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Major Advance for Victims of Abuses During Yahya Jammeh Rule

(Berlin) – The arrest in Germany on March 16, 2021, of an alleged former Gambian “death squad” member suspected of crimes against humanity is an important step for Gambian victims and international justice, Human Rights Watch said today. “Bai…
Members of the Gambian paramilitary group known as the Junglers. The Junglers have been implicated in serious human rights violations including torture, enforced disappearances, and killings.
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Lack of Transparency in Appointments Undermine Effectiveness, Public Confidence

(New York) – The Nepal government should immediately withdraw an ordinance that undermines the independence of constitutional human rights bodies and rescind recent appointments that were made without consultation or parliamentary approval, Human…
Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli, January 10, 2021. 
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Report Reveals Weak Protections, a Wake-Up Call for Development Partners

(New York) – The government of Nepal should act without delay to carry out the National Human Rights Commission’s recommendations, particularly those concerning Nepal’s obligation to investigate and, where justified by the evidence, prosecute those…
Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, left, shakes hand with former Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, February 15, 2018. In May 2018, Oli and Dahal parties merged their parties to form the current ruling party, the Communist Party of Nepal.
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Human Rights Review Should Address Broken Commitments, Impunity

(Geneva) – Nepal has failed to live up to its commitments on transitional justice, or to carry out the recommendations from the last United Nations review of its human rights record, Human Rights Watch said in a submission to the UN Human Rights…
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Impunity for Rampant Attacks on Dalits

(New York) – Two recent incidents in which six people were killed show the Nepali government has systematically failed to confront entrenched caste – or descent – based discrimination against Dalits, Human Rights Watch said today. The government…
Nepalese activists of the Dalit community, also known as the untouchables, shout slogans during a protest near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015.  © 2015 AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha
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Universal Jurisdiction Provides Opening for Justice

  (Berlin) – The start of a landmark trial in Germany of two people alleged to be former Syrian intelligence officials on crimes against humanity charges is an important chance for victims to see justice done, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Victim Concerns Ignored Yet Again

(Geneva) – Recent steps taken by the government are a serious setback on Nepal’s transitional justice process, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and TRIAL International said today. …
In this photograph taken on February 2, 2017, Nepalese war victim Pabitra Sunakhari shows a photograph of her son as she speaks during an interview with AFP in Birendranagar, Surkhet District, some 520kms west of Kathmandu
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Fix Commissions’ Mandate Before Naming Members

(New York) – Nepali authorities should ensure that they comply with Supreme Court rulings and international standards before appointing new transitional justice commissioners to address conflict-related violations during the 1996-2006…
Activists hold an event in memory of people who were disappeared during Nepal’s decade-long civil war, Kathmandu, August 30, 2017.
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If Nepal Can’t Prosecute War Crimes at Home, Other Countries May Step In

It has been 12 years since the Maoist conflict ended in Nepal. Thousands became victims of enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence and unlawful killings between 1996 and 2006. And yet there has been no justice in the form of…
Activists hold an event in memory of people who were disappeared during Nepal’s decade-long civil war, Kathmandu, August 30, 2017.
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Recommendations in Letter to Attorney General Agni Kharel

(New York) – Nepal should strengthen amendments to the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act to comply with international standards, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the attorney general. Human…
Activists hold an event in memory of people who were disappeared during Nepal’s decade-long civil war, Kathmandu, August 30, 2017.
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Current Draft Law Does Not Meet International Standards on Prosecuting Worst Crimes

(Geneva) – As the Nepal government begins a process of consultations around proposed amendments to the transitional justice mechanisms, two international organizations have called on authorities to take into account concerns of all stakeholders and…
Newly elected Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, also known as K.P. Oli (L), speaks with the outgoing Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, after administrating the oath of office at the presidential building "Shital Niwas" in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Term Extensions Do Not Cure Act’s Fundamental Problems

(New York) – The one-year extensions of Nepal’s two transitional justice mechanisms without necessary legal and institutional reforms ordered by the Supreme Court and the United Nations are insufficient to comply with international…
Protesters call for justice for atrocities committed during Nepal's civil war at a sit-in in Kathmandu on June 6, 2011.
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Victims Await Answers, Redress

(New York) – Authorities in Nepal should immediately make public the December 14, 2017 report of a special commission on the Terai violence in 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The High-Level Inquiry Commission was established in 2016 to…
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Summary These cases are important. We need to know that these trials are happening because these are the crimes we are fleeing. —Hassan, Syrian refugee in Germany, February 2017 Over the last six years the Syrian crisis has claimed the lives of an…
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Efforts to bring those responsible for atrocities in Syria before European courts are starting to bear fruit, notably in Swedish and German courts, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While various authorities in Europe have opened…
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A New Prime Minister Takes Over, But There is No Political Will to Ensure Justice for Conflict Victims

The office of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Nepal is located next to the peace and reconstruction ministry. The message and optics seem appropriate: to achieve lasting peace after a decade-long brutal conflict, truth and…
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Rule of Law Should Prevail, Not Political Protectionism

(London) – Nepali authorities should immediately take effective steps to enforce the landmark Kavre district court murder verdict for the 2004 torture and killing of teenager Maina Sunuwar, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International…
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UN and Donors Need to Back Accountability for Conflict Era Crimes

(New York) – The mandates of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons (COID) should be extended indefinitely to ensure that justice, accountability, and reparations are achieved for the…
Protesters call for justice for atrocities committed during Nepal's civil war at a sit-in in Kathmandu on June 6, 2011.