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Nepal’s Journey Towards Respect For Human Rights
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Nepal has changed dramatically in the past three years, with the ending of a
conflict that killed thousands and wounded many more in various ways physically, emotionally and economically. The human rights environment has a altered considerably. Conflict related violations such as enforced disappearance and the serious crimes linked to them – such as murder, torture and rape – have virtually ceased. The peace process has, among other things, brought about an interim constitution that recognises fundamental rights and freedoms, the election of a Constituent Assembly that is more inclusive than any previous legislative body, the re-establishment of democracy and the restoration of a viable Nationa Human Rights Commission (NHRC). All of these serve to improve the human rights environment. Furthermore, the commitments by the Prime Minister, including in his statement to the United Nations General Assembly, that the new government will respect human rights, tackle impunity, establish transitional justice mechanisms and strengthen the NHRC, offer much promise and are welcomed. Nevertheless, many challenges remain to the effective promotion and protection of human rights. Not least is that real security continues to be a mirage for many Nepalis, who live in fear of abduction, extortion or threats of violence, including by armed groups and youth organisations. And despite commitments to establishing transitional justice mechanisms and to enforce the rule of law, a climate of impunity continues to be pervasive. Moreover, while positive steps are being taken to ensure that Nepalese society will be more inclusive and equal in the future, this process will require a concentrated effort and some time.
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UNOHCHR ,   (2008 )
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Press Release in English
Keywords:
CONFLICT, MURDER, RAPE, TORTURE, FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, HUMAN RIGHTS, THREATS OF VIOLENCE, PEACE PROCESS, DEVELOPMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, JANA ANDOLAN, HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS, POLITICAL INTERVENTION, POLITICAL ATTENTION, MARGINALISED COMMUNITTIES
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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