• 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.
  • Nepalese police stand guard at the premises of the Boudhanath Stupa after a Tibetan monk self-immolated in Kathmandu on February 13, 2013.
    Nepal has imposed increasing restrictions on Tibetans living in the country as a result of strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch said in a new report published today.

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  • Apr 17, 2014
    Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill introduced in parliament on April 9, 2014, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Despite a January 2 directive from the Nepali Supreme Court that the law must meet international legal standards, the bill contains provisions for amnesty that violate international law.
  • Apr 1, 2014
    Nepal has imposed increasing restrictions on Tibetans living in the country as a result of strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch said in a new report published today.
  • Jan 31, 2014
    The Parliament of Nepal should reject the Ordinance on Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearances tabled this week and enact a new transitional justice mechanism which complies with international human rights law, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists said in a joint statement today.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    ­Nepal saw new setbacks in efforts to end impunity for perpetrators of wartime abuses over the last year.
  • Dec 17, 2013
    We are writing to you in advance of International Migrants Day, December 18, to draw your attention to the abuse and exploitation of workers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh in the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries—Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Kuwait.
  • Oct 14, 2013
    Human Rights Watch is a nongovernment organization that monitors and reports on international human rights, refugee, and humanitarian law issues in more than 90 countries around the world.
  • Sep 21, 2013
    Nepal and many other countries have made important progress toward achieving universal primary education, as part of their commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But because the goals are not grounded in a human rights framework, make no reference to an inclusive and non-discriminatory approach, and have no specific goals or targets for people with disabilities, this group has been left behind as development has moved forward.
  • Sep 19, 2013
    The Nepali government should expeditiously appoint qualified, independent, and new members to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
  • Aug 30, 2013
    The authorities in Nepal need to ensure that the new investigation into the murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, allegedly killed by the Maoists in 2004, proceeds without political interference.
  • Apr 1, 2013
    The government of Nepal should allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups to operate freely and end arbitrary arrests of LGBT people. The government should investigate threats and attacks against LGBT people. Widespread harassment, including by the government, has contributed to a climate of fear among LGBT people and activists in Nepal, and has interrupted vital activities, including HIV prevention work.