• 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.

Reports

Nepal

  • 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.
  • May 1, 2014
    The Nepali government’s denial of mistreatment of Tibetans in Nepal is not supported by facts, Human Rights Watch said in a letter today.
  • 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.