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Nepal’s Human Rights Commission worried over limiting its jurisdiction

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed worry over the bill made to amend the NHRC Act 2068, arguing that the bill was intended to curtail its jurisdiction and independence.
During a discussion the NHRC organized in the capital city on Thursday, Chairman Anup Raj Sharma said the bill made to amend the NHRC Act was against the Paris Principles on human rights. The draft of the bill was prepared without holding consultation with the NHRC, he added, arguing the bill would limit NHRC’s jurisdiction.
On the occasion, former Chairman of the NHRC and former Chief Justice Kedarnath Upadhyay said the government had accountability relating to human rights within the country and in the international forum. The Attorney General is a mere legal advisor to the government, he added, arguing the bill was faulty.
Former member of the NHRC Gauri Pradhan warned that if the government’s commitment to Paris Principles was ignored, it would be counterproductive both to the government and people.
Another former member of NHRC Dr KB Rokaya said that the preamble and provisions in the bill were dubious.
Moreover, former member Dr Ram Dayal Rakesh opined that if there were attempts made to shrink the jurisdiction of the NHRC and if the international community could not keep mum about it, it would emerge as a cause for concern in the international sector.
Former member Prof Kapil Shrestha argued that autonomy and independence of the NHRC established against the backdrop of the people’s movement was not only concern of the NHRC but also of Nepali people.
FNJ President Govinda Acharya spoke of the need for solidarity between the NHRC and media to advance the cause of NHRC and media persons.

Published Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 09:48 AM

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