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INSEC releases Human Rights Yearbook 2013; Former CJ Sharma warns CJ led government may invite Autocracy

Kathmandu: Some hours before the major political parties have agreed to form an election government headed by sitting Chief Justice, former Chief Justice Anup Raj Sharma has warned that the move may invite autocracy in the country.

Speaking at a program organized by Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), a leading human rights organization of the country, to release Nepal Human Rights Yearbook 2013, former Chief Justice Sharma added that the parties’ attempt to install CJ Khil Raj Regmi as the PM is dragging the judiciary into controversy.

“There is no provision in the Interim Constitution that allows Chief Justice’s appointment as Prime Minister,” Sharma said, arguing that doing so would contradict with the very preamble of Interim Constitution along with its Article 106. He also accused the political parties of building up a syndicate and pushing the nation towards a state that heads to autocracy.

The Nepal Human Rights Yearbook 2013, which has documented all the incidents of Human Rights Violations has presented bleak picture about the human rights situation of the country. The Yearbook reported that 3521 incidents of human rights violations documented in all 75 districts of Nepal including 423 incidents of killings. The yearbook mentioned that 1113 incidents of human rights violations took place in Central Region followed by 750, 555, 758 and 345 incidents in Eastern, Western, Mid-Western and Far-Western regions respectively. INSEC has been documenting all the incidents of Human Rights Violations across the country by deploying District Representatives in all districts.

INSEC has been publishing Nepal Human Rights Yearbook since 1992 and these yearbooks played important role to document all the incidents of human rights violations during difficult period of State of Emergency and Royal Regime. However, the organization has been facing criticism for being politically biased. Chairperson of INSEC Mr. Subodh Raj Pyakurel has contested for the post of UML Chairperson during the last general Convention of the party.

Published Date: Monday, February 18th, 2013 | 10:33 AM

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