Nepal UPR Update from Terai Human Rights Perspectives: THRD Alliance

Here is the circulation of  Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRDA) on Nepal UPR Update from Terai Human Rights Perspective.

NHRC Commissioner recommends to accept probe into Terai incident

On the occasion of 31st Session of Human Rights Council related to the second cycle of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nepal held in Geneva on March 16, 2016, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Commissioner, Ms. Mohna Ansari, raised the issue ‘excessive use of force by the state’ during recent protest in Terai. She re-emphasized to accept recommendations for proper investigation and prosecution on excessive use of force.

Here is the excerpt of her speech delivered during the UPR session (Click HERE to access the full text in pdf):

Many rights have provisioned as fundamental in the constitution but majority of them are confined by law, is ironic. The current provision in the new constitution is widely viewed that may curtail women’s rights to transfer their nationality to their children. Political issues and differences are still on the ground. Recently 55 people, including security personnel were killed during the political protest in Terai due to the dissatisfaction with new Constitution. Findings of NHRC show that these killings and injuries were due to the access use of force. Thus, I would like to re-emphasize to accept recommendations for proper investigation and prosecution on excessive use of force. That can ensure justice to the victims.

Nepal Government’s sharing on recent development of Terai issue during 2nd cycle of Nepal UPR

Here is the excerpt related to development on Terai issue that the Government of Nepal (GoN) shared during the UPR session. (For the full text, please click HERE).

  1. After the UPR Working Group meeting in November 2015, some considerable progresses have been made in the field of human rights. The GoN is pleased to share some of those progresses as mentioned below:

    a) The Legislature Parliament has made first amendment of the Constitution to address the demand and concerns of Madhesh based political parties. The amendment ensures proportional inclusion of the marginalized and disadvantaged in the State bodies (Article 42 regarding Right to Social Justice); and delineation of electoral constituencies primarily based on population and secondarily based on geography.

    b) A task force constituted in order to draft the necessary legislations for the implementation of the new Constitution has identified necessary legislations to be enacted or amended in light of the Constitution.