April 27, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Nepalese lawmakers passed legislation on Friday that could grant amnesty to former Maoist rebels and security forces accused of committing various war crimes, including torture and murder, during the nation's civil war. The bill establishes two bodies for addressing the alleged commission of war ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged Nepalese legislators on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that the ...[read more]
April 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A senior lawmaker in Nepal on Thursday stated that those found guilty of committing crimes committed during Nepal's civil war could be granted amnesty due to the introduction of a new bill in parliament on Wednesday that aims to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on the ...[read more]
April 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Nepal has imposed increasingly harsh restrictions on Tibetan refugees under strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed Tuesday. The statement cites a recent HRW report detailing Nepali authorities' abuses of Tibetans who have come to the country fleeing persecution in China. The ...[read more]
February 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) issued a joint statement Friday calling on the Nepal Parliament to reject amnesty legislation that has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Ordinance on Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearances was ...[read more]
January 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of Nepal settled a major political dispute on Thursday when it ruled that the selection of a new president was not an immediate need, and should be postponed until the adoption of a new constitution. Though President Ram Baran Yadav was initially elected to serve only two years, ...[read more]
January 6, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday welcomed last week's decision by Nepal's top refusing to grant amnesty for serious human rights violations committed during Nepal's civil war. Pillay declared the decision to be a "significant development" for the victims of the war, ...[read more]
January 4, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The Supreme Court of Nepal rejected legislation on Saturday that proposed amnesty for those responsible for serious rights abuses during the country's civil war. A Maoist-led government proposed the legislation last year as part of a planned Truth and Reconciliation Commission aimed at healing the ...[read more]
November 17, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Nepalese authorities to conclude the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections peacefully with a view toward drafting a new constitution. Political and social discord have plagued Nepal since the nation's 2006 civil war abolished the monarchy. ...[read more]
September 20, 2013
by Addison Morris
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged the government of Nepal to appoint qualified new members to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in order to best ensure the protection of Nepali citizens. Despite notice by then-commissioners, along with an outcry from many citizen groups, the ...[read more]

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