KATHMANDU, Oct 2: The Supreme Court has decided to review its own verdict to give a clean chit to the then Maoist's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Brigadier Commander Gobinda Bahadur Batala, who was allegedly involved in killing a businessman Ram Hari Shrestha.

“Don’t let rapists walk free”

September 28, 2020 17:20 pm

Youths stage protests in the capital demanding justice for Samjhana and severe punishment against the perpetrators

BAJHANG, Sept 27: Samjhana BK was a charming girl. Twelve years old BK was a sixth grader at Mashta Basic School, a public school in Mashta Rural Municipality-2, a remote village in Bajhang. But as the pandemic forced schools across the country to shut down for multiple months, BK was staying home with her grandmother and two sisters. “Because her school was closed and she remained at home for most of the time, Samjhana helped us in household chores. She was gradually growing into a bigger, brighter and smarter girl,” recalls Haasu Kami, her grandmother who is now surviving with her darling granddaughter’s memories.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26:  A group of youths have staged a demonstration in Kathmandu demanding justice to a 12-year-old Samjhana Kami from Bajhang district in Far-western Nepal. She was murdered after rape a few days ago.

KATHMANDU, July 2: When Sarbendra Khanal was the Inspector General of Nepal Police (IGP), Thakur Gyawaly, the current IGP was one of the senior investigating officers deployed to resolve the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta. Both the IGPs had said in interviews in February that the Nirmala case will be a top priority. While Khanal had stated that 'the police has already come to a conclusion on its part and only some legal processes remain for the end result; Gyawaly had asserted that giving justice to Nirmala would be one of his topmost priorities.

Justice during Covid-19

May 17, 2020 12:20 pm

As a part of preventive measure taken in response to COVID-19 outbreak, judicatures across the globe have announced the closure of non-urgent proceedings. Superior courts issued scores of orders, some of which were intended to remind the state of its welfare functions, while the others were related to the release of inmates and juvenile delinquents.

Waiting for son,waiting for daughter

February 13, 2020 08:05 am

SURKHET/DANG, Feb 13: “Mother, if you don’t come and save me right away, you won’t be able to see me ever again. I am in the claws of a tiger; it will devour me mercilessly.”

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Monday was just another day for Nirmala Panta’s mother Durga Devi. She was preparing to come home from work (she is a peon at the Bhimdutta Municipality office) when some media persons came to her and asked if she knew that police headquarters has scrapped the report of the investigations led by AIG Dhiru Basnet into the rape and murder of her daughter.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: As part of her efforts to internationalize her struggle for justice, Ganga Maya Adhikari held a meeting with UN Resident Coordinator to Nepal, Valerie Julliand in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

ROLPA, Jan 28: Bhuwan Budha of Jelwang village of Sunchhahari Rural Municipality in Rolpa district was killed by the security forces 17 years ago. He was 22. His father Mangale Budha died at the age of 90 last year.

Commemorating the king

January 20, 2020 08:48 am

Today is a special day in the United States of America but actually this same day should hold a very special importance throughout the world, including Nepal. It is a special occasion because it celebrates Dr Martin Luther King, the civil rights hero who sacrificed his life for freedom, justice and equity for all, especially for those citizens who were the descendants of African slaves, who for centuries, had their basic rights denied and for whom King fought a peaceful battle.

Peace and injustice

November 21, 2019 08:49 am

Thirteen years ago on November 21, Nepal’s political parties made a breakthrough in peaceful resolution of the armed insurgency launched by Nepal Communist Party (Maoist). The parliamentary forces, in the face of repression by the direct rule of the King, stood together to extend hands with warring Maoists.

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Bhanubhakta Dhakal has reiterated the government's commitment to increase the access of the poor citizens, marginalized sections and backward communities to justice.

Think beyond roads

October 24, 2019 02:00 am

In an egregious case of ‘dozer terror’ in Baitadi, the District Police Office has arrested the driver of the excavator for ramming the excavator bucket at the local people. The video of this cruel bulldozing, in which some locals are seen protesting and the driver rams the excavator at them mercilessly, went viral in social media, earning condemnation from Kathmandu and beyond.  As many as eight persons were injured, one of them seriously, in this act of crime. Meanwhile, the president of the local User’s Committee and two other persons have been arrested for investigation. According to Republica report, the locals were protesting against road construction because the land on which excavator was rammed on belonged to Guthi. In the video, the locals are also seen pelting stones at the excavator driver, who, enraged at this, aims the excavator bucket at the protestors randomly.  Whatever the dispute between the locals and the User’s Committee, attacking people with the excavator is a crime and those guilty of the incident must be brought to book, without any ifs and buts.  But broadly, the incident of Baitadi is emblematic of what is fundamentally wrong with our notion of development at local sphere.

No influence-pedaling

October 22, 2019 02:00 am

After the police arrested one after another high-profile leaders on various charges—from rape attempt to murder to murder attempt—beginning with the arrest of former Speaker of House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara early this month, people cheered the administration of KP Sharma Oli.

Reviving trust in judiciary

October 22, 2019 01:30 am

Onus of cultivating public trust in judiciary lies on professionals engaged in justice delivery process. Institutional capability of justice delivery is a core component in shaping that trust

Crime and impunity

October 15, 2019 02:00 am

Arrest of Mohammand Aftab Alam

When justice fails

September 10, 2019 01:00 am

As justice has been endlessly deferred, the conflict victims will be left with no option but to seek justice outside of the country

KATHMANDU, Sep 1: As many as 300 people from Sarlahi who have taken loans from Shyam Krishna Kalawar Sah, a local loan shark, have arrived in Kathmandu seeking justice from government authorities after Sah “terrorized” them by preparing false documents.

Where are the disappeared?

September 1, 2019 02:30 am

Friday marked the International Day of the Disappeared, the day to draw the attention to the fate of individuals whose whereabouts and conditions are unknown to their relatives and legal representatives.

Do not obstruct justice

August 20, 2019 02:00 am

As the victims of the decade-long insurgency (1996-2006) are voicing their grievances against the government for failing to provide them justice, we have discovered a disturbing development in one of such cases of the conflict era.

Costs of justice delayed

August 20, 2019 01:00 am

If the voices of the victims are ignored and justice process is put on hold like this, Nepal’s TJ process is surely going to attract universal jurisdiction

KATHMANDU, August 18: Legal practitioners, journalists and civil society people have unanimous opinions that there should be no hurdles in conducting a fair and independent investigation into the death issue of journalist Shalikram Pudasaini.

Justice in transition

August 14, 2019 01:30 am

What about probable international intervention mandated by the United Nations Security Council? The Hague is not the pie in the sky for the justice seekers in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 8: Lawmakers in the meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) today have raised questions on dilly dallying over the formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Silence of the state, in the name of impunity, exists at the highest levels in Nepal. Activists fighting for a better Nepal get disheartened because justice has been delayed, again and again.

KATHMANDU, July 26: Nepal Student Union, the student wing of the Nepali Congress, held a demonstration at Maitighar Mandal in the capital on Friday to exert pressure on the government to take action against the perpetrator who brutally raped and murdered Nirmala Panta last year.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Expressing its concern over the long-delayed transitional justice process, Germany, a key European Union (EU) member, has urged Nepal to conclude the remaining aspects of the peace process at the earliest possible.

KATHMANDU, July 5: Since the end of the decade-long armed conflict, conflict victims in heavy numbers are yet in their transitional phase of seeking justice.

ROLPA, July 3: Four years ago, assuring the locals of the confidentiality and secrecy of the details, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) collected complaints from the families of those killed and disappeared in the conflict era. However, as the authorities have done nothing much over these past four years, the victims' families wonder where and in what state the files of their complaints are.

Kill Bill

June 21, 2019 08:26 am

The battle may be won but the war is far from over – not only the struggle for preserving culture, tradition and a certain way of life but also for freedom of expression, justice and rule of law, which are all under threat.

RAUTAHAT, June 14: A year since the abduction and subsequent murder of a minor in Rautahat, his family members are still awaiting justice while the perpetrators are still at large.

KATHMANDU, June 5: While expressing concern over the delay in addressing transitional justice issues, Australian ambassador to Nepal Pete Budd said that the leaders directly or indirectly involved in rights violations could face arrest in any country including in Australia.

Call for justice, once again

May 27, 2019 01:00 am

Government should not miss this opportunity to conclude Nepal’s transitional justice process under Nepal’s own leadership and ownership

KATHMANDU, May 15: The Human Trafficking Control Section at the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC) is planning to work on the concluding observations made in November 2018 by the UN CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against women) Committee on Nepal's sixth periodic report.

KATHMANDU, May 12: Lawmakers of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have expressed the belief that the government would bring the budget for coming fiscal year with the goal of economic growth along with social justice.

KATHMANDU, April 6: When he took office in January, Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana had set out three main priorities for his four-year tenure; ensuring good governance, reaffirming the independence of the judiciary and restoring the judicial credibility. Despite his questionable career, Rana’s vision for the judiciary and his resoluteness to restore judicial credibility was received amid high optimism. Even his fiercest critics had given him the benefit of the doubt.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The Parliamentary Hearing Committee (PHSC) has called for complaints against the five justices that have been recommended to the Supreme Court.

KATHMANDU, March 27: Former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal has said that peace must be addressed as a multidimensional precept including the personal or mental peace that encompasses an inner state of tranquility. Social peace is reflected in the form of social justice and development.

It was 1982, the height of the civil war in El Salvador. Four Dutch TV journalists had linked up with leftist rebels near the town of El Paraiso, which has an army base on its outskirts.

SARLAHI, March 18: Journalists of Sarlahi on Sunday staged a sit-in in front of the District Administration Office (DAO) demanding that the culprits involved in the thrashing of Som Diyali, the station manager of Radio Sarlahi, Harion, be booked soon.

ROLPA, March 3: Even though it has been more than 12 years since the decade-long Maoist conflict ended, the conflict-era victims are yet to know why their family members and relatives were abducted and killed.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Senior-most Justice at the Supreme Court Deepak Raj Joshi resigned from the post on Tuesday.

Feb 15: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

February 15, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

Justice deferred for Dalits

February 6, 2019 01:00 am

Many reports have pointed out that the police hardly register the cases of crimes of caste-based discrimination and rarely carry out investigation

Justice delayed, denied

January 16, 2019 01:30 am

Why is the state so indifferent toward cases of sexual violence even as it has totally undermined rule of law, justice system, national security and good governance?

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Concluding that the Nepal government is reluctant to deliver justice on her son’s murder case, Satyagrahi Ganga Maya Adhikari has decided to knock the doors of the international community for justice.

Together for justice

January 2, 2019 01:00 am

Charter initiative may further empower perpetrators rather than victims. Dialogue can help us unite

Mechanism for justice

December 23, 2018 02:00 am

If proposed high-level political mechanism provides the space for concluding remaining tasks of peace and justice, we need to support it

The Khmer Rouge tribunals found the two most senior Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide, 40 years after the fall of Pol Pot’s communist regime.