Human rights situation not satisfactory: President

Kathmandu: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the status of human rights in the country was still not strong due to the protracted transition. Receiving the Human Rights Commission’s annual report (2073-74 BS) amidst a ceremony today at the Office of the President, Shital Niwas, the Head-of-the-State expressed her concern over the longstanding transition in the country, which according to her, prevented the situation of human rights from becoming stronger.

On the occasion, she insisted that the NHRC report should be enforced. As per the constitutional provision, the NHRC shall submit its annual report before the Head-of-the-State. The NHRC delegation led by its chair Anup Raj Sharma reached the Shital Niwas to present the report to President Bhandari.

Talking briefly about the report, NHRC Chair Sharma said the human rights situation in the country was not satisfactory. “The tenure of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, the transitional justice mechanism, is ending soon before the Commissions complete their works.”

Survivors of the decade-long conflict have been still deprived of justice when the decade has been already elapsed since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord that formally had put the conflict to an end, the report mentions.

Violation of right to live peacefully, vandalisation of NHRC vehicles by political parties’ cadres themselves, increasing cases of domestic violence, use of children in the elections and youths forced to go abroad for low-paid works are the challenges to improving the condition of human rights in the country, as the report states.

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