A tree blocks a road near Butwal, Nepal during the Maoist conflict in 2005. Photo: Marty Logan
United Nations experts have critiqued draft changes to the Nepal law on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), says an editorial in this week’s Nepali Times.
In April, the experts from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, known as ‘special procedures’, took the Nepal Government to task for its slow, faulty progress in transitional justice. This time, their letter focuses on three proposals for the NHRC Act:
- Giving the attorney-general the power to approve the NHRC’s investigations
- Barring the institution from receiving any funding external to its government budget
- Preventing the NHRC from opening regional of sub-regional offices.
Photo: Republic newspaper.
There’s an important editorial in this week’s edition of Nepali Times. It points out that while the Government of Nepal portrays itself as a human rights leader at the global level, at home it falls distressingly short of what’s required of a rights champion.
Not only have successive governments failed to implement a credible transitional justice process following the ceasefire between government and the Maoists in 2006, current leaders – including former Maoist fighters – are trying to curtail the powers of the National Human Rights Commission. The NHRC’s recommendations have been almost totally ignored by various governments since it started work in 2000.
Read on, from Nepali Times:
My interview with Nepal’s health minister, Gagan Thapa, is in this week’s Nepali Times. Video is also available on that page.
Thapa was a rising star when I last lived here and has become Nepal’s youngest cabinet minister. Continue reading
I’ve been back in Nepal for nearly two months now, eager to write about what I’m seeing and hearing but reluctant to come to any premature conclusions.
So instead, I’ll present some impressions, like this photo (above) of a bridge over the Rapti River in Dang district, which I took last weekend. Continue reading
During my recent trip to Nepal I couldn’t resist the invitation to write an article for my former employer, Nepali Times, about my impressions on returning to the country after nearly 5 years.
As yet another deadline (Jan. 22) approaches to write a new constitution, my feelings weren’t positive.