We can only hope that other human rights experts are correct in asserting that the new role will mean greater scrutiny of Nepal’s government in meeting all of its human rights obligations.
Nepal has successfully won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, the senior-most human rights body among the world’s governments.
The Himalayan nation was elected for a two-year term during the recent UN General Assembly, despite a rocky human rights record at home. This includes setting up commissions to probe alleged human rights abuses during the 1996-2006 Maoist uprising that fail to meet global standards, and ignoring orders from Nepal’s Supreme Court to fix them.
Nepal is lobbying for a seat on the UN human rights council but experts want it to first improve its record at home.
The consensus among human rights experts who I interviewed recently is that Nepal should fix its own human rights record before bidding for a seat on the United Nations human rights council—or at least do both simultaneously. Continue reading “Rights at home first”