Call to respect human rights and dignity

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- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 2, 2015-

Former human rights commissioner in the country have issued a call to respect human rights and dignity amid the protest in Tarai and blockade of essential goods.

“The blockade and stoppages being implemented to fulfil the demands of the movement are hampering livelihoods and affecting the supply of essential goods,” reads a statement issued by Kedar Nath Upadhayay, former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on behalf of eight other former commissioners.

They have expressed concerns over the impact of the blockade on social and economic life of the country.

“With the humanitarian crisis getting worse by the day, we appeal to the United Nations and international human rights organisations to be sensitive to the grave situation confronting the Nepali population,” the statement says further. “We also ask the National Human Rights Commission to effectively address this humanitarian crisis and its human rights aspects.”

The former commissioners include Gauri Shanker Lal Das, Sushil Pyakurel, Kapil Shrestha, Gauri Pradhan, Dr KB Rokaya, Ram Nagina Singh and Dr Ram Dayal Rakesh. They have also urged those “engaged in the ongoing movement to abstain from impeding the supply of essential goods and hurting the education, health and livelihoods of children as well as the general public.” They have warned those involved that “actions inviting humanitarian crisis are liable to be regarded as crime against humanity.” They have also asked the Government of Nepal to take urgent steps to address the genuine demands of the ongoing movement.

Published: 02-10-2015 09:03

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