Nepal’s human rights situation didn’t improve as expected, reports commission

National Human Rights Commission

Kathmandu, December 7

The National Human Rights Commission has reported the country’s human rights situation did not improve as expected last year.

The commission says it submitted its annual report for the last fiscal year 2019/20 with the conclusion to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Monday.

The constitutional human rights watchdog, however, maintains it still expects improvements in the situation this year.

Submitting the report, NHRC Secretary Bed Bhattarai commented that existing caste discrimination, challenges to the right to life, restricted consumer rights and lack of access to health and education among other factors blocked citizens from enjoying the fundamental rights granted by the constitution.

The commission says in a statement that Nepal migrant workers have been facing labour exploitation abroad whereas incidents of violence against women and children are making lives of these group miserable in the country.

The commission has also blamed the government for failing to pay sufficient attention to the protection of rights of women, Dalits, people with disabilities, minorities, marginalised communities, and other disadvantaged groups.

The constitutional body has appealed to the government and other stakeholders to be sensitive towards the protection and promotion of human rights.

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