• 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.
  • There is an urgent need for the state to address human rights violations and impunity, including: abuses against Tibetan refugees; denial of citizenship for children unless both parents can prove Nepali citizenship; lack of protection for migrant workers; and denial of redress for past abuses.

Reports

Nepal

  • Apr 28, 2015
  • Apr 27, 2015
  • Apr 15, 2015
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (“the Committee”) for its Day of General Discussion on the right to education for persons with disabilities. Human Rights Watch strongly supports the Committee’s interest in further examining article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“the Convention”) on the right to education for persons with disabilities.
  • Mar 23, 2015
    There is an urgent need for the state to address human rights violations and impunity, including: abuses against Tibetan refugees; denial of citizenship for children unless both parents can prove Nepali citizenship; lack of protection for migrant workers; and denial of redress for past abuses.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    In spite of the new coalition government pledging to uphold long overdue promises of justice, accountability, and a new constitution, the Nepali government made virtually no discernable progress in any of these areas, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.
  • 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 14, 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.