Kathmandu, September 25
The constitutional human rights watchdog, National Human Rights Commission, has told the government to make public the status of implementation of agreements signed with medical education reform activist Dr Govinda KC.
The commission’s directive comes at a time when the veteran orthopaedic surgeon and retired professor Dr KC staging another round of fast-unto-death, 19th in his life. Most of his past hunger strikes have ended in agreements with the government, but the government has apparently failed to implement them, forcing him to restart the struggle afresh every few months.
This time, he has put forward six demands and most are related to the implementation of past agreements.
In a statement today, the commission has also urged the government to make efforts to save the sexagenarian’s life. The commission says such issues should be dealt with by talks and no one should be forced to resort to risky options such as fast-unto-death.
The commission informs it has been regularly monitoring the status of Dr KC, noting his health has weakened.