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Human Rights Forum Nepal (HURFON) is a website presenting links to articles on Nepal's human rights issues as well as important background information. The link collection has been started in September 2016.

HURFON is a subsite of Nepal Research. Its name goes back to an organisation that had been founded in Germany in 1990 but that had to be dissolved some years later. Issues of the periodical of this earlier organisation that had been published under the name Nepal Forum have been archived on this website.


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Nepal related work of Human Rights Organisations:

Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC)

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Nepal-Dialogforum für Frieden und Menschenrechte, Berlin

Medical curriculum has outdated information on queer people : Queer medical students say they are appalled by some of the terms in their textbooks that have a regressive take, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 26/01/2022)

Rapist sent to 18 years in prison (rep 26/01/2022)

60 percent of households with children lost income and livelihood during pandemic: Survey : The survey found out that the major emerging needs of families in the pandemic are reportedly financial assistance, food and employment (nlt 25/01/2022)

Child labor declining in carpet and garment industries: Study (rep 25/01/2022)

Despite constitutional provision, women in Nepal struggle to get their rightful share of ancestral property : Although the constitution states that women are equally entitled to have their share of ancestral property, the law's implementation has been sketchy, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 24/01/2022)

Nepal in leadership position of five UN agencies (rep 24/011/2022) [A country whose partriarchal governance denies women equal rights and adequate inclusion shall be responsible for CEDAW at the UN? That is a mockery!]

High vigilance in prison as COVID-19 infection rises (rep 24/01/2022)

Nepal progresses significantly in nutrition of mothers and children at risk: UNICEF. There are many reasons behind this improvement but one of the major reasons is the involvement of more than 50,000 female community health volunteers (nlt 22/01/2022), Pandemic can derail progress made in child nutrition, UNICEF warns : Says Nepal achieved marked progress in reducing child stunting during 2002-2016 (kp 23/01/2022)

Around 33 percent households remain at risk of falling into poverty due to COVID-19 pandemic, survey reveals (kh 22/01/2022)

The scars of war : Two siblings who survived a Maoist attack in 2002 speak of their long struggle and hopes for the future, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 21/01/2022)

Dying as a migrant worker in a pandemic : When global mobility restrictions were at its strictest, some migrant workers who died to Covid-19 returned home as ashes in a box. Their families are still being deprived of compensation, by Rakesh Prasad Chaudhary (rec 21/01/2022)

Women journalists say they face harassment, but actions rarely taken : Calls for making working space safe have been lost in din of the ‘nothing unusual’ refrain, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 21/01/2022)

Victims of negligence : Most of the relief work usually falls on the shoulders of ordinary citizens rather than the state (kp 21/01/2022)

Freed slaves of Western Nepal still await rehabilitation, by Surendra Kafle (ae 20/01/2022)

Minister Renu Yadav gives provocative statement; threatens to kill CK Raut (kh 20/01/2022) [If the minister has really expressed this in such a way, she is no longer sustainable for a minute and should be dismissed immediately!], Nepal’s sitting minister threatens to repeat the ‘Gaur massacre’: Here’s the story of the 2007 carnage and impunity that followed : Since 2007, victims of the carnage have been demanding justice but to no avail, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 20/01/2022), Civil society representatives protest life threatening remarks of sitting minster (kh 21/01/2022), Activists call for sacking Minister Yadav for her incendiary remarks : A group of activists has said a sitting minister threatening target killings is the result of unchecked lack of accountability in the country (kp 22/01/2022)

The lasting scars of war: sexual violence during the conflict : Fifteen years since the 10-year conflict ended, there is no justice and little peace for victims of rape and sexual violence, by Ameesha Rayamajhi and Deepesh Shrestha (rec 18/01/2022)

Children without father or born through second marriages deprived of birth registration : Many children are stateless as they are unable to get citizenship certificates due to lack of birth registration documents issued by ward office, by Amrita Anmol (kp 18/01/2022) [How can a state that calls itself a democratic constitutional state deny citizenship to children because their parents were not legally married to each other? This is a serious violation of international law!]

Trek to Kalapathar to advocate for climate justice : The event aims to highlight the effects of climate change, especially in the Himalayan region, and advocate for climate justice (nlt 18/01/2022)

Media for Deep Democratization : Democratization should not be misunderstood as merely creating more structures, populating them and pursuing ritual elections, by Mohan Nepali (rep 15/01/2022)

Gamgadhi fire victims shiver under flimsy tents in winter chill : A massive fire on November 15 last year had destroyed 21 houses in the Mugu district headquarters, by Raj bahadur Shahi (kp 14/01/2022) [Failure of the Deuba government to provide assistance! The party convents were probably more important!]

Nepal failed in preventing Covid deaths and addressing rights challenges: HRW (kp 13/01/2022) [see HRW report on Nepal], Rights violation of women, children worrisome (ht 16/01/2022)

Gender bias forcing women into sex-selective abortions : Sex-selective abortions are illegal in Nepal but are still widely practised for preference of sons over daughters, rights activists say, by Rupa Gahatraj and Aakash Chaudhary (kp 13/01/2022), The right to live : The misuse of technology to enforce sex-selective abortion needs to stop (kp 14/01/2022))

Dang police office registers complaint in conflict-era disappearance case : Victims are losing hope in transitional justice bodies and are turning to regular justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/01/2022)

He was murdered for his fight to save environment. Justice eludes his family two years on : Justice has not been served in Omprakash (Dilip) Mahato’s murder. Instead, the victim’s family faces false allegations, by Tufan Neupane (kp 10/01/2022)

Need for openness in governance : The age of democratic accountability in Nepal also needs to emphasise citizen engagement, by Taranath Dahal (kp 09/01/2022)

Ward member, teacher arrested for settling rape case involving 77-year-old woman (rep 09/01/2022)

Purbanchal University comes under fire for denying registration and admit card to a student identifying as a transwoman : The incident sparks conversation on the exclusionary way Nepal’s education institutions treat transgender students, by Prasun Sangroula (nlt 09/01/2022)

Dilapidated Salyan Prison overcrowded with inmates : The stone-and-mud building with four rooms shelters 129 inmates, including 22 women and three of their children, by Biplab Mahrajan (kp 08/01/2022)

Health institutions in Achham reel under lack of infrastructure and manpower : There are more than 500 health institutions in the district and none of them is equipped to provide essential services, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 08/01/2022)

'Media coverage of women, people with different sexual orientations low' (ht 08/01/2022)

Study shows only 0.30 % of news stories in Nepali media have bylines of women journalists (rep 07/01/2022) [see corresponding report]

Despite constitutional mandate, women’s representation in Nepali politics remains minimal, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 07/01/2022)

90 percent employed women are working informally in Nepal : Women informal sector workers share a disproportionate burden of unpaid care work and family responsibilities that limit their job opportunities, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 07/01/2022)

Battling the Shame of Periods Stain : Why cannot we just normalize a period stain? Why do girls have to be ashamed of something biological and completely natural?, by Jyoti Sharma (rep 07/01/2022))

Declining standards of journalism : Spreading misinformation affects media credibility and harms all democratic institutions, by Ila Sharma (kp 07/01/2022)

The fire of Hindutva upsurge : The combustible mixture of religion and politics is likely to widen the gulf between different communities, by CK Lal (kp 06/01/2022)

Burning despair : The recent law on acid attacks is a step in the right direction but it would’ve gone a longer way had it also accounted for burn survivors, by Marissa Taylor (rec 06/01/2022)

Why it is important to ensure menstrual health in workplaces : Not addressing menstrual health will have consequences. It is an unimaginable loss if a girl has to quit school or a woman has to quit employment because of inadequate WASH facilities in workplaces, by Jyotika Rimal (nlt 06/01/2022)

Nepal can do much better : Journalists and state agencies are both to blame for the low ranking in the press freedom index, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 05/01/2022)

Nepal emerging as a transit and destination country for forced labor and sex trafficking: Report. The study has also found out that traffickers have also been operating under the cover of educational consultancies to lure young children to go abroad for education (nlt 05/01/2022) [see corresponding World Bank report]

128 Landslide Survivors In Nawalparasi Continue To Spend Night In Open (rn 05/01/2022)

Over 4.4 million people involved in informal sector face vulnerabilities, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 05/01/2022)

Women’s Battle For Leadership, by Namrata Sharma (rn 05/01/2022)

Ruby Khan calls off hunger strike following agreement with government : The strike was called off after the government signed a four-point agreement, which includes launching another round of probe into the case of Nirmala Kurmi, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 05/01/2022)

How does a child lose their language? By introducing and enforcing the use of the English language from an early stage, we may be losing much more than we think, by Shuvangi Khadka (rec 04/01/2022)

More girls becoming victims of revenge porn, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 04/01/2022)

Electoral Integrity: A Crucial Aspect of Sustaining Democracy, by Rajaram Bartaula (rep 03/01/2022)

Sudurpaschim flood victims yet to receive rel)ief materials (ht 03/01/2022)

Over 9,000 crimes against women in five months (ht 02/01/2022)

Police open fire on CK Raut’s party cadres, five injured (kh 02/01/2022) [The police shot at these people just because they were demonstrating? Not even in the case of damage to property would the use of firearms have been appropriate!], At least 16 injured as Janamat Party cadres clash with security personnel in Dhanusa : Eight security personnel and eight party cadres have been injured so far. Authorities are still trying to bring the situation under control, said police (kp 02/01/2021)

Desmond Tutu and Nepal : Tutu’s death has become an occasion of soul-searching in tackling the multiple whammies, by Abhi Subedi (kp 02/01/2022)

Incidents Of Violation Of Press Freedom Increasing (rn 02/01/2022)

Extrajudicial killings and the wait for justice : Unlawful executions by police, especially in the Tarai, have continued despite rights organisations including the United Nations calling on Nepal to act to stop them, by Tufan Neupane (kp 01/01/2022)

Call for more inclusive media in terms of content, participation (ht 01/01/2022)

Hostility to media continues even as instances of press freedom violation see a decline in 2021 (rep 01/01/2022), Press freedom violation cases on the rise (ht 01/01/2022)

Nepal unique in guaranteeing women’s rights: PM Deuba (kh 01/01/2022) [No, Mr Deuba, the opposite is the case!], 434 at risk of trafficking rescued (rep 01/01/2022), Female community health volunteers feel neglected : They have long been demanding competitive salaries and allowances but to no avail (kp 02/01/2022)

A year of social movements : Compared to 2020, this year saw a rise in public discourses around pertinent social issues of caste, impunity, and safe spaces, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 31/12/2021)

Stop Downplaying Street Harassment, by Ameesha Rayamajhi (rep 31/12/2021)

RPP Chair Lingden and Bibeksheel Sajha Chairman Mishra discuss party unity (kh 31/12/2021) [Similarly minded parties, but this spells the final end of the Bibeksheel Sajha Party. Rabindra Mishra's alternativity means a return to the non-inclusive Hindu monarchy that more than 17,000 people sacrificed their lives to abolish! Whether Hindu state or secularism is not a question of religion. More than 40 per cent of the people are not Hindus from a social point of view. Hindu women and Dalits are also extremely discriminated against. Unfortunately, even the major parties have not come close to delivering what they promised in 2006. Therefore, Nepal has remained a state of high-caste Hindu men under a supposedly inclusive and secular republic.]

Chure degradation continues amid catastrophic projections : Even when there is visible environmental degradation, the local government has focused on promoting the Chure area as a tourism spot, putting the ecology of the region at risk, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 31/12/2021)

Nepal has over 4.4 million informal workers, majority of them underpaid and excluded from social protection: Report. Nepal has seen reforms in labor and social security acts but these reforms have made little to no impact on the lives of informal sector workers, the report says, by Prasun Sangroula (nlt 30/12/2021)

Anti-Chhaupadi campaign in Achham losing steam : Neither the police administration nor the local units and local people are showing interest in effectively implementing the campaign, women say, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 29/12/2021)

Woman gang-raped in New Bus Park; eight arrested (kh 29/12/2021), New bus park gangrape case: Nine accused arrested (rep 30/12/2021)

Educate about RTI : Not many would know that RTI covers not just government agencies but also political parties and NGOs funded by foreign agencies (ht 29/12/2021)

Poverty keeps children in Mugu out of school : Around 60 percent of children in Sayakhola, Kotilla and Mundu of Chhayanathrara Municipality are out of the school system, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 27/12/2021)

Govt urged to ratify UN convention on statelessness (ht 27/12/2021)

Who is nurturing violence in Nepal’s public campuses? Acts of violence against teachers in Nepal’s public campuses continue unabated despite student unions’ assurances to control them, by Prasun Sangroula (nlt 27/12/2021)

Juvenile justice in shoddy state (ht 26/12/2021), Juvenile justice : The overcrowded correction homes pose a problem at a time physical distancing is necessary to keep the coronavirus at bay (ht 27/12/2021)

Truth Commission wraps up 29 war-era cases of atrocities, victims unhappy : Commission says it has prioritised complaints that don’t need prosecution, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/12/2021)

Banke Prison Over-Crowded, by Siraj Khan (rn 25/12/2021)

Authorities sit on probe report as Banke activists’ sit-in nears month : One of the accused, former Constituent Assembly member Badshah Kurmi is contesting for Banke district president of the ruling Nepali Congress, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/12/2021) [Politics and crime continue to be close and politics likes to prevent necessary legal investigations. Persons accused of crimes should not hold public office until a legal clarification has been made! This also applies, by the way, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well!]

All kinds of discriminations against women will be ended: Minister Regmi (rep 24/12/2021) [For this, the constitution would first have to be amended!]

Imezzlement by employees at Hulak Bachat Bank has snatched vulnerable groups of their savings, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/12/2021)

No political party for Nepalis with disabilities, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 29/12/2021)

Chandre Kami found after a week rep 22/12/2021)

Qatar announces reforms in labor laws, Nepali workers expected to benefit : Qatar is among the major destination countries for Nepalis to go for employment. Around 4,00,000 Nepalis are estimated to be working in Qatar in various sectors (nlt 22/12/2021), Nepali lying in jail for 4 yrs for failure to p/ay 2.5 million as compensation, by Yogendra Yogi (kh 23/12/2021)

Police arrest priests, witch doctor on charge of ill-treating woman (kh 2/2/12/2021)

Exploitation and harassment await young people joining the workforce, by Aishwarya Baidar (rec 21/12/2021)

Stakeholders urge govt to ratify ILO Convention 190 (ht 21/12/2021)

Pandemic worsens disparities in young children’s development and learning in Nepal: UNICEF. “The pandemic has especially affected the health, learning and psychosocial well-being of the children” (nlt 20/12/2021) [see press release by UNIC EF as well as Child and Family Tracker (presentation)], Pandemic worsens disparities in children’s development and learning : According to a UNICEF survey, the early childhood development of one out of five children between the ages of 2 and 4 years in Nepal is not on track amidst the Covid-19 pandemic (kp 21/12/2021)

Cases of sexual abuse of women go unreported in Banke : The cases of sexual abuse are weak and the accused are usually let free because the victims withdraw their complaints on their own accord or under pressure from family, police say, by Madhu Shahi (kp 20/12/2021)

Musahars on the margins : The Musahar community has long been marginalized and discriminated against, but the Covid-19 pandemic only made things worse, by Rakesh Prasad Chaudhary (rec 19/12/2021)

Food adulteration offences rise even during lockdown : As long as consumers consider food adulteration a minor problem and the government plays down its impact, such offences will keep growing, rights activists say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 19/12/2021)

Sexual harassment case settled secretly (rep 19/12/2021) [Such serious crimes must not be settled, they have to be punished very severely, if these men should prove to be guilty!]

NHRC takes stock of situation of freed haliyas in Bajura (ht 19/12/2021)

Nepal retains its position in Seventh Annual Human Freedom Index (ht 18/12/2021) [see full report by Fraser Institute, Nepal tabels on pp. 267-268]

Campaign launched to reduce violence against women (kh 18/12/2021)

Sindhuli Quake Victims Not Getting Govt Grant, by Baburam Devkota (rn 18/12/2021)

Durga Ghimire: The pioneering savior of trafficked girls : Ghimire, the activist working to rescue and rehabilitate trafficked girls in Nepal since 1990, opens up about her struggles, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 18/12/2021)

Four years on, government keeps Lal Commission report secret : Governments have defied calls, including a court order, to make the report public, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/12/2021)

Forgotten commitment by political parties : The law says that there should be at least one-third women at party committees at all levels, by Ila Sharma (kp 17/12/2021) [The machos at the top of the parties will never change without drastic punishments. Exclusion of the parties concerned at the next elections would be a guaranteed effective remedy! CPN-UML and NC would definitely be candidates!]

32 percent children in Nepal chronically malnourished: Report (kh 17/12/2021), 32 per cent children in Nepal chronically malnourished' (ht 18/12/2021)

Agriculture Bonded Labour conference concludes (ht 17/12/2021)

Nepal struggling to deal with new refugees : Nepal has been treating 716 nationals from 10 countries as illegal migrants. Even though the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) lists them as refugees, the country does not recognize refugees from anywhere bar Tibet and Bhutan, by Shambhu Kattel (ae 16/12/2021)

Senior citizens’ ordeal to get social security allowance : Government might recall allowances deposited into bank accounts if they don’t present themselves. For some of the senior citizens, it takes up to two days to reach the bank from their homes, by Gopal Sharma (ae 16/12/2021)

Call to end political dominance in universities (ht 16/12/2021), End party meddling : Institutes of higher education or even schools cannot be a playing ground for the political parties any longer (ht 17/12/2021)

Global alliance to wait for court decision before deciding on rights watchdog’s status : National Human Rights Commission could lose ‘A’ status if appointments made in it through ordinance are found unconstitutional, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/12/2021)

Partial human development : For a number of reasons, certain groups do better than others but we are not being told by how much, by Deepak Thapa (kp 16/12/2021)

The long arm of the law : The victims have found a new ray of hope with the courts stepping in to solve insurgency-era crimes (kp 15/12/2021)

Menstrual health is everybody’s business Menstrual education in Nepal is woefully inadequate and, at times, actively harmful, posing risks to health while reinforcing existing stereotypes and stigmas, by Nishi Rungta (rec 14/12/2021)

Educational exclusion riles disabled persons, NFDN demands correction (kh 14/12/2021)

Whither Transitional Justice?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 14/12/2021)

Incidents of domestic violence go unchecked in Achham : As many as 86 cases of domestic violence were reported at the District Police Office in the past 20 months, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 14/12/2021)

Climate change : How it impacts women more, by Jocelyn Timperley (ht 13/12/2021)

165 persons from Sudurpaschim go missing in India (kh 13/12/2021)

Journalists misbehaved at NC General Convention; photojournalists put down cameras (kh 13/12/2021)

Ensure Digital Human Rights, by Narayan Prasad Ghimire (rn 13/12/2021)

28 women and girls fall victim to domestic violence during 16 days of violence against women campaign (rep 12/12/2021)

NHRC laments non-cooperation of government (ht 12/12/2021)

RTI In Nepal, by Aashish Mishra (rn 11/12/2021)

16-day campaign against gender violence limited to Achham district headquarters : The women leaders and activists take up all the space and in doing so exclude real victims from conversations about gender violence, local women say, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 11/12/2021)

Menstrual exclusion practices continue even in modern educated families : The caste and gender hierarchies are designed to control women’s sexuality by regulating their menstruation, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 10/12/2021)

For the women, by the women : On the occasion of '16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence', four women across Nepal, who have been relentlessly fighting to end gender violence, share their experiences, by Pinki Sris Rana (kp 10/12/2021)

Nepal should deliver on social justice promptly, UN Special Rapporteur says : Olivier De Schutter says poverty reduction must be part of the country’s transition strategy to an emerging economy (kp 10/12/2021), 'Nepal must deliver on promise of social justice' (ht 10/12/2021)

Human rights still a far cry for many (ht 10/12/2021)

UNICEF calls for urgent action to help children facing disproportionate impact of COVID-19 (rep 10/12/2021)

Conflict Victims Will Get Justice: PM Deuba (rn 10/12/2021) [And when will this happen? When all the perpetrators and the victims and their relatives have died?]

The Religious Shock Doctrine and Cultural Genocide, by Bimal Rawal (rep 10/12/2021)

Media As Human Rights Watchdog, by Kundan Aryal (rn 10/12/2021)

The Nepali state in the Himalaya : The food shortage in Limi Valley has highlighted Nepal’s weak state presence in the Himalayan borderlands, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 10/12/2021)

Sexagenarian man held for raping minor girl (kh 10/12/2021)

Last year’s flood victims from Dhorpatan still await relief : Several government officials had reached the flood- and landslide-hit areas and announced relief packages but none of the promised funds has come through, by Prakash Baral (kp 10/12/2021)

High courts intervene after police refuse to register conflict-era disappearance complaints : The Penal Code introduced three years ago lists enforced disappearance as a criminal offence, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/12/2021)

Law undergraduates stage a remarkable street drama for a cause : “Falamko Tilahari,” a street drama put together by students from Kathmandu School of Law in Basantapur, highlighted the gravity of GBV in Nepal and ended with hope, by Prasun Sangroula (nlt 09/12/2021)

SC orders to mention perpetrator’s in conflict victim’s identity card (kh 09/12/2021)

Farmers yet to receive relief for destroyed paddy (ht 09/12/2021), Compensate on time : The farmers should be compensated quickly so that they have some money for the next plantation season (ht 09/12/2021)

Indian court orders authorities to compensate Durga Prasad of Ilam who spent 40 years in West Bengal jails despite being innocent, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 09/12/2021)

How menstrual stigma intersects with violence against women : Confining women and young girls to small sheds for three or more days and keeping surveillance on their daily mobility is a form of violence against women, by Jyotika Rimal (nlt 08/12/2021)

Dalits living in rented homes hesitant to reveal caste during census : Enumerators say they found many families who were not keen to disclose their last names fearing eviction, by Prakriti Dahal (kp 08/12/2021)

Dhanusha attorney office says no need to probe Musahar’s custodial death : District attorney’s office claims Musahar committed suicide. Family members say he was tortured to death, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/12/2021)

Acute shortage of essential medicines at government health centres in Mugu : The district is in dire need of medicines since the number of patients suffering from fever, typhoid, asthma, common cold, diarrhoea and vomiting is on the rise with the onset of winter, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 06/12/2021), Amid the pandemic : The absence of essential medicines for almost two months is nothing short of maleficence (kp 07/12/2021) [The Deuba government exists only on paper. The fulfilment of tasks and duties must wait. Power struggles and party conventions have absolute priority!]

A death foretold : Nakunni Dhobi and the 20-day march to Kathmandu: How many women have returned to private cages of violence, never to reach out again?, by Reshma Thapa (rec 06/12/2021)

Online harassment rife but largely ignored as system fails to recognise it : Nepal Police has a bureau to deal with the cases, but a lack of sensitisation among officials is leading to victimisation, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 06/12/2021)

‘Every child deserves to be raised in a safe and loving environment’  : ECEC Nepal conducts a network meeting to discuss child development and parenting in Nepal (kp 06/12/2021)

SP Chair Yadav advocates for change in socio-political system for Dalit liberation (kh 06/12/2021)

Nepal preparing to issue identification cards to refugees living in the country : Plan for now is to provide them to refugees from Bhutan, with no discussions yet on doing so for Tibetan refugees, by Anil Giri (kp 04/12/2021)

‘Women Violence - From Womb To Tomb’ On Display (rn 04/12/2021)

Vow against VAW : As Nepal marks 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, Ruby Khan makes an impassioned plea for justice from her sit-in near Singha Darbar, by Ruby Khan (nt 03/12/2021)

What ails construction projects in Nepal? Taxpayers have every right to expect roads and bridges that do not get washed away with the first rain, by Rudra Sharma Aryal (kp 03/12/2021)

Naikes running Gaur Prison : Security guards and naikes are tormenting inmates at Gaur Prison (ht 03/12/2021)

What constitutes sexual harassment at the workplace? An explainer on what sexual harassment is, the legal frameworks that aim to prevent and eliminate it, and what else can be done, by Prakritee Yonzon (rec 02/12/2021)

Govt bans entry of travelers from nine countries, including South Africa, in view of omicron variant (kh 02/12/2021)

16 days of activism against gender-based violence, by Sonika Lamichhane (kh 02/12/2021)

Ensure Right To Health, by Prakriti Nepal (rn 02/12/2021)

UN special envoy in Kathmandu to study food crisis (kh 02/12/2021)

Food scientist Prakash Adhikari: “Nepal’s food quality mechanism is limited to papers” (interview) (nlt 02/12/2021)

Mindset Change A Must To Curb VAW, by Namrata Sharma (rn 01/12/2021)

Chepang Children In Dhanding In Need Of Warm Clothes (rn 01/12/2021)

Shuklaphanta National Park Displaced Ones Await For Justice For Nearly Two Decades, by Sher Bahadur Singh (rn 01/12/2021), 2,473 displaced families waiting for relocation for decades (ht 02/12/2021)

Locals in Rudhi village facing acute food crisis for eight years (ht 30/11/2021)

Custodial deaths probe : Independent mechanism sought, by Ram Kumar Mamat (ht 28/11/2021)

Banke activists resume sit-in in Capital alleging government dishonesty : Protesters led by Ruby Khan demand immediate arrest of ex-CA member Badshah Kurmi over a woman’s disappearance and release of probe report, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/11/2021)

Nepal has yet to legalize same sex marriage, leaving couples disoriented : Queer rights activists have been fighting for legalization of same sex marriage for the past 14 years but there is still no sign of response from the state, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 26/11/2021)

Fighting Digital Disinformation, by Kundan Aryal (rn 26/11/2021)

Toothless Commissions : Former enemies are now in the same governing coalition, neither want to rake up war crimes (nt 26/11/2021)

Eradicate Caste-Based Crimes, by Shreya Joshi and Rakshya Singh (rn 25/11/2021)

Independence of umbrella organization of Nepali journalists comes under scrutiny : The FNJ is supposed to be an organization that promotes freedom of expression, journalists’ rights, and independence. But its incumbent officials are vying for public positions in major political parties, by Prasun Sangroula (nlt 25/11/2021)

Rights groups denounce Nepal Speaker’s participation in IPU assembly : They have demanded that the International Parliamentary Union cancel the invitation to Agni Sapkota (kp 25/11/2021), Can Sapkota be investigated in Spain under principles of universal jurisdiction? Nepali rights groups demand Spain probe Sapkota over an insurgency-era abduction, killing, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/11/2021)

Population Census 2021 : Data Vs Reliability, by Nir Bahadur Karki (rep 25/11/2021)

Season 2 of ‘Jaat Ko Prashna’ highlights the ills of the caste system : At the heart of the recently released show are the voices of those impacted by caste-based discrimination and violence, by Pinki Sris Rana (kp 24/11/2021)

Transitional justice bodies spar over who should look into which cases : Truth commission and disappearance commission say they have received many complaints that they cannot investigate given their nature, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/11/2021)

Food depots in Mugu district empty as contractors delay supply of subsidised rice : District residents have to pay higher prices to buy the grain from local markets, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 23/11/2021), First duty of the state : The government must ensure judicious use of resources to maximise its social welfare output (kp 24/11/2021)

Ad hocism in healthcare : The prerogative of providing health care as a service rests heavily on the government (kp 23/11/2021)

Amnesty International Nepal calls for urgent and concerted action to prevent custodial deaths : The human rights organisation raises concerns about the increasing number of custodial deaths despite earlier calls to the Nepal government for responsibility and accountability of the lives of detainees (kp 23/11/2021) [see AI appeal in Nepali], End deaths in police custody, says Amnesty International (ht 24/11/2021)

Fractured peace : The so-called representatives of the working class are the new elites of Nepal (kp 22/11/2021) [And this elite continues to be recruited from the same social strata. Under the monarchy, male Chhetris were in the majority. With the "democratisation" of 1990, male Bahuns took over this role. The Maoist uprising, Jana Andolan II and the new constitution have not changed this, as this traditional elite has deceived the people about adequate social inclusion until today!]

Let The Subaltern Speak, by Tulasi Acharya (rn 22/11/2021)

“15 years since CPA, Nepal’s pledges to TJ remain unmet” (kh 21/11/2021), Conflict victims losing patience—and lives—in wait for justice : In 15 years since the peace accord was signed, political parties have failed even to assure insurgency victims that they’ll be delivered due justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/11/2021), Where is peace without justice? Successive governments and the major political parties have failed to prioritise justice to the victims, by Suman Adhikari (kp 21/11/2021), Transitional justice has failed former child soldiers : They deserve special support from the government to genuinely complete Nepal’s peace process, by Kul Chandra Gautam (kp 21/11/2021), Nepali peace process as a global model : One reason why it has become successful is that it adopted a home-grown approach to end conflict, by Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp 21/11/2021) [Statement by one of the main perpetrators of the numerous unpunished victims of the conflict and of the denial of justice!], Int'l bodies urge Nepal to act on peace pact (ht), Nepal: 15 Years On, Act on Peace Agreement Pledges, joint statement by AIHRW, ICJ and TRIAL International (20/11/2021),
National Human Rights Commission demands end to impunity through justice delivery . Several victim associations and human rights groups seek immediate and urgent steps from the authorities towards reviving the transitional justice process (kp 21/11/2021)

Malnutrition a cause for concern in Province 2 : Malnutrition is a serious health challenge in the province mainly due to a lack of awareness among guardians regarding nourishing food for children, by Shankar Acharya (kp 21/11/2021)

October disaster victims in Bajhang deprived of relief : People complain of discrepancies in beneficiary list prepared by District Administration Office as fake victims lay claim to government grants, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 20/11/2021)

Police use force to disperse agitating lawyers in SC (kh 18/11/2021), At least seven including Nepal Bar chair injured in a scuffle with police : Clash occurred when security personnel tried to stop protesting lawyers from moving towards the gate chief justice has been using to enter office (kp 18/11/2021), NHRC urges govt to stop use of force on agitating legal practitioners (kh 18/11/2021) [The Deuba government is behaving much like the previous one of the authoritarian anti-democrat Oli. And the police still do not respect the fundamental rights of the people!], Nine lawyers hurt in police action, by Ram Kumar kamat (ht 19/11/2021)

Government indecision delays scrapping of anti-poverty body : Staffers of Poverty Alleviation Fund remain unpaid for four months, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/11/2021)

Teenage elopement widespread in Kalikot : As many as 169 incidents of child marriage were reported in Tilgupha Municipality and Shubhakalika Rural Municipality last year, by Tularam Pandey (kp 18/11/2021)

Entertainment as decent work: Give it recognition, dignity, by Aarzoo Parajuli (ht 18/11/2021)

Lawmakers urged to pass new citizenship bill (ht 16/11/2021), Citizenship issue : Inability to solve the citizenship issue is only adding more and more people to the number of stateless persons year after year (ht 17/11/2021)

Main census questionnaire does not recognise queer people : The gender category ‘others’ in Form 1 of the census has been removed in Form 2 of the census, much to the dismay of activists, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 16/11/2021)

Women’s Attraction To Judiciary Rising, by Kalika Khadka (rn 16/11/2021)

Charimaya Tamang: ‘Who will wipe out the tears of trafficking survivors if I start crying myself?’ From survivor to savior: Charimaya Tamang continues to turn around the lives of trafficking survivors in Nepal, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 15/11/2021)

The scars of corporal punishment : School teachers inflicting physical and psychological abuse on students is rampant in Nepal, reflecting the sorry state of education in the country, by Swikriti Kattel (rec 14/11/2021)

Nepal records 295 cases, 478 recoveries and two deaths on Saturday (ep 13/11/2021), Nepal reports 260 new Covid-19 cases, two deaths : According to the Health Ministry, the countrywide death toll has now reached 11,471 and the number of active cases stands at 7,278 (kp 13/11/2021)

Delay in compensation makes farmers worry (kh 13/11/2021)

Language policing and what we overlook : In a country that prides itself on its diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and a wide array of vernaculars, the discourse surrounding language gets particularly inflammatory, by Pasang Dorjee (kp 13/11/2021)

Teenager raped in Lahan, accused on the run (rep 13/11/2021

PMIS implemented in prisons across the country (ht 13/11/2021)

Lumbini government unveils strategy to end child marriage (ht 13/11/2021)

How the climate crisis adds to child marriage in Nepal : As harvests fail due to drought and floods, girls from marginalised families are forced to marry earlier to escape poverty, by Sonam Lama (nt 12/11/2021)

Public Interest Litigation or Private Interest Litigation?, by Hrithik Yadav (kh 12/11/2021)

October floods and landslides disrupt water supply in Bajhang : Around 20,000 families are left without safe drinking water, which could lead to outbreak of diseases, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 12/11/2021)

Report finds child labor rife among informal, small businesses : New campaign calls for governments and international agencies to focus on tackling the worst forms of child labor found in thousands of small, informal businesses (nlt 11/11/2021)

Landslide-hit Miklajung village faces food shortage : Despite promises from the federal and the provincial governments, no help has reached the disaster-hit areas in the last three weeks, by Laxmi Gautam (kp 11/11/2021)

Coming to one’s census : There is a reason why the number of caste/ethnic groups went up from 60 in 1991 to 125 in 2011, by Deepak Thapa (kp 11/11/2021)

Rights activists urge Parliament to pass citizenship bill (ht 11/11/2021)

Govt urged to ratify Violence and Harassment Convention (190) (ht 10/11/2021)

Seven-year-old girl killed in Surkhet (kh 09/11/2021), Seven-year-old girl found dead with her throat slit (rep 09/11/2021)

Three accused of gang rape arrested (kh 09/11/2021)

Woman beaten to death by her husband (rep 07/11/2021)

Panchthar residents affected without repair of facilities damaged in landslides, flooding (kh 07/11/2021)

Conflict victims condemn govt for failing to amend act (ht 04/11/2021)

Media Action Nepal calls on government to end impunity for crimes against journalists (ht 03/11/2021)

Govt committed to press freedom: Gandaki Province CM Pokharel (rep 01/11/2021)

World Report 2022 - Nepal chapter, by Human Rights Watch

Gender Sensitivity in Nepali Media, report by Media Action Nepal, 2022

Media in Nepal : Safety of Journalists, Sustainability and Gender Inclusiveness, report by Media Action Nepal, 2021

Misleading News in Media : A study of newspapers and online news portals of Nepal, report by Media Action Nepal, 2021

Code of Conduct : Improving conflict sensitive reporting & journalist safety in South Asia, report by Media Action Nepal, 2021

Vulnerability to Human Trafficking in Nepal : From enhanced regional connectivity. World Bank Group, December 2021

COVID-19 pandemic worsens disparities in young children’s development and learning in Nepal : One out of five children developmentally off track, press release bi UNICEF, 19 December 2021 [see also Child and Family Tracker, ECDI Survey, UNICEF, August 2021]

Impacts of protecting life in global health assistance policy in Nepal. Report by CREJHPA, September 2021

Unprepared and Unlawful: Nepal’s Continued Failure to realize the right to health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Briefing paper by International Commission of Jurists, 13 September 2021

Nepal Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021, by NPC et al., 18 August 2021

Violations in the name of conservation : "What crime had I committed by putting my feet on the Land that I own?" Amnesty International, 9 August 2021

Challenges for Dalits in South Asia’s Legal Community. Chapter I: Dalit Justice Defenders in Nepal, by American Bar Association - Center for Human Rights (18/06/2021)

Nepal: "Struggling to breathe".  The second wave of Covid-19 in Nepal, by Amnesty International (14/06/2021)

HRW report “I Must Work to Eat” - Covid-19, Poverty, and Child labor in Ghana, Nepal, and Uganda, by Human Rights Watch (26/05/2021)

South Asia: Urgent action needed to combat deadly COVID-19 surge across region (Amnesty International 13/05/2021)

Youth Anxiety, Aspiration, and Activism: Survey Report, by Niti Foundation and ILO, April 2021

Nepal Child Labour Report 2021, by International Labour Organisation and Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal

Nepal 2020. Excerpt from Amnesty International Report 2020/21 (07/04/021)

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nepal. US Department of State, 30 March 2021

Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2021, by INSEC, Kathmandu 2021

Annual Report 2020, by NHRC. Lalitpur, February 2020

Nepal: Human Rights Commission’s Integrity in Jeopardy : Lack of Transparency in Appointments Undermine Effectiveness, Public Confidence, common statement by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Commission of Jurists, 1 March 2021

World Report 2021 : Nepal - Events of 2020, by Human Rights Watch, January 2021

Report on Employment Relationship Survey in Nepal. UNICEF, January 2021

Nepal Human Development Report 2020, UNDP and NPC, 13/12/2020

The Government of Nepal has been using the Covid-19 Pandemic to Exercise Control, to Commit Human Rights Violations and to Deny Justice to Victims of Human Rights Abuses, by AHRC, 09/12/2020

राष्ट्रिय मानव अधिकार आयोगको वार्षिक प्रतिवेदन (२०७६–२०७७), National Human Rights Commission, 07/12/2020

No Law, No Justice, No State for Victims : The Culture of Impunity in Post-Conflict Nepal. Report by Human Rights Watch. 20/11/2020

Nepal : Justice stalled for conflict victims. Amnesty International submission for the UN universal periodic review, 37th session of the UPR working group, January 2021 (Amnesty International 23/10/2020)

आयोगको २० वर्ष आयोगका सिफारिशहरु र कार्यान्वयन अवस्था (२०५७ जेठ–२०७७ असार), National Human Rights Commission, 15/10/2020

The NHRI Nepal Joint Submission for The Third Cycle Universal Periodic Review of Nepal, 2020. Submitted by National Human Rights Commission, National Women Commission and National Dalit Commission, March 24, 2020 (revised 07/09/2020)

Child & Family Tracker: Tracking the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Children and Families in Nepal. Baseline Findings, by UNICEF Nepal and Sharecast, August 2020 (Powerpoint presentation)

Costing Study on Early Childhood Education and
Development (ECED) in Nepal
: A Case for Investment in ECED, by UNICEF Nepal and The World Bank, 2020

Human Rights and the Rule of Law in a Federal Nepal: Recommendations from an ICJ High-Level Mission, by ICJ: Geneva, July 2020

Nepal’s Universal Periodic Review: Human Rights Review Should Address Broken Commitments, Impunity, by Human Rights Watch, 16/07/2020), see submission report by HRW (15/07/2020)

Lawyers at risk: Law Society submits joint UPR report on Nepal, by The Law Society of England and Wales, 13 July 2020 (see also factsheet and submission)

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report: Nepal, by US Department of State

2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, by US Department of State, 11 March 2020

Rule of Law Index Nepal 2020, by World Justice Project, 11 March 2020

Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2020, by INSEC, Kathmandu 2020

Annual Report: Synopsis 2018/2019, by NHRC. Kathmandu: January 2020

Sexual Exploytation of Children in Nepal, by ECPAT International 2020

Nepal 2019. In: Human Rights in Asia-Pacific. Review of 2019. Amnesty International, 29 January 2020

Nepal: Recent Steps Undermine Transitional Justice, by ICJ, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International, 25 January 2020

Nepal: Events of 2019, by Human Rights Watch, January 2020, pp. 418-422

Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)

Human Development Report 2019: Inequalities in Human Development in the 21stCentury. Briefing note for countries on the 2019 Human Development Report: Nepal. New York: UNDP 2019

Nepal: 13 Years On, No Justice for Conflict Victims. Joint statement by ICJ, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and TRIAL International, 25 November 2019

Nepal: New NGO Law Should Protect Rights
Government’s Recent Moves Have Restricted Activists
, by Human Rughts Watch, 14 November 2019

Nepal: Release Report on 2015 Protest Violence: Suppressing Lal Commission Findings Denies Justice to Terai Victims, by Human Rights Watch, 1 October 2019

All work, no pay: The struggle of Qatar's migrant workers for justice, Amnesty International, 19 September 2019

Torture and forced child labour: UN experts find Nepal violated human rights, by OHCHR 27/08/2019,  including full text of the UN document]

On the Occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, by Advocacy Forum - Nepal, 26 June 2019

2019 Trafficking in Person Report: Nepal. by US Department of State, June 20, 2019

Regressive Laws, Mounting Violations, report by Freedom Forum, 3 May 2019

The Legal Stranglehold, by International Federation of Journalists, 3 May 2019

Nepal: To End Hunger, Strengthen and Implement Right to Food Law, Amnesty International, 04 April 2019

Nepal 2018 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Human Rights Yearbook 2019, by INSEC, 17 February 2019

Fighting inequality in Nepal: The road to prosperity. OXFAM report, 11 January 2019

Media Freedom Deteriorating. Annual media freedom report 2018 by Freedom Forum

Preliminary Comments: Draft Bill to Amend the Act on Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation, 2014], by Amnesty International, ICJ and TRIAL International, 20 July 2018

Preliminary Comments of Conflict Victims’ Common Platform (CVCP) on proposed TJ draft bill to amend Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, Truth and Reconciliation Act, 2014, 17 July 2018

Nepal: Transitional Justice Reform an Urgent Need; Current Draft Law Does Not Meet International Standards on Prosecuting Worst Crimes, by Human Rights Watch, 7 July 2018

Rule of Law Index 2017-2018 - Nepal, by World Justice Project

Nepal 2017 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/2018 on Nepal, 22 February 2018

Nepal: Events of 2017, by Human Rights Watch, January 2018

Human Rights Yearbook 2018, by INSEC, 20 February 2018

Nepal: Transitional Justice Proving Elusive Term Extensions do not Cure Act’s Fundamental Problems. Joint press statement by ICJ, HRW and AI, 13 February 2018

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“Building inequality": The failure of the Nepali government to protect the marginalised in post-earthquake reconstruction efforts (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

"What I want is for the government to help". Nepal: Ensure the right to adequate housing for the marginalised in post-earthquake Nepal (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

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National Human Rights Commission Nepal (NHRC)

Nepal 2016 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 3 March 2017

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Nepal: extending transitional justice commissions without granting real powers betrays trust of victims, by International Commission of Jurists (10 February 2017)

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Nepal: Decade After Peace, Scant Progress On Justice; Political Parties Fail to Deliver on Promises, by Human Rights Watch, 18 October 2016

Global Gender Gap Report 2016 - Nepal data, by World Economic Forum, Geneva, October 2016

Statement on the CIAA and reports on investigation of Social Science Baha (SSB) and Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) (BNAC 01/10/2016)

“Our Time to Sing and Play”: Child Marriage in Nepal, by Human Rights Watch, 7 September 2016 [see also video]

Nepal - Torture and Coerced Confessions, by Amnesty International, 19 July 2016

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Nepal’s police in Madhesi-hunting spree (Asian Human Rights Commission, 24 February 2016)

INSEC Yearbook 2016 (19 February 2016)

Earthquake Recovery Must Safeguard Human Rights, by Amnesty International 1 June 2015

Human Rights Watch: Silenced and Forgotten  Survivors of Nepal’s Conflict-Era Sexual Violence. September 23, 2014

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