KATHMANDU, March 1: Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, has addressed the High-level Segment of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday afternoon.
Addressing the session, Minister Mahat emphasized on the universal, indivisible, interrelated and interdependent nature of all human rights and called for a holistic look for better promotion and protection of human rights everywhere.
Mahat also underscored that there should be no selective preference to one set of rights over others and stressed that the right to development should be mainstreamed and treated on a par with civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.
While highlighting the profound importance of the right to development for many developing countries like Nepal, Minister Mahat stressed that the realization of this right should be an integral part of the implementation of the SDGs and other internationally agreed development goals.
While reiterating Nepal’s total and unflinching commitment to the value of human rights, he stressed on various legislative and institutional measures put in place in Nepal to further protect and promote human rights of all Nepali citizens equitably. Mahat outlined the equitable, non-discriminatory and inclusive provisions enshrined in the Constitution of Nepal, and mentioned that our efforts to internalize Nepal’s international human rights obligations through domestic laws and enforcement measures are ongoing.
He shared that active media, large number of national human rights institutions including the National Human Rights Commission, civil society organizations as well as independent and competent judiciary in Nepal are always striving for better promotion and protection of human rights in the country.
He further reiterated the commitment of the Government of Nepal to addressing the issue of transitional justice and expressed that the Government is fully committed to provide all support to the effective functioning of both the Commissions established for this purpose.
Matters of bilateral cooperation, recent developments in respective countries, advancing issues of mutual and common interests at the international forum, human rights and Nepal’s candidature to the Human Rights Council is being featured as main topic of discussion in such meetings.