NEPAL: Deeply engrained racial discrimination continues

A written submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) by the Asian Legal Resource Centre and the Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and the Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRDA) wishes to draw the attention of the CERD Committee to the following concerns directly under the purview of the CERD Committee to review and make necessary recommendations to the Government of Nepal. These have been documented by us in the course of our work in Nepal, all of which clearly demonstrate the deeply engrained continuing racial discrimination in Nepal:

NEPAL: Repeated tenure extensions of transitional justice bodies without much progress, has been frightening victims and national and international communities

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to Nepal’s two transitional justice bodies. They are the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission for the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP). They were set up in 2015 to investigate conflict-era human rights violations. However, even after 3 years, they have not been able to make much progress and are mired in controversy.

NEPAL: Lack of robust investigation mechanisms result in continued practice of torture

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the unabated practice of torture in Nepal. In the absence of scientific investigation technology and techniques, the Nepalese police have been routinely making use of torture in order to complete their investigations. While this has been ongoing, the police as an institution and the politicians as policymakers, have been turning blind and deaf to this menace.

NEPAL: Speed up Transitional Justice Process

A Written Submission to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the transitional justice process in Nepal. Please note the lack of amendments to the Transitional Justice Acts. Additionally, enactment of particular, necessary laws is needed. There is a shortage of funds and human resources to accomplish this process.

NEPAL: Universal Periodic Review has become mere ritual

An Oral Statement to the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) on the Universal Periodic Review Outcomes on Nepal. Due to time constraints in Council proceedings, the following Oral Statement could not be presented at the Council. The Statement is now being shared to inform the wider audience in Nepal and across the world about the ALRC’s campaign on institutional transformation in Nepal.

NEPAL: At the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review NGOs call on Nepal to end impunity for torture and other serious human rights violations

The entrenched impunity for past crimes committed allows for ongoing human rights violations in the country. The stakeholder submission details Nepal’s systemic practice of torture in detention and the lack of implementation of recommendations by the Committee against Torture. Nepal has neither passed legislation that criminalizes torture, nor has it put a system in place that allows for meaningful redress or adequate compensation for torture victims.