NHRC directs govt to immediately evacuate Nepali nationals from coronavirus-hit China's Wuhan

Published On: February 9, 2020 06:35 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: The National Human Rights Commission has directed the government to immediately evacuate 185 Nepali nationals and students from Wuhan city of China's Hubei province, the epicenter of coronavirus epidemic.

Following its emergency meeting on Sunday, the human rights body instructed the government to bring Nepali nationals from China where coronavirus is spreading like wildfire.

"Nepali students wishing to return from Wuhan are frustrated for not evacuating them. The students are on the verge of mental breakdowns citing lack of daily food items and other essentials in their areas. They are confined to their rooms and have been desperately awaiting help from the authorities in Kathmandu since the last two weeks," the NHRC said in a press statement while drawing its serious attention of the government on the issue.

The NHRC's statement comes at a time when Nepali nationals especially living in Wuhan city are demanding their safe return to home owing to safety concerns amid coronavirus outbreak.  

The commission also decided to summon secretaries from Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education and Health to enquire about the health condition of Nepali nationals in China and efforts being taken by the government agencies to repatriate them safely.

Earlier, the guardians of the Nepali students had submitted a memorandum to the NHRC demanding the safe return of their sons and daughters from Wuhan. 





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