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​NHRC concerned over poor progress on human rights

Graphic: Commission leadership team talk with community representatives, Nepal

The National Human Rights Commission has urged the Government to bolster the transitional justice process in the country.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concern over the state of impunity that persists in the country as a result of slow progress on the transitional justice process.

In its annual report submitted to President Bidya Devi Bhandari, the human rights watchdog highlighted the long delay in resolving war-era crimes by not empowering the two transitional justice mechanisms.

Since their formation three years ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons have not made much progress handling the cases of grave human rights violence committed during the decade-long Maoist insurgency.

Given limited resources and supporting laws, the two commissions – as their terms near the end – have only investigated around 63,000 complaints related to war-era crimes.

The NHRC's annual report strongly recommends the government and other parties commit to improving the country's human rights record by strengthening the transitional justice process.

The NHRC said that it was also facing a range of challenges due to reluctance of the government to implement its recommendations, a lack of laws and delays in the construction of its office that was destroyed in 2015 earthquake.

Between 2000 and 2013, the NHRC recommended the government to take action on 735 cases of human rights violations. However, action was taken in relation to just 103 recommendations.

Date: 9 December 2017

Source: Kathmandu Post

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  1. Commission leadership team talk with community representatives, Nepal - National Human Rights Commission of Nepal