanjeev Kumar Karn, Durgesh Laav, Jitendra Jha, Shailendra Yadav and Pramod Mandal--had gone missing since the then Unified Security Command arrested them in 2003. The commission has concluded that the security forces shot dead the youths between the ages of 20-25 after taking them under control.

The NHRC investigation had found strong evidences for involvement of the then SSP Chuda Bahadur Shrestha, SP Kuber Singh Rana, Maj Anup Adhikari and Chief District Officer Rewatiraj Kafle.

The report has also concluded that the Nepal Army was involved in the extra-judicial killing of the youths. Their mortal remains were handed over to their kin last year.

Published: 27-03-2015 08:15

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