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Street children demand legal documents as they turn adult : The street-children-turned-adults say their miseries have compounded in lack of legal status as a Nepali citizen (nlt 31/12/2022)

Human rights orgs urge govt to control corruption (kh  31/12/2022)

Dalit representatives demand meaningful participation (kh 30/12/2022)

Still waiting for justice after 16 years : The thousands of victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency do not trust the government anymore as no progress has been made in providing justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/12/2022) [The one who confessed to being responsible for the deaths of 5,000 people is now PM for the third time : Target achieved!]

‘State can curtail freedom of press and expression at any time’ (rep 30/12/2022)

Children suffer in Nepal’s orphanages, by Anushka Nepal (ae 30/12/2022)

Women in Madhesh are being murdered over dowry : Justice remains elusive, complain victim’s relatives, by Rupa Gahatraj (kp 29/12/2022), Scourge of patriarchy : Offenders of dowry-related crimes continue to get away as most such incidents go unreported (kp 30/12/2022)

Surrendering citizenship card: An ethical decision, by Mahendra P Joshi (ht 29/12/2022)

NHRC monitors bodies working on senior citizen’s rights: Chair Magar (kh 27/12/2022)

Collaboration of three tiers of government stressed for curbing human trafficking (kh 27/12/2022)

Rights activists request GANHRI not to downgrade NHRC to ‘B’ category (rep 26/12/2022)

Vulnerable girls, women being trafficked to India by their own relatives, acquaintances : Maiti Nepal has rescued 30 Nepali girls and women from the country in the past one year, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 26/12/2022)

A story of homeless and battle for citizenship : Once a homeless kid, Rajesh has found home and has his own family but the battle for citizenship for himself and his kids is taking a toll on his hope, positivity and confidence (nlt 26/12/2022)

Women representation still remains bare minimum, by Arpana Adhikari (rn 25/12/2022)

Healing begins at home : A thorough investigation is required to find the actual causes of the deaths of migrant workers in Qatar, by Surya Nath Mishra (kp 25/12/2022)

How Nepali society silences gender-based violence survivors : Breaking the silence against abuse has been a challenge, especially for ‘urban’ women. Their hesitance can mostly be attributed to lack of support in their immediate circles, by Pinki Sris Rana (kp 24/12/2022)

At least five women were killed in Nepal by partners or family members over the period of “16 days of activism” : Horrific incidents demand an urgent need of meaningful interventions by all concerned stakeholders to end the violence against women (nlt 23/12/2022)

NHRC's status: Why it went from A to B, by Shree Ram Adhikari (ht 23/12/2022)

Social security extended to migrants, informal workers and self-employed : According to the Social Security Fund, 381,000 employees and 17,535 employers in the private sector are currently enrolled in the scheme, by Pawan Pandey (kp 23/12/2022)

Role of media in safe labour migration discussed : The journalists who attended the discussion said the unavailability of data, even from the concerned government bodies, was one of the major difficulties for evidence-based reporting (kp 23/12/2022)

Youths Emerge As Change Agents, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 22/12/2022)

Save people from the cold (ae 22/12/2022)

Too young to marry : More effort is needed to raise awareness and educate young men, women and parents (kp 21/12/2022)

Food crisis hits Bajura's Rudi village (ht 21/12/2022)

Difficult times : Living with HIV/AIDS, by Anushka Nepal (ae 20/12/2022)

Karnali students affected by lack of disabled-friendly infrastructure : Girl students with disabilities miss five days of classes during menstruation for a lack of proper infrastructure in several of the region’s schools, by Jyotee Katuwal (kp 20/12/2022)

Assessing Human Rights Situation In Asia, by Rajendra Chataut (rn 19/12/2022)

Limi locals deprived of social security grants for 17 months : More than 200 beneficiaries haven’t been able to reach the bank to verify their KYC applications and hence haven’t been able to collect the money, by Janak Bahadur Shahi (kp 19/12/2022) [??!!]

Bhutanese community demand amnesty for political prisoners in Bhutan : International organizations must also continue to advocate publicly for the protection of human rights in Bhutan, speakers said (nlt 18/12/2022)

National Dalit Commission recommends action against Mayor Sampang over a social media post (rep 17/12/2022)

Earthquake vacates villages in Nepal : Last month's disaster in west Nepal forced more people to migrate to afford house repairs, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 16/12/2022)

Football for a better world, interview with German football star turned human rights activist Thomas Hitzlsperger (nt 16/12/2022)

School DI’s ‘insensitive’ behavior incites a minor girl to take her own life, by Sara Pahari (rep 16/12/2022)

Disabled people’s representation minimal in new Parliament (kh 15/12/2022)

Dalit community sees representation of 28 PR members in province assemblies (kh 15/12/2022) [This means 5 percent of the MPs from about 14 per cent of the population! Just imagine, in the seven provinces there would be a total of only 12 male MPs from the Bahun community who make up six per cent of the population!]

15 Dalit leaders elected to HoR under proportional category (kh 15/12/2022)

Early marriage traps disadvantaged girls in poverty cycle : A multisectoral approach is needed to understand and eradicate this multifaceted social evil, say experts, by Arjun Poudel (kp 15/12/2022)

FPTP Election: A Road Less Travelled by Women : Providing equal opportunity to women in elections is crucial to believe in women’s capacity and change stereotypes in politics, by Neelam Dhanuse (rep 15/12/2022) [Nepal's macho politicians will do everything they can to prevent this!]

Nepal rights groups ask FIFA chief to ensure compensation for Nepali workers : The rights bodies have written that it would be unforgivable to continue to ignore the plight of Nepali workers (kp 15/12/2022), Nepali groups urge FIFA to 'make things right' for migrant workers (rn 15/12/2022), Migrant workers sent back before contract ended (ht 15/12/2022)

Lal commission report gathers dust as coalition plans to free Tikapur convict : Authorities have snubbed the top court and parliament to keep the report secret, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/12/2022), Rage against impunity: Why is the ordinance to amend National Criminal Procedure being opposed? The government's move to introduce the ordinance to secure release of the convicts in the heinous crimes has met with widespread opposition across the party lines (nlt 14/12/2022)

Neha Chaudhary's husband arrested, family members absconding (rep 14/12/2022), Doctor accused of domestic violence and demanding dowry arrested : Neha Chaudhary has accused Pankaj Chaudhary, her husband of nine months, of physical and mental abuse for not bringing enough dowry (kp 15/12/2022), Police, locals clash in Mahottari (kh 16/12/2022), Police, local residents clash in Mahottari as Neha Chaudhary is denied entry into her house (rep 16/12/2022), Neha's father-in-law, who is on the fugitive list, files a case at court, by Surendra Yadav (rep 16/12/2022)

November polls fail to ensure fair representation of Dalits : The representation of Dalit community in the newly elected legislature—5.81 percent— is the lowest since the 2008 Constituent Assembly, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 13/12/2022), 15 Dalit leaders elected to HoR under proportional category (kh 15/12/2022)

Combating violence against women in politics : We should realise that a threat to women in politics is a threat to our entire democracy, by Sagoon Bhetwal (kp 13/12/2022)

FIFA misleading the world on compensation to migrant workers, say four global rights organisations : As the World Cup nears end, there has been no progress in providing compensation to injured workers who built the stadiums in Qatar and victims’ families (kp 13/12/2022) [see HRW report: FIFA Misleading World on Remedy for Migrant Workers : New Legacy Fund Should Be Used to Ensure Workers’ Compensation (12/12/2022)]

Thousands of 12-23 month olds deprived of vaccines : Experts term the situation ‘alarming’ as it could imperil years of achievements Nepal has made in child health, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/12/2022)

Parents face hassles in birth registration of children (rep 12/12/2022)

Government continues to ignore rights body’s recommendations : Data show only 15.3 percent of the recommendations have been fully implemented (kp 11/12/2022) [This reflects the human rights situation in Nepal. Misinformed international diplomats should finally stop praising the implementation of human rights in Nepal up to the sky!]

HURPES places special campaign ‘women rights: human rights’ (kh 11/12/2022)

Govt introduces ordinance to grant amnesty to Resham Chaudhary (kh 11/12/2022) [Ordinances to create majorities capable of governing are democratically questionable. An amnesty does not absolve Chaudhary of possible guilt. He is entitled to justice! Only a court should decide on this, not power-hungry failed politicians.], NC General Secretary Sharma opposes ordinance brought to free Resham Chaudhary (kh 12/12/2022), Ordinance was introduced to mainstream political parties and groups willing to discard violence: Minister Karki (kh 12/12/2022) [Even you don't believe in this nonsense!], Supporters reach jail to welcome Resham Chaudhary, by Prasan Gurung (rep 12/12/2022), NC General Secretary Sharma opposes ordinance brought to free Resham Chaudhary (kh 12/12/2022), Govt to recommend President Bhandari to issue Civil Code of Criminal Procedure (First Amendment) Ordinance-2079 BS (rep 13/12/2022) [May political corruption never end in Nepal!], Party members demand immediate withdrawal of ordinance brought to amend Civil Criminal Procedures Code 2074 BS, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 13/12/2022)

Land ownership certificates to landless people (kh 11/12/2022)

Petition demands removal of polygamous PR candidates : Lawyer registers a writ petition at the Supreme Court after appealing the Election Commission that candidates practising polygamy be denied election (kp 10/12/2022)

Students take to the streets demanding justice for Sadiksha Chaudhary, by Prasan Gurung (rep 10/12/2022)

Women should not be denied legal rights: CEC Thapaliya (kh 09/12/2022) [But they are. The participation in the electoral system and the treatment of women by the political parties and their macho leaders are prime examples!]

Struggle For Gender Equality, by Yug Bahadur (rn 09/12/2022)

EU, UNFPA announce completion of GBV project (ht 09/12/2022)

Newspapers’ Survival: A Chink Of Light, by Krishna Shrestha (rn 09/12/2022)

Online media suffered hostility during election: FNJ Chair Pokhrel (kh 08/12/2022)

“Conversations and advocacy for women’s rights should go beyond 16 days. This should be an everyday conversation”, interview with Mona Sherpa (rep 08/12/2022)

UML to send 19 female members under PR system, NC 29 (kh 08/12/2022) [Adequate social inclusion in parliament will never be achieved unless the parties dominated by high-caste males are required to apply the rules of social inclusion in the selection of candidates for the FPTP system. Khas Arya, for example, are already over-represented through the FPTP system. It is not understandable that more members of this social group have to be nominated through the PR system! The striving for adequate inclusion of all social groups, as declared after Jana Andolan II, is implausible. The ruling high-caste male elite is only interested in securing its privileges and posts!]

Perpetuating the Sukumbasi Problem, by Sarans Pandey (rep 07/12/2022)

Shah’s shoot-from-the-hip approach missing its mark : Of late, the KMC has had to backtrack on several of its key measures, most recently on Thapathali squatter settlement, by Anup Ojha (kp 06/12/2022)

Kapilvastu judge Giri alleged of rape (kh 06/12/2022)

Three people sent to prison for caste-based discrimination : The Kaski District Court on Monday issued an order in favour of the plaintiff sending the culprits to one year in prison and a fine of Rs 50,000 each (kp 06/12/2022)

The role of religious guru is vital for controlling gender violence (rep 05/12/2022)

Why objectification of women must stop : Objectification focuses on a woman's physical appearance, showing her as the object of beauty, portraying her as a vulnerable being inferior to men, by Shreena Nepal (nlt 04/12/2022)

The misery of migrant workers : Our workers are needlessly losing lives in Qatar due to dehumanising working conditions, by Sakun Gajurel (kp 04/12/2022)

Remnants of conflict continue to affect children in Karnali: Report (kh 04/12/2022), Transitional justice in Nepal: Child safety is still an issue in Karnali district (nlt 04/12/2022)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2022: Why Nepal needs disability inclusive development
Disability-inclusive development has key elements to promote disability inclusion from grassroots to national development interventions
, by Krishna Gahatraj (nlt 03/12/2022)

Only 115 local level units institute GBV Elimination Fund (kh 03/12/2022)

Dalit and women leaders in Karnali feel cheated : Big parties did not field any Dalit candidate for Parliament from Karnali Province, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 01/12/2022)

Most women journalists face online violence: Study. Facebook Messenger is the most commonly used platform for online abuse, according to the report prepared by Media Advocacy Group, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/12/2022)

It's a hard life for low-wage Nepali tea workers : The tea industry is one of the oldest and largest export-oriented sectors in the country, but it has no social protection scheme, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 01/12/2022)

Accused of caste-based discrimination, ward chair arrested in Chetan Ayadi murder case (rep 01/12/2022)

Call for year-round advocacy on gender-based violence : Globally, it is estimated that one in three women experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime, according to the United Nations Population Fund (kp 30/11/2022)

Orient Every Person Against VAGW, by Namrata Sharma (rn 30/11/2022)

New House of Representatives to be less inclusive : As proportional representation votes are scattered among parties, women, Dalits, Janajatis will be underrepresented, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/11/2022) [This is the outspoken goal of the political parties totally dominated by male Khas Arya! The fact that another 30 per cent Khas Aryas are nominated via the PR system contradicts all statements on inclusion!]

Doti earthquake victims languish in tents : Six people died, seven injured and hundreds were displaced in the November 8 quake, by Mohan Shahi (kp 30/11/2022)

HRW urges Nepal to bolster public health system as dengue surge exposes climate risk (rep 30/11/2022)

Squatters clash with police in Thapathali (kh 28/11/2022), Thapathali squatters attack City Police; 21 injured, by Manish Aryal (nlt 28/11/2022), Thapathali slum area turns tense over removal of slum dwellers (Photo Feature) , by Bijaya Rai (rep 28/11/2022), Thapathali squatters thwart another eviction : Kathmandu Metropolitan City met with stiff resistance as it tried to tear down Bagmati riverside squatter huts, by Anup Ojha and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/11/2022) [Responsible policy looks different!], Landless squatters protest outside KMC office (rep 29/11/2022), KMC accused of demolishing landless squatters' settlement without making alternative arrangement (rep 29/11/2022), Solve Problem Of Landless Squatters, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 29/11/2022), Balen hits back at Oli, says ‘landless squatters have only become your vote bank’ (rep 30/11/2022) [The reference to KP Oli is correct. He has always liked to establish himself as a talker who never really means what he says. He was PM long enough to solve the problem fundamentally. But he hasn't. But this does not change the fact that the eviction of the slums must go hand in hand with an alternative solution for the people affected. In contrast to the numerous other building sins in KTM, these people have nothing but their poor dwellings!], KMC to discuss squatter problem with government agencies and stakeholders : Municipal police has charged 18 people from Thapathali squatter settlement with assault after staff injuries Monday, by Anup Ojha (kp 02/12/2022), Land commission urges local govts not to intervene in landless squatter settlements (rep 02/12/2022), Find Proper Solution To Squatters’ Issue, by Bini Dahal (rn 02/12/2022), Devise Resettlement Plan For Squatters, by Ballav Dahal (rn 05/12/2022), Squatters in Kathmandu call for alternative settlement (kh 06/12/2022)

Women representation nil under FPTP in Karnali province : Single candidate to represent Dalits (kh 28/11/2022)

6 Days of Activism: Why women must speak up equality : Why does almost half of the population have to suffer in silence? Why does half of the population have to be confined to kitchens, within the four walls of their houses?, by Shreena Nepal (nlt 27/11/2022)

Health workers being trained to carry out mental health screening of prisoners : Around 40 percent of the nearly 27,000 inmates suffer from mental health problems, according to official estimates, by Arjun Poudel (kp 26/11/2022)

High cost of smartphones a barrier to digital inclusion, report says : Smartphones and barphones are taxed 18 percent and 15.5 percent respectively in Nepal, by Krishana Prasain (kp 26/11/2022)

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence kicks off (kh 25/11/2022)

Acting together to end gender-based violence : Crimes against women and girls have increased in Nepal, with 21,568 cases reported between July 2021 to July 2022 (kp 25/11/2022)

Women participation in HoR: Seven get directly elected, two still leading (kh 25/11/2022) [Besides 158 males: this is what the patriarchal party leaders call appropriate and "inclusive"!], Women candidates in HoR and PA elections of 2079 BS, by Smriti Dhungana (rep 25/11/2022)

Polls largely fair : The govt and the EC have failed to ensure the voting right of the Nepali migrant workers (ht 25/11/2022) [Elections that are dominated and manipulated by the Tagadhari, especially Bahun patriarchy and discriminate against women, Janajatis, Madheshis, Dalits and Muslims can hardly be called fair!]

Government inaction makes life miserable in two flood-prone Banke villages : Residents of Chaupheri and Ramnagar of Duduwa Rural Municipality face inundation and floods every monsoon, by J Pandey (kp 25/11/2022)

Promoting gender-responsive trade : Gender-inclusive trade can have a multiplier effect on women, their families and also the GDP of a nation, by Sagar Jung Karki (kp 24/11/2022)

Disaster-prone schools put students’ lives at risk : Around 122 schools in Bajhang are at high risk of natural disasters. More than 24,400 children study there, according to the district office, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/11/2022) [Neglect of far western Nepal continues thanks to centrist political leaders!]

Leaving on a jet plane : If things continue as usual, the stream of people’s exodus could soon turn into a deluge (kp 23/11/2022)

When Nepal stops : Government service delivery comes to a halt during elections. The cost is evident all around (kp 21/11/2022) [The way in which elections are organised is irrational and in many respects represents a serious restriction of basic civil rights!], Heavy security presence at polling centres perplexes tourists, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 21/11/2022)

Earthquake victims in Far West languish in temporary shelters : Hundreds in Doti and Bajhang have been awaiting resettlement to safer places, by Basanta Pratap Singh and Mohan Shahi (kp 20/11/2022) [Assistance denied by government and administration!]

Market prices rocket while officials busy themselves with election : Consumer activists and economists say that the recent increase in prices is the result of lack of market inspection, by Krishana Prasain (kp 20/11/2022)

Rampant use of minors in election campaigning reported : Authorised monitoring teams have reported as many as 165 incidents of use of minors in poll-related activities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/11/2022)

Thousands of eligible citizens outside constituencies denied voting rights : The election commission should have come up with an arrangement to allow eligible voters based anywhere within the country to vote, experts say (kp 20/11/2022)

Inclusion and reservation: Experiences from other countries, remedies for Nepal : The simple fact that political parties are neglecting potential candidates from Dalit and Janajati communities and women is an indicator that the country needs even stronger quota provisions for them, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 19/11/2022)

Lack of citizenship robs youths of voting rights : The state has discriminated against the children of those who acquired citizenship by birth, say civil society leaders, by Bhusan Yadav and Laxmi Sah (kp 19/11/2022) [The highest responsibility lies with Ms Bhandari. Whatever the president says, she had to sign the amendment recently, according to the constitution. Was it obeisance to KP Oli because he feared dissenting votes from the youth in the Tarai for his conduct in the 2015/16 Tari movement?]

Caste Vote : Even more than in previous elections political parties are falling back on caste vote banks because of the absence of party ideology, by Chandra Kishore (nt 18/11/2022)

Calls grow for NHRC office bearers to quit : After global body’s decision to downgrade the status of the National Human Rights Commission, its chair says his team will make their response public very soon, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/11/2022)

Squatters protest in Kathmandu against ultimatum to vacate their settlement : As many as 34,096 families are residing on the banks of Bagmati currently, according to government data (kp 18/11/2022)

Workers want Qatar, FIFA to pay for abuses (ht 18/11/2022)

Women struggle to find a solid footing in the parliament, by Anushka Nepal (ae 17/11/2022)

How will people with disabilities vote? The Election Commission seems to have a ‘something is better than nothing’ approach to inclusiveness. It’s preparations are too little, too late, by Cilla Khatry (ae 17/11/2022)

Conflict victims find no hope in election : There is a widespread resentment and anger among conflict victims and survivors against the political parties, by Yadab Acharya (ae 17/11/2022)

Democracy beyond elections : Without adequate representation, marginalised communities in Nepal are less likely to have their issues addressed, by Narayan Adhikari and Nicholas Budny (kp 17/11/2022)

Deprived and repeatedly duped, Musahars are losing faith in state : The residents of Musahari tole in Dhanusha say party leaders come seeking their votes before every election, but forget about them as soon as they get elected, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 15/11/2022)

Apex court seeks reasons after petitions against Dahal rejected : The petitioners have demanded action against Chairman Dahal saying that he, speaking at a public function on January 15, 2020, had admitted to having taken responsibility for the death of 5,000 people among the around 17,000 who lost their lives during the decade-long insurgency (kp 15/11/2022)

Don’t remove LGBTIQ+ persons from the PR closed list: SC (kh 14/11/2022), Court orders Election Commission not to remove names of LGBTIQ+ from the PR list (nlt 15/11/2022)

As you celebrate World Cup, think of this too : About 6,500 South Asian migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have perished since 2010 in the Gulf state and 1,641 were from Nepal, by Susmita Lamsal (nlt 14/11/2022)

Intertwined Digital Rights and Digital Technologies, by Kalyan Shrestha (kh 14/11/2022)

Botched road widening job cuts off Nuwakot villages : Delay in repairing Kathmandu-Kakani-Trishuli section of Pasang Lhamu Highway is playing havoc with people’s lives, by Tika R Pradhan and Arjun Poudel (kp 14/11/2022)

Dowry Still Killing Dreams in Nepal’s Terai, by Sajira Shrestha (rep 13/11/2022)

Women’s share in House likely to shrink : With few women FPTP candidates, more of them may need to be elected to the upper house to meet the requirement, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/11/2022) [The continued and even increased non-inclusive policies of high-caste male politicians must be criminalised and punished as a matter of urgency!]

Earthquake victims of Doti waiting for relief, by Dil Bahadur Singh (rn 13/11/2022)

HPCIDBC warns of demolishing riverside slums if they do not leave within 10 days (rep 12/11/2022) [Without alternative accommodation? The poorest of the poor live here out of necessity. Now you want to destroy the last things they own?]

Elections and People with Disabilities : The access of people with disabilities to vote in elections is an extremely critical human right issue!, by Pralhad Gairapipli (rep 12/11/2022), Stakeholders call for ensuring voting rights to PWDs (rep 12/11/2022)

World Cup behind the scenes: Workers get raw deal : Many Nepali migrant workers have been facing contract breaches, wage theft and discrimination, according to human rights watchdogs, by Pawan Pandey (kp 12/11/2022)

Call to ensure voting rights of people with psychosocial disabilities (kh 12/11/2022)

No time for elections in upper Mustang : With most villages empty as the local population has migrated to warmer climes, authorities should have rethought poll timing, villagers say, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 12/11/2022)

Victims of Madhesh movement left to fend for themselves : Seven years after their revolt, many survivors struggle to meet basic needs, by Nishan Khatiwada, Bhusan Yadav and Umesh Chauhan (kp 11/11/2022)

Parties coming up with stale agendas in fresh elections (kh), Parties regularly mention transitional justice in manifesto but progress dismal : Conflict victims say they are fed up with unfulfilled promises, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/11/2022)

National Human Rights Commission stares at a lower global status : Downgrade recommendation by global alliance of rights bodies takes effect after a year, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/11/2022) [see GANHRI Accreditation Report, pp. 38-41] [The then PM KP Oli and his still incumbent state president Bidya Devi Bhandari are highly responsible!], NHRC’s failings : The commission chairperson and members resigning would be the fastest way out of the current crisis (kp 11/11/2022) [This is true, but the main responsibility for the misery lies with KP Oli and BD Bhandari! No, not them again!], NHRC's status downgraded, credibility at stake : Former members seek resignation of the national human rights body chairman, members (ht 14/11/2022)

Parties’ manifestos offer little to Dalits, Janajatis : Rights activists have demanded a ‘Dalit decade’ to end deep-rooted caste-based discrimination through policies and programmes, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/11/2022)

Classes began 7 months ago but students have no books : Local authorities are actively involved in preparing school compounds for upcoming elections but have done nothing substantial to supply textbooks, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 09/11/2022) [Complete disinterest of the central and provincial male elite in fulfilling their actual tasks!]

State Control over Media in Nepal, by Subodh Gautam (rep 08/11/2022)

Supreme Court issues interim order in favour of ‘No Not Again’ campaign : Election Commission has threatened action against campaign members involved in posting photos of prominent politicians on social media (kp 07/11/2022) [The SC's decision means a victory of freedom of expression over the anti-demoratic EC and and the failed politicians it protects!]

Invisible burden of gender bias : There is much to do to address the hierarchical power division between men and women, by Devika Thapa (kp 07/11/2022)

Achham prisoners eager to cast ballot but only a few are registered voters : There are a total of 82 inmates in the Mangalsen-based district prison, but only seven are in the voter roll, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 07/11/2022)

Educating linguistic minority children : Nepal’s educational development is impacted mainly by a lack of opportunities for multilingual education, by Puskar Joshi (kp 06/11/2022)

DNA samples of Niharika Rajput’s child and alleged father match : Last year, the Dhanusha District Court had rejected Rajput’s demand for a DNA test. But the authorities relented after she threatened to launch a fast-unto-death (kp 05/11/2022)

Anuradha Koirala : One woman’s mission to free Nepal from human trafficking (ae 03/11/2022)

FNJ warns Press Council Nepal of disobedience if the latter does not correct its decision (rep 03/11/2022)

Over 9 percent CCHs in three provinces not complying rules and standards: Study (kh 03/11/2022)

Dalit women in Nepali politics: Underrepresented, undermined, discriminated and oppressed : If political parties are really serious about ending the social discrimination, they should not hesitate to provide enough opportunities to Dalit women, by Radha Nepali (nlt 02/11/2022)

Nepali women packing a punch : Nepal occupies a respectable 16th position among the 133 countries regarding the proportion of elected seats held by women, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 02/11/2022) [This comparison is misleading! The high percentage of women is based on legal regulations. Responsibility is still withheld from women today. Moreover, the legal regulations are increasingly undermined by the leading male politicians!]

“Press Council has attacked press freedom and journalists' rights in Nepal” (rep 01/11/2022)

Chhath’s essence is equality but Dalits still left out : For Dalits in Bara, the four-day festival was a stark reminder of the discrimination they have been subjected to for decades, by Laxmi Sah (kp 01/11/2022)

How the already-marginalized Dalit community is marginalized in Nepali politics : The representation of the Dalit Community, which accounts for almost 15 percent of the country’s population, in the parliament is expected to fall as only a few Dalit candidates got tickets from major political parties for the upcoming polls, by Laxman Darnal (nlt 31/10/2022)

UN CEDAW concerned about dire situation of women's rights, gender equality (ht 31/10/2022)

Outrage as poll authority cracks down on negative campaigning : Critics say Election Commission misunderstood citizens’ rights to free speech and vote, by Anup Ojha and Anush Gurung (kp 29/10/2022) [It is not the public that needs to be criticised for their clear and correct words, but the power-hungry politicians for their incessant false statements! The Election Commission is once again relying on false values and violating people's fundamental rights! The politicians can claim whatever they want and the people have to accept this without comment?]

Youth arrested on charge of raping a minor girl in Bara (kh 29/10/2022)

Nepali trekkers feel inferior treatment in MBC (kh 29/10/2022)

Thousands of workers evicted in Qatar’s capital ahead of World Cup (kh 29/10/2022) [The next step in the policy of exploitation of the workers! When will the World Cup finally be cancelled? Money must not justify everything!], Foul play : The abuse Qatar employed while completing World Cup projects will be etched in public memory (kp 01/11/2022)

The declared ideals of 2006 and today’s political impasse, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 24/10/2022)

Inclusion commissions at loggerheads over report : Tharu Commission has objected to the Madheshi Commission’s move to include the surnames of the Tharu people as Madheshis, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/10/2022)

Indigenous Nationalities Commission slammed for proposing revisions to existing reservation system : Commission officials seem to have fallen into a trap set by anti-reservation groups who want to scrap the inclusive system, say marginalised group activists, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/10/2022) [This is due to the fact that all constitutional commissions are hand-picked individuals selected by the high-caste male state elite for whom the orders and interests of their anti-inclusive and anti-democratic masters have absolute priority!]

The government should expand child grants : With 40 percent of the population under 18 in Nepal, investing in children is more important than ever, by Meenakshi Ganguly and Lena Simet (kp 23/10/2022)

Women contenders in direct race have it tough in upcoming parliamentary elections : Major parties have been reluctant to field women candidates. Even the few in the fray have a battle in their hands, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 23/10/2022)

Things that cannot be said : Apoorwa Singh’s case is a timely reminder of the need to rethink and revise our idea of free speech (kp 21/10/2022)

Single Mothers and the Proposed Citizenship Bill, by Monal Bhattarai (rep 21/10/2022)

Is Apoorwa a stand-up offender? Viewers need to be mindful that a comedian's overarching intention is to amuse, not to offend. They are expected to tell jokes, not state truths, by Manjeet Mishra (nlt 20/10/2022), Kathmandu Court orders release of Apoorwa Kshitiz Singh on Rs 250,000 bail (nlt 21/10/2022)

Woman allegedly tortured in custody : The victim says officers physically abused her to extract confession, by Bharat Jargha Magar (kp 19/10/2022)

Transitional justice bodies get terms extension without chairs and members : Though the commissions have got the extension of their terms, they will continue to remain defunct in the lack of the office bearers (kp 16/10/2022)

Senior lives matter : This time, let us vote for what we want rather than what everybody else expects us to want, by Poonam Thapa (kp 16/10/2022)

Khas Arya candidates outnumber in inclusive category (kh 16/10/2022) [42% of the candidates from the Khas Arya group, which accounts for 30% of the total population! This is what the ruling elite calls "inclusive"!]

Nearly half of ethnic groups unrepresented in Parliament in 15 years of PR exercise : The proportional representation system seems to benefit only the communities that are affluent and better linked, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 15/10/2022)

Dangers of blindly following traditions without questioning : The four Vedas do not state that a woman’s body is impure or a woman cannot perform poojas during menstruation. Prohibiting women from entering temples and castigating them is against the teachings of Vedas, by Ruchi Dhital (nlt 14/10/2022)

Prisoners in Chitwan forced to live under Tarpaulin as their number is three times more than actual capacity of prison (rep 13/10/2022)

Inter-Generational Women’s Forum draws attention of govt bodies to work towards curbing domestic violence against women, children during election (rep 13/10/2022)

Parties shortchange Dalits, women and Janajatis : Weak representation of members of the marginalised communities as direct election candidates makes a mockery of major parties’ commitment to inclusion, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/10/2022), 2,412 in fray for 165 FPTP HoR seats : Less than 10 per cent of contestants are women (ht 13/10/2022)

Change in sexual offence related acts stressed (ht 12/10/2022)

Man held for raping minor (ht 12/10/2022)

For Achham’s Badi community, festivals are a grim reminder of poverty : Mangalsen mayor says his local unit has prioritised the community for succour and is working on new uplift plans, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 12/10/2022)

Continuity over change : The new roster of tried and tested electoral candidates does not inspire much confidence (kp 11/10/2022), Nepali elections are becoming a battle of same old faces : Lack of internal democracy in political parties is mainly to be blamed, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 11/10/2022) [Maybe not yet a failing state, but definitely a failing democracy!], Subverting political federalism : The coalition culture has sidelined deserving candidates in favour of cronies and sycophants, by Achyut Wagle (kp 11/10/2022), Major political parties fall short to ensure gender parity in politics : Almost all political parties have an extremely lower ratio of women to men candidates fielded under the first-past-the-post category in the upcoming elections (nlt 11/10/2022), Zero woman candidacy for HoR member in Baitadi (kh 11/10/2022)

Limited number of women candidacies recorded under FPTP (kh 10/10/2022)

In remote west, campaigners tore down chhau sheds. They have sprung up again : Despite costly campaigns, the practice of banishing women to period sheds still prevails in many districts of Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces, by Basanta Pratap Singh and Bidya Rai (kp 10/10/2022) [Another option would be to send the men to these chau sheds when the women in their family have their periods. Then they would finally be "safe".], Whack-a-mole : The practice of Chhaupadi won’t be removed with the current top-down approach (kp 12/10/2022)

Conflict victims worried as fate of transitional justice commissions hangs in the balance : Terms of Truth and Reconciliation and Enforced Disappeared Persons commissions expire on October 17, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/10/2022)

Democracy is under threat from false online information, says journalism educator : "If a claim online makes you want to scream, cry or buy, take a breath before sharing”, interview with  Linda Austin (nlt) (nlt 04/10/2022)

‘Parties lack willpower to ensure proportional representation of marginalised communities’, interview with Pradip Pariyar, executive chairperson of the Samata Foundation, who advocates the rights of marginalised people in Nepal and currently leads the #DalitLivesMatter movement (kp 03/10/2022)

Promoting Senior Citizens' Rights, by Jhabindra Bhandari (rn 03/10/2022)

Climate change in Himalayan region worsens existing gender and social inequalities : ICIMOD and UN launch a report analysing gender dimensions of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, by Askriti Ghimire (kp 01/10/2022) [see ICIMOD report]

Poll body using army, police to monitor media : Observers swiftly criticise the poll body’s decision, by Makar Shrestha (kp 30/09/2022), Freedom Forum concerned over EC’s move (kh 30/09/2022), Press Office manned by security personnel starts monitoring media : Ignoring widespread criticism of the move, Election Commission inaugurated the office on Friday, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/10/2022), SPO urges EC to review its decision (kh 01/10/2022)

LGBTIQA+ community in Nepal: Upset over electoral underrepresentation, by Cilla Khatry (ae 29/09/2022)

Voters favour women, party leaders don’t : Selection of candidates is based on whims of male politicians as women are under-represented in top party committees, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 29/09/2022) [The party leaders are and remain the greatest propagandists of patriarchy and the non-inclusive state!]

Ward chairman who beat up a Dalit man for entering temple lands in police custody, by Krishna Oli (rep 29/09/2022), Dalit man beaten up for entering temple : Police have detained three people, including ward chair, in connection with the incident, by Arjun Shah (kp 30/09/2022)

Organisations disappointed over prez's refusal to sign citizenship bill (ht 29/09/2022)

Dalit family deprived of govt facilities (ht 29/09/2022)

National Human Rights Commission slated to lose its top international status : Controversial appointments are to blame. Relegation by Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions will tarnish Nepal’s image abroad, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/09/2022) [The main responsibility for Nepal's international loss of reputation lies with ex-Prime Minister Oli and "his" President Bhandari. But the Deuba government and the SC also have to face blame for their inaction!]

Stakeholders call for reforms in transparency of fiscal information (rep 28/09/2022)

FNJ expects political parties to give space for press freedom in election manifesto (kh 27/09/2022)

Poverty : A Multidimensional Problem, Nepalese Context, by Garima Pant (rep 27/09/2022)

ICJ deplores lack of public health preparedness in Nepal necessary to address latest surge in dengue cases : “Unfortunately, the government’s responses and preparations to combat dengue fever remain wholly inadequate” (nlt 26/09/2022) [see report by ICJ, 23/09/2022] [People need to understand that politicians are so busy with their power struggles and manipulations that they cannot care about such things!]

Ramechhap woman beaten to death on witchcraft charges : Bibi Majhi died a cruel death at the hands of her villagers. Her 70-year-old mother suffered severe injuries (kp 26/09/2022)

Man is jailed in a landmark caste-based discrimnation ruling : District courts rarely punished the accused in such cases. Ramechhap court was exception, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/09/2022)/

People found unaware of laws (rn 25/09/2022)

USAID launches programme to promote women leaders in energy sector : Move will complement Nepal’s efforts to increase the participation of women in traditionally male-dominated professions (kp 24/09/2022)

Baitadi Police launches awareness program at school (kh 24/09/2022)

Two Nepal projects selected under China’s GDI : Nepal Smiling Children Project will feed 3,600 in Kathmandu. Next project will help remote, by Anil Giri (kp 23/09/2022)

Nurses Abroad: Boon or Bane?, by Sahara Dhakal (rep 23/09/2022)

Call to end harmful traditional practices in country (ht 23/09/2022)

Scores of rape and sexual violence cases pending in Dhanusha court, by Manika Jha (ae 22/09/2022)

Ex-MP facing life imprisonment freed on Constitution Day (ht 22/09/2022)

'Commissions failed to deliver as per expectations (rn 22/09/2022)

Political parties continue to abuse proportional representation system : Many nominees in the closed lists submitted to Election Commission have repeatedly occupied positions of power, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/09/2022), Women MPs, unite : A new women’s parliamentary caucus is needed at a time when they are being brazenly discriminated (kp 21/09/2022)

Fixing a flawed quota system : The solution to the loopholes is not discontinuation but evidence-based revision, by Divya Rana and Vibhav Pradhan (kp 21/09/2022)

Minor rape victim's mother seeks security assurance after release of accused in Saptari (ht 20/09/2022)

Province govt committed to solving problems facing freed kamaiyas: CM Bhatta (kh 18/09/2022)

Infant, maternal deaths still high in Salyan : Forgoing regular tests during pregnancy and delays in hospitalising pregnant women contribute to mortality, by Biplob Maharjan (kp 18/09/2022)

Street Vendors Left Out In The Cold?, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 18/09/2022)

How free is freedom of artistic expression in Nepal? Artists have been arrested now and then and at times censures have been imposed on their creations. What does this suggest about the freedom of expression in Nepal?, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 17/09/2022)

Karnali residents have no grains ahead of festivals : Rice shortage is a perennial problem in the far-flung districts and government help is too little too late, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 17/09/2022)

Minors in no position to give consent to sex : Lowering the age of consent will leave children vulnerable to child sex abuse, grooming and sexual violence, experts say, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 16/09/2022)

MP Pant's appeal to political parties to increase candidacy of women (rep 16/09/2022)

60-year-old Palpana fighting for her land for six years (rn 16/09/2022)

World Bank Group urges Nepal for comprehensive and scaled-up climate action (kh 16/09/2022) [see World Bank report, 15/09/2022], World Bank launches Country Climate and Development Report : The GDP of Nepal is estimated to reduce by 7 percent in 2050 solely due to climate change (kp 16/09/2022)

Acid and burn survivors : Judged by their scars, jobless as a result, by Cilla Khatry (ae 15/09/2022)

Loan shark victims clamor for justice, by Bijaya Kumar Singh (ae 15/09/2022)

Differences over definition of murder killing key TJ bill : As parties dispute over amnestiable and non-amnestiable crimes in parliamentary committee, the term of the House of Representatives expires at midnight Saturday, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/09/2022)

Violence against LGBTQI+ people continues : Safety of sexual minorities in question after two members of the queer community were beaten up on suspicions of stealing babies in Siraha on Saturday, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 15/09/2022)

On equal footing : The constitutional provisions for inclusion cannot be ignored or circumvented anymore (kp 15/09/2022) [But the reality looks different as the high-caste political patriarchy does not abide by the Constitution, laws or SC rulings! And they do not even have to fear punishment!]

Dalit politicians being denied tickets : Political parties didn’t field women Dalit candidates in 124 wards in the local elections last May : The number of Dalit mayors decreased by half in 2022 polls compared to 2017, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 15/09/2022)

Sixteen children rescued from India (nlt 15/09/2022)

Instigation of TRC and CIEDP for Justice, and Psychic Therapy : Let’s not contextualize Nepal as human-rights-risk-zone, by Uttam Poudel (kh 14/09/2022)

Traffic jams amid Chinese Speaker’s visit trouble Valley commuters, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/09/2022) [The disregard for basic civil rights because of the courting of god-like politicians and foreign state visitors is reminiscent of the royal middle ages from which Nepal actually wanted to liberate itself!], VIP movement causes inconvenience to commuters, pedestrians, office-goers (rep 14/09/2022)

Beyond grand promises : Only by making quality education an easily attainable fundamental right can we dream of a better tomorrow (kp 14/09/2022)

Pathos of collective humiliation in Madhesh : Elections may come, elections may go, but the struggles of Madheshis will have to continue to establish themselves as ‘the People’, by CK Lal (kp 14/09/2022)

Teacher thrashes student for being absent  (ht 14/09/2022)

Revival of women’s caucus vital to advancing feminist movement : The sorority in the 2008 Constituent Assembly laid foundation for gender equality in the constitution, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 13/09/2022)

Police crackdown on loan shark victims continues : As many as 30 protestors have been detained by the police on Tuesday (kp 13/09/2022), Loan Shark victims and govt signs a five-point agreement (rep 17/09/2022), Loan shark victims end struggle after five-point agreement : Government agrees to take measures to compensate the victims and reclaim land illegally taken by the lenders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/09/2022) [And what about the brutal police attacks?]

Arrest of comedian Apoorwa Kshitiz reignites the free-speech debate : There appears to be some gap in the interpretation of free speech between new and old generations, by Anup Ojha (kp 13/09/2022)

Rastriya Ekata Abhiyan denounces arrest of Chair Yadav (kh 12/09/2022)

Insulating sentiments from hurt : We must learn to become more tolerant and inclusive to strengthen our democracy, by Avasna Pandey (kp 12/09/2022)

Experts suggest strengthening Press Council instead of Media Bill (kh 12/09/2022)

Severe wasting in two eastern districts hints at a hidden health crisis : High prevalence of an acute form of malnutrition in and around Tarai, the country’s food basket, is alarming. Children are not getting enough nutritious food, by Arjun Poudel (kp 11/09/2022)

Protect Inmates’ Rights In Times Of COVID-19 (rn 11/09/2022)

The Nepalis braving ‘death route’ to reach Europe : Tricked by organised human traffickers, Nepalis who try to land in Greece illegally via Turkey are dying and disappearing in increasing numbers, by Janakraj Sapkota (kp 10/09/2022)

Affirmative inaction : Party patriarchy sidelines women aspirants to office, and gives bare minimum representation (nt 09/09/2022), The power to have a say in her-story : As the November elections approach, Nepal’s male-dominated parties are loath to let women contest, by Shristi Karki (nt 09/09/2022)

15-year-old girl 'gang-raped' in Kailali (rep 09/09/2022)

Conflict victims on tenterhooks with House term on the verge of expiry : They fear the bill to amend Transitional Justice Act may not be endorsed by Parliament, allowing for an ordinance, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/09/2022)

Three justices recommended for Supreme Court : The nominees are chief judges Neeta Gautam Dixit and Binod Sharma, and advocate DN Parajuli (kp 07/09/2022) [What about greater social inclusion in judiciary?], Inclusiveness missing in judiciary (ht 11/09/2022)

Conclude Protracted Peace Process, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 06/09/2022)

Crime-accused can contest polls but they may be barred from performing duty : Experts say flawed laws can create a situation where the electorate may not have their representative in the House, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/09/2022), Crime and politics : By legitimising criminality, political parties have turned politics into a transactional enterprise (kp 06/09/2022) [No democratic party should nominate persons as candidates or appoint them to positions such as Speaker of Parliament while they are subject to criminal proceedings. This then quickly leads to the stalling of juridical processes.]

Police arrest security guard for asking a sitting minister to wait in queue : A Chhaya Centre security guard asks Tourism Minister Shrestha, who was at the visa centre in a personal capacity, to wait for his turn, by Matrika Dahal (kp 05/09/2022) [Ministers are no better at doing private things. The security officer deserves an award and compensation!], Security Guard Gurung tells Lamichhane from police custody, “I did not misbehave with tourism minister” (rep 05/09/2022), Guard arrested for doing his duty : Asked minister to come in queue for visa biometrics (ht 05/09/2022) [The cocky arrogance of some politicians can hardly be surpassed!], Security guard who asked a minister to wait in queue freed : Home minister orders Gurung’s release after Minister Shrestha pardoned him (kp 06/09/2022) [The security guard needs no pardon from the failing minister, but justice and compensation.], I know tourism minister will not resign, but he should apologize publicly: National Assembly member Poudyal (rep 06/09/2022)

Jail recommended for legal heirs for not taking care of elderly (ht 05/09/2022)

Media Council bill : FNJ wants restrictive provisions removed (ht 04/09/2022) [Especially failing politicians and corrupt elements should not be "criminalised"?], Keep press free : The Media Council should be a body that has the respect of all the stakeholders (ht 05/09/2022)

Stateless in Nepal : Politicisation of the citizenship bill has deprived many of their fundamental rights, by Tufan Neupane and Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/09/2022), [It is not only the extreme politicisation of all spheres of public life with which the so-called top politicians have been ruining the state and society for years, it is also the patriarchal thinking anchored in the constitution and laws that denies women the right to transfer their citizenship to their children.]

In Myagdi, child marriages continue despite multi-million rupee campaigns : According to district health authority, nearly 20 percent of pregnancies reported over the last year were underage, by Ghanshyam Khadka (kp 02/09/2022)

17 amendment proposals to the bill on transitional justice law  : Victims and rights activists say the current bill provides a loophole to define all murders as non-cruel and grant amnesty for all murders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/09/2022)

Gender equality: Heading towards right direction, by Samrat Dhungana (ht 01/09/2022)

Citizenship Bill : Maintain Gender Justice, Equality, by Namrata Sharma (rn 31/08/2022)

Indirectly elected representatives, most of whom are women, have less powers : In the upcoming elections, women aspire to contest first-past-the-post seats but political parties don’t seem enthusiastic to give them tickets, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 31/08/2022) [According to the patriarchal thinking of the ruling male elite, Nepal belongs only to men, especially to those from the Tagadhari castes, particularly the Bahuns. The citizenship law and the current discussion on this matter make this clear. Since because of the alliance the direct candidacies are also divided among the parties, the ruling men cannot "waste" any mandate on women!]

Freed Kamaiyas in Kanchanpur awaiting ‘just’ rehabilitation (kh 31/08/2022)

Newly constructed settlement for Musahars in Itahari unoccupied for two and half years (kh 31/08/2022),
Newly-built settlement for Musahars in Itahari unoccupied for two and a half years (rep 31/08/2022)

Kin of disappeared wait for justice even 16 years after end of insurgency : Government and parties want to settle transitional justice process without ensuring justice to victims, say activists, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/08/2022) [Neither PK Dahal and his Maoist comrades, nor the army, nor the leaders of the political parties responsible for crimes or their protection during the insurgency want justice for the victims. Indeed, they all then run the risk of endangering themselves!], Kin of disappeared wait for justice even 16 years after end of insurgency : Government and parties want to settle transitional justice process without ensuring justice to victims, say activists, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/08/2022)

Teej is changing: What does it mean to today’s Nepali women? Once viewed as a celebration of patriarchy in the name of culture, modernity, money, freedom and women’s rights have come to define what Teej should be and should not be, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 30/08/2022), “Women need economic empowerment and social security” (kh 30/08/2022)

Nepal’s human rights defenders, conflict victims seek UN support to correct flaws in transitional justice bill : Rights activists and conflict victims' organizations wrote to the UN Secretary General drawing the attention of the latter toward the flawed transitional justice bill (nlt 29/08/2022)

Lawmakers demand voting right of those Nepali residing abroad (kh 29/08/2022) [Both the Oli and Deuba governments have shown no interest in implementing a SC directive to that effect!]

A viral dance step ruffles feathers among Nepalis, mostly men, on social media : A group of Nepali women upload a video enacting a viral dance move. Moral police online accuse them of stepping out of line, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 28/08/2022)

Shun Politics Over Citizenship Issue : The citizenship should be a means of connecting citizens and mustering their loyalty to the nation but it has unfortunately divided the political spectrum, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 28/08/2022) [The Citizenship Act divides Nepal's citizens into those with full rights (males) and those with limited rights (females). It is the prime example of discrimination against women in an arch-patriarchal society!]

Issue identity cards to genuine Bhutanese refugees : News about the collections of millions of rupees by the prominent Nepali politicians from the local Nepali citizens promising them Bhutanese Refugee identity cards has deeply hurt and angered the Bhutanese refugee community, by Ram Karki (nlt 28/08/2022)

Dalit families living on road for two months in Kailali (ht 27/08/2022)

Madhes provincial govt to provide Rs 500,000 to rape victim Niharika (kh 26/08/2022) [Such an insignificant compensation payment by the provincial government is not justice! The perpetrator must be severely punished, make payments to the victim and at least pay for the maintenance and education of the child.]

Gorkha earthquake: Trauma lingers on seven years after, by Rukamanee Maharjan (ht 26/08/2022)

Landslide displaced families receive land in Sankhuwasabha (kh 26/08/2022) [They were displaced more than two years ago!]

Teachers in politics: Can Balen Shah’s directive herald a dissociation? Although several acts prohibit teachers from having political affiliation, a majority of them are openly affiliated with political parties and are campaigning for them (nlt 25/08/2022) [Excluding certain professional groups from political activity is a serious violation of fundamental human rights. Only the abuse of their professional position, in the case of teachers for example the party-political indoctrination of students, should be legally prosecuted. In democratic states worldwide, it is normal for teachers to be politically active.]

Janakpur court orders DNA tests of rape accused, victim's son (ht 25/08/2022)

Merit and myopia : The marginalised are not snatching anyone's share of the opportunity pie; the pie is already too small (kp 24/08/2022) [Seat reservations for Khas-Arya, for example, under the PR system should also not exist. The overwhelming majority of the 60 per cent direct mandates are already given to this section of society!],

It is hypocrisy to call Citizenship Bill anti-national: Prachanda : Oli had refused to take the seven-year provision proposal to the parliament (kh 24/08/2022) [As a woman, you would see this quite differently. Finally come down from your patriarchal horse and treat women and men absolutely equally!]

Qatar expels Nepali migrant workers for joining protest : The demonstrating workers were demanding their backpay, and they were sent home after being paid in full, rights activists say, by Pawan Pandey (kp 24/08/2022) [This regime in Qatar, which despises human rights, does not accept the rights of the exploited and often cheated workers! And the world interested in football looks on idly and will celebrate with this regime in November!], SAAPE denounces deportation of migrant workers including Nepalis from Qatar (nlt 28/08/2022)

Bill to amend transitional justice act tabled in Parliament : Conflict victims and rights activists have expressed concerns about some of the provisions and demanded a review (kp 24/08/2022)

Street Vending Integral To Urban Living, by Namrata Sharma (rn 24/08/2022

Supreme Court quashes all writ petitions filed against Public Service Commission (kh 23/08/2022), Supreme Court scraps petitions challenging civil servants integration : Court also revoked integration in some cases including where civil servants were adjusted in junior positions than their previous ones at the local level, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/08/2022))

At least 35 bandh enforcers arrested from different parts of country (nlt 23/08/2022) [Every bandh is a crime against the citizens, especially when it turns into militancy!], Bandh enforcers vandalize bus at Thapagaon (kh 23/08/2022), Police arrest 17 for forcibly imposing bandh in Kathmandu (kh 23/08/2022)

523 cases against then Maoist leaders have been cleared: Law Minister (kh 23/08/2022) [Crimes were also committed by the security forces during the uprising and protected by the politicians in charge at the time. The law is still not suitable to hold the perpetrators accountable!], Bill on Transitional Justice to be presented in HoR meeting : Law Minister to present Bill on Enforced Disappeared Persons (kh 23/08/2022), Criminal justice system doesn’t work during conflict, TJ itself is needed: Minister for Law and Justice (kh 23/08/2022)

RDN Nepal demands implementation of ‘Study report of freed Kamaiya, Kamlahari, Haruwa-charuwa Situation’ (kh 22/08/2022)

Niharika Rajput breaks hunger strike on 17th day (nlt 22/08/2022)

Lack of textbooks affects studies in Parbat : Three months into the academic session, authorities’ failure to provide books leaves students, teachers in the lurch, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 22/08/2022)

Decoding the controversies over the flawed citizenship bill : Without paying any heed to the call of the President for review, the citizenship bill has again been passed by the House of Representatives. Frankly, this smacks of political hooliganism, by Bhagirath Basnet (nlt 22/08/2022)

Int'l communities wish for success of Nepal's unique model of peace process (rep 20/08/2022) [The world community should know that Nepal's peace process is anything but unique. Since 2006, justice for the victims from the time of the Maoist insurgency and thus the conclusion of the peace process has been deliberately denied by the political elite!], International community expresses concern over transitional justice process : Diplomats during their meetings urge Deuba and Dahal to address victims’ grievances, as the government prepares to table the amendment bill in Parliament, by Anil Giri (kp 21/08/2022)

The bill that was and the bill this is: What did King Birendra do with the bill to amend Citizenship Act 1964 that became a topic of discussion after President Bhandari returned the bill to amend Citizenship Act 2006?, by Tika R Pradhan and Tufan Neupane (kp 19/08/2022) [Whatever is being discussed now, the fundamental problem is the unequal treatment of Nepali women and men based on arch-patriarchal thinking. The very predominantly male persons of the ruling elite do not want to change this now either. Article 18 of the constitution, as the overriding fundamental rights article, prohibits precisely this unequal treatment, which is still maintained. In other words, Nepal's citizenship law continues to be blatantly unconstitutional. The current discussion is pure palaver.]

Malnutrition threat for pregnant women, new mums, children displaced by disasters : Nutritionists recommend distributing nutritious foods instead of noodles, biscuits and beaten rice to displaced people, by Arjun Poudel (kp 19/08/2022) [It is a primary duty of the government to prevent this!]

Mid-day meal budget misused in Kalikot : Government schools in the district say they are spending the meal money to pay salaries to privately-hired teachers, by Tularam Pandey (kp 19/08/2022)

Seeing Kathmandu’s garbage crisis from the perspective of Banchare Danda and Sisdole : What may seem like a garbage problem for millions of citizens of Kathmandu is a life or death crisis for the people of Banchare Danda and Sisdole. It is a human development crisis, an existential ecosystem crisis, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 18/08/2022)

Parties agree to revise proposed changes to Transitional Justice Act : Some provisions in the amendment bill have met with widespread criticism over fears that they may be used to grant amnesty to perpetrators, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/08/2022)

Victims protest planned changes to transitional justice law : During a demonstration on Monday, conflict victims and civil society members said the current bill drafted to amend the law favours the perpetrators and is unacceptable, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/08/2022)

Head constable jailed to cover up SP’s misdeeds, by Tapendra Karki (rep 16/08/2022)

Dismantling patriarchy : Fielding a woman candidate is considered risky by the male-dominated parties in Nepal (kp 15/08/2022)

NHRC furnishes 12-point suggestion to govt on bill relating to transitional justice (kh 15/08/2022), Rights body wants transitional justice process to address minors’ issue : Bill to amend law fails to take cognisance of the use of children in insurgency, rights activists say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/08/2022)

Questions of inclusivity arise over Sunday’s Karnali Cabinet reshuffle : There are eight members in the Cabinet—all men from the Khas-Arya community, by Jyotee Katuwal (kp 15/08/2022) [Nepal urgently needs a rejection option in the electoral law if this oppressive male Tagadhari dominance is to end!]

Bajura woman living in cave for yrs rescued (ht 14/08/2022)

‘Nepal has strong laws for LGBTQI+ groups but there’s gap in implementation’, interview with Jessica Stern (kp 14/08/2022)

Voices grow for fair representation of women as major elections near : Women leaders complain parties field fewer women for direct election. Experts blame the patriarchal mindset, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 13/08/2022)

Forgetting to remember : Proposed amendments to Nepal’s Transitional Justice Act marks some progress, but will not provide justice to victims, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 12/08/2022)

Police detain single mother Niharika Rajput who attempted self-immolation at the President’s Office (rep 12/08/2022) [This raped woman needs justice and medical help, not arrest! What kind of policy is that?], Should a mother be ready to self-immolate for a DNA test of her child? This is just too much: KMC Mayor Shah (rep 13/08/2022)

Agencies working in health, gender sectors in Nepal fall short on gender equality : Only a third of Nepal’s non-governmental organisations sampled are led by women and have gender parity in senior management, new report shows, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/08/2022)

INC empowered to protect rights of indigenous nationalities (ht 12/08/2022)

When the victims are further victimized, by Anushka Nepal (ae 11/08/2022)

Teacher beats his daughter's lover black and blue (rep 11/08/2022)

The 1949 Geneva Conventions and Nepal : International humanitarian law has a bearing on Nepal’s stalled transitional justice process, by Krishna Chandra Chalisey (kp 10/08/2022)

Poor and damned : State must act to extricate the poor from the teeth of loan sharks (kp 10/08/2022)

Only national ID card holders can take medical entrance exams now, by Ruby Rauniyar (rep 09/08/2022) [The problem is less likely to be with foreign students. As the patriarchal Tagadhari state continues to deny citizenship to millions, admission will only be for those whose fathers can be shown to hold Nepali citizenship. Women ever do not count as equal full human beings!]

Derogatory names of Dalits in citizenship papers kick up a row (ht 09/08/2022), Dailekh resident having derogatory name on citizenship submits application to change name (kh 09/08/2022)

Deliberation begins on proposal of urgent public importance on proportional representation of women (rn 09/08/2022)

Man attempts to burn wife, mother-in-law to death : The mother sustained serious burn injuries on her back, arms and leg while her daughter sustained injuries on her chest, arms and legs, by Santosh Singh (kp 08/08/2022),
Woman set on fire by spouse dies, mother-in-law under treatment (kh 15/08/2022)

Nepal’s phallocentric worldview on citizenship : The phallocentric world view that has seeped into the power structures of Nepal for generations explains why the citizenship bill has a provision requiring a Nepali mother to prove that the phallus is a Nepali, by Mukesh Baral (nlt 06/08/2022)

Police detain single mother Niharika Rajput (rep 05/08/2022) ["Justice" or what the government and leading politicians mean by it!], Niharika Rajput arrested yet again : Rajput, a single mother from Jaleshwar Municipality 9 Mahottari, has been staging a series of hunger strikes for the past few months demanding justice for herself and her young son (nlt 05/08/2022)

Temporary police to be recruited for November 20 elections (rep 04/08/2022) [It is the duty of the government to ensure that all Nepalis can exercise their right to vote, including deployed security forces, polling agents, migrant workers, etc.]

Monthly allowance to families of martyrs and disappeared persons (kh 04/08/2022) [related to Tarakhola RM in  Baglung only: This is good help but not justice!]

History, memory and identity : There is nothing like a theatrical performance to capture the absurdities of a complex life, by CK Lal (kp 03/08/2022)

Women in politics : We can expect true representation of women and others only after our democracy takes deep roots (ht 03/08/2022) [And this will definitely not happen as long as any of today's so-called top politicians turn the levers of patriarchal and non-inclusive power!],

Media Vital For Rights Protection, by Namrata Sharma (rn 03/08/2022)

Resettle All Freed Kamaiyas, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 02/08/2022)

MPs demand 50 per cent FPTP tickets for women, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/08/2022)

Proposed law to provide special care for female inmates (ht 02/08/2022)

Amendment to Act imperative to enforce Palermo Protocol (kh 02/08/2022)

Why Nepal must speak out against human rights abuses in Myanmar : The government in Kathmandu should not desist from voicing its gravest concerns about what is happening in Myanmar, a country where there is still a well-rooted Nepali-speaking community, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 01/08/2022)

Play shown on citizenship issues in Nepal (ht 01/08/2022)

NHRC deals with 4,214 complaints in fiscal 2021-22 (ht 01/08/2022)

Freed Kamalaris staying at Dang hostel seek help for sustenance : For a lack of sufficient funds, the living conditions for 37 students in the hostel have worsened, by Durgalal KC (kp 01/08/2022)

Federalized Approach to Transitional Justice Process, by Preeti Mittal (kh 31/07/2022)

Conflict victims protest demanding revisions in amendment bill : Several organisations of the conflict victims from the decade-long Maoist insurgency, and civil society members protested at Maitighar Mandala on Sunday (kp 31/07/2022), Protest to amend Transitional Justice Bill (ht 01/08/2022)

Baitadi reports 189 missing cases in three years (rep 31/07/2022)

NHRC settles 412 complaints (rn 30/07/2022)

Govt to provide free of cost treatment to acid attack survivors (rep 30/07/2022) [It is the government's duty to prevent acid attacks. This includes, first of all, a strict control of the sale of acid!]

Two people arrested on charge of rape in Itahari (rep 30/07/2022)

Are women not Nepali enough?, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 29/07/2022) [see chart by Subin Mulmi (Twitter 24/07/2022)]

Institutions play a vital role to ensure that people exercise their rights : “There is a big gap between what the political parties and civil society leaders profess to do and what they actually do. That’s basically the reason why people are losing trust in them”, interview with Shibesh Chandra Regmi, Social Analyst (nlt 29/07/2022)

246 women rescued from four bordering points in Banke in FY 2021/22 (rep 29/07/2022)

Kidney racket found active in Kathmandu Valley : Street children and homeless people are among those extremely vulnerable, by Arun Bam (rep 29/07/2022)

Police in an inebriated state attempts to rape a woman in custody, by Ganesh Bishu (rep 29/07/2022)

Wife killed for stealing Rs 1,000 (rep 29/07/2022)

Husbands kills wife with an axe (rep 29/07/2022)

How patriarchy promotes violence against women, by Cilla Khatry (ae 28/07/2022)

Uncertainty looms over transitional justice amid delays in tabling bill : As conflict victims, rights activists and international rights bodies cry foul at some provisions, those involved in drafting the bill say there’s a lack of political will, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/07/2022)

The bill to amend Nepal’s Citizenship Act faces public backlash yet again. Here is why : Instead of allowing members of the concerned parliamentary committee to have comprehensive discussions, the ruling coalition chose to pass the bill through a fast-track method (nlt 28/07/2022), National Assembly passes first amendment to Citizenship Act : Revision clears the path to citizenship by descent for children born to Nepali parents with citizenship by birth (kp 29/07/2022)

Despite reservation quotas for minorities, Brahmins continue to dominate civil service : Forty-five percent civil service seats are reserved for women, indigenous groups, Madhesis, Dalits, people with disabilities and those from backward regions, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/07/2022) [This does not only apply to civil service!]

NIC directs public sector, political parties to implement right to information (kh 27/07/2022)

Employing dhami-jhankri to promote dignified menstruation : Faith healers commit to ensuring dignity of menstruators in Sudurpaschim and Karnali, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 27/07/2022)

Chitwan sees increased number of sexual violence cases (kh 26/07/2022), Sexual violence on the rise in Chitwan (rep 26/07/2022)

‘Real peace dividend should be equally distributed to sustain peace in Nepal’ : “Nepal should stand for peace at home and beyond. Achieving lasting peace should be the primary agenda of all state and non-state actors”, interview with Rabina Shrestha, Country Director, International Alert  (nlt 26/07/2022)

Everything you need to know about new amendment to the Citizenship Act : Amendment opens the door for thousands of children of parents who got citizenship by birth to acquire citizenship by descent; non-resident Nepalis are also eligible for citizenship, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/07/2022) [A step yes, but still stuck in patriarchal thinking!], Upper House approves proposal on Nepal Citizenship Bill (rep 25/07/2022)

Reshaping Indigenous Movement in Nepal, by Krishna K Shrestha (rep 25/07/2022)

Three boys arrested for raping a minor (rep 25/07/2022)

Exorbitant cost of justice : Lawyers are expensive, free legal aid is fiction, and the court fees are not negligible, by Nishant Pokharel (kp 25/07/2022)

‘Bill to Amend Transitional Justice Law will not fully provide justice to victims’ (kh 25/07/2022), International rights groups call for amendment to Nepal’s transitional justice bill : New draft falls short of promised reforms to protect victims’ rights, the rights organisations say (kp) [see statement by AI, HRW, ICJ and TRIAL]

Who counts in #Me Too? One woman received an outpouring of support, the other continues to fight on her own, by Nisha Shah (kp 24/07/2022)

Government told to implement prison law (ht 24/07/2022)

Malnutrition a serious health crisis in Darchula : As many as 537 children in the district aged between 6 months and five years were found suffering from malnutrition in the last fiscal year 2021-22, by Manoj Badu (kp 23/07/2022)

Father and son arrested for murdering daughter in law (rep 23/07/2022)

Husband stabs wife to death in Taplejung (kh 23/07/2022)

No closure after Nepal’s insurgency : Sixteen years after the conflict ended, families still struggle for transitional justice, by Mandira Sharma and Mohna Ansari (nt 22/07/2022), Impunity through immunity : The Bill to amend the transitional justice act exempts perpetrators of war crimes committed during the Maoist insurgency, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (nt 22/07/2022)

House of Representatives endorses Citizenship Bill (nlt 22/07/2022), House endorses bill to amend Citizenship Act : Once the bill gets through upper house, children of parents who got citizenship by birth will get citizenship by descent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/07/2022), Lower House fast tracks citizenship bill : Foreign women marrying Nepalis will not have to wait to obtain matrimonial naturalisation (ht 23/07/2022) [But citizenship continues to be based exclusively on the birth status of men, not women, who continue to be denied the same basic rights as men!], NRNA welcomes the endorsement of Citizenship Bill (kh 24/07/2022), Newly passed citizenship bill resolves myriad problems (ht 24/07/2022)

Conflict victims call to rectify amendment bill on transitional justice : They have called the government to re-work the Bill to ensure that the Bill complies with national, and international laws and the decisions of the Supreme Court (nlt 21/07/2022),
Victims object to proposed changes in laws that aim to absolve perpetrators : There’s demand for withdrawal of the bill registered in parliament secretariat to amend the transitional justice Act so as to make it in line with the 2015 Supreme Court order, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/07/2022), 39 rights organisations call for rectifying Transitional Justice Law Amendment Bill (rn 21/07/2022)

Five-year-old girl raped in Rupandehi (kh 21/07/2022)

In light of policy gap : Lack of opportunities at home means the trend of mass departures will likely continue (kp 21/07/2022) [There continues to be a complete lack of interest in ensuring the right of people to work in their own country!]

NHRC draws government’s attention to transitional justice (kh 20/07/2022)

The pedagogy of spiritual secularity : Secularism is necessary to secure the fundamental freedoms of the downtrodden, by CK Lal (kp 20/07/2022)

Lackadaisical approach : The govt must provide livelihood support to the freed-Kamaiyas until they become self-reliant (ht 20/07/2022)

Freedom for Haliyas a long shot even after 14 years of supposed emancipation : A good number of former bonded farm labourers in Sudurpaschim and Karnali find themselves in the dredges of poverty and privation, by Basanta Pratap Singh and Arjun Shah (kp 20/07/2022)

Only 0.30pc news stories have bylines of female journalists in Nepali media (ht 19/07/2022)

Save the Children study shows need for shock-responsive social protection : “Social protection systems do not offer any flexibility to scale up and scale out the interventions in response to disasters amidst rising impacts of climate change or economic shocks.” (nlt 19/07/2022)

Nepal should become a global champion in abolition of death penalty : Nepal is one of the first nations in the world to abolish death penalty. Why can’t Kathmandu capitalize on such a positive history to push for a global abolition of death penalty?, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 18/07/2022)

NIC empowered to recommend action against rights violators (ht 18/07/2022) [Given the strict denial of social inclusion by the ruling male Tagadhari elite, there should be endless complaints!]

Inmates deprived of basic facilities in overcrowded Morang Prison : The prison is accommodating inmates more than three times its capacity, by Binod Bhandari (kp 18/07/2022)

Two years after disasters, displaced families are still living in makeshift settlements : In 2020, a provincial ministry paid 26 times more in helicopter fares than what it spent on relief for Sindhupalchok flood and landslide victims, by Arjun Poudel (kp 18/07/2022)

Govt told to ensure voting rights of security personnel, civil servants and prisoners (kh 17/07/2022), Ensure security personnel, staff on poll day get to vote: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/07/2022)

Amendments to transitional justice law ‘progressive but not satisfactory’ : Government registers bill seeking changes in Act seven years after top court ruling that struck down amnesty provisions in serious human rights violations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/07/2022), No short-changing : Conflict victims and rights activists have voiced dissatisfaction with several provisions in the proposed law (kp 18/07/2022)

Five arrested for human trafficking (kh 17/07/2022), Five arrested on charge of organ trafficking of street children (nlt 17/07/2022), How two kidney racketeers lured street children of Kathmandu to sell kidneys in India : Recently, a team of police from the Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau busted an organ trafficking racket in Kathmandu, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 18/07/2022)

NHRC takes decisions on rights of trafficking victims (ht 16/07/2022)

RSS journalist Acharya gets allegedly beaten up by NEA employees (kh 16/07/2022)

Love Kills in Nepal : In Nepal, where the caste system has penetrated society for centuries, inter-caste love relations remain a crime, by Shreya Khatiwada (rep 15/07/2022)

Upper house ratifies changes to rape laws to the chagrin of some members : Contrary to demands for scrapping the statute of limitations on rape, the new amendments only increase the time allowed to report rape cases, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 15/07/2022) [Nepal's ruling elite of macho men continue to reject policies in the interest of women!]

Suggestions given on transitional justice (ht 15/07/2022)

Govt decides to extend the term of Truth and Reconciliation Commission officials (kh 15/07/2022) [The problem is not so much with the people in the Commission as with the politicians who refuse to make the necessary changes to the law and equip the Commission to do its job!]

'Eligible people deprived of Nepali citizenship' (ht 15/07/2022)

Nepal ranked second in South Asia in closing gender gap It will take another 132 years to close the global gender gap. As crises are compounding, women's workforce outcomes are suffering and the risk of global gender parity backsliding further intensifies, however, Nepal seems to be doing better in gender equality, the report indicates (nlt 14/07/2022) [This is probably only because women's participation in most other South Asian countries is even worse than in Nepal. Women's inclusion is still very poor in extremely patriarchal Nepal!]

Women still no more than eye candies on big screen, by Anushka Nepal (ae 14/07/2022)

HoR passes first Citizenship Amendment Bill (rep 13/07/2022) [As long as Articles 10 ff. of the Constitution do not treat women and men absolutely equally, this amendment to a subordinate law means little!]

'UBUNTU' architecture: Approach to creating human dignity, by Devendra Nath Gogal (ht 13/07/2022)

It’s shameful to fail to nominate Deputy Speaker and Vice-Chairman: Bamdev Gautam (kh 12/07/2022) [It is not only shameful, it is a serious violation of Articles 91 and 92 of the Constitution. This constitutional violation was deliberately committed by the previous Oli government, like so many others of his numerous misconducts, and has been continued by the present Deuba government. Since both positions should have been filled by women, it is also an afront against women's rights and political participation. The politicians responsible for this scandal should be held accountable as a matter of urgency.]

Workers lack security in Nepal and abroad, by Keshav Adhikari (kh 11/07/2022)

The system changed, but the plight of Badi community did not (rep 10/07/2022)

New citizenship bill does away with 7 years wait (ht 10/07/2022) [Nepal's patriarchal high caste politicians simply do not want to understand that all people in Nepal are entitled to equal citizenship rights regardless of their gender. The country does not belong to men, but to all citizens!], Govt registers Citizenship Bill in Parliament : Home Minister and Law Minister in a rush seeking consensus (kh 11/07/2022)

Language, literature, culture are nation's pride: PM Deuba (rep 10/07/2022) [In relation to the multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural society of Nepal, these terms must be used in the plural!]

A blueprint for political empowerment of Nepali women  : Male politicians in dominant positions should face the reality that women in Nepal have no equal opportunities to contest the elections, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 09/07/2022)

Nepal among countries with gender discriminatory nationality laws (ht 08/07/2022) [see corresponding report by Equality Now and Index of related laws (Nepal pp. 63-63)]

Parliamentarians rue over withdrawal of Citizenship related Bill (kh 08/07/2022)

Halesi Tuwachung municipality launches girl mobilization program to stop child marriage (kh 08/07/2022)

House committee agrees to increase statute of limitation for rape cases to two years (rep 08/07/2022) [There should be no limitation at all in such cases!], House panel for extending statute of limitations on rape by up to three years : Observers say that’s not enough and doesn’t match Nepal’s rights commitments made in international forums, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 09/07/2022)

Life is precious, everybody’s : It is vital to ensure the safety of the citizens through changes in policies and practices (kp 08/07/2022)

In Nepal, to be able to vote is a tough nut to crack : Forced to stand in long queues, coupled with delays, service seekers express rage against the tedious voter registration process, by Shrutika Raut ans Sakshi Srivastav (nlt 07/07/2022) [Nepal needs a mandatory population registration system using modern IT. Then additional voter registration will be unnecessary!]

New citizenship bill : Inability to solve the citizenship problem is pushing more and more people into statelessness (ht 07/07/2022) [The cause is the patriarchal, high-caste machos at the top of the state and political parties, who see only males as the owners of the country and refuse full equality for all genders!]

Bill to regulate acid business required to contain women violence: Home Minister (kh 07/07/2022) [This has been demanded for years, but the oh-so-stressed politicians are simply too busy with their power struggles and manipulations!]

NIC takes action against 32 office chiefs for denying information (kh 07/07/2022)

Gender-responsive budgeting: Good on paper, poor on implementation : In the absence of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, existing gender financing policies of Nepal have failed to yield desired results, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 06/07/2022), Women in budget : Despite significant strides, some gaps in mobility and entrepreneurship remain (kp 07/07/2022)

The woman who gives a new lease of life to children of the incarcerated : In the last two decades, Indira Ranamagar’s organisation PA Nepal has provided more than 2,000 children of incarcerated parents with a safe environment to grow up in, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp 05/07/2022)

Government decides to withdraw citizenship bill : To register a new bill by removing some ‘controversial’ provisions in the existing draft, a minister says (kp 05/07/2022)

Govt told to give compensation to victims (ht 05/07/2022)

SC orders release of robbery-accused minor from child correction centre (ht 05/07/2022)

KMC slammed over violation of fundamental human rights (ht 04/07/2022)

Conflict victims want new leaders in two commissions as their terms near end : Justice continues to elude victims of the decade-long war because of multiple reasons including a lack of will on the part of politicians, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/07/2022)

Women's rights only on paper, law-enforcement limited to cities, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 03/07/2022)

Morang husband burns wife to death (kh 02/07/2022)

NIC penalises CAO for denying information (ht 02/07/2022)

Police retrieve 14-yr-old girl’s body from funeral pyre, suspecting 'honor killing' (rep 01/07/2022)

Bandi against endlessly extending TRC deadline (ht 01/07/2022), ‘Endlessly extending deadline for TRC and CIEDP not a way out’, interview with Minister Govinda Bandi (ht 01/07/2022)

Promote Gender Equality In Politics, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 01/07/2022)

What perpetuates patriarchy in Nepal?, by Cilla Khatry (ae 30/06/2022)

A critical look at Nepal’s ‘Other’ commissions : The 'Other' commissions hold great potential for Nepal's marginalized groups, but they are in need of urgent support to ensure sustenance, by Sneha Ghimire, Georghe Varughese and Tara Kanel (rec 30/06/2022)

Budgeting Is Linked To Human Rights, by Mukti Rijal (rn 30/06/2022)

'Migration ban on women counterproductive' (ht 30/06/2022)

Most perpetrators being relatives or neighbors, challenges galore for rape survivors : Activists and stakeholders say it diminishes the survivors’ chance of justice, leaving them in perpetual trauma, by Sakshi Srivastav (nlt 29/06/2022)

Torture at the hands of authorities continues with little action : The Criminal Code that came into force in 2018 has criminalised torture but the cases are seldom investigated and no perpetrators have been brought to book so far., by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/06/2022), Power sans responsibility : Rather than a sense of security, the presence of the police strikes fear in people’s hearts (kp 30/06/2022)

Digital Harassment Impairs Press Freedom, by Namrata Sharma (rn 29/06/2022)

Voluntary sex work should not be criminalised: Activists (ht 29/06/2022)

Marginalized since birth : Despite legal provisions, the births of many Dalit children in the Madhes are not registered, mostly due to a lack of documentation on the part of the parents, by Rajendra Senchurey and Smriti Kafle (rec 28/06/2022)

Cop beats doctor black and blue because he was ‘walking at night’ : The doctor was heading home after his duty at Arogya Foundation in Pulchowk when the police constable started to verbally and physically abuse him, by Anup Ojha (kp 28/06/2022) [The police continue to claim that it is their right to brutally beat up civilians whenever they please!], Cop who beat up a doctor suspended : Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Office says Arjun Thapa has been suspended for six months as investigation continues (kp 29/06/2022) [This should only be the beginning. The perpetrator must be severely punished. The same must apply to the police officers, who can be seen again and again in photos and videos, brutally beating unarmed civilians with wooden batons and inflicting the most serious injuries on them. Such crimes are tolerated or presumably even ordered by their superiors and covered by the politicians.]

Supreme Court orders government to make arrangements for prisoners to vote : The order says those doing time should be allowed to vote for the proportional representation system (kp 27/06/2022)

CPN (US) demand met, Cabinet reshuffled (ht 27/06/2022) [All supporters of patriarchy say thank you for the further reduction of women in the cabinet. The proportion of women in the Council of Ministers is only 20 per cent, although the constitution stipulates at least 34 per cent. For this to happen, at least three of the four newly appointed ministers would have had to be women. Long live the patriarchy!]

Chhaupadi practice puts women with disabilities at higher risk : Disabled girls and women are more prone to getting sexually violated while staying away in chhau sheds, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 26/06/2022), Dismantling Chhaupadi mindset : The only effective measure would be educating people to abolish this abhorrent tradition (kp 27/06/2022)

‘Time to end systemic discrimination regarding sexual and reproductive rights for persons with disabilities’ : Sexual and reproductive equity and justice for persons with disabilities is yet to get the desired attention from authorities concerned: Stakeholders (nlt 25/06/2022)

Banke prison overcrowded (kh 25/06/2022)

Nepal struggles with a high adolescent fertility rate (kh 25/06/2022)

Sublimation of the subaltern : Chasing the chimaera of emancipation through political ideologies is exhausting and meaningless, by CK Lal (kp 22/06/2022)

Biopolitics In Women’s Marital Age, by Namrata Sharma (rn 22/06/2022)

Congress leaders call for letting Nepalis away vote. Poll body says not feasible : Despite Supreme Court order in 2018, no initiatives taken for out-of-country voting. Debate on the issue when polls near seems to be more for public consumption, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/06/2022)

VAW cases continue unabated (kh 21/06/2022)

Parties are reluctant to ensure fair Dalit representation in politics, report says : Dalit advocacy group’s report regrets dwindling Dalit representation in local governance (kp 21/06/2022)

Coalition partners eye alliance for upcoming polls, but there are complexities : There are more aspirants than the 165 lower house seats up for grabs and Maoist Centre and Unified Socialist want more seats than they have now, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/06/2022) [Voters will once again be presented with the old familiar non-inclusive male uppercaste candidates. The voters should dispose of them all in the dustbin of history!]

Govt rebuffs NHRC’s recommendations (kh 21/06/2022)

New rule allows crusher plants even closer to rivers, forests and villages : Experts say such policies will damage environment. Questions arise at whose behest the new standards were brought, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/06/2022), Court halts enforcement of new rules on extraction of stones, sands and pebbles : A government move to ease extraction rules has drawn criticism for allowing crusher plants to come closer to forests, villages and rivers inviting environmental, health and landslides concerns, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/06/2022)

Three die due to rape within six months in Chitwan (rep 20/06/2022)

SC orders not to implement govt. decision to restrict loan disbursement (kh 20/06/2022)

Stakeholders demand coordinated actions to eliminate child labor : Elimination of the all forms of child labor is our national commitment. We all need to work toward achieving that goal: Stakeholders (with video) (nlt 19/06/2022)

Probe shows prison officials’ role in events leading to youth’s jail death : CCTV not functioning when Harijan ‘committed suicide’. Detailed probe by police sought, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/06/2022)

‘Low-quality sanitary pads have health impacts on women’ : Bring a national program for free, biodegradables and reusable pads to all the women and girls in the communities and schools: MHM PA  nlt 19/06/2022)

Patriarchy blamed for suffering of mothers, kids (ht 18/06/2022)

Mentally-ill girl gang-raped in Dang, by Devendra Basnet (rep 18/06/2022)

Domestic workers across Asia and the Pacific: It's time to give the rights they deserve, by ChihokoAsada Miyakawa (ht 17/06/2022)

The burdens of a Nepali woman : Women are still seen as subservient figures everywhere they go. Meanwhile, patriarchy has gone beyond being a belief system and become a way of life for many of us, by Anushka Nepal (ae 16/06/2022)

Fighting discrimination: Everyone's responsibility, by Simone Galimberti (ht 16/06/2022)

Cases filed against Manoj Pandey seeking 18 years imprisonment (nlt 15/06/2022), Attorney’s office files case against Manoj Pandey : Faces human trafficking, child sexual abuse charges (kp 16/06/2022)

Laws related to transitional justice will be amended: Minister Sharma (kh 15/06/2022)

Sexual assault victim dies in Chitwan (kh 15/06/2022)

Woman gang-raped in Bouddha, four rapists held (kh 14/06/2022)

‘Truth-seeking should be the first priority of the transitional justice process’, interview with Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Govinda Bandi (kp 14/06/2022)

The chronic water problem : The provision of necessities for the people should be the government’s top priority (kp 13/06/2022)

“First we need to understand the underlying factors that push children to the worst form of child labor”,interview with Sudarshan Neupane, Head of Tdh Nepal Country Office (nlt 12/06/2022)

Late as usual : Delayed delivery of textbooks infringes the right to education of Nepali students, by Karuna Parajuli and Timothy Fish Hodgson (kp 12/06/2022)

Woman killed after rape bid, daughter flees to safety (ht 12/06/2022)

New regulation sets further criteria for child care homes (ht 12/06/2022)

GCRPPB appeals to Bhutanese government for proper medical treatment to political prisoner Damber Pulami (nlt 11/06/2022)

Strides In Women Empowerment, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 11/06/2022)

Police personnel trained to combat TIP (kh 11/06/2022)

Call for bill on out-of-country voting, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/06/2022)

HC orders govt to find whereabouts of those disappeared till 2006 (ht 10/06/2022)

NFD-N calls guaranteeing education opportunity to disabled children (kh 09/06/2022)

Tribhuvan University system doesn’t recognise transgender student : For trans individuals, it’s a constant fight in every step with systemic barriers almost on all fronts, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 09/06/2022)

Flexible Time Limit Succur To Rape Victims, by Sangita Subedi (rn 09/06/2022)

Why are police so quick to shoot during protests in the Tarai? Eighteen-year-old Nabina Tharu died on Monday of bullet wounds from a police shooting, just one of at least 16 who’ve died from being shot during protests in the last five years, by Bhrikuti Rai and Shristi Shakya (rec 08/06/2022) [The Nepali police have not yet learned to respect basic human rights. They beat, shoot, kill, torture whenever they want!]

New children's regulation seeks to promote child rights (ht 08/06/2022)

The right to bodily autonomy : Abortion has been legal in Nepal since 2002 but there could be fallout from any overturning of Roe v Wade in the United States., by Ameesha Rayamajhi (rec 07/06/2022)

Woman dies as police open fire in Bardiya, five-member committee formed to probe incident (nlt 07/06/2022), Bardiya locals continue protest following death of teenager in clash with police : An 18-year-old girl died of bullet wounds on Monday when police opened fire at protestors seeking protection from wildlife attacks (kp 07/06/2022), Bardiya residents continue protest following death of teenager in clash with police : An 18-year-old girl died of bullet wounds on Monday when police opened fire at protesters seeking protection from wildlife attacks, by Kamal Panthi (kp 08/06/2022)

Ensure Justice To Conflict Victims, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 07/06/2022), 17 years on, justice still eludes victims of Badarmude (ht 07/06/2022)

Call to address issues of urban poor women more sensitively (ht 07/06/2022)

Nepal drops down in global rankings on budget accountability: What does it indicate? This shows that citizens now have less access to timely and comprehensive information they need to participate in decision-making and hold the government to account, by Subhash Dahal (nlt 07/06/2022) [see report results on Nepal]

Two years on, Nepal yet to implement Nairobi ICPD25 commitments (nlt 06/05/2022)

Indifference to education : Successive governments have failed to address the concern related to the supply of textbooks (kp 06/06/2022)

Leaving both houses without deputies reflects poorly on parties’ commitments : As House Speaker and Assembly chair are men, their deputies have to be women. Parties’ apathy leads some to suspect if they are being neglectful of women’s representation, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/06/2022) [Nepal's macho men like to violate the constitution and laws when it comes to preventing women's participation!]

The caste struggle: Discrimination rife despite laws in place : 16 years ago, Nepal was declared free of untouchability and discrimination. But Dalits continue to suffer, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/06/2022), Empowering Dalits : We still have a long way to go to end all forms of discrimination because of the cultural mindset (ht 06/06/2022)

No escape from poverty for marginalised Chidimars : This year’s budget has not addressed the crushing poverty of the endangered Chidimars, a community that remains marginalised for generations, struggling to manage basic needs, by J Pandey (kp 04/06/2022)

NHRC urges govt to investigate death of Harijan in custody (kh 04/06/2022)

Something Wrong : Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand said that the government is committed to implement NHRC’s recommendations (sp 03/06/2022)

No lesson learned from the last year’s monsoon devastations : Displaced people are at risk of many communicable and vector borne diseases in the monsoon season, by Arjun Poudel (kp 02/06/2022)

Minor, abducted and raped, in critical condition (rep 02/06/2022)

Amend the laws : Undoubtedly, Nepal's laws have been very unfair to victims of rape and other heinous sexual violence (ht 02/06/2022)

Conflict victims have high hopes amid fresh bid to deliver transitional justice : Two decades since the end of the war, not much has been done to address the concerns of those who faced atrocities at the hands of the state and Maoists, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/06/2022), In search of justice : People who lost their loved ones during the Maoist conflict are still seeking closure (kp 02/06/2022)

Killing by other means : The criminal system that takes in young, healthy humans and returns dead bodies must stop (kp 01/06/2022)

Amend the laws : Undoubtedly, Nepal's laws have been very unfair to victims of rape and other heinous sexual violence (ht 01/06/2022)

86 persons arrested on rape charges in Jhapa in last 10 months (rep 01/06/2022)

Custodial deaths continue with little being done towards investigation : Most of those dying in custody under suspicious conditions are from marginalised groups, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/05/2022)

Woman tortured by her husband dies (rep 31/05/2022)

Parties widely used children in campaigns as poll body remained ineffective : Poll body failed to crack down on parties and stood as a mere spectator, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/05/2022)

Amend the statute of limitations : The time limit to file a case fails to reflect rape and sexual violence as heinous crimes, by Mandira Sharma and Mohna Ansari (kp 30/05/2022)

22-year-old woman raped in Rupandehi (kh 30/05/2022), Lawmakers register resolution proposal demanding removal of time limit in rape case (kh 30/05/2022)

Police torture a minor who killed a man for allegedly trying to rape her , by Upendra Yadav (rep 29/05/2022)

Panel to investigate youth’s death in prison : Legal experts say the probe team must be independent. Sundar Harijan, who was behind bars instead of a real criminal, died in Rolpa jail under suspicious circumstances, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/05/2022)

Why the statute of limitations on rape cases is against fundamental rights : There is renewed debate on removing the limit while reporting cases of sexual violence, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 29/05/2022)

Delay in supply of textbooks affects coursework : The new academic year in many mountain districts kicked off over 10 days ago but the lack of textbooks has rendered lessons ineffective, teachers say, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 29/05/2022 [Providing equal educational opportunities to all of the nation's children is a duty of government!]

How women candidates fared in local polls : Female deputy chiefs are fewer but there are more chiefs compared to last elections, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/05/2022)

Govt delaying, denying justice: Conflict victims (ht 28/05/2022)

Resolution motion calls for ending statute of limitations on child rape : The motion registered in the National Assembly also demands review of the statute of limitations on rape cases other than rape of children (kp 28/05/2022)

The state of sexual crimes in Nepal : In the past fiscal year alone, a total of 2,532 complaints of rape, 735 of attempts to rape, 36 of unnatural intercourse, and 281 complaints of child sexual abuse were filed across the country, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 26/05/2022), Sensitivity needed in dealing with rape cases, by Cilla Khatry (ae 26/05/2022)

NHRC urges to carryout effective investigation into rape and sexual violence incidents (nlt 26/05/2022)

Women in Balambu band together for a common cause : Misa Pucha, a 250-member women's group, was established to arm women with the skills to become financially independent, socially adept and confident in their everyday life, by Rajani Shrestha (kp 26/05/2022)

Supreme Court annuls decision to commute former APF DIG Ranjan Koirala’s life sentence (nlt 26/05/2022), Top court full bench quashes decision to reduce life sentence of Ranjan Koirala : Koirala’s sentence was reduced to 8 years, 6 months. He was released on July 23, 2020, by Tika R Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp 27/05/2022), Ranjan Koirala arrested : Arrest follows overturning of an earlier top court decision to reduce his sentence (kp 28/05/2022)

Amnesty International calls for removing 'overly restrictive' statute of limitations on rape (rn 26/05/2022)

Accused Khadka arrested on charge of raping a student five years ago (rep 26/05/2022)

Petition filed at the top court seeking removal of statute of limitations on rape : Six female lawyers who registered the petition claim the time limit is in violation of constitution, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 25/05/2022)

Sudurpaschim fails to elect women, Dalits in chief roles : Number of women representatives elected in deputy mayor and vice-chairperson positions has also decreased as compared to previous local elections, by Arjun Shah (kp 25/05/2022)

Ensure Justice To Sushmita, Other Victim, by Namrata Sharma (rn 25/05/2022)

A teenage girl was raped, and killed extrajudicially during insurgency, UN says : The girl, 16, was arrested by a squad of 20 army personnel from her house in Kavre on February 13, 2004 (kp 24/05/2022)

Kin of Dalit youths killed in Rukum (West) two years ago demonstrate at Maitighar demanding justice : Nabaraj BK, along with five of his friends, was killed on May 23, 2020, for allegedly trying to elope with a girl from the so-called ‘upper caste’ (kp 24/05/2022)

Teacher at St. Lawrence College arrested on charge of sexual harassment (24/05/2022), Tension erupts at St Lawrence College in Chabahil as a teacher is accused of molesting a girl student and asking her to be his sex partner, by Puja Giri (rep 24/05/2022), St Lawrence College teacher arrested for allegedly molesting a girl student (rep 24/05/2022)

Suffering in silence: Why young girls find it difficult to speak up against rape : Why do the survivors of sexual violence fail to report the case on time? What factors actually force the survivors and victims of sexual violence to suffer in silence?, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 24/05/2022)

Gulabi Sambad: Discussing what needs discussion : One podcast hopes to provide a safe, open space for young people to talk about menstruation, consent, and sexual and reproductive health, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 23/05/2022)

Two cases of human trafficking and sexual abuse registered against Pandey (kh 23/05/2022), Court allows police to keep Manoj Pandey in custody for five days (rep 23/05/2022), Court sends Manoj Pandey, who has been accused of rape, to police custody for investigation : Police to investigate the charges by an aspiring model against Pandey under human trafficking law, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 24/05/2022)

#MeToo in Nepal: Yet another case of sexual assault allegation comes to the surface : A victim makes public the details of how the perpetrator, her school principal, raped and blackmailed her for two years and yet nobody believed her (nlt 22/05/2022), Another minor accuses Pandey of sexually abusing her, by Arun Bam (rep 23/05/2022)

Residents of Khotang depend on helicopters to reach hospitals : Pregnant women suffer the most from a lack of good hospitals and roads in Khotang, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 22/05/2022)

Protesters demand justice and extension of statute of limitation in cases of sexual violence (With Photos) (rep 20/05/2022), A howl for justice : Galvanized by a series of videos detailing one woman’s harrowing experiences of being raped as a minor, Nepali women and men take to the streets in protest, by Nishi Rungta (rec 20/05/2022), Stop blaming the rape survivors, speak up for justice, by Shreena Nepal (nlt 20/05/2022), #MeToo gathers force but calls for sustained movement : Social media posts by a girl detailing sexual violence necessitate immediate action to reform laws to ensure justice as society is invariably failing women and girls, by Aakriti Ghimire and Shuvam Dhungana (kp 21/05/2022), Youths demonstrate demanding justice for victim, action against perpetrator (In pics) (kh 21/05/2022), Home Ministry urges for help in investigating video clip told incident related to VAW (kh 21/05/2022), Rape accused Manoj Pandey arrested (nlt 21/05/2022), Manoj Pandey, a beauty pageant organiser accused of rape, in police custody : Crime Division of Nepal Police says the alleged rapist has been arrested for an investigation, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 22/05/2022), Statute of limitation related to rape comes under fire, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 22/05/2022), Crime doesn't expire : There is an outright necessity to craft progressive laws to ensure justice for survivors (kp 23/05/2022), Rights activists seek withdrawal of time limit for rape complaints (kh 23/05/2022)

FIFA urged to match $440m World Cup prize money to fund major compensation program for abused migrant workers (rep 19/05/2022)

‘I was just crying and feeling helpless’: Alleged rape victim reveals horrifying series of incidents : In a series of videos made public, a girl provides details of offstage sexual abuse and violence against her and how the incident ruined her life, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 19/05/2022)

Uphold Women’s Constitutional Rights, by Namrata Sharma (rn 18/05/2022)

Constantly spurned, how Dalits united to create history in local elections : A team of independent Dalit candidates wins four out of five seats in Ward 8 of Kanakasundari Rural Municipality in Jumla, including the post of chair, by DB Budha (kp 17/05/2022)

Sexual assaults on blind women go unreported : Several blind women have fallen prey to sexual assaulters in Bajhang but the families’ apathy and society’s behaviour towards sexual assault victims have kept many of them from claiming justice, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 17/05/2022)

Why aren’t more women selected as candidates? Patriarchy alone is not a sufficient explanation for the lack of women in candidate selection for the recently held local elections, by Seira Tamang (rec 16/05/2022)

Inflation making life difficult for the poor and vulnerable : Global price rises, devaluation of the Nepali rupee and artificial price hikes by traders pushing goods and services out of reach, by Krishana Prasain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/05/2022)

Pregnant women in Achham die for want of treatment : Rural women are deprived of safe motherhood services due to illiteracy, poverty and lack of public health awareness, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 16/05/2022)

Call for action against those who made it difficult for persons with disabilities to vote : Depriving persons with disabilities of their voting right has legal consequences, rights bodies say (kp 15/05/2022)

People displaced by the earthquake in Rasuwa are still awaiting resettlement : As many as 174 quake-displaced families are staying in temporary shelters at Khalte, by Balaram Ghimire (kp 13/05/2022) [They urgently need the right to vote "None of them"!]

Raute community deprived of voting right, again (rep 13/05/2022)

Despite law, Nepal fails to achieve Dalit women representation in wards : Parties say they failed to find candidates, an argument Dalit activists do not agree with, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/05/2022)

About half of Nepal’s voters will not be able to cast their votes in local polls (rep 10/05/2022)

Women in politics: Get them interested from high school , by Simone Galimberti (ht 09/05/2022) [Without a radical disciplining of the male party leaders, enforcing harsh punishments and at the same time comprehensively changing the laws, it is unlikely that much will change!]

A latest study on Nepal’s journey from exclusion to inclusion published : "From Exclusion to Inclusion: Crafting a New Legal Regime in Nepal" looks at how the Comprehensive Peace Accord of 2006 and the adoption of the Interim Constitution in 2007 set the stage for the creation of an inclusive Nepali state, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 08/05/2022) [free download of book]

Call to facilitate participation of persons with disabilities (kh 07/05/2022), Civil society body urges EC to facilitate participation of differently-abled people in local polls (rep 07/05/2022)

Digital discrimination : Increasing internet and social media use fosters exchange and visibility, but comes with its own dangers, by JB Biswokarma (nt 06/05/2022)

Kusunda tribe demands integrated settlement, protection of their nearly-extinct language (rep 06/05/2022)

Women in the informal economy: Recognise their contribution, by Shreeju Niroula (ht 06/05/2022)

Exploring the barriers to the right to inclusive election in Nepal : Despite elaborate provisions on including persons with disabilities in political and public life in Nepal, political participation by persons with disabilities remains minimal, by Dev Datta Joshi (rec 06/05/2022), Call to facilitate participation of persons with disabilities (kh 07/05/2022)

Nowhere safe to go, people in disaster-hit areas live in terror as monsoon nears : Hundreds of people still living in places identified as unfit to reside seven years ago, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/05/2022)

Salyan villagers forced to use polluted river water : Around 40 percent of the people in the district have no access to clean water, by Biplob Maharjan (kp 05/05/2022)

Electoral syndicate against women : From the first election, one thing that hasn't changed is the politics of hegemonic masculinity, by Chandra Bhadra and Sucheta Pyakuryal (kp 05/05/2022)

Sthapit’s remarks, audience reaction put society’s view of women in focus : Concerns over safety and security of women under leadership of such patriarchal men, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 04/05/2022)

NHRC calls for further investigation into newly-appointed IGP Singh for human rights violation (rep 04/05/2022), NHRC member accuses IGP of rights violation (ht 05/05/2022)

20-yr-old held for raping a minor girl (kh 03/05/2022)

Covid response fund releases money after 14 months : The fund remained idle during the second and third waves due to political wrangling, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/05/2022)

CEC Thapaliya calls on mass media to aware people on voting rights (kh 03/05/2022) [Also on the voting rights of election workers, security personnel and the millions of migrant workers that have been denied by politicians for years, despite clear directives from the Supreme Court?]

Birth certificates mandatory to tie the knot in Chandannath Temple : The temple made the decision following complaints that a large number of child marriages take place in the shrine, by DB Budha (kp 03/05/2022)

World Press Freedom Day 2022: Nepal records 55 incidents of press freedom violations in a year : “No efforts were made to address impunity relating to crimes against journalists. Justice is awaited both in conflict era and post-conflict cases.” (nlt 02/05/2022), 75 incidents of press freedom violation occur in a year (kh 03/05/2022), Nepal progresses in Freedom of Press Index (kh 03/05/2022) [??], Nepal: The culture of silence among journalists on the rise, by Guna Raj Luitel (rep 03/05/2022),
Press Freedom Still Faces Challenge, by Namrata Sharma (rn 04/05/2022)

Safety and health at work: Acting together to build a positive culture, by Chihoko Asada Miyakawa (ht 02/05/2022), Govt for creating dignified working environment (ht 02/05/2022), Rethinking labor and laborer, employed and unemployed, by Ananta Aryal (nlt 03/05/2022)

May Day: Let’s acknowledge the contributions of older workers, by Sanju Thapa Magar (nlt 01/05/2022)

International Workers’ Day: Daily wagers struggling to survive (kh 01/05/2022)

35pc Bajura people living in extreme poverty (ht) 01/05/2022)

Women leaders from across the political spectrum say they feel constrained : Their representation in local elections has been trimmed but they cannot speak up. Female politicians say the fight will continue though, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 30/04/2022)

Women rights group demand action against Sthapit over his insensitive comments : The UML mayoral candidate for Kathmandu is not fit to run for the post, say 45 rights organisations (kp 30/04/2022)

Chandrapur adopts door-to-door campaign to make Dalit children attend school : The Education Unit of Chandrapur Municipality says that every possible step would be taken to help parents send their wards to school, by Shiva Puri (kp 30/04/2022)

As alliance parties threaten rebel candidates, Election Commission says that’s criminal act : The election body states that the threats violate citizens’ legal and constitutional right to take part in elections, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/04/2022) [When will the so-called top politicians finally be punished appropriately for their constant high-handed behaviour? Non-election of such persons and their protégés would be an appropriate response!], Ruling alliance to take action against cadres violating directives (kh 01/05/2022)

Woman tortured for dowry, despite court order (ht 29/04/2022)

Poll panel's new directive unfair to fairer sex : Can affect women's representation in civic bodies as parties prefer to oblige alliance partners, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/04/2022), All-m//ale executive candidates (ht 29/04/2022) [related to Itahari], Fewer women this time : Underrepresentation of women in politics has long-term drawbacks (kp 29/04/2022)

Expanding fiscal health space in Nepal : The government needs to explore additional sources of financing to expand the fiscal space of healthcare services, by Gauri Pradhan (nlt 29/04/)2022)

Whose election is it anyway? Kin and clan networks will once again play a formidable role in determining victory margins, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/04/2022)

Dalit youth thrashed to death over dispute (ht 28/04/2022)

Public availability of electoral roll data raises privacy concerns : Experts are wary of potential misuse of the data on all registered voters that has been made public and is easily accessible to anyone on the internet, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 28/04/2022)

Alliance politics impacts female candidacy in local level elections : Close to 41 percent women had won in 2017, but fewer will be elected this time, with nomination number itself down, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/04/2022), Fewer women this time : Underrepresentation of women in politics has long-term drawbacks (kp 29/04/2022)

Voting: A Voice Of The Voiceless, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn 27/04/2022) [But only if candidates are also nominated who represent their interests and not those imposed by the central party leadership!]

Low Women Candidacy Breaches Statute, by Namrata Sharma (rn 27/04/2022)

Call for equal participation of persons with disabilities (kh 27/04/2022)

Hard to retain last election’s achievements with less women candidates this time (kh 26/04/2022), Nomination for Dalit women member nil in seven wards of Humla (kh 26/04/2022)

How disinformation poses security threat and what Nepal should do : Failure to prevent disinformation and misinformation on time could lead to a serious national security crisis in the long run, by Narayan Adhikari (nlt 26/04/2022)

Mangalsen women see no point in voting : Women of the remote Achham local unit demanded a ban on alcohol, introduction of women-centric programmes at the local level and accessibility to a good healthcare system, but their demands remain unaddressed, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 26/04/2022)

Health care issues despite being vital remain neglected in local elections : Candidates and parties must come up with practical and realistic health care plans, say doctors, by Arjun Poudel (kp 26/04/2022)

Keshav Sthapit’s candidacy for Kathmandu mayor sparks furore : Sthapit has been accused of sexual harassment by at least two women, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 26/04/2022) [He should not run for any political office until a court has certified his innocence!]

Supreme Court set to decide today on petition on women’s representation in local governments : Deadline given to political parties to file nominations for the May 13 local level elections ends today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/04/2022)

Contrary to their wishes, rural women in Salyan compelled to give birth at home : Lack of motorable roads makes birthing centres inaccessible to pregnant women while birthing centres closer home lack skilled health staff, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 25/04/2022)

Writ petition challenges ambassadorial nominations : Petitioners say recent nominations have ignored principles of inclusion and call for new nominations (kp 23/04/2022)

AWC appeals voters not to vote human rights violators (kh 23/04/2022)

Local elections 2022: 168,000 security personnel to be mobilized (kh 23/04/2022) [And they will all not be given the opportunity to exercise their own right to vote!]

Street vendors are crucial to urban economy, but their plight is huge : Those doing business on footpaths and alleys need help, not harassment, experts say, by Pawan Pandey (kp 22/04/2022)

Party leaders reach Musahar settlement after five years since last election (kh 21/04/2022) [This proves the whole disinterest of the politicians!], Call for meaningful participation of Dalits in local level polls (kh 22/04/2022)

NHRC calls for ensuring women’s proportional representations in local election (kh 21/04/2022)

Advocacy group calls for meaningful representation of Dalits in local governance : Samata Foundation says existing representation is encouraging but not in proportion with the population (kp 21/04/2022)

“Voters should exercise their sovereign rights while voting”, interview with Laxman Phuyal (kh 21/04/2022)

Where is the environmental rights?, by Yuba Nath Kandel (The Margin 20/04/2022)

Education incentive: Scholarships for daughters-in-law : In Makawanpur, Raksirang Rural Municipality has rolled out a scholarship scheme for daughters-in-law to uplift the socio-economic status of the local residents, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 20/04/2022)

Wildfires rage in Palpa forests, leaving human settlements at high risk : Wildfires recur in the district every year but the authorities concerned and the local units are not well prepared to mitigate the disaster, by Madhab Aryal (kp 20/04/2022)

Patriarchy plagues the lives of young girls in Siraha : When one girl acts beyond the traditional norms, all other girls in the village face the consequences—their education is discontinued and they are married off, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 18/04/2022)

Dalits demand respectable, proportional representation in upcoming elections (ht 18/04/2022)

Achham district judge who passed a controversial decision on a rape case called to Supreme Court : Nabin Kumar Joshi last month slapped a three-and-a-half-year jail term to a rape victim, citing a non-existing legal provision (kp 18/04/2022)

Six Bhutanese political prisoners released : A total of 49 political prisoners are still languishing in Bhutan jails. Most of them are currently serving life sentences (nlt 16/04/2022)

Dalit women were elected in numbers. But have they been empowered? Despite holding posts, experience as decision makers was not encouraging as discrimination continued, they say, by Tika R Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp 16/04/2022)

Some 100 provisions in 43 Acts are discriminatory to women : If political parties don’t want to amend the discriminatory laws, then the constitution itself should be amended, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/04/2022) [The constitution has to be amended anyway to uphold women's rights. The Oli government has always fundamentally rejected this and the current government is no better.]

74 incidents of press freedom violation in 2078 BS (ht 16/04/2022)

Father nabbed father-daughter incest allegation (kh 13/04/2022)

‘The human rights situation in Nepal is still far from satisfactory’, interview with Nirajan Thapaliya, Director, Amnesty International Nepal (nlt 12/04/2022)

Women’s Participation in Elections in Nepal, by Shreeju Niroula (rep 12/04/2022), Let Women Lead Local Levels, by Namrata Sharma (rn 13/04/2022), Women in politics : One can have all the rules and yet find a million ways to sidestep them (kp 14/04/2022)

Funds shortage hits plan to expand nutrition rehabilitation centres across the country : Nepal’s Sustainable Development Goals target on nutrition is unlikely to be met, health officials say, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/04/2022)

Men make financial decisions despite rising female literacy, experts say : Women panellists highlight the challenges faced by women in being financially independent at a programme entitled Nirvik Nari, by Krishana Prasain (kp 12/04/2022), Nirvik Nari: An event celebrating women : Panellists describe the challenges women face at both social and policy levels (kp 12/04/2022)

Governments come, governments go. Badis’ condition as bad as ever : Ranked at the bottom even among Dalits, generations of Badi have endured extreme socio-economic marginalisation over the past century, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 10/04/2022)

Financially hard for women to contest elections (kh 09/04/2022), Keep up our local level representation, women leaders urge Deuba, poll body : Parties fighting elections in an alliance are likely not to field women candidates for both top local government positions, taking advantage of a flaw in the law, by Binod Ghimre (kp 09/04/2022), Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate : The commission rescinded the decision after the political parties protested against the provision stating that it is against existing laws (nlt 12/04/2022), Election Commission backtracks on its decision related to women’s representation at local level : Now political parties fielding just one candidate for one of the two top local government positions are not compelled to nominate women, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/04/2022) [Since Nepal's macho politicians consider the land to be the exclusive property of men, especially those from Bahun castes, men are likely to be the overwhelming majority of candidates in such cases.], Dr. Deuba calls for electoral quotas for women based on proportional inclusion (kh 13/04/2022)

Government’s health insurance scheme fails to retain subscribers : Only 20 percent of the total population is covered by the scheme and dropout rate is high owing to poor service delivery at healthcare institutions, by Arjun Poudel (kp 09/04/2022)

Three teachers of a school accused of sexual abuse (ht 09/04/2022)

No data as malnutrition turns into major killer in Bajura villages : Lack of detailed study in Muktikot, other villages worsens situation when the actual toll of deprivation is unknown, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 08/04/2022)

Around 500 women and children rescued from Nepalgunj border point (rep 08/04/2022)

Can Bandi bring the transitional justice process on track? Victims and rights activists say it is possible if he doesn’t compromise on the stand that he has so far been taking, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/04/2022)

Government recommends names of ambassadors to 20 countries (with list) (kh 07/04/2022) [Three quarters of them are Bahuns, which once again shows who considers themselves as the owners of this land!], Ambassadors recommended for 20 countries including China : Bishnu Pukar Shrestha, a rights activist and conflict victim, has been picked for Beijing under Maoist quota, by Anil Giri (kp 08/04/2022)

Voting rights for Nepalis abroad: Full of promises, lack of action : Political parties have promised suffrage to Nepali citizens living abroad time and again but have not taken definite measures to actually allow them to vote, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 06/04/2022)

Alliance politics may trim women’s representation in local governments : As coalition partners plan to fight May 13 polls in alliance, observers wonder if the inclusion idea is at stake, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/04/2022)

Action against victim of rape creates furore : Achham District Court judge in the dock. Questions raised over his competence as well as Nepal’s judicial system, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/04/2022)

Prisoners, detainees still face humanitarian problems (ht 03/04/2022)

'Govt not serious about decriminalising abortion, by Ram Kumar Kamat' (ht 03/04/2022)

The 30th General Meeting of Amnesty International Nepal concludes : The General Meeting has elected a new leadership in its National Board and Appeals Committee for a term of two years (nlt 03/04/2022)

Legally unmarried, socially married : In Karnali, early marriages, driven by a host of factors, are rampant, which have multiple consequences, especially on girls, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 02/04/2022)

Elderly people in rural Bajura face hassles in getting allowance : As the villages have no transportation services, most of the beneficiaries have to walk quite a distance to receive the social security allowance from the designated banks, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 02/04/2022)

Righting reproductive rights : Each one of us needs to be educated and respectful of women’s rights to their bodies (kp 01/04/2022)

Violence against girls goes unabated : Seventy-nine rape cases reported in Morang this fiscal year; nearly two-thirds of the victims are children, by Binod Bhandari (kp 31/03/2022)

Scars of Maoist Insurgency: ‘Dear PM, first save the victims!’, by Guna Raj Luitel (rep 31/03/2022)

New-born baby’s body found on garbage pile in Kathmandu (rep 31/03/2022)

Election staff must arrive at polling stations three days in advance (rep 31/03/2022) [And what about the opportunity for these staff members to vote themselves? This is a fundamental right of all Nepalese, and the government must ensure that this right can be exercised.]

Chitwan National Park once again sets settlers’ huts ablaze : The park burnt around a dozen huts in the area on Sunday while several others were demolished, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 30/03/2022)

Nepal looks to donors to widen maternal, perinatal deaths surveillance : At least 99 maternal deaths recorded in current fiscal year, but officials say many deaths in 45 districts are unknown, by Arjun Poudel (kp 30/03/2022)

Nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended, says new UNFPA report : "In 2017, it was estimated that half of the 1.2 million pregnancies in Nepal were unintended and nearly 359,000 ended in abortion.” (nlt 30/03/2022), Nearly half of the pregnancies in Nepal are unintended, UN agency says : A half of the 1.2 million pregnancies in the country were unintended and nearly 359,000 ended in abortion in 2017, by Arjun Poudel (kp 31/03/2022)

Amnesty International’s report highlights government’s failure to safeguard citizens’ rights (nlt 29/03/2022) [see AI report on Nepal], Amnesty International Nepal accuses govt of violating human rights (ht 30/03/2022)

Two elderly men held for raping minor girls (kh 28/03/2022)

39 cases of caste-based discrimination (ht 28/03/2022)

The stress of entrance exams : The entrance examination is a barrier to young children's growth and development, by Dipu Shakya and Kenji Kitamura (kp 28/03/2022)

Deprivation, hunger and infant deaths in a remote Bajura village : Mothers in Muktikot suffer from lactation insufficiency for lack of nutritious food and lose their babies either in the womb, at birth or at neonatal and postneonatal stages, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 27/03/2022), 84 kids in Muktikot suffering from malnutrition (ht 27/03/2022)

It is govt responsibility to grant citizenship to people: JSP Chairman Yadav (rep 27/03/2022)

Abducted girl child rescued; 4 suspects held (kh 26/03/2022)

Two held for attacking a woman with acid (kh 26/03/2022)

After being enslaved in Lebanon for 12 years, Sajita Lama finally returns to her home in Nepal (nt 25/03/2022)

Don’t act on the Act : The vagueness of a new amendment to the broadcast law is designed for arbitrary application (nt 25/03/2022)

Commission to dig up sites in search of missing persons : Disappearance commission set to excavate possible places where victims could have been buried after being killed by either the state or rebel forces, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/03/2022)

Hubby strikes wife to death (kh 25/03/2022)

Army veers off the environment track : The army has felled over 27,000 trees while opening the expressway-track. There are 13 community forests and many national forests in project areas, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 24/03/2022)

Addressing gender violence in cyberspace, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 24/03/2022)

No deliberation on sexual violence in parliament due to obstruction: Minister Regmi (kh 24/03/2022)

Musahar children in Rautahat deprived of formal education and state benefits : Musahar children are deprived of birth and citizenship certificates due to the apathy of local government, guardians say, by Shiva Puri (kp 24/03/2022)

Women Prove Leadership Mettle, by Mukti Rijal (kp 24/03/2022)

National Broadcasting (11th Amendment) Regulation, 2021 looks suspicious: Nepal Working Group for Internet Freedom (rep 23/03/2022)

12-year-old girl allegedly raped by her own elder brother in Bajhang (rep 23/03/2022)

Prachanda asks PM Deuba to provide subsistence allowance to the injured and disabled of armed conflict, others (kh 22/03/2022) [And what about all those people who were killed, wounded or disappeared in the course of the atrocities committed by the insurgent Maoists or the army? What about justice for the victims, regardless of which side they were on?]

Political parties reiterate commitment to give voting rights to Nepalis abroad (rep 21/03/2022) [This statement by the political parties is simply a lie. The SC's prescription has been there for years. Neither the Oli nor the Deuba government, nor the parties involved in them, have done anything to implement it. The right to vote belongs to all Nepali citizens, including the helpers and security personnel deployed on election day, including the many people who are denied citizenship papers by the state for gender-discriminatory reasons!], No voting rights for Nepalis abroad, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/03/2022), Voting rights : If 115 countries can realise out-of-country voting, there is no reason why Nepal cannot do so (ht 22/03/2022)

Rape cases continue unabated despite harsher laws (ht 21/03/2022)

School teacher arrested on sexual harassment allegation (kh 21/03/2022)

Solar Irrigation Pumps, Women and Smallholders in Eastern Tarai, by Gitta Shrestha and Labisha Uprety (rep 21/03/2022)

Women Equality Still A Distant Dream!, by Saudamini Chalise (rn 21/03/2022)

17-year-old girl raped in Tehrathum, one arrested (kh 20/03/2022)

The number of women acquiring land ownership certificates on the rise in Rasuwa (rep 19/03/2022)

Man allegedly beats spouse to death (kh 18/03/2022)

Women’s representation and intersectional (un)inclusion, by Kalpana Jha (rec 17/03/2022)

Women, children more affected from climate change impacts: Minister Regmi (kh 17/03/2022)

Right to education for children with disabilities: It's the government's responsibility, by Dev Datta Joshi (ht 17/03/2022)

Unity among diversity has become identity of Nepalis: President Bhandari (kh 17/03/2022) [And why then do all functions in the state and administration continue to be dominated by male Tagadharis? Why does the state identify with their values and culture?]

Efforts of all necessary to control violence against women, children: Prez Bhandari (kh 16/03/2022) [Then Nepal should first start by finally making women and men absolutely equal in the constitution, laws and administration. Only then will men perhaps realise that women are not inferior creatures!]

SC hearing on Citizenship Ordinance scheduled for Wednesday (kh 16/03/2022)

Local Leaders Must Embrace Ethics, by Namrata Sharma (rn 16/03/2022)

Minister Regmi informs global community on Nepal’s efforts on women empowerment (kh 15/03/2022) [Improvements yes, but the reality is different. In the constitution, laws and society, equality between women and men is still a long way off!]

Towards Gender Equality, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 15/03/2022)

High Court penalizes Pandey for posting caste-discriminatory content (kh 15/03/2022)

Consumer fraud proliferates as government drags its feet : World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated every year on March 15, but there has been little respite for harassed Nepali consumers, activists say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 15/03/2022)

Maoist Center’s sister organizations concerned over video song ‘Pir’ (kh 14/03/2022), A song that took the country by storm : Prakash Saput’s music video portrays the disillusionment of former Maoist fighters while depicting the real story of society, observers say, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/03/2022) [watch song video]

Landslide-displaced families await relocation : More than a hundred families from two villages in Sankhuwasabha were displaced by a landslide two monsoons ago. The displaced are still living in temporary shelters, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 14/03/2022)

Senior citizens demand effective implementation of Senior Citizens Act-2006 (kh 14/03/2022)

Local Level Election : Issues of Political Representation, by Rajendra Bahadur Singh (rep 14/03/2022)

18-month-old toddler murdered allegedly after rape (rep 14/03/2022), Human rights organisations meet family of toddler murdered after rape (kh 16/03/2022)

NHRC facing challenges for want of physical resources (ht 14/03/2022) [This reflects the value that government, state organs and political parties place on human rights!]

Women serving as deputies at local units aspire to take up executive roles : As local elections near, women representatives, however, doubt the male-dominated parties where patriarchy is deep-rooted will make way for them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2022)

Call to recognise work of women (ht 13/03/2022)

Media watchdog condemns Nepali journalist’s arrest in UAE (kh 12/03/2022)

Child care homes operating without meeting criteria to be penalised (ht 12/03/2022)

Visit visa for all? No, terms and conditions apply, by Anjila Shrestha (nlt 11/03/2022), MoHA asks DoI to regulate visit visa (kh 11/03/2022)

Strengthening female representation : Women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions reflects a combination of the design of the quota system and party nomination behaviour, by Rohini Pande, Michael Callen, Binod Paudel and Satish Wasti (kp 11/03/2022)

Making gender equality closer to reality: Let's devise a contest, by Simone Galimberti (ht 11/03/2022)

New country, old rules : Systemic discrimination against women, minorities and free-speech advocates continue in subtle and not-so-subtle ways (ae 10/03/2022)

Time for Nepali women to stand higher : With local elections coming up, we must double down on our efforts to create equal opportunities for Nepali women to lead, by Nicola Pollitt (ae 10/03/2022)

The burden of womanhood in Nepal : From making household chores women’s sole preserve to buying and selling women into prostitution, there are covert and overt ways in which women are being exploited and treated as inferior to men, by Cilla Khatry (ae 10/03/2022)

Thami children deprived of education : Many girls and boys from the Thami community in Doramba Shailung and Khadadevi rural municipalities district marry in their early teens, by Santosh Dhungel (ae 10/03/2022)

Linguistically limited : A year on, Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s mandatory Nepal Bhasa educational policy is not sitting well with students, teachers, or schools, by Marissa Taylor (rec 10/03/2022) [The problem described here affects children from non-Nepali speaking population groups nationwide and deprives them of equal professional opportunities later on. The obligation to learn another national language and the integration of ethnic cultures and customs into the curricula could help to unite people.]

Initiative to conclude citizenship Act amendment with consensus: Minister Khand (kh 10/03/2022) [After all, the citizenship law must not contradict the corresponding regulations of the constitution. And even its rules on citizenship are extremely discriminatory, especially for women.]

Decriminalise abortion, say women rights activists (ht 10/03/2022)

Voters unlikely to get right to reject candidates in local level elections ; Court’s eight-year-old ruling to give people right to cast negative votes yet to be implemented for the lack of a law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/03/2022) [To this day, the autocratic politicians do not want to understand that decisions of the Supreme Court are binding law that the executive and the legislature have to abide by.], None of the above : Citizens should get to show they prefer a non-existent entity to a politician that betrays them (kp 11/03/2022)

Mountain women’s problems are taller than the mountains, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep 09/03/2022)

#BreaktheBias: Why should women challenge the status quo? Everyday women from the community and societal circle are tortured, thrashed, attacked or kept away from the circle while decisions are made for them. It is high time to break all barriers and biases, by Sujita Dhakal (nlt 09/03/2022)

The first step towards a gender-inclusive political system : The 2017 local elections saw over 14,000 women elected as local representatives, but for many of them, their tenure has been mostly about navigating social challenges, by Pinki Sris Rana and Shranup Tandukar (kp 09/03/2022) [This was undoubtedly a significant improvement, but the males remained in control of most of the top positions.]

Forgotten children : Woes of migrant women, by Mausam Shah Nepali (ht 09/03/2022), Forgotten children : A solution must be found to the stateless children, whose problems will only compound as they grow up (ht 10/03/2022)

International Women’s Day : End Gender Inequalities, by Namrata Sharma (rn 09/03/2022)

Discrimination against women continues, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/03/2022)

Women look for a human economy— equal for all : Problems ranging from managing cash, paying workers, rent and repaying loans caused distress to women during Covid-19 pandemic, forcing many to quit entrepreneurship, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/03/2022), Covid-induced shift to digital has enabled women-led businesses to survive and thrive : Despite the challenges of accessibility, affordability and applicability faced by women-led enterprises, organisations have worked to overcome those obstacles, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 08/03/2022)

Looking back at Nepal’s feminist movement – and looking forward : Nepal’s mainstream feminist movement must go beyond class, caste, and gender to embrace intersectionality and encompass diversity in all its forms, say feminists, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 08/03/2022)

#BreaktheBias: Sustainable development is not possible without gender equality : The people in power have a very crucial role to play in creating an enabling environment for gender equality and social inclusion, by Rupa Pandey (nlt 08/03/2022)

#BreaktheBias: We need to continuously speak up for equal participation of women : The development sector has been working to ensure gender inclusion and equity in Nepal, by Ratna Shrestha (nlt 08/03/2022)

International Women’s Day 2022: Let us work together in “breaking the bias” : We still live in a country where girls drop out of school as they reach higher grades, where child marriage is still prevalent, and where girls and women still do not have the authority to speak up and make decisions, by Euden Koirala (nlt 08/03/2022)

‘We need to debunk the stereotypes surrounding women in businesses’, interview with Mona Shrestha Adhikari, Executive Director, EMERGE (nlt 08/03/2022)

Banks to remain closed today (kh 08/03/2022) [Because of International Women's Day? Why? As long as the machos at the top of the extremely patriarchal state do not give women absolutely equal rights and participation, nothing will change. And this is definitely not what all the almost exclusively male top politicians want. Their brains are not capable of such insight.]

Home Minister Khand takes initiative to forge deal on citizenship bill (kh 08/03/2022) [Completely turning away from male bias?]

Harsh toll on visit visa: Govt likely to ask citizens to hold on their travel dreams : Ironically, only rich Nepalis can travel abroad, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 08/03/2022), Wake up Nepal : Young Nepalis do not want to be based in a country where the government can be so stupid, by Sujeev Shakya (kp)

An activist shares how women in the adult entertainment sector face several forms of harassment, violence and exploitation
“In far-western Nepal, women are still subjected to various forms of violation. A wife rather dies out of trauma and pain inflicted by the beating of her husband than think of divorce”
, interview with Chandrika Ojha, Vice-president of Biswas Prerana Rastriya Sanjal (BPRS) (nlt 07/03/2022)

Respect international laws to respect women : We all need to work for the actual implementation of UN conventions and international laws. Otherwise, the celebration of women’s day will be nothing more than a formality, by Jivesh Jha (nlt 07/03/2022), Gender Equality Still A Far Cry: Stakeholders (rn 07/03/2022)

Women lawmakers ask Home Minister to address issues of citizenship, visit visa (rep 07/03/2022)

Man arrested for attacking wife with acid (kh 07/03/2022)

Misinformation, disinformation, false news and trial by social media : Unchecked false and fake news and videos are rife online and they can affect investigations as well as harm the victims, experts say, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 07/03/2022), Gravitating to your biases : People don’t seem to find or look for news anymore; instead, it’s the news that finds them (kp 08/03/2022)

CPN (UML) lawmaker Mohan Baniya suspended : Police had arrested Baniya from Nepalgunj Airport on February 28 after a rape charge was lodged against him. The Banke District Court remanded him into custody for investigation (kp 06/03/2022), Rape accused UML lawmaker Baniya released on bail (kh 17/03/2022)

Ensuring gender equality, by Diksha Sharma (kh 06/03/2022)

Government decides to allow Bhutanese refugees to do business : Officials rule out immediate plans to register Tibetan refugees and issue identification cards to them, by Anil Giri (kp 06/03/2022)

Child marriage still rampant in Rolpa : As many as 31 underage couples tied the knot in Rolpa Municipality-2 alone in the past two years, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 06/03/2022) [Just to remind you: in the mid-1990s, Rolpa was one of the early Maoist strongholds. What social improvements did the uprising actually bring about there?]

What lies behind the upward trend of resignation among public school teachers in Nepal : Nepal is expected to vote for local level representatives in May this year, and teachers, who hold significant social and political clout in local levels, aspire for various posts. A government job, however, disallows them from contesting the elections (nlt 05/03/2022)

Ensure Rights Of Older People, by Sanju T Magar (rn 05/03/2022)

Province-Level Conference Of Human Rights Defenders Begins In Surkhet (rn 04/03/2022)

Child marriage unabated, thanks to ignorance of legal provisions (ht 04/03/2022)

Monitoring disparities in gender : It is the informal sector that we need to watch to measure the depth of the law’s penetration (kp 03/03/2022)

A sitting lawmaker provokes youths to demand dowry. Who will hold him accountable?, by Rojina Rai (nlt 04/03/2022)

Few women in federal, provincial executive bodies : Nepal has constitutionally assured 33 percent women representation in all governmental bodies, but the provision’s implementation remain poor, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 03/03/2022)

Implementation of gender-equal policies remains weak, interview wirth Lily Thapa, member of NHRC (ae 03/03/2022)

Nepal comes top in South Asia in closing gender gaps : Nepal outpaces all countries in the region in World Bank’s Women, Business and Law index, but experts say Nepali women continue to face hurdles, by Krishana Prasain (kp 02/03/2022) [see World Bank report data on Nepal], Gender Parity Still Far Cry, by Namrata Sharma (rn 02/03/2022)

Police Stops Nine Child Marriages In Dhanusha, by Dhirendra Prasad Sah (rn 01/03/2022)

Rape charge against an actor by a minor exposes rampant culture of grooming : Minors are often unaware of what constitutes grooming and are unable to share their experiences. Many fear sigmatisation and face threats from their abusers, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 28/02/2022), Paul Shah case: NHRC urges all not to make statements taking sides (rep 04/03/2022), Rape accused actor Shah in remand for 12 days (kh 06/03/2022)

Man sentenced to 36 years in prison for raping and killing 11-yr-old girl (rep 28/02/2022)

Govt to implement tracking system to stop illegal activities (ht 28/02/2022) [Will the fundamental rights and the data of these persons be protected? This plan requires a detailed legal regulation!]

Transitional justice law yet to be revised 7 years since court order : Campaigners to move court to hold officials in contempt for not abiding by the ruling, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/02/2022)

Commercial farming empowers women from a Musahar community in Siraha : Self-employed women from the community are now able to send their children to school, by Bharat Jargha Magar (kp 27/02/2022)

Nepal sees progress in CSO Sustainability Index (nlt 26/02/2022) [see report (Nepal pp. 38ff)], Nepal sees progress in CSO Sustainability Index-2020 (kh 26/02/2022)

Flood victims in Bajhang decry government apathy : Floods victims in the district have been seeking rehabilitation in safe locations for the past two decades but no help has been forthcoming, locals say, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 26/02/2022)

They Hate MCC And Destroy Public Property, by Aashish Mishra (rn 26/02/2022)

Limestone quarry puts Chepang Community of Raksirang Rural Municipality in trouble (rep 25/02/2022)

Female teachers at this Bajura school stay away during periods, by Padam Bahadur Singh (ae 24/02/2022)

NHRC urges for peaceful demonstration (kh 24/02/2022)

“Victim identification hinders attempts to counter human trafficking” (kh 24/02/2022)

How an art centre is preserving—and questioning—Nepal’s culture : The most significant impact Karnali Arts Centre has made over the years is engaging people in conversations related to caste and gender, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 24/02/2022)

Call to make foreign employment safe (ht 24/02/2022)

Politically pardoned : The president’s power to pardon criminals needs reform as it has been misused numerous times by governments for political ends, by Shreya Joshi and Prakriti Acharya (rec 21/02/2022)

Let us all speak our languages : It needs to be ensured that not a single language becomes extinct. If it does, then it means Nepal has failed to live up to its constitutional ethos, by Jivesh Jha and Bidhan Chandra Jha (nlt 21/02/2022)

Khas-Arya women are ‘de facto’ women leaders : While Nepal has reserved quota for women, the majority of the positions at administrative, political, and bureaucratic levels are occupied by those from the Khas-Arya group, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 21/02/2022)

Nepal’s social media platforms are full of false information and sensational content regarding MCC grants. Is it disinformation for clickbait or organized propaganda?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 21/02/2022), De-sensationalizing the MCC debate : Media and social media have a very important role to play when it comes to spreading knowledge and awareness about the MCC Compact, by Sudeep Uprety (nlt 22/02/2022)

A rights campaigner’s open letter to Bhutanese King appealing to release political prisoners ; More than 100 political prisoners have been languishing behind the bars in the South Asian country for decades. Global Campaign for the Release of Political Prisoners in Bhutan has been making repeated calls for the early release of Bhutanese political prisoners (nlt 21/02/2022)

Human rights situation still grim in Karnali (kh 20/02/2022)

First Dalit woman CDO says caste discrimination is an affront to society : Born as a girl in a Dalit family meant a lot of struggle for this 44-year-old civil servant, who is determined to work towards fighting the social scourge of casteism, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/02/2022), Belated but welcome : Caste-based discrimination is an abomination of our society (kp 22/02/2022)

Democracy Fosters With Freedom Of The Press, by Aashish Mishra (rn 19/02/2022)

Still looking for Dad missing in Nepal : A daughter grows up to be a journalist to find her missing father who disappeared 17 years ago during the insurgency, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 18/02/2022)

The dark underbelly of Nepal’s internet : Nepal’s cyber bureau registered 3,906 complaints of online harassment against women in the final five months of 2021, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 17/02/2022)

Whether in Nepal or in the US, caste persists : Prem Pariyar’s advocacy has shed more light on caste-based discrimination in the US but back home, discrimination continues in Nepali universities and colleges, by Pranaya Shamsher JB Rana and Marissa Taylor (rec 17/02/2022)

104 child workers at two wards of Melamchi alone (kh 17/02/2022)

Nepal's period poverty: Time to bring about change, by Apekshya Basnet (ht 16/02/2022)

Alienation of Muslims in Madhesh : The ‘othering’ of the most significant minority will probably require more effort from civil society, by CK Lal (kp 16/02/2022)

Debt bondage, forced labor and discrimination: How migrant workers, including many Nepalis, are suffering in Dubai : Dubai is currently hosting Expo 2020 Dubai. Migrant workers working on the Expo projects face a host of problems including forced labor, debt bondage, delays and non-payment of wages, passport retention, threats and harassment, by Deepika Thapaliya (nlt 16/02/2022)

Climate change as a driver of child marriage, by Shuvam Rizal (rec 15/02/2022)

Gender-based discrimination unabated in Nepal, says NHRC (ht 14/02/2022)

Dalit Community In Earthquake-Hit Barpak Still Under Makeshift Huts, by Narendra Dhakal (rn 12/02/2022)

Nepal’s unpunished war crimes : On the 20th anniversary of Muktinath Adhikari’s murder by the Maoists, his daughter pleads for justice, by Sabita Adhikari (nt 11/02/2022)

A tale of displacement for conservation : The longstanding ‘park-people’ conflict surrounding Chitwan National Park, which includes instances of gross human rights violations against the Tharu community, is a story that is often buried in the garb of conservation, by Nirupan Karki (rec 11/02/2022)

Still 1.1 million children are engaged in labour in Nepal (kh 11/02/2022)

Rape compalint registered against lawmaker Mohan Baniya in Banke (rep 11/02/2022)

Driver rapes mentally challenged minor in Gorkha (rep 10/02/2022)

Bhote children deprived of education (ht 10/02/2022)

How a Dalit activist from Nepal made a US varsity add caste to its discrimination policy : Prem Pariyar says decision by California State University to ban caste discrimination is a major triumph, but the fight against casteism is not over yet, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 09/02/2022)

Alcohol use a driving cause behind domestic violence in Makawanpur : Although most victims of domestic violence choose to settle their cases out of court, more women are coming forward with complaints against their perpetrators these days, police say, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/02/2022)

Citizens demand investigation on murder case against House Speaker, say he is not fit to remain in post : “The major political parties must immediately take action against Agni Sapkota in order to protect the values and principles of the parliamentary system." (nlt 08/02/2022) [He should never have been elected to that office until a court confirmed his innocence. What kind of constitutional state is this?], Civil society leaders urge parties to take appropriate decision to oust Speaker Sapkota (rep 09/02/2022)

Govt to provide relief for kin of disappeared conflict victims (ht 07/02/2022) [Relief is not enough, they deserve justice! People who have already partly admitted their responsibility, must finally stand trial!]

27-year-old woman burnt to death in Saptari : Raj Kumari Sah was set on fire by her brother-in-law while preparing a meal on Friday. She died of burn injuries on Saturday, by Abdesh Kumar Jha (kp 07/02/2022)

With vaccination cards made mandatory, many women and gender minorities are deprived of public service : For people to receive a proper identification card such as citizenship, they need to have a vaccination card and vice versa, which keeps them in a never-ending loop, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 04/02/2022)

Sex trade flourishing in and around Nepalgunj (rep 04/02/2022)

NHRC reprimands Minister Renu Yadav for issuing threat to Raut (ht 04/02/2022)

Bhutan’s shame: why the world must continue to remember the expulsion of ethnic Nepalis : Over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in third countries but 7,000 remain in camps in Nepal, hoping that one day they will be allowed to return home, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 03/02/2022)

Don’t blame women, blame misogyny : Here is a look at how books and literature from Swasthani to Mahabharata to Badhusikshya have portrayed women as being inferior to men and why we should unlearn the claims, by Shreena Nepal (nlt 02/02/2022)

Ujjwal Bikram Thapa is not stopping anytime soon : In the last seven years, Thapa has helped hundreds of burn victims get access to medical treatment and has lobbied with the government and non-government organisations on behalf of the victims, by Pinki Sris Rana (kp 02/02/2022)

Right to leadership of persons with disabilities and issue of accessibility, by Krishna Gahatraj and Simone Galimberti (rep 02/02/2022)

Lawyer who fought Rayabhar case pro bono says many innocents may be in jails : The Post talked to advocate Radhika Khatiwada, who took up Umashankar Rayabhar’s case, to learn what motivated her to take up the case and in what ways she will be involved in the case in the future (kp 02/02/2022), Barking up the wrong tree : Rayabhar landed in prison due to lack of integrity and common sense among the authorities (kp 02/02/2022)

Nepal’s climate change migrants : More and more Nepalis are being pushed out of their homes by extreme weather events, agricultural difficulties, and the pursuit of economic freedom from the elements, by Shuvam Rizal (rec 01/02/2022)

SC orders to implement rights for Dalits (kh 31/01/2022)

Impunity behind disappearance cases in Nepal, finds report (ht 31/01/2022)

Girls in Pipalgaun deprived of education : There are more than 30 girls of school-going age in Pipalgaun, a Dalit settlement in Achham, and none of them goes to school as the parents want them at home to help run the household, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 31/01/2022)

Supreme Court orders release of a man languishing in jail for no apparent crime : Uma Shankar Rayabhar’s release order comes after continuous reporting on how the poor man was framed. Legal experts say the case shows many problems in the system, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/01/2022), Uma Shankar Rayabhar released on bail as the case against him continues : The man from Bara was sent to jail 11 months ago after he was framed for tax evasion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/01/2022)

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)

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