Govt won’t tolerate rights violation: PM

- DEWAN RAI, Kathmandu

May 27, 2016-

On its 16th anniversary celebration on Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission received the government’s support and commitment to human rights.

“The government will not tolerate rights violation,” said Prime Minister KP Oli, in his address to a gathering of national and international dignitaries. “I have been advocating human rights three times the age of the commission itself.”

In 16 years, the NHRC has investigated over 1,000 incidents of rights violations and recommended action. The government has implemented only 10 percent of the recommendations, mostly related to compensation for the victims.

The commission recently formed a taskforce to push for the implementation of its recommendations. According to the commission, the team has been looking into the cases to re-send them to the government for action.

“The government has completely failed to establish criminal accountability in any case of rights violation,” said Advocate Govinda Bandi.

Nepal has ratified 24 international conventions. In periodic review sessions at the UN Human Rights Council, the government has been accepting suggestions from member states. However, the government has a poor record of keeping its promises.

In April, PM Oli summoned NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma, along with other commissioners, to question them about the statement delivered by Commissioner Mohna Ansari during the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva in March. The statement had highlighted the discriminatory citizenship provisions in the new constitution and excessive use of force during protests in the Tarai.

The government was widely criticised for summoning the constitutional body to clarify on its statement at the UN, which portrayed the government as one against upholding human rights.

Instead of amending the laws in line with the Supreme Court order, the major coalition partners have signed a nine-point agreement to withdraw war-era cases and grant amnesty to perpetrators of insurgency-era crimes.

The International community in Kathmandu on Wednesday issued a joint statement, expressing concerns over the political agreement, particularly regarding the issues of transitional justice process.

Chairman Sharma urged the government to pay heed to the NHRC recommendations, court orders and its commitment to the international community.

Dekendra’s widow files case at TRC

SURKHET: A complaint has been filed against Maoist cadres at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for their involvement in the murder of Dailekh-based journalist Dekendra Raj Thapa.

Thapa’s widow Laxmi Kumari lodged the complaint at the office of the Local Peace Committee in Surkhet on Thursday. The defendants have already faced jail term under homicide. Dailekh District Court had, on December 21, 2014, given verdict against the cadres in accordance with the Muluki Ain (general code). Subsequently, the Surkhet Appellate Court had upheld the decision of the Dailekh District Court in September last year. Dekendra was killed in August 2004 by Maoist cadres after torturing him at Dwari VDC in Dailekh. 

According to section 13 (2) of the TRC Act, the TRC has the authority to investigate into the conflict-era cases in consultation with the court, if the cases are sub judice. However, there is no clear provision as to how to deal with the cases whose verdicts have already been passed. TRC Chairman Surya Kiran Gurung said Laxmi can file the case. (PR)

Published: 27-05-2016 08:31

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