KATHMANDU, March 26: As cases of COVID-19 escalate in South Asia, one of the world’s poorest and most populous regions, Amnesty International (AI) calls on the authorities in the region to put human rights at the heart of their responses and intensify efforts to protect marginalized and vulnerable groups at higher risk, including daily wage earners, people displaced by conflict, health workers and prisoners.
KATHMANDU, Mar 1: Chief of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet has expressed concern over Nepal’s long-delayed transitional justice (TJ) process.
KATHMANDU, Feb 24: Hustle for Humanity, a global movement of conscious people determined to unite the world, fight injustice, and uphold human rights has officially instigated its Nepal chapter. The Nepal chapter was officially authorized on Jan 26 and is coordinated by Binod Sharma along with a 17-member committee.
KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Freedoms came under attack in Nepal in 2019 as the government proposed laws to restrict the right to freedom of expression and subject civil society organizations to greater restrictions, said Amnesty International (AI) in its annual report on events in the Asia-Pacific region.
KATHMANDU, Jan 16: Human Rights Watch, a New York-based international human rights watchdog, has rapped the government led by KP Oli for failing to deliver transitional justice to conflict victims and introducing a slew of measures to curtail freedom of expression.
JUMLA, Jan 12: Initiatives to end the ill tradition of Chhaupadi (keeping women in isolated sheds during menstruation) now includes a signature collection campaign at police posts in Jumla. Led by the police and public jointly, this campaign is gaining a momentum.
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 28: The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention.
Since the time of George Bush Jr, the concept of ‘Global Policeman’ for mending international order has received more negative than positive response for its vested interest in others’ affairs. Iraq, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine and Palestine are the examples. Barak Obama’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ has been rephrased as “Indo Pacific Strategy” (IPS), essentially to forge military “collaboration” through which they intend to penetrate through East Asia, South East Asia and South Asia and beyond to contain China.
KATHMANDU, Dec 12: Liverpool, a professional football club in Liverpool, UK, has supported calls by human rights groups for thorough investigations into the deaths of migrant workers including Nepalis in Qatar, before the club flies to the Gulf country next week to play in FIFA’s Club World Cup, according to a report published by The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday.
THE HAGUE, Dec 10: Gambia’s legal team described mass rapes, the burning of families in their homes and killing of dozens of Muslim Rohingya children with knives as it set out its genocide case against Myanmar at the U.N.’s International Court of Justice on Tuesday.
THE HAGUE, DEC 10: Members of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority prayed for justice on the eve of hearings at the U.N.’s International Court of Justice during which leader Aung San Suu Kyi will defend the country against genocide charges.
KATHMANDU, Dec 9: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concerns over ‘deteriorating’ human rights situation in the country and criticized the government for its apathy in upholding the past commitments.
KATHMANDU, Aug 10: Conflict victims have sought a time-bound work plan to resolve the long-pending conflict-era cases of human rights violation before the names of prospective candidates for commissioners of the two transitional justice (TJ) bodies are recommended.
June 5: On the day of World Environment Day, 2019 which has air pollution as its theme, David Boyd, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, called on states to take urgent action to improve air quality in order to fulfill their human rights obligations.
Once again concerns are being raised from victims’ community, human rights organizations and even international community regarding the fate of transitional justice process. These concerns are legitimate for the transitional justice bodies—Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commissioners of the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) created in 2015 with the mandate of investigating conflict-era cases, establishing the truth, recommending reparation and suggesting ways to prevent reoccurrence of conflict in the future—are going to be nearly defunct from this week onwards.
GENEVA, April 12: The United Nations human rights office on Friday urged judicial authorities to ensure that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, currently in British custody and the subject of an extradition request from United States, gets a fair trial.
GENEVA, March 18: Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their land of minerals “in an apparent act of pillage”, a United Nations human rights investigator said on Monday.
KATHMANDU, March 6: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali on Tuesday said the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was eager to provide the necessary support to Nepal for concluding the remaining works of truth and reconciliation.
KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Civil society members have urged the government to protect complaints and testimonies collected from victims and families of those who were killed or disappeared during the Maoist insurgency.
YANGON, Feb 1: Myanmar’s government under Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has used repressive laws to prosecute peaceful critics, dashing hopes that its first democratic leader in decades would safeguard free speech, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.
KATHMANDU, Jan 18: International rights defender Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Government of Nepal to address the long-delayed transitional justice (TJ) process. The request from the rights body comes at a time when years-long efforts have failed to ensure justice to the conflict victims and the extended terms of two commissions are expiring within less than a month.
BUENOS AIRES, Nov 29: An Argentine judge reviewing a Human Rights Watch complaint against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked the foreign ministry on Wednesday to seek information from Turkey, Yemen and the International Criminal Court.
KAWASOTI, Nov 22: A total of 64 cases of human rights violations have been reported in Nawalpur district in the past 11 months, the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) said. Of them, most of the affected ones are children and women.
Saudi Arabia faces international condemnation for its apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its ongoing war in Yemen. The UK and the US are reportedly working on a joint resolution to end hostilities.
SEOUL, Nov 1: Sexual abuse by officials in positions of authority in North Korea appears to be “endemic”, a watchdog group reported on Thursday, as activists complain the isolated country’s rights record is being ignored amid an international push to improve relations.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29: “Unsafe abortions cause the deaths of some 47,000 women each year and a further five million suffer some form of temporary or permanent disability,” said the UN Human Rights Council Working group, on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice.
HARTFORD, Sept 4: A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement is straining many of the state and local offices tasked with policing workplace discrimination of all kinds.
RIYADH, Aug 22: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against five human rights activists from the kingdom’s Eastern Province currently on trial in a secretive terrorism court, groups including Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.