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UN official concerned about violations



KATHMANDU: Visiting UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-Hwa Kang, today called on Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal and expressed concern over deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

She also discussed possible term extension of OHCHR-Nepal with the PM.

“Regarding the term extension, discussions will be held at appropriate level,” PM’s Foreign Affairs Adviser, Milan Tuladhar, said in a statement following the meeting.

Khanal told the Deputy High Commissioner that Nepal is committed to strengthening National Human Rights Commission.

“The Women and Dalit commissions have been established and Bill on Disappeared persons and Truth and Reconciliation Commission are under process in the Constituent Assembly,” he added.

Kang mentioned that OHCHR had made some suggestions on NHRC bill which will help in its strengthening. Likewise, she urged the government to implement the recommendations of last Universal Periodic Review.

Separately, Kang attended a programme organised by the Parliament Committee on International Relations and Human Rights.

Kang said, “It is deeply troubling that no one has been held accountable for crimes committed during the conflict. Criminal investigations have not moved forward, some perpetrators have even been promoted, and little action has been taken to address the grievance of victims.”

She underscored the need for introduction of effective system to ensure justice to the victims of human rights abuse.

“These mechanisms – in particular the Disappearances Commission and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – are necessary and urgent,” said Kang.

Calling for an independent and autonomous National Human Right Commission, Kang emphasised adoption of a new law for the National Human Rights to put the agenda of accountability forward.

She said an independent judiciary with sufficient power to hold the government accountable, and national human rights commission that can address complaints of rights violations, are vital for effective accountability mechanism.

She called for strict implementation of the bill against untouchability, which is under the consideration of parliament. Madhes-based lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction as she did not mention anything about the rights violation in Tarai.

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