• Nepal’s human rights commitments undertaken in the 2006 peace accords at the end of the decade-long civil war between government forces and Maoist combatants remained unfulfilled. Instead of taking steps to ensure the prosecution of those responsible for the worst crimes committed during the war, the president in 2013 pushed an ordinance that could have led to amnesty for perpetrators, but a challenge to the Supreme Court rejected the ordinance as violating Nepal’s legal obligations. Women, migrant workers, people with disabilities, and members of disadvantaged communities such as Dalits continue to be marginalized and suffer discrimination. In November 2013, a new Constituent Assembly was voted in, raising hopes for a new constitution and fulfillment of peace accord promises, including accountability for wartime atrocities.
  • Sexual violence during Nepal’s 10 year conflict between Maoists and government forces has remained largely undisclosed.
    Both government forces and Maoist combatants raped and sexually harassed women and girls during Nepal’s decade-long armed conflict.



  • Dec 18, 2014
  • Dec 18, 2014
    The Nepal government should ensure more victim participation and improve transparency when selecting candidates for two independent commissions on the country’s decade-long conflict, eight local and international human rights organizations and conflict-era victims groups said in an open letter to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. The groups, reiterating concerns about the act, said Koirala should narrow the scope of the amnesty powers vested in the commissions and bring them in line with international standards.
  • Nov 14, 2014
    The outworking of the eight-year-old peace agreement in Nepal has embraced the government and its Maoist opponents. The women who were victims of sexual violence from both sides during the conflict have, however, been left out.
  • Oct 20, 2014
    My colleagues and I were supposed to meet a human rights lawyer in his Kathmandu office late last month, but when we got there, we found him surrounded by distraught victims of Nepal’s decade-long civil war between government forces and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) combatants.
  • Oct 13, 2014
    The Nepal authorities should immediately withdraw sedition charges and unconditionally release rights campaigner Chandra Kant Raut, who was arrested for his expression of peaceful political opinions.
  • Oct 10, 2014
    The awarding of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi recognizes the hard fight against child labor and should serve as a call to address this challenge around the globe.
  • Sep 26, 2014
    The government of Nepal has failed for over a decade to deliver justice for the killing of Krishna Prasad Adhikari. In protest his father, Nanda Prasad Adhikari, died on September 22, 2014, after over 300 days on hunger strike, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Sep 23, 2014
    Both government forces and Maoist combatants raped and sexually harassed women and girls during Nepal’s decade-long armed conflict.
  • Jul 8, 2014
    The Nepal government should act immediately to fix crucial flaws in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Act, particularly those highlighted in a new United Nations evaluation, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today.
  • May 1, 2014
    We write now to respond to several issues raised by and in that press release. We are committed to the highest standards of accuracy and objectivity in our reporting, and remain willing to correct any factual mistake that the Government of Nepal would bring to our attention.