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UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NEPAL Press Release – 14 December 2007 OHCHR concerned about rising tension in Gaur OHCHR is concerned once again over rising tension in Gaur, Rautahat District. As both the Madheshi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF) and the CPN-Maoists (CPN-M) prepare for protests and programmes in Gaur on Saturday and Sunday respectively, OHCHR wishes ...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NEPAL Press release, Monday, 6 July 09 On 6 July OHCHR-Nepal, Representative, Richard Bennett, met with Defence Minister, Bidhya Bhandari, and expressed concern about the recommended promotion of Major General Toran Jung Bahadur Singh to Lieutenant General. The OHCHR acknowledges and app...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय मानवअधिकार उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय, नेपाल प्रेस विज्ञप्ति - २०६६ पुस ५ उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय - नेपालद्वारा संयम अपनाउन आग्रह "सार्वजनिक राजमार्गहरु खाली गराउने प्रहरीको अधिकार तथा शान्तिपूर्ण रुपमा प्रदर्शन गर्ने प्रदर्शनकारीहरुको अधिकार रहेको कुरालाई मा स्वीकार गर्छु, तर संयम अपनाउन, उत्तेजित पर्ने खालका कार्य हुन नदिन तथा संवादमार्फत तनाव कम गर्न मा सबै समुहहरुलाई आह्वान...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय मानवअधिकार उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय, नेपाल प्रेस विज्ञप्ति - २०६४ मंगसिर २८ गौरमा बढ्दो तनावप्रति उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय चिन्तित रौतहट जिल्लाको गौरमा भएको बढ्दो तनावप्रति उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय फेरी चिन्तित भएको छ। मधेशी जनअधिकार फोरम (फोरम ) र नेकपा (माओबादी) दुवैले क्रमश: शनिबार र आइतबार गौरमा विरोध प्रदर्शन तथा अरु कार्यक्रमहरुको तयारी गरिरहेको हुनाले उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय २...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the launch of OHCHR’s Handbook for Civil Society (in Nepali) 30 November 2009, Pokhara This bulletin includes remarks by Richard Bennett that was delivered at the launch of OHCHR’s Handbook for Civil Society (in Nepali).The handbook is a global publication published by OHCHR Geneva, and the English version was released in Kathmandu in...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at a Programme Organised by INHURED 27 April 2009, Kathmandu It’s important that you have chosen human rights benchmarks in the new Constitution as the theme for this workshop because so much of the unrest in Nepal has at its heart issues of human rights violations. These include discrimination and lack of in...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at a Programme Organised by Victims of the Jana Andolan, Injured and Martyred Families Concern Centre Ad-Hoc Committee 4 April 2009, Kathmandu It is important that the voices and concerns raised by victims’ groups will be genuinely heard and reflected in the draft Constitution as it evolves. I have noticed that you are also going to discuss rule of law and transitional justice issues in co...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at a Programme to Mark World Press Freedom Day Organised by the Federation of Nepali Journalists and UNESCO With Support From OHCHR-Nepal OHCHR remains concerned about the state of media freedom in Nepal. In January, Uma Singh became the latest journalist to be killed in the post-conflict era. Although the Nepal Police appears to have duly carried out its investigation in this case, m...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय मानवअधिकार उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय, नेपाल प्रेस विज्ञप्ति - २०६७ वैशाख १६ संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघद्वारा आगामी विरोध कार्यक्रमहरुका क्रममा संयम अपनाउन आह्वान एकीकृत नेपाल कम्युनिष्ट पार्टी (माओबादी)द्वारा घोषित विरोध कार्यक्रमहरुका सन्दर्भमा संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय मानवअधिकार उच्चायुक्तको नेपालस्थित कार्यालय (उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय - नेपाल) सबै पात्रहरु - एनेकपा (माओबादी), सरकार र सुरक्षाफौज - लाई तनावपूर्ण र...
UNOHCHR, (2010)
Talking Points for Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Closing of the UNESCO/FNJ Conference Media & Dialogue 3 May 2009, Kathmandu IFJ’s annual report notes a growing trend of anti-media attitudes held by ordinary citizens throughout the region. These are people who the report says are frightened by insecurity and sceptical about the promise of positive change. They feel let dow...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Nepal At the 2nd National Convention of Campaign for Human Rights & Social Transformation (CAHURAST) 8 March 2009, Kathmandu Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is Women and Men Unite to End Violence Against Women and Girls. The responsibility for ending violence is at least as much men’s as it is women’s. I would like to recognize the women h...
UNOHCHR, (2008)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Nepal At the Signing of Guidelines for Cooperation with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) 20 February 2009 Key areas of collaboration will include the promotion of human rights through the dissemination of information and educational materials and the organisation of joint trainings for, amongst others, government, law enforcement officials and civil soc...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights At the Greater National Political Conference 18 November 2007, Kathmandu OHCHR-Nepal notes that the process of dialogue has not entirely reflected the views of all marginalized groups, and this creates challenges to the implementation of agreements that have been or will be reached, since not all groups feel common owners...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at an Interaction Programme on Democracy, Dignity and Peace Regarding Dalit Emancipation in Nepal 5 December 2007, Kathmandu Dignity is, of course, not one of the human rights laid out in the Declaration, nor in the human rights instruments that have come into force in the past 60 years. However, it is difficult to imagine living a life of dignity without that life includi...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the event Celebrating Diversity,Organized by Blue Diamond Society 12 September 2007, Kathmandu, Nepal Nepal’s Interim Constitution, consistent with the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 21 November 2006, sets out a framework for abolishing discrimination and addressing the problems in Nepalese society related to oppressed and neglect...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Felicitation Ceremony for Newly Appointed Officials of NHRC Kathmandu, 2 November 2007 OHCHR’s mandate includes supporting the NHRC to discharge its own mandate, including promotion, protection and reporting on human rights.A strong and independent national human rights institution that upholds national and international standards is c...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the HURON Program to mark Human Rights Day 10 December 2007, Kathmandu Nepal has proclaimed its commitment to human rights through, for instance, ratification of international treaties, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and provisions in the Interim Constitution. However, converting these commitments into realities for ...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Release of EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders, Local Implementation Strategy in Nepal 10 October 2007 Who are the human rights defenders? They are, of course, members of human rights NGOs,who Nepalese have grown used to seeing dressed in blue vests monitoring demonstrations. But they can also be women and men who work as teachers, civil servants or a...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal At a Programme to Mark Human Rights Day and the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) The UDHR, which was adopted sixty years ago by the United Nations General Assembly, may have had more impact on mankind than any other document in modern history. It has been published in more than 300 languages and is known to people in all nations....
UNOHCHR, (2008)
Remarks by Richard Bennett, OHCHR-Nepal Representative at the Reporters Club on the occasion of International Day for the Disappeared organized by Conflict Victims' Society for Justice-Nepal 29 August 2008 Enforced disappearance was one of the most serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law committed during the decade-long conflict in Nepal, and one of the violations with the broadest impact. We have some idea of the scale of the proble...
UNOHCHR, (2008)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal At an inauguration of Human Rights National Magna Meet 2009 Kathmandu, 8 December 2009 Embrace Diversity, End Discrimination' is the theme for the Human Rights Day this year, designated by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, has chosen non-discrimination as the theme because discrimination s...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Richard Bennett, OHCHR-Nepal Representative Talking points Documentation on Justice Process: Experiences Sharing of the Woman's International Tribunal in Tokyo And Human Rights Violation in Nepal By SANGYA in association with AJWRC Women’s experiences of war and conflict have often been treated with silence when documenting history. History has tended to focus mainly on combatants and political leaders and much less on victims or survivors. For a long time, this set a tone wh...
UNOHCHR, (2008)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Launch of the Documentary Achhut (“Untouchable”) 14 August 2008, Kathmandu Significant steps have been taken in Nepal to address some of the worst examples of discrimination and exclusion, including caste-based discrimination. These include the Legislature’s declaration of the elimination of untouchability in 2006 and the e...
UNOHCHR, (2008)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Release of a Nepali Translation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 30 May 2008, Kathmandu The Declaration outlaws discrimination against indigenous peoples and ensures their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic, social and cultural development. It also explicitly encourages harmonious and cooperative rela...
UNOHCHR, (2008)
Speech by Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal The balance between development initiatives and community rights is critical. A key issue is the meaningful participation and free, prior and informed consent of marginalised communities. Without these, the result can be increasing poverty and migrat...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Talking points for Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Release of OHCHR’s Handbook for Civil Society OHCHR-Nepal is also looking forward to working closely with civil society, the NHRC and the other national human rights institutions, the National Women’s Commission, National Dalit Commission and the National Foundation for the Development of Ind...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Remarks on pending accountability issues in Nepal by Richard Bennett, Representative of OHCHR-Nepal, at the Reporters Club 29 July 2009 A High-Level Task Force established by the NA later in 2006 chose to present only the names of 12 individuals whom the NA claimed were not disappeared and effectively dismissed the allegations contained in OHCHR's report. Following up on the Army’...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Inauguration of the INSEC Training Programme, Defending the Right to Defend Human Rights in Nepal In this context, the role played by human rights defenders remains as important as it has ever been in promoting and protecting human rights, in ensuring that the trend towards inclusiveness and away from unfair discrimination continues and in advoca...
UNOHCHR, (2008)
Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal At a Programme to Mark Human Rights Day Organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) The theme that the High Commissioner has chosen for Human Rights Day this year "embrace diversity, end discrimination" is surely of great relevance in Nepal. Nepal is a diverse country in many respects - it has multiple ethnicities, religions, langu...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Conference, Dalit Women’s Participation and Representation in Building a New Nepal Dalit women face several layers of discrimination: for reasons of gender as well as of caste. When we note that Dalit groups are the least represented in decision making and state structures, we must also acknowledge that among Dalits, women are le...
UNOHCHR, (2007)
Remarks by Richard Bennett, Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal, at the Inaugural Conference of the National Law Students of Nepal. 14 March 2010, Kathmandu “Our Constitution, Our Responsibility, Our Future” OHCHR is hopeful that any flaws of the Interim Constitution, as noted, will be remedied in during the discussion and drafting process for the new constitution now underway, in line with Nepal’s human rights treaty obligations. Whilst talking of ri...
UNOHCHR, (2010)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal at the opening ceremony of the 14th General Assembly of the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), 5 January 2008, Kathmandu The slogan for this year’s General Assembly is “CA Election for Sustainable Peace and Democracy”. It is important to stress that elections are essential to lay the foundation for this ‘new’ nation. However, holding polls will not alone guarantee that...
UNOHCHR, (2008)
संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय मानवअधिकार उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय, नेपाल प्रेस विज्ञप्ति-२०६७ वैशाख १९ (विश्व प्रेस स्वतन्त्रता दिवसको अवसरमा) पत्रकार वीरेन्द्र साहको हत्याका अभियुक्तिको गिरफ्तार गर्न राष्ट्रसंघीय उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालयको आग्रह विश्व प्रेस स्वतन्त्र दिवसको अवसरमा संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय मानवअधिकार उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय, नेपाल (उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय-नेपाल) ले नेपालमा पत्रकारका हत्याराहरुलाई न्यायको कठघरमा उभ्याउनै पर्ने भएको बताएको छ।उसको आह्वानले वैशाख १६ गते राष्ट्रसंघका महास...
UNOHCHR, (2010)
Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Public Launch of the Practical Guide to Detention Monitoring Yalamaya Kendra, Patandhoka, Kathmandu 5 August 2008 It is a pleasure to join you this evening to launch this very useful tool, the Practical Guide to Detention Monitoring. I would first like to thank the Association for the Prevention of Torture and Advocacy Forum for organizing this event. I apprecia...
UNOHCHR, (2008)
UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NEPAL Press Release – 20 December 2009 OHCHR-Nepal Urges Restraint “I recognise the right of the Police to keep clear the public highways and the right of demonstrators to protest peacefully, however I call on all groups to exercise restraint, to avoid provocation and to reduce tension through dialogue. Today’s disp...
UNOHCHR, (2009)
संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय मानवअधिकार उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय, नेपाल प्रेस विज्ञप्ति, २०६६ असार २२, सोमबार असार २२ गते, उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय-नेपालका प्रमुख रिचार्ड बेनेटले रक्षामंत्री विद्या भण्डारीलाइ भेटी उपरथी तोरणजंगबहादुर सिंहलाइ रथीमा बढुवा गर्न सिफारिस गरिएकोमा चिन्ता व्यक्त गर्नु भयो। उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालय विभिन्न संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघीय शान्ति स्थ...
UNOHCHR, (2009)