Present NHRC report: Panel

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- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 8, 2015-

The Parliamentary Committee for Social Justice and Human Rights has directed the government to present the annual report of the National Human Rights Committee at the Parliament to discuss human rights situation in the country.

A meeting of the committee held on Wednesday issued an order to this effect asking the government to respond as early as possible.

As per Article 133 of the Interim Constitution, the national rights body submits it annual progress report to the President, who ‘arranges to submit such report to the Parliament through the Prime Minister.’

“We found that the government has not presented the report at the Parliament since 2007,” said Sushil Kumar Shrestha, committee chair. He lamented that the issues of human rights has hardly been discussed in the Parliament. “This is one of the reasons why impunity has prevailed,” he argued.

The debate on incidents that occurred during the decade long insurgency took centre stage with former rebels claiming their actions as ‘political’ while other parties arguing that they were ‘criminal acts’. The issue of rights violation is said to have been left behind once the former rebel party emerged as the biggest party in the first Constituent Assembly election in 2008. Parliamentarians of other parties also never raised the issue.

“Consequently, the issue remained in shadow ever since,” said Shrestha. “We have been breaching the constitutional provision, ultimately giving continuity to impunity on rights violation.”

On the other hand, the NHRC has been submitting its report regularly. The national rights watchdog has been authorised to investigate and recommend the government for action on rights violation. 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.

“If the report is tabled at the Parliament, we could make the government accountable,” said Shrestha.

Published: 14-07-2015 09:05

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