Fundamental Rights and Hollow Promises

February 7, 2023 07:41 am

It’s been more than seven years and four months since the Constitution of Nepal 2015 was promulgated and the country formally embraced the federal democratic republic. Obviously, Nepal’s latest constitution is different from the past constitutions of the country in several aspects.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that it is sad that the necessary laws for the implementation of the fundamental rights of the citizens could not be enacted.

KATHMANDU, May 14: The Supreme Court on Friday opened the door for hearing on writ petitions under extra ordinary jurisdictions as an emergency remedy of cases related to serious violation of constition and fundamental rights.

KATHMANDU, April 23: Nepali Congress President and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged all to be aware of the protection of everyone's rights as the democracy ensures rights to all.

Right to Housing

March 4, 2020 08:40 am

Housing has been one of the highlights of constitutional schemes on fundamental rights in Nepal, setting an ambitious target of providing homes for homeless and needy citizens. The parliament enacted Right to Housing Act (2018) to implement Article 37 of the constitution, which guarantees every person the right to appropriate housing.

High on rhetoric

February 17, 2020 09:26 am

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has expressed resentment about media and public criticisms of his government. He has been saying: We have been doing all we can. We are committed to safeguarding fundamental rights of the citizens and upholding democratic values. We are committed to translating the vision of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali.’ But civil society has not been fair to us, nor the media. We have been targeted simply for our political ideology.

Citizens’ rights first

February 4, 2020 12:20 pm

The constitution of Nepal promulgated in 2015 has been considered a promising document at home and abroad, in part, because it has enshrined 31 sets of fundamental rights of the citizens. Our list of fundamental rights is comprehensive. These rights—ranging from right to freedom to food security to right of children—can bear fruit only when necessary laws are enacted on time and the required regulations of those laws are put in place. In our case, however, it must be said that both law making and regulations drafting processes have been rather too slow.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Nepali citizens are still deprived of the opportunity to exercise their fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution even a year after the promulgation of all necessary laws for the implementation of those rights.

The right to be seen

November 21, 2019 08:51 am

While much of the developed world is properly worried about myriad privacy outrages, many around the world are posing a very different question: What about the right to be seen?

ILAM, Nov 2: Around 70 percent of people in Mai Municipality of Ilam living across 246.11 square kilometers of land are landless since decades, according to the data provided municipality.

The Constitution of Nepal—like other constitutions of the world—will also evolve over the time

KATHMANDU, May 13: As the government drafts bills, one after another, curtailing press freedom, experts have advised the media watchdog organizations to challenge the bills in court.

CHITWAN, Oct 12: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said although the new constitution had come into force, the rights guaranteed by it were yet to be fully implemented.

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Amid fast approaching constitutional deadline to implement fundamental rights as provisioned in the new constitution, parliament on Sunday endorsed all bills related to fundamental rights.

Four different bills presented in NA

September 16, 2018 13:37 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: Four different bills related to fundamental rights have been presented in today's meeting of the National Assembly.

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: The federal parliament is set to endorse all laws to enact the fundamental rights ensured by the new constitution within the next few days.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: The Development and Technology Committee of the House of Representatives today passed with revisions a report on the bill presented by a sub-committee on managing appropriate and safe shelter to every citizen.

KATHMANDU, Sept 7: In a bid to meet a constitutional deadline, parliament is out to endorse bills relating to fundamental rights without addressing public concerns and resolving disputes about some controversial provisions in the bills.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said that the parliament would pass the bill related to the fundamental rights within September 18 at any cost.

KATHMANDU, Sept 4: The government has failed to formulate even a single law essential for the implement of the newly-introduced fundamental rights even as the constitutional deadline for enacting such laws ends on September 19.