NEPAL: Need for local elections, exposed by the earthquake

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-CWS-29-09-2015 June 09, 2015 A Written Submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre NEPAL: Need for local elections, exposed by the earthquake The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) joins the world in grieving the loss of human lives, property, and cultural history in Nepal during and after the massive earthquake that struck at 11:50 a.m. on 25 April 2015. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter 80 km east of Pokhara has devastated the country, resulting in at least 8,604 human casualties, injuries to at least 17,838, displacement of millions, and widespread damage across the Himalayan nation. The response in the […]

NEPAL: Custodial torture is rooted in the police stations of Nepal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-CWS-29-07-2015 June 08, 2015 Written submission to the UN HRC by the Asian Legal Resource Centre NEPAL: Custodial torture is rooted in the police stations of Nepal The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), along with the Terai Human Rights Defenders (THRD) Alliance, would like to bring the entrenched practice of custodial torture in Nepal to the attention of the UN Human Rights Council. In relation to the decade-long conflict period from 1996 to 2006, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, following a visit to Nepal in September 2005, concluded, inter alia, that “Torture is systematically practiced by the police, […]

NEPAL: Council should exert pressure to abolish Haliya practice, a form of slavery

ALRC-CWS-27-08-2014 September 3, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty seventh session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre NEPAL: Council should exert pressure to abolish Haliya practice, a form of slavery 1. There are an estimated 3 million Dalits who have been facing the problem of untouchablity and caste-based discrimination in Nepal. In Nepal, 76% of the population depends on agriculture, and land is their major survival asset. However, 9% of the elite hold 47% of the cultivable land. On the other hand, 67% of poor people have ownership of only 17% of the arable land, and 33% […]

NEPAL: Pressure needed in support of women forgotten in transitional justice process

ALRC-CWS-27-04-2014 September 1, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty seventh session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre NEPAL: Pressure needed in support of women forgotten in transitional justice process 1. In the recent past, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and its sister organization the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) have continued to highlight myriad problems in the substance of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Act passed by government of Nepal. However, given the nature of the violence during Nepal’s insurgency, and given […]

NEPAL / REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Blind amnesty and systematic segregation

Date: June 19, 2014 Document id: ALRC-COS-26-20-2014 HRC section: Item 3, General Debate Speaker: Mr. MOON JeongHo Oral Statement to the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization with general consultative status NEPAL / REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Blind amnesty and systematic segregation Thank you Mr. President, The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)expresses its deep concern about the absence of investigation into the systematic segregation regulation and policy that resulted in at least 500 deaths in a so-called ‘welfare’ facility in the Republic of Korea during the 1970s and 80s. The Ordinance no. 10 of the Ministry of Home Affairs, […]

NEPAL: Council should exert strong pressure to bring a law that criminalises torture

ALRC-CWS-26-12-2014 June 5, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty sixth session, Agenda Item 3, General Debates A joint written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre and Forum for Protection of People’s Rights, Nepal (PPR Nepal) NEPAL: Council should exert strong pressure to bring a law that criminalises torture 1. Torture is a grave violation of human rights. The prohibition of torture is a fundamental element of international law, enshrined in major international human rights instruments, such as the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), 1984, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), 1948 and International Covenant on Civil […]

NEPAL: Need for amendment of Truth and Reconciliation Law

ALRC-CWS-26-02-2014 May 29, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty sixth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre NEPAL: Need for amendment of Truth and Reconciliation Law 1. The process of transitional justice in Nepal has encountered deliberate and blatant delays mainly due to the sheer lack of commitment and will of the political parties. The establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) against disappearances and the establishment of the Commission against Disappearances have been expressly mandated and provisioned by both the Interim Constitution and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as far back as 2006, which remain […]

NEPAL: Serious concerns for the security of human rights defenders remain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2013 ALRC-CWS-23-07-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-third session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status NEPAL: Serious concerns for the security of human rights defenders remain 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to highlight the continuing need for closer monitoring by the Human Rights Council and the international community of the renewed threats and attacks that human rights defenders working in Nepal have had to face since the beginning of the year. Worries about potential reprisals from the former belligerents have arisen following progress in […]

NEPAL: Raising voice against impunity puts human rights defenders at risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2013 ALRC-CWS-22-11-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty second session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status NEPAL: Raising voice against impunity puts human rights defenders at risk 1. The Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC) urges the Human Rights Council to pay special attention to the situation of human rights defenders in Nepal, who have found themselves exposed to threats, attacks and retaliation in the context of an intensified struggle against impunity. We urge the Council to remind the government of Nepal of its obligations to ensure that […]

NEPAL: The ALRC urges Nepal to invite new UN Special Rapporteur on transitional justice to the country without delay

ate: September 11, 2012 document id: ALRC-COS-21-06-2012 HRC section: Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Speaker: Mr. Michael Anthony An Oral Statement to the 21st Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status NEPAL: The ALRC urges Nepal to invite new UN Special Rapporteur on transitional justice to the country without delay Thank you Madam President, Mr. de Greiff, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) warmly welcomes you and congratulates you on your appointment as Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. We welcome […]