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(updated 27/04/2017)

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Human Rights Forum Nepal (HURFON) is a website presenting links to articles on Nepal's human rights issues as well as important background information. The link collection has been started in September 2016.

HURFON is a subsite of Nepal Research. Its name goes back to an organisation that has been founded in Germany in 1990 but that had to be dissolved some years later. Issues of the periodical of this earlier organisation that had been published under the name Nepal Forum have been archived on this website.

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Dictionaries by Nepal Research:

Nepal related work of Human Rights Organisations:

Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC)

INSEC Online (including Human Ringhts Yearbook, etc.)

NEFAD – National Network of Families of Disappeared and Missing Nepal

Tarai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRD Alliance)

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

Amnesty International (AI), Nepal website

Human Rights Watch (HRW), Nepal subsite

Nepal-Dialogforum für Frieden und Menschenrechte, Berlin

Nepal: Two years on, the government continues to fail marginalised earthquake survivors (Amnesty International 25/04/2017) [see full reports "What I want is the government to help" and "Building Inequality"]

Reconstruction moves at snail’s pace: NRA blames lack of trained workers, funding shortfall (kp 25/04/2017), International community urges for speedy reconstruction (kp 25/04/2017), Unfinished task: Two years have passed since the great earthquake, yet a lot needs to be done (kp 25/04/2017), Delayed grants irk development partners (ht 25/04/2017)

Rebuilding moves at snail’s pace in Dolakha (ht 25/04/2017), Dhading victims left in the lurch (ht 25/04/2017)

President’s Women Empowerment Programme starts in 26 districts: It aims to provide skill development training to Dalit, indigenous and marginalised women, by Samipa Khanal (kp 24/04/2017)

Two years on, disability continues to stalk 2015 earthquake survivors (ht 24/04/2017)

People’s Movement victim living with paralysis (ht 24/04/2017) [To remember: Now DPM Thapa ordered the brutal procedure of police forces in April 2006!!]

Brick kilns invading villages in Dhading (ht 24/04/2017)

Arun displaced urge government for relief, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 23/04/2017)

A social syndrome: Gendered norms on childcare have resulted in the construction of guilt in women, by Anjam Singh (kp 23/04/2017)

Probe into war-era cases affected as CIEDP staffers deployed for polls (ht 23/04/2017)

Right to Education, by Pawan Timilsina (ht 23/04/2017)

Govt to build houses for disadvantaged communities (ht 23/04/2017)

44 Nepalis prisoned in India; families barred from visiting, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 21/04/2017)

Organ traffickers ‘run health camps’ to lure people (kp 21/04/2017)

Disastrous discrimination: Dalits left behind as Nepal slowly recovers from the earthquake two years ago, by Patrick Barron (nt 21/04/2017)

Comprehensive recovery: Initiatives to address quake survivors’ social vulnerability must be scaled up (kp 21/04/2017)

Sindhupalchowk quake victims left in the lurch (ht 21/04/2017)

Women’s voices enrich public life: Building strong gender equal communities requires every individual citizen to stand firmly in the political landscape, by Valerie Julliand, Alaina B. Teplitz, Mashfee Binte Shams, Rensje Teerink, W. Swarnalatha Pereira and Ingrid Dahl-Madsen (kp 21/04/2017)

568 children rescued from Valley streets: According to a recent report, there are over 5,000 street kids all over Nepal (ht 20/04/2017)

Political parties warned against using kids in any election-related activity (ht 20/04/2017)

Arson attack on Dhobighat church (kp 19/04/2017), Christian federation demands swift action against attackers (kp 20/04/2017), Christian community demands security (ht 20/04/2017)

Badi kids out of school in Bajhang, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 19/04/2017)

Water sources dry up after illegal stone mining, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 19/04/2017)

Rautes to be granted citizenship (ht 19/04/2017)

Heavy storm blows away 125 temporary shelters in Dolakha (ht 19/04/2017)

Child marriages result in disenchanted couples, by Sher Bahadur KC (rep 19/04/2017)

3 ex-NA officials convicted of killing Maina Sunuwar: Kavre court passes landmark verdict on a case that had been dragging on for 13 years; Sentences former soldiers in absentia to 20 years in jail for the murder of teenage girl, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 18/04/2017) [The verdict remains symbolic as long as they are not arrested and serve their sentences!!], UN welcomes court verdict on Maina Sunuwar murder: Calls ruling a significant step towards ensuring victims’ rights to justice (kp 19/04/2017), Fresh wounds: Conviction of the perpetrators of war-era cases provides hope for justice, but enforcement is key (kp 19/04/2017), Nepal: Need Effective Steps to Enforce Court Verdicts; Rule of Law Should Prevail, Not Political Protectionism (Amnesty International 20/04/2017)

Caste discrimination: Where Dalits can’t buy milk, by Jagat Khadka (rep 18/04/2017)

Elderly woman attacked on ‘witchcraft’ charge (kp 18/04/2017)

Neighbours attack couple for witchcraft (ht 18/04/2017)

Law bars issuing poll symbols to parties outside House, says Yadav, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2017)

Dolakha prison overcrowded (ht 17/04/2017)

Inclusion and equality: Mind shift; Just as donors have pooled their strengths to establish Governance Facility, a similar Facility can be built to support NGOs committed to fight exclusion, by Simone Galimberti (rep 17/04/2017)

Boy, 14, dies at police school; kin cry foul play, by Anup Ojha (kp 16/04/2017)

Conflict victims' cases: Preliminary probe in six months: TRC, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 16/04/2017)

Govt delay in releasing funds puts temporary cops at their wits’ end: With no cash in hand, recruits are facing hard time managing food and lodging, by Manish Gautam (kp 15/04/2017)

Court to govt: Arrest murder convict Bal Krishna Dhungel (kp 14/04/2017), SC orders police to arrest murder-convict Dungel within 7 days (rep 14/04/2017), Arrest Order Against Dhungel: A Blow To Prachanda, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 16/04/2017), Mohan Baidya flays Supreme Court order to jail Bal Krishna Dhungel (ht 16/04/2017)

The pariah problem: PM Dahal’s suggestion that discrimination against Dalits will end with federalism is too simplistic (kp 14/04/2017)

Need for black feminism: Madhesi women face double discrimination: one, as Madhesis and, two, as women, by Kalpana Jha (kp 14/04/2017)

Three Nepalis rescued from China (kp 13/04/2017)

Conflict-era cases: Official’s error deprives a family of compensation, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 13/04/2017)

Tens of thousands of quake survivors at risk again: A third of homes poorly built, says NRA CEO Pokharel (ht 12 /04/2017) [How shall they built houses in a safe way if govt and NRA deny them the aid provided by international donors??]

Nepal should not send labour to Qatar under Kafala law: Bundestag Vice President (ht 12/04/2017), Migrant workers exploited en route to Arab Gulf (ht 12/04/2017)

Social security allowance not distributed since the past six months, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 11/04/2017)

Saptari firing: House panel moots action against security personnel guilty of indiscriminate killing, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/04/2017)

Need for regional rights body stressed (ht 10/04/2017)

‘Judiciary should be overseen by legislature’ (kp 09/04/2017) [NC General Secretary demands removal of separation of powers!!!]

In a first, govt tables NHRC report in House, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/04/2017)

16,808 persons go missing in three years (ht 08/04/2017)

Human rights situation in Karnali region fragile, says NHRC team (ht 08/04/2017)

Govt moves to address Musahars’ woes: Long deprived of drinking water, the community now gets tube-well, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 08/04/2017)

HR defenders call for regional mechanism (rep 08/04/2017)

Cyber crimes of harassing women on rise, by Samipa Khanal (kp 07/04/2017)

Female cop files assault complaint against DSP (kp 07/04/2017)

Even with health posts, Mugu women give birth in cowsheds (ht 07/04/2017)

NRA to provide aid to quake-hit lacking land ownership docs (kp 06/04/2017)

Nuwakot DAO denies 3 siblings citizenships in mother’s name (kp 06/04/2017)

Kids sans birth certificate deprived of education (ht 06/04/2017)

A Dalit caste’s struggle for toilet, by Madan Thakur (rep 06/04/2017)

Australian envoy on women and girls stresses building back better (kp 06/04/2017)

Govt set to launch health insurance (ht 06/04/2017)

Prez tells flood victims they will be compensated (kp 06/04/2017)

I/NGOs told to follow election code (kp 05/04/2017) [Those providing relief to earthquake victims before the elections shall be arrested????], I/NGOs asked to halt work until elections, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 08/04/2017) [Yes, earthquake victims don't need help!?]

Donors concerned about education in new local set-up: Ministry comes up with action plan (kp 05/04/2017)

Education for disabled: Our curriculum is still not disable-friendly and hence not accessible to children with visual and hearing impairments, by Sudarshan Neupane (rep 05/04/2017)

Trump policy to affect family planning programs in Nepal, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 05/04/2017)

SC stays probe into multi-billion rupee drug scam (rep 05/04/2017) [???]

Fire the slowpokes: A new Truth and Reconciliation Commission consisting of nonpartisan experts should be formed; Nepal’s experience suggests that when perpetrators hold the key to power, truth and justice for conflict victims can be sidelined, by DB Subedi (kp 04/04/2017)

Poisonous legacy: The media gave extensive coverage to CIAA accusations against government officials but were miserly in covering their acquittal, by Jayash Paudel (rep 04/04/2017)

Worker health and safety: Major obstacles remain, by Sunil Kumar Joshi (ht 04/04/2017)

Most women unaware of reservations, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 04/04/2017)

Unsafe abortions menacingly high, by Manish Gautam (kp 03/04/2017)

Punish human traffickers, House panel directs govt: Committee instructs government to punish traffickers sending women to the Gulf for ‘maid’ jobs (kp 03/04/2017)

‘Citizens should be made aware of their rights and duties’ (ht 03/04/2017)

Child marriage rife in Haanku: 73 cases recorded in the Jumla village in the last fiscal year (kp 02/04/2017)

TRC, a hostage to chairperson’s prolonged absence, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 02/04/2017)

Neighbours thrash Dalit boy for entering kitchen, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 01/04/2017)

Woman found hanging, father suspects murder, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep 01/04/2017)

The never ending miseries of Musahars, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 01/04/2017)

Road to Inclusion: Progress in inducting women into public service may be small, but in light of the country’s dismal history of inclusivity, it is a much welcome change, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/04/2017)

Whither compensation: Govt’s inconsistent and ad-hoc policies letting down conflict victims, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/03/2017)

Disaster preparedness: Govt gives a leg up to Valley’s health facilities (kp 31/03/2017)

BRB issues 48-hr ultimatum to PM: Demands participation in local polls (kp 31/03/2017), NSN to protest at EC, election offices (ht 02/04/2017), BRB caught from EC, released (kp 03/04/2017), Police detain Bhattarai among dozens from demo outside EC (ht 03/04/2017)

Shelved hydro projects: Nepal’s large-scale hydropower projects impact locals in the project areas in multiple and complex ways, by Sanju Koirala (kp 31/03/2017)

SC orders govt to ensure safe housing to people (ht 31/03/2017)

Elderly denied social security allowance (ht 31/03/2017)

ICJ urges Nepal to revise Criminal Code Bill draft: Seeks accountability for grave rights violations (kp 30/03/2017), ICJ seeks revision of Nepal’s Criminal Code Bill (ht 30/03/2017)

2nd batch of aid reaches only 103 families in Kavre (kp 30/03/2017)

Udayapur youths miffed at not being able to vote: They are not in the voters' list as DEO stopped registering names (ht 30/03/2017) [???]

Madhes protests cost Saptari 11 lives in 19 months: Residents, leaders and activist call for peaceful protests, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 30/03/2017)

Attention engineers: New buildings are coming up all over, but most are not accessible to disabled people, by Simone Galimberti (kp 30/03/2017)

Nepalis among migrant workers blocked from leaving Qatar (ht 30/03/2017)

Smuggling of Nepali women: House panel says immigration officials involved; Finds nexus between DoI employees and smugglers (kp 29/03/2017)

Victims tossed into bureaucratic minefield (ht 28/03/2017), Thousands of quake victims left in a lurch (ht 28/03/2017)

Reconstruction drive sluggish in Sindhuli (ht 28/03/2017)

Give justice: Parliament should also take up this issue seriously if the State remains apathetic to the CIEDP’s call (ht 27/03/2017)

Martyr families question the outcome of their loss, by Suresh Yadav (rep 27/03/2017)

No safety rules yet against pollution near schools, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 27/03/2017)

Writ petition filed at SC against Online Media Directive (rep 27/03/2017)

CIEDP handicapped as legally there’s very little it can do: Government yet to enact law criminalising enforced disappearance andtorture (ht 26/03/2017)

Bill moots open prison for inmates with good conduct (ht 26/03/2017)

Conflict victims allowed to move SC against TRC Chairman Gurung: Apex court quashes registrar's refusal order (ht 25/03/2017)

Prisoners deprived of human rights: NHRC (ht 25/03/2017)

CK Raut remanded to custody for 10 more days (ht 25/03/2017)

Police clueless about gruesome murder of teenage girl (rep 25/03/2017)

CCWB reunites 200 street kids with families, by Samipa Khanal (kp 25/03/2017)

NRA website gives wrong information about rebuilt houses (ht 25/03/2017)

UN sets Nov deadline for Qatar to end abuse of migrants: Warns of investigation if new labour reforms not implemented; Qatar is home to around half a million Nepalis, and the Arab state hired 129,038 workers from Nepal in 2015-16 to become the second largest recipient of Nepali migrants after Saudi Arabia in the region (kp 24/03/2017)

Trapped in transition: Economic and political instability in the Tarai is pushing children south of the border to a life of abuse, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 24/03/2017)

Students in Hardeni miss classes to fetch drinking water (ht 24/03/2017)

Lack of forms deprives victims 2nd batch of aid, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 23/03/2017)

NRA Act inadequate for reconstruction task: CEO Pokharel; "If the NRA remained with the same powers and guidelines as now, I don't see any future for it" (rep 23/03/2017)

Govt told to launch reconstruction fund within a month (ht 23/03/2017)

Bajhang Locals forced to drink dirty river water, by Jagat Khadka (rep 23/03/2017)

TRC holds meet in absence of chair (ht 23/03/2017)

Probe begins into Tharuhat, Madhes protests (ht 23/03/2017), Probe into Maleth incident begins (kp 24/03/2017)

Nepal graduates to medium human development grouping (kp 23/03/2017) [?; see indicators]

Flood threats up due to unlawful mining: One can notice both the river banks being covered with large number of excavators and tippers, as well as large potholes, by Anish Tiwari (kp 23/03/2017)

Torture victims compensated, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 22/03/2017) [But not punishing the criminals!?]

Dalit children crush stones to buy books, by Janak KC (rep 22/03/2017)

Human versus national security: National security marginalises the rationale for all other critical, human-centric securities; this needs to change, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 22/03/2017)

Deliberation on inclusion commission bill begins (ht 22/03/2017)

Gender equality: The Nordic Model, by Kjell Tormod Pettersen (rep 22/03/2017)

Lack of classrooms affecting children’s education: Students of various grades taught under the same tattered tarpaulin, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 22/03/2017)

Untouchability: Still entrenched; The state should apologize for its historically inhumane treatment of the Dalit community, by David Kainee (rep 21/03/2017)

Amendment needed to secure women’s rights: Activists (ht 21/03/2017)

Stakeholders bat for accelerated efforts to end gender imbalance (ht 21/03/2017)

Saarc CCI urged to vote SAWDF as representative (kp 21/03/2017), Women’s job opportunities: Mutual learning; The rate of female labor force participation in South Asia varies from 16 percent in Afghanistan to 80 percent in Nepal, by Charity Troyer Moore and Vestal McIntyre (rep 21/03/2017)

Saudi amnesty for undocumented workers: Around 40,000 Nepalis may benefit (rep 21/03/2017)

Election hampers printing of school textbooks, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 21/03/2017)

Reconstruction delayed further as few quake victims turn up for 2nd tranche, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 20/03/2017)

Cause of death contested (kp 19/03/2017)

RPP registers amendment proposal demanding Hindu state (ht 19/03/2017)

Treatment of Kanchanpur injured affected (kp 19/03/2017)

Our first nations: There are compelling evidence to suggest that even before the Aryan and Mongoloid groups of people stumbled upon this place, it was occupied by Austroasiatic groups of people, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp 18/03/2017)

Students unlikely to get textbooks on time: One third of JSSK machines to print ballot papers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/03/2017)

Thought for food: Despite dramatic progress in nutrition, half of Nepal’s child deaths are still due to hunger, by Marty Logan (nt 17/03/2017), The face of hunger: A debt-ridden Dalit couple is on the verge of losing their daughter to malnutrition, by Om Astha Rai (nt 17/03/2017)

Khadka addresses UN’s CSW session (kp 17/03/2017) [??]

NRA starts distributing 3rd tranche of housing aid (kp 16/03/2017)

Booklet on women entitlements published: The booklet contains information related to economic benefits provided and initiatives taken by various agencies for women (kp 16/03/2017)

Justice, compensation elude family of man killed by SSB seven years ago, by Madhav Ghimire and Binod Ghimire (kp 16/03/2017)

War-victims demand TRC office bearers’ resignation (ht 16/03/2017)

Excavation casts dry spell in Chure, by Raju Adhikari (rep 16/03/2017)

Additional 14,988 conflict victims verified, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/03/2017), Additional 3,830 conflict victims verified: Number now totals 139,711, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 16/03/2017)

Transitional justice: Doing it right, by Geja Sharma Wagle (rep 15/03/2017)

Minors injured in Jajarkot accident seek parents (ht 15/03/2017)

Murder-convict Dhungel felicitated in Okhaldhunga: Dhungel and seven others had been convicted for the murder. Six have already completed their jail terms while the seventh, Pushkar Gautam, is still in jail, by Anil Bhandari (rep 14/03/2017)

Reconstruction still delayed in Dhading, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 14/03/2017)

In the service of power: Governmental editorial directives on rising above ideological divides, instead of edifying journalists, end up irritating them, by Dharma Adhikari (rep 14/03/2017)

Street children vulnerable to addiction, by Pooja Chauhan (rep 14/03/2017)

Boy, chained up for 17 years, in want of medical attention, by Surendra Bhandari (rep 14/03/2017), Teenager chained for 17 years returns home after treatment (ht 28/03/2017)

6-year old girl roped to wooden bed for two years, by Shankar Shrestha (kp 13/03/2017)

Non-life insurers still to settle 25 percent of quake-related claims (rep 13/03/2017)

Reconstruction impasse: A stable and effective leadership is essential in the NRA to overcome obstacles, by Narayan Marasini (kp 12/03/2017). Cold snap adds to misery of quake-displaced (kp 12/03/2017)

Malnutrition afflicts girls more than boys, by Prakash Singh (ht 12/03/2017)

Consumer protection act: Govt aims to force traders to buy back or replace faulty goods (kp 11/03/2017), Know your rights: Consumers can claim compensation for damages caused by bad products or services, by Kahar Singh Khadka (kp 15/03/2017), Are we getting what we deserve?, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 15/03/2017), Lax market monitoring laws causing chaos: The new constitution has enshrined access to quality products as one of the rights of consumers (kp 16/03/2017)

Gender Equality In Nepal, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 11/03/2017)

Saptari and beyond: Immediate and long term perspective on the tragic Saptari incident, by Shreya Paudel (kp 11/03/2017)

Madhes protest victims mostly commoners, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 11/03/2017)

Up to the task: More struggle is necessary to get Nepali  women into real decision-making positions, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp 10/03/2017)

Stateless daughters: Every Nepali mother must be allowed to get Nepali citizenship as easily as a man, without if’s and but’s, by Deepti Gurung (nt 10/03/2017)

Kanchanpur local dies in India’s SSB firing, by DR Panta (kp 10/03/2017), Nepali man dies in SSB gunfire, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 10/03/2017), Govt sends diplomatic note to India over SSB firing: Indian national security adviser calls PM Dahal; Gautam declared martyr, by Anil Giri (kp 11/03/2017) [Please stop overusing this term: He was a victim of Indian atrocity, not a martyr!], MEA: enquiry initiated (kp 11/03/2017), Kanchanpur culvert was built as per bilateral agreement, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 11/03/2017)

Up to the task: More struggle is necessary to get Nepali  women into real decision-making positions, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp 10/03/2017)

Amnesty calls for prompt probe into police killings (kp 09/03/2017) [see statement by AI], Panel to probe into Saptari killings (kp 09/03/2017), UML rejects PM’s call to postpone poll rally (kp 09/03/2017), Morcha serves 7-day ultimatum to govt: Warns of withdrawing support if demands not met (kp 09/03/2017), Banda affects life in Tarai districts (kp 09/03/2017), CEC Yadav’s house vandalised (kp 09/03/2017), Protests against Maleth shooting on 2nd day of bandh also (rep 09/03/2017), NHRC concerned over obstruction: Commissioner Ansari’s vehicle vandalised (kp 10/03/2017), UDMF cadres torch bus for defying strike in Saptari (ht 10/03/2017), Death toll in Saptari incident rises (ht 10/03/2017), A lose-lose situation (nt 10/03/2017), The middle path, by Dipendra Jha (nt 10/03/2017)

Is Women's Day only for the well-offs?, by Jagat Kahdka (rep 09/03/2017)

Prolonged stalemate: It is perhaps time to turn to an approach where all major parties agree to work with a common mediator, by Deepak Thapa (kp 09/03/2017)

The day Ban Ki-moon cried: Have we done enough to support the earthquake victims in Nepal?, by Surendra Bahadur Sijapati (kp 09/03/2017)

Air too dangerous to breathe: Kathmandu residents breathed extremely polluted air in Magh, by Ajaya Shrestha (rep 09/03/2017)

Water supply, sanitation coverage remains stagnant (ht 09/03/2017)

New bride forced out of home on charge of witchcraft (rep 09/03/2017)

GloAct against human trafficking launched (kp 08/03/2017)

15pc quake victims yet to receive first tranche of govt aid (ht 08/03/2017) [In 14 of the 31 affected districts; people in the other districts have got nothcing at all after almost two years and, to a greater part still live in shelters!!]

13 years on, society yet to accept Maoist leader who married a Dalit girl, by Ram Hari Gajurel (rep 08/03/2017)

Quality education for girls and women with disabilities stressed (kp 08/03/2017)

Quake-displaced demand safe place for resettlement, by Sudip Kaini (kp 08/03/2017)

Report and Reality: Melamchi environment plan only on paper, Lack of proper implementation a threat to public health (rep 08/03/2017)

Women continue to face discrimination at home, workplace (ht 08/03/2017)

Is women empowerment just women employment? If this day is to celebrate your and my achievements, then it does not need to be marked in the calendar, by Sambridhi Gyawali (rep 08/03/2017), Bold action now: In Nepal, while women work as much as men, the gender wage gap is still in the bottom half of the world ranking, by Valerie Julliand (rep 08/03/2017), Exemplary Muslim sisters empowering women, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 08/03/2017), Working on gender: We saw no representation of Himalayan women in history or literature, nor in the research and development sectors, by Chhaya Vani Namchu and Menaka Hamal (rep 08/03/2017), Championing their cause: We need to be more proactive in identifying true champions of women's economic empowerment in Nepal and build a strong coalition, by Gail Marzetti and Pukar Malla (rep 08/03/2017), Women’s role critical for social advancement: Prez (kp 09/03/2017), #beboldforchange: Things are far from ideal for Nepali women, but the fight for equal rights continues (kp 09/03/2017), Empowering women: The most urgent task that lies ahead is to make sure that women are treated equally in all spheres of life (ht 09/03/2017)

Family members inconsolable after death of breadwinner, by Mikthilesh Yadav (rep 08/03/2017)

NHRC blames security lapse for Tikapur incident: Seeks departmental action against senior APF officers (ht 08/03/2017)

Three protesters killed in police firing in Saptari, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp 07/03/2017), 3 dead as UDMF cadres clash with police, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 07/03/2017), Experts in Madhes urge all to exercise restraint, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 07/03/2017), SLMM flays incident, calls on all for peace (kp 07/03/2017), UML puts campaign on hold for 3 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/03/2017), Police killings spark protests: Morcha supporters enforce strike, shut eastern Tarai districts, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 08/03/2017), Leaders' provocative speeches laid the ground for Tikapur killings: NHRC; Recommends action against APF DIG Chaudhary, SP Singh over security lapses (rep 08/03/2017), Govt recalls Saptari CDO, security chiefs: Decides to deploy additional 300 security personnel in the district, by Manish Gautam (kp 08/03/2017), Congress lawmakers demand judicial probe (kp 08/03/2017), Saptari incident concerns UN, US (kp 08/03/2017)

From safe motherhood to safe womanhood: Nepali women deserve to be recognised as complete human beings and equal citizens, not just as mothers, by Poonam Thapa (kp 07/03/2017)

On the home front: Listen to the unheard voices of the suffering wives of migrant workers left behind, by Roni Pradhan (kp 07/03/2017)

The purse strings: Women have little control over household finance despite being important earners, by Ashika Sharma (kp 07/03/2017)

Women exploited in entertainment sector (ht 07/03/2017)

The ideal transition: There are major obstacles that need to be overcome to avoid prolonging the process, by Binoj Basnyat (kp 07/03/2017)

66 water projects incomplete for want of budget, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 07/03/2017)

How Nepali Women Are Forced To ‘Sell’ Their Skin To Make Rich Indians Beautiful, by Soma Basu (Youth ki Awaaz 06/03/2017)

Health staff obstruct polio vaccination in many districts, by Manish Gautam (kp 05/03/2017), 18 officials booked for disrupting polio drive (kp 06/03/2017), Polio immunizations resume after suspension of 18 staff: MoH keeps eye on 50 agitating staffers for possible suspension (rep 07/03/2017)

HRC begins probe into teenager’s murder (ht 06/03/2017)

Chhaupadi tradition: Women’s monthly exile continues (kp 05/03/2017)

Devoid of aid, Badi women continue sex trade (ht 05/03/2017)

‘Torture high in Tarai district’: According to a study  carried out by the THRD Alliance, 23.76 percent of the 766 detainees  interviewed in 19 districts reported torture (kp 05/03/2017) [see THRDA press release]

Salleri locals forced to drink unsafe water (kp 05/03/2017)

Nepal 2016 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (03/03/2017)

Nepal courts vulnerable to threats, bribery, says US report (ht 05/03/2017)

Rape tops list of crime against women in Nepal (ht 03/03/2017)

Bhatta asks TRC secretariat to call meeting pronto (ht 03/03/2017)

South Asia lawmakers meet to discuss child welfare (ht 03/03/2017), SAsian MPs meet to discuss children’s rights (kp 04/03/2017)

Leave no one behind: Absorbing women into the labour market by reinforcing traditional gender roles is not empowering, by Sangita Thebe-Limbu (nt 03/03/2017)

Cashing in on tragedy: The growing epidemic of hospital vandalism and attacks on health workers reflects extreme politics and erosion of the rule of law in Nepal, by Sonia Awale (nt 03/03/2017)

Teenage girl’s death sparks tension in Dharan: Locals claim that the girl was  murdered by her foster parents (kp 02/03/2017), Dharan teen’s death: Autopsy reveals she was sexually abused; 13-year-old Anusha of Punya Marga, Dharan, died while being treated for insecticide poisoning on Monday (kp 04/03/2017)

Calls to make infrastructure in Valley wheelchair-friendly (kp 02/03/2017)

Child migration on the rise (ht 02/03/2017)

Kids in Chepang village spend time playing in lack of school, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep 02/03/2017)

Victims’ critical engagement: The number of people willing to engage with the commissions shows the need and desire for justice and reconciliation, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 01/03/2017), Absence of TRC Chair affects works (ht 01/03/2017) [???]

KUKL refuses to respond to RTI petition (rep 02/03/2017)

Badagaun fire victims left in lurch, by Ghanshyam Gautam (kp 01/03/2017)

Nepal announces UNHRC candidature for 2018-20 term: This is the first time Nepal has presented  its candidature to the council (kp) [First, respect human rights at home! See collection of links on HR issues!], Mahat, UN top official discuss Nepal HR issues (kp 03/03/2017)

Bhutan should take back unsettled refugees (kp 01/03/2017)

PM pledges to raise Dalit issues at UN (kp 28/02/2017)

Dhading reconstruction moving at a snail’s pace, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 28/02/2017)

Lack of fund slows over 100 projects (kp 28/02/2017)

Landslide victims say government failed to bring pledged relief, by Ananda Gautam (kp 28/02/2017)

Illegal and unsafe abortions put women’s lives at risk (ht 28/02/2017)

Experts call for revising torture bill (rep 28/02/2017)

Printing ballot papers to affect textbooks availability: Only 50 percent school textbooks printed to date, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 28/02/2017)

NRA proposes land grant for quake-hit squatters: Beneficiaries will have to leave original settlements and buy pieces of land in safer areas to rebuild. by Manish Gautam (kp 27/02/2017), NRA plans Rs 100,000 relocation grants to households at risk, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 27/02/2017)

All our daughters: Where are Nepali women in the metaphor of coffins, bakasko bimba, which pervades pathologies of remittance reporting?, by CK Lal (rep 27/02/2017)

No school after marriage: Need to earn a living forces the bride and groom out of school, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 27/02/2017)

Rabies patients untreated as crisis worsens (ht 27/02/2017)

Conference on Dalit concerns starts in Capital (kp 26/02/2017)

Nepali migrant workers stuck in Saudi Arabia: Are struggling to obtain ‘return permit’ from recruiters (kp 26/02/2017)

Nepal to run for Human Rights Council seat (kp 26/02/2017) [Despite her bad HR records??], Mahat leaving for UN human rights meet in Geneva: To push for Nepal's membership in UNHCR (ht 26/02/2017)

Underage marriage bid thwarted in Sindhuli (ht 25/02/2017)

Shuklaphanta displaced block highway in protest, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 24/02/2017)

The real truth about the Truth Commission: Nepal’s transitional justice process was delayed, now it is doomed, by Om Astha Rai (nt 24/02/2017), Trust and the TRC, by Charan Prasai (nt 24/02/2017), Justice delayed, justice denied (nt 24/02/2017)

Newborns battle to survive in sheds, by Prakash Singh (ht 23/02/2017)

Progress on transitional justice precious little: AI (kp 23/02/2017)

Kotbada killings still haunt families, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 23/02/2017)

Decades of apathy results in landlessness (ht 23/02/2017)

Central bank policy to hit credit expansion to deprived sector (ht 23/02/2017)

Remote Chitwan settlements left without school after earthquake, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 23/02/2017)

Nepal 206/17, report by Amnesty International (22 February 2017)

Police not taking VAW cases seriously: Victims, by Madan Thakur (rep 22/02/2017)

Female inmates victims of ‘misbehaviour’ (ht 22/02/2017)

Racing against the clock: Nepal’s truth commissions need renewed focus and strong relationships to make the most of the extra year, by Aileen Thomson (kp 21/02/2017)

Red Tika challenge takes internet by storm, by Anita Shrestha (ht 21/02/2017)

Injury prevention: National priority issue, by Bhaskar Raj Pant, Abha Shrestha and Dan Schwarz (ht 21/02/2017)

Families of the disappeared to side with CIEDP, by Dewan Rai (kp 20/02/2017)

Reconstruction of 4,067 quake-damaged schools yet to begin, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 20/02/2017)

Musahars submit memo to PM, by Santosh Singh (rep 20/02/2017), Musahars lament lack of land ownership certificate, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 21/02/2017)

House panel endorses sentencing bill (ht 20/02/2017), Polygamy to incur up to five years in jail, by Ashok Dahal (rep 21/02/2017)

Social crime: Air pollution in capital (rep 20/02/2017)

Caste-based discrimination still rife in Bajhang villages, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 19/02/2017)

Visually impaired struggle to open bank account, by Rameshchandra Adhikari (kp 19/02/2017)

Move over, men: Women should be included in decision-making roles in the management of forests, by Basundhara Bhattarai (kp 19/02/2017)

Powerful Nepali women’s challenges: They have come to stand face-to-face with history in an unprecedented way, by Abhi Subedi (kp 19/02/2017)

Bill proposes grounds for void marriage (ht 18/02/2017)

Teacher beats up student unconcious, parents demand action (rep 18/02/2017)

Innocent victims: Kids growing up in jail as parents serve terms, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 18/02/2017)

Rootless: By birth a woman belongs to her father’s clan, and then she gets given to her husband’s. We forget who our mothers and grandmothers are. Their blood does not flow in our lineage, by Pooja Pant (ht 18/02/2017)

Questioning the Questions: Caste struggle against structural minds: Let’s challenge the system by re-imagining, redefining, re-narrating and retelling our story, by Sarita Pariyar (kp 18/02/2017)

Feminism in the margins, a Madhesi perspective: Madhesi women are not a topic of discussion, nor is their contribution acknowledged in the national discourse, by Rita Sah (kp 18/02/2017)

Representation of women: The Nepali media sector, in general, suffers from patriarchy, by Sumina Rai Karki (kp 18/02/2017)

The scourge of stereotype: Even though their workplace is female dominated, the fact is that the most popular gynecologist in our country is a male, by Arpana Neopane (kp 18/02/2017)

Nepal still remains mostly an unfree economy: Heritage Foundation, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 18/02/2017)

Post-quake reconstruction: Education of thousands of students in jeopardy; MoE at wit’s end as govt scrambles to generate fund to rebuild schools, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/02/2017)

Girl, 16, raped by two men posing as police (kp 17/02/2017)

Nepali boatwomen row against tide of discrimination (kp 17/02/2017)

Transitional justice process: Will comply with int’l laws: PM (kp 17/02/2017) [??], UN Nepal chief urges int'l standards for transitional justice bodies (rep 17/02/2017), Bhatta urges Gurung to call TRC meeting without delay (ht 17/02/2017)

'Traffic police suffer most from air pollution', by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 17/02/2017)

CIEDP opens new plaint registration window: Plans to launch formal investigation process after a month; War victims ‘cautiously optimistic’ the tasks will be completed; The CIEDP is also providing the already registered individuals the chance to record information and details to their complaints, by Dewan Rai (kp 16/02/2017), TRC, CIEDP to accept complaints again, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 16/02/2017)

For whom hope is all that’s left, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 16/02/2017)

‘Laws needed to safeguard child rights’ (ht 16/02/2017)

Excavations in Chure go unabated with backing from authorities: Locals face shortage of water, ruined farmland, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 16/02/2017)

High Court judge to lead transitional justice court: Two members will be appointed from among the legal professionals quali-fied to become the High Court judge, by Dewan Rai (kp 15/02/2017)

Maina Sunar murder: A case of justice denied (ht 15/02/2017), NA protecting officials in Maina’s case: Lawyers (kp 17/02/2017)

Parliamentary panel defines heinous crimes: Proposes sentence till death; Ups life sentence to 25 years, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 15/02/2017) [Chhaupadi still punished mildly and only if a woman dies; else, it's still not seen as crime!!]

Transitional Justice: Conflict victims want no more delays or excuses; TRC and CIEDP officials advised to utilise the extended one-year tenure as their original  two-year terms expired last week (kp 15/02/2017)

Missing girl, 7, found murdered, by Manoj Paudel (kp 15/02/2017)

A humanitarian issue: International community should put pressure on Bhutan to uphold the refugees’ right to return home, by Tilak Niroula (kp 15/02/2017)

Chand-led Maoists step up extortion drive (rep 15/02/2017) [Party leaders who order such crimes have to be punished severely!!]

Six boys gang-rape 17-year-old girl, film video (kp 14/02/2017)

'Consultancies into human trafficking, money laundering', by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 14/02/2017)

Families of Kotbada victims still await justice, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 14/02/2017) [This has been cold-blooded murder committed by the army and those responsible have been well known from the very first moment!], Kin of victims lament airport massacre, by Keshav Adhikari (ht 15/02/2017)

The marginalised: Toilet and school, still a dream for Musahars, by Santosh Singh (rep 14/02/2017)

Overcrowded Birgunj jail raises safety concerns (rep 14/02/2017)

Process to activate Rs 21b NRA fund starts, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 14/02/2017)

ILO launches project to combat forced labor (rep 14/02/2017) [see ILO brochure on project], End forced labour: The government should take the predicament of the bonded labourers seriously and provide them with land and also landownership certificates which most of them lack (ht 15/02/2017)

Aftermath of liberation: The story of bonded labourers after attaining freedom is proving to be troublesome, by Narayan P. Bhattarai (kp 13/02/2017)

Chepang folk deprived of housing aid (kp 13/02/2017)

TJ bodies demand legal amendment to function (kp 13/02/2017)

Women in civil service: Women applicants ‘outwitting’ men in PSC examinations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/02/2017)

Child-friendly governance roll-out plan formulated (ht 12/02/2017)

‘Keep TRC, CIEDP out of politics’, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 12/02/2017)

Chepangs facing food crisis, by Keshav Adhikari (ht 12/02/2012)

Specialty services: Services at district hospitals ‘soon’ (kp 12/02/2017), Minister Thapa vents his anger at bureaucratic red tape, by Manish Gautam (kp 16/02/2017)

Education sector tops list of complaints filed at CIAA (ht 12/02/2017)

Transitional justice: House panel tells govt to give teeth to commissions, by Dewan Rai (kp 11/02/2017)

Teenager wins court case on citizenship in mother’s name, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 11/02/2017)

Teenage girl raped, murdered in Sindhuli (ht 11/02/2017)

Child marriage, teen pregnancies affecting female health, by Jagat Khadka (rep 11/02/2017)

Man held for trying to sell woman (rep 11/02/2017)

Trafficking in women, children on the rise (ht 11/02/2017)

Unsafe abortion continues unabated (ht 11/02/2017)

How the Trump gag rule threatens women’s lives in Nepal: The cut-off of American financing to providers of family planning services is a terrible blow to a country with few doctors and clinics, by Subina Shrestha (kp 11/02/2017), Back to the drawing board: Global Gag Rule can have huge repercussions on reproductive health services in Nepal (kp 17/02/2017)

LGBTIs in civil service: 651 transgender people applied for PSC exams; Officials describe it as a big step forward for the gay community, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/02/2017)

TRC, CIEDP terms extended by one year: Rights activists point out the need to empower commissions with laws, by Dewan Rai (kp 10/02/2017), Nepal: extending transitional justice commissions without granting real powers betrays trust of victims (ICJ 10/02/2017), ICJ: Amend law for transitional justice bodies (kp 11/02/2017)

Action needed, not empty words, say conflict victims: Justice a far cry even a decade after peace deal, by Durga Lal KC (kp 10/02/2017)

NHRC offers healing balm to Basbariya Hindu-Muslim rift: In a reconciliation function held by the NHRC recently, community leaders appealed to the villagers to live in harmony and respect one another, by Manoj Paudel (kp 10/02/2017)

Transitional justice act amendment: Draft defines disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp 09/02/2017), A welcome proposal: That disappearance and torture have been criminalised for the first time is good news (kp 10/02/2017)

Teenagers’ club foils child marriage (rep 10/02/2017)

A regressive step: The new Civil Code Bill will roll back the historic gains in property rights for Nepali women, by Subin Mulmni (kp 09/02/2017)

TJ act amerndment draft: 20-year jail for guilty of murder, disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp 08/02/2017)

Inclusiveness in Nepal and India: There are a number of lessons that Nepal can learn from India to redress historical injustices, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 08/02/2017)

Toilets off-limits to menstruating females in Bajhang, by Jagat Khadka (rep 08/02/2017)

2 temple priests held for abusing Dalit worshipper (kp 08/02/2017)

District court permission must for accessing phone call, SMS details (rep 08/02/2017)

Girl dies after jilted lover attacks her with acid in Butwal: The boy, who had returned from Dubai a month ago, is learnt to have thrown  acid after she refused his marriage proposal, by Madhav Dhungana and Amrita Anmol (kp 07/02/2017), An heinous crime: Perpetrators of acid attacks deserve stronger punishment than what the law provides for (kp 08/02/2017)

Malnourished girl dies for want of treatment, by Khagendra Awasthi (kp 07/02/2017)

Civil Code Bill draws flak from rights advocates: Rights activists say the  bill introduced to replace Muluki Ain has denied even those rights that women had enjoyed earlier (kp 06/02/2017)

Jajarkot woman found murdered: Family of 24-year-old Radhika Sunar has claimed that she was murdered by her  husband Dal Bahadur (kp 06/02/2017)

Transitional justice should also address root causes of the conflict, interview with Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 06/02/2017)

Rights groups press govt to extend TJ bodies’ mandate (kp 06/02/2017)

CIEDP lays groundwork for investigation: Panel involving forensic experts to be formed for exhuming bodies, by Dewan Rai (kp 05/02/2017)

Newborn baby goes missing from hospital ward in Birgunj: Relatives accuse doctors, nurse, administration of negligence (kp 04/02/2017)

For some women in need, Hatti Hatti has become a home away from home and a wellspring for creativity, by Abha Dhital (kp 04/02/2017)

Nepali workers abroad still unable to vote, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 04/02/2017)

Rift among TRC members comes to fore, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 04/02/2017) [This is because the TRC is only another playing field for the power struggles of the politicians!]

Periods of banishment: Women in western Nepal are starting to refuse to be thrown out of the house once a month, by Subeksha Poudel (nt 03/02/2017)

CIAA receiving less number of corruption complaints: New constitution curtailed rights of CIAA barring the constitutional body from investigating ‘improper conduct’ of public officials (rep 03/02/2017)

‘Free Madhes’ campaigner CK Raut arrested (kp 03/02/2017)

SC quashes contempt cases against Kantipur (kp 03/02/2017)

Bad medicine: Free medicine scheme of govt vital to improving the health of the population (kp 03/02/2017)

Ministries asked to develop disabled-friendly infrastructure (kp 03/02/2017)

Rights priorities go wrong: Extension of TJ commissions’ terms without giving them legislative muscles means little (kp 02/02/2017)

SC scraps TRC guidelines for putting complaints on hold (rep 02/02/2017), ‘TRC, CIEPD failed victims of conflict’ (ht 3/02/2017), Nepal: Key Moment for Justice; UN and Donors Need to Back Accountability for Conflict Era Crimes (HRW 03/02/2017), AI, HRW call to extend mandates of TRC, CIEDP (ht 05/02/2017)

Local level election bill: Women, Dalit, marginalized representation to increase, by Ashok Dahal (rep 02/02/2017)

Woman set on fire by husband dies, by Arjun Oli (rep 02/02/2017)

Landless quake victims: Why are we deprived of state aid?, by Shankar Shrestha (ht 02/02/2017)

Rescued migrant workers seek govt support for rehabilitation (ht 01/02/2017)

93pc families get first tranche of aid (kp 01/02/2017) [But only of those registered in 14 of the 31 affected districts! This is unbelievable after almost two years!]

Rebuilding Sindhuli houses could take more than a century, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 01/02/2017)

Girls enrollment & retention in school: DoE to launch project in 3 Tarai districts (kp 31/01/2017)

Free healthcare saving lives, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 31/01/2017), Narayani Hosp ‘denies’ people free medicines (kp 31/01/2017), 62 per cent health centres offer basic facilities (ht 31/01/2017)

‘Inmates living in poor conditions’ (kp 31/01/2017)

Idea of citizenship: We need to revisit the 1952 Citizenship Act in order to make Nepal a true republic, by Kalpana Jha (kp 31/01/2017)

Women deprived of maternity allowance, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 31/01/2017)

Judicial Council bids for one-tier Special Court: Conflict victims can appeal in the Supreme Court, by Dewan Rai (kp 30/01/2017)

Lack of Braille textbooks leaves visually impaired students worried, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 30/01/2017)

Children of Bhaktapur brick kiln workers deprived of education, by Anita Shrestha (ht 29/01/2017)

Refugee camps in Morang, Jhapa facing food crisis (ht 29/01/2017), Refugee students demand food, stage protest (ht 31/01/2017)

TRC commissioners at odds over seeking term extension, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 28/01/2017), TRC for extending its tenure by one year (ht 30/01/2017)

Aussie envoy launches smpartphone app Nidarr (kp 28/01/2017)

‘No cut in food supply to needy Bhutan refugees’: WFP says it has been forced to reduce the amount of food provided to less vulnerable Bhutanese refugees due to a severe lack of funding but it will continue to provide full rations to some 3,100 of the most vulnerable refugees (kp 28/01/2017)

'Right to reject' removed from election bill (rep 28/01/2017) [Further ignoring of SC rulings!!]

Nurses being paid nominal salaries by private hospitals: NNC; Montlhly pay of nurses a little more than Rs 3,000, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 28/01/2017)

Road widening drive adds to woes for wheelchair users, by Pooja Chauhan (rep 28/01/2017)

13 disabled-friendly buses launched: City Metro Yatayat Pvt Ltd is the first private company to introduce disabled-friendly buses in Kathmandu (kp 28/01/2017)

Unequal by law: The constitution needs to be amended so that  people of all genders can receive equal treatment, by Sanjay Sharma and Tingyi Yang (kp 27/01/2017)

All in the family: Girls are not safe even within their own homes, especially in households dislocated by the earthquake, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 27/01/2017)

Children at work, by Priyanka Gurung (rep 27/01/2017)

Nationalism Under Threat, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 27/01/2017) [Which nationalism, male Tagadhari nationalism or the one that includes all sections of society and that still has to be invented?]

From hut to putt: Story of Pratima Sherpa, Nepal’s first female golf star (ht 27/01/2017) [But the state denies her Nepali citizenship!!]

Never heard from again: Hundreds of Nepali migrant workers never return home, not even in coffins. They simply disappear, by Om Astha Rai (nt 27/01/2017), Victims help would-be victims: Having endured hardships, migrant worker returnees help others avoid suffering the same fate, by Upasana Khadka (nt 27/01/2017), High risk and no return: Nepali migrant workers borrow money, do not earn promised salaries, and if they die their indebted families are cheated of compensation, by Puru Shah (nt 27/01/2017)

Nepal ranked as third most corrupt country in SAsia, by Samipa Khanal (kp 26/01/2017)

Criminalizing of Chhaupadi proposed in new legal code: Offenders may get 3 months in jail (rep 26/01/2017)

TRC presses for firm govt commitment: Demands legal prerequisites and logistics before term extension, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/01/2017), TRC fails to decide on term extension (ht 26/01/2017)

A nation still in the making: Ethnicity and nationhood need not be mutually exclusive, but Mahendra failed to create a multi-ethnic nation, by Deepak Thapa (kp 26/01/2017)

Panel on disappearances to seek 1-year term extension, by Dewan Rai (kp 25/01/2017)

Schools turning into playground for politicians, by Raju Adhikari (rep 25/01/2017)

Myagdi folk face shortage of life-saving Medicines, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp 25/01/2017)

Mentally ill struggle for life in Dipayal streets (ht 25/01/2017)

Donor driven healthcare ignoring most patients: MoH panel; 'Rights of people to get basic health care services ignored', by Arjun Poudel (ht 25/01/2017)

Civil Code Bill proposes eligibility requirements for child adoption (ht 25/01/2017)

The uncertainty of tomorrow: Children with disability need a secure future even when their parents are gone, by Samridhi Rana Thapa (kp 25/01/2017)

966 families without land titles denied housing aid, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 25/01/2017)

Violence against women: 8 Banke women set on fire in 2 and half yrs, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 24/01/2017)

Migrant workers: Nepali women ahead of men in committing suicide abroad, by Rudra Khadka (rep 24/01/2017)

Politicians let us down: Flood victims, by Devendra Basnet (rep 23/01/2017), Flood victims form joint struggle committee, by Arjun Oli (rep 25/01/2017)

Taplejung-Sikkim quake victims never got state announced aid, by Ananda Gautam (kp 22/01/2017)

Running out of patience: Unresolved medical malpractice claims have been piling up due to lack of judges, by Kahar Singh Khadka (kp 22/01/2017)

Govt formulates strategy to make budget gender responsive (ht 22/01/2017)

Food security situation likely to deteriorate (ht 22/01/2017)

TJ bodies divided over extra tenure: The mandate of the TRC and the CIEDP, formed to look into conflict-era  cases, expires on Feb 10, by Dewan Rai (kp 21/01/2017)

Underage workers leaving for jobs abroad (ht 21/01/2017)

Mainstreaming disability: Existing social protection measures in Nepal are far from adequate to benefit the disabled persons, by Sudarshan Neupane (rep 21/01/2017)

More than one Nepalis die in Malaysia every day, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 20/01/2017)

Hubby sets wife on fire after dousing her in kerosene, by Arjun Oli (rep 20/01/2017), Drunken man sets wife on fire in Banke, by Arjun Oli (rep 21/01/2017)

Reconstruction drive stops with grant nowhere in sight (ht 20/01/2017)

Failing to make the list: Many genuine earthquake survivors are missing from the list for housing grants due to frequent changes in government, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 20/01/2017)

TJ process hangs in balance: Victims worried about being left out in cold, by Dewan Rai (kp 19/01/2017)

Forgotten victims: Petty politics is slowing down the reconstruction process and hurting the earthquake survivors, by David Kainee (kp 19/01/2017), Post-quake reconstruction: 2nd tranche of aid distribution begins (kp 19/01/2017)

Times of confusion and fusion: Moderation and cultivation of multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic living is what Nepal needs at the moment, by Pramod Mishra (kp 19/01/2017)

New bill proposes open jail, by Ashok Dahal (rep 19/01/2017)

Red Cross tarps for Dhading quake victims after 20 months: Victims term the relief a mockery of their plight, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 17/01/2017)

Less equal: We must aim for a socially inclusive country that ensures the welfare of a broad section instead of serving few elites, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 17/01/2017)

TRC working to set up regional office in Dipayal (rep 17/01/2017)

Essential medicines to be available in districts soon: District hospitals provide 70 items of medicines free of cost (rep 17/01/2017)

Not a single textbook printed for primary schools (rep 16/01/2017), Manage adequate textbooks for new academic session, govt told (ht 18/01/2017)

NHRC report confined to PMO: Parliament panel sees breach of statute provision, by Dewan Rai (kp 16/01/2017) [see NHRC report of 13/01/2017 in Nepali]

‘Valley traffic cops face several health threats’, by Samipa Khanal (kp 16/01/2017)

Victims won’t have to wait long for justice: TRC commissioner, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 16/01/2017) [?]

‘Nepal yet to ensure justice to war-era victims’ (kp 14/01/2017), Nepal fails to deliver justice to wartime abuses, relief to quake victims: HRW (ht 14/01/2017) [see Nepal chapter in HRW report 2017]

Post-earthquake recovery: NRA plans to address grievances by Feb 11; ‘Quake-hit left to languish in shelters as parties bicker’ (kp 14/01/2017), Quake survivors unhappy with government grant (ht 14/01/2017)

Mental patient languishing in iron cage (ht 14/01/2017)

Govt unlikely to meet water supply target (ht 14/01/2017)

Guilty of serious crimes to be booked, says TRC chief, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 13/01/2017)

Enact more women-friendly laws: Experts (kp 13/01/2017)

Nepal: Political Bickering Stalls Justice for Conflict Victims; Government Fails Earthquake Relief For Second Winter (HRW 12/01/2017)

Reconstruction Works: Moving At A Snail’s Pace, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 12/01/2017)

Hindu-Muslim dispute upsets harmony of Kapilvastu village, by Manoj Paudel (kp 11/01/2017)

Yearning to breathe free: Govt must demonstrate political  will to tackle alarming air pollution (kp 11/01/2017)

Long road to justice: Conflict victims have been waiting and waiting for transitional justice bodies to act, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 10/01/2017)

Stumbling blocks: Education and modernisation haven’t weakened ingrained socio-sexual relationships, by Anjita Parajuli (kp 10/01/2017)

Medicine shortage in Kalikot for past 2 years, by Tularam Pandey (kp 09/01/2017)

Ramechhap facing drug crunch (ht 09/01/2017)

Continued aftershocks: Govt has to seriously look into how it is handling post-disaster reconstruction (kp 09/01/2017)

Rautahat woman murdered mysteriously (ht 09/01/2017), Woman found dead; parents claim ‘murdered over dowry’, by Pawan Yadav (kp 10/01/2017)

Battling illiteracy: Youths launch tuition classes for community's children, by Santosh Singh (rep 09/01/2017)

NHRC role in probing conflict-era cases urged (rep 09/01/2017)

Report at your own risk: Press freedom remains a myth in daily practice despite broad legislative measures, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 08/01/2017)

Badis protest in Kailali demanding support (kp 08/01/2017)

Cops, locals work together to curb child marriage (ht 08/01/2017)

Public schools facing existential crisis, by Anita Shrestha (ht 08/01/2017)

No justice, no peace: The commissions have made reasonable progress in the transitional  justice process, despite non-cooperation from the government, by Dewan Rai (kp 07/01/2017)

Officials fined for denying information (ht 07/01/2017)

The Dalit Question: The least well-meaning Nepalis can do is acknowledge that caste discrimination has occurred structurally against the Dalits in the past, by Shreya Paudel (kp 07/01/2017)

Bajura locals demand rice, salt depots (ht 07/01/2017)

Psychiatric hospital to be built in Nakhu Jail (rep 07/01/2017)

Tired of the cold wait, quake survivors rebuild on their own (kp 06/01/2017), Quake-hit battle second winter in temporary huts, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 06/01/2017), Getting the facts straight: It’s high time the government and donors made an honest assessment of reconstruction and resettlement works in earthquake-affected areas, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp 06/01/2017)

Wrongfully shot suspect turns out to be innocent: Victim's family accuses police of shooting Shahi despite knowing he was innocent, by Nirmal Ghimire (rep 06/01/2017)

Literacy classes making women's life easier, by Arjun Bhushal (rep 06/01/2017)

Superstition-based violence on the rise (kp 05/01/2017)

Stop the scourge: We must come together as a society  to reject the woeful practice of dowry (kp 05/01/2017)

Heal the pain: Not one perpetrator from the conflict era has been held accountable in the past decade, by Suman Adhikari (kp 05/01/2017)

Transitional justice: Boundary dispute leaves bill to amend act in the balance, by Dewan Rai (kp 05/01/2017)

No sight of solution to thousands of landless Kavre quake victims’ problem , by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht 05/01/2017)

Flood victims struggling with winter woes, by Devendra Basnet and Nagendra Upadhyay (rep 05/01/2017)

Hausalpur locals deprived of state facilities (ht 05/01/2017)

Workers get jail, flogging over Saudi unpaid wage unrest (kp 04/01/2017)

Private drugs sellers’ syndicate blocks procurement for hospital pharmacy, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 03/01/2017)

Media Society takes serious exception to obstruction at media houses (kp 03/01/2017)

Survey for housing grant to be complete only by February (rep 03/01/2017), Data collection of quake victims in limbo (ht 03/01/2017), Continuous snowfall, rain affect life of quake victims, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 03/01/2017)

Water tanker operators doing brisk business in quake-hit Salyantar, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 03/01/2017)

HR violators’ names will be disclosed soon, says NHRC (kp 02/01/2017)

National Vigilance Centre report: Delays, graft, bad behaviour rampant in govt offices, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2017)

Earthquake victims struggle amid severe cold. by Narahari Sapkota (rep 02/01/2017) [This is denial of assistance in its gravest form!!]

Politicized schools: Political parties compete for top school posts so that they get to use school budgets as they like, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep 02/01/2017)

Lessons in mourning: We need to move beyond sensationalising migrant deaths to asking harder questions, by Upasana Khadka and Aamik Adhikari (kp 02/01/2017)

MPs spending funds for unproductive purpose (kp 02/01/2017)

Quake-hit families crushing pebbles for living, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 01/01/2017)

48 rapes recorded in three months (ht 01/01/2017)

Making room: Accessibility and inclusion are a national  issue, addressing which will benefit everyone, by Simone Galimberti (kp 01/01/2017)

Disabled kids still lack access to education, by Anita Shrestha (ht 31/12/2016)

TRC still faces mountain of work with one month before term ends, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 31/12/2016)

Settle VAW cases within 3 months: CJ, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 31/12/2016)

Govt seeks clarification from NRA chief exec: PM’s core team is learnt to have the perception that  Gyewali subtly defied the government’s instructions on the pretext of legal hurdles and donor sensitivity, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/12/2016)

Dalit community submits 5-point demand to PM (kp 30/12/2016)

District hospital in sore need of Obstetricians (kp 30/12/2016)

12 hospitals in Nepal running without beds, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 30/12/2016)

Govt drops right to reject provision in elections: Experts describe move as regressive, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 30/12/2016)

‘I was wrongfully shot by police’, by Nirmal Ghimire (rep 30/12/2016)

Water shortage further punishes quake victims, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 29/12/2016)

Open pits at brick kilns posing threats to children: Each brick factory is found to have dug at least 20 pits up to 20 feet deep to store water for making bricks, but they are left open putting the children at risk (kp 28/12/2016), Children at risk in brick kilns (ht 01/12/2016)

Nepal Red Cross blows millions for week-long meeting: The money spent in luxury hotels was meant for earthquake victims, by Sangeet Sangroula and Ramesh Paudel (rep 28/12/2016)

Poisoned greens: Farmers’ tendency to spray banned pesticides on vegetables poses grave health risks to consumers, by Vikash Raj Satyal (rep 28/12/2016)

Malnutrition increasing among children (ht 27/12/2016), Nutrition for health: As malnutrition is a serious health problem we should take concerted action so that no one is deprived of nutritious food essential for health and ultimately survival (ht 28/12/2016)

TRC set to begin investigation ‘soon’: The govt approves a proposal to set up temporary  bases of the TRC in seven provinces, by Dewan Rai (kp 27/12/2016)

Toothless commissions: The proposed Madhesi, Janajati, Tharu and Muslim commissions have no real power, by Mona Ansari (kp 27/12/2016)

Home ministry tells DAO to study reality of needy Dalit kids (ht 27/12/2016)

KMC raises over Rs1m fine from street vendors: Vendors are barred from selling goods from  non-designated places, by Anup Ojha (kp 27/12/2016)

Hard of hearing people demand disabled status (kp 27/12/2016)

Speech impaired minor gang-raped, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 26/12/2016)

Patients with respiratory problems up, by Arjun Poudel (ht 26/12/2016), Shocking scenario: There is no place in the Valley where people are not suffering from the respiratory ailments (ht 27/12/2016)

Malnutrition claims 17-year old, others on the line, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 26/12/2016)

Travesty of justice in Nepal: Why has the human rights movement turned its back on relatives of the disappeared in Nepal?, by Iain Guest (kp 26/12/2016)

Healthcare to the poor: Govt planning a hike in financial assistance (kp 26/12/2016)

Supreme Court asks police again to arrest Dhungel, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/12/2016), SC body again tells police to arrest murder convict Dhungel, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 27/12/2016)

CIAA plans to bring a just policy to prosecute graft cases (kp 26/12/2016)

Tug-of-war among TRC members delays conflict victims’ reparation guideline, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 25/12/2016)

Girl, 14, quits school to support mother, sister after quake: The 14-year-old says her family did not get housing aid because her uncles took away the papers after her father’s death, by Anish Tiwari (kp 25/12/2016)

Schools far from becoming peace zones (ht 25/12/2016)

Cross in the land of the khukuri: It is unfair to doubt the patriotism of Christians, as they love this country just like other Nepalis, by David Kainee (kp 25/12/2016)

13 pc children not immunised despite free vaccination (ht 24/12/2016)

Transitional justice: ‘Victims’ say crucial in reparation policy’; CIEDP Chairman Lokendra Mallick assures to take into account the victims’ needs and concerns while drafting the reparation policy (kp 23/12/2016)

Make it a crime: The state should do more to end discrimination against Dalits because the people won’t, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (kp 23/12/2016)

Enforce laws to check VAW, say rights activists: Call for bringing guilty to book (kp 22/12/2016), Violence against women unabated (ht 22/12/2016)

Children vulnerable as rapes and murders soar, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 22/12/2016)

Reconstruction woes: Providing succour to earthquake survivors is a national priority as well as a humanitarian imperative, by Maina Dhital (kp 22/12/2016), Quake victims languishing in the cold (ht 22/12/2016)

13 child marriages stopped in 8 mths in Baitadi (kp 22/12/2016)

Fight against hunger: Govt and development partners should ensure enough food reaches deficient areas (kp 22/12/2016), Chronic neglect: Programmes such as food for work need to be launched to provide immediate relief to the locals (ht 23/12/2016)

‘Parties reluctant to approve Rome Statute’: Rights activists say party leaders fear they will be dragged into cases of human rights abuses (kp 21/12/2016)

Democratising nationalism: Greater the perception of a threat to security, stronger the tendency to push in-group cooperation by excluding others, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 21/12/2016)

National Dalit Commission: Panel starts taking suggestions on bill (kp 21/12/2016)

Bitter winter looms: Govt’s handling of reconstruction has been slow and irresponsible (kp 21/12/2016), Construction of quake victims’ houses stops, by Arjun Poudel (ht 21/12/2016)

31 VDCs classified as highly food insecure: An estimated 34,000 residents in these VDCs require humanitarian assistance due to lasting impacts  of the April-May 2015 earthquakes (kp 21/12/2016)

Reimagining development: The gap between NPC planning and implementation is rather big. So millions of Nepalis have been denied the right to participate in the shared national prosperity, by Simone Galimberti (rep 21/12/2016)

What after resettlement? Integration of remaining Bhutanese refugees in Nepal is the only viable option to end the protracted refugee situation, by Chandra Sapkota (kp 21/12/2016)

984 foreigners doing time in Nepali jails (ht 21/12/2016)

Reasonable offer: The practice of recruiting staff, in schools or elsewhere, on contract basis, for a long period is a contradiction in terms and should be made illegal (ht 21/12/2016)

Embassy alerts Nepalis on trafficking trend via Thailand: Fraudsters said to be  trapping Nepalis by  making them overstay in Thailand and sending them to other countries (kp 20/12/2016)

Women deprived of opportunities: Yami (ht 20/12/2016)

Demonetisation nightmares: Our govt and central bank cannot ignore the plight of poor seasonal migrant workers, traders and general public, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 20/12/2016)

Tanahun DHO purchases medicines after MoH failed to supply them (ht 20/12/2016)

Chhaupadi takes away 15-year-old girl’s life in Achham, by Prakash Singh (ht 19/12/2016), 15-yr-old dies in Chhaupadi shed (rep 19/12/2016)

Domestic violence in Jhapa: Girls more susceptible to domestic violence, by Raju Adhikari (rep 19/12/2016)

Migrant workers continue to suffer appalling treatment, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/12/2016), Nepal, Qatar sign MOU activation plan (kp 19/12/2016), Foreign employment: Govt should strengthen diplomatic resources and fight for fair treatment of migrant workers (kp 20/12/2016)

Police bust human trafficking racket (kp 19/12/2016)

CJ calls for swift justice to women (kp 18/12/2016)

Safe, regular and orderly migration: Nepal needs dedicated policies and investment in preparing its nationals for overseas work, by Paul Norton (kp 18/12/2016)

Bajura women compelled to give birth in cowsheds (ht 18/12/2016)

Visually impaired unable to open bank accounts in Pokhara, by Bharat Koirala (ht 18/12/2016)

Fifty years of partnership: Road to social inclusion in Nepal is long, but there has been marked progress, by Jose Assalino (kp 18/12/2016)

Homeless people being rehabilitated in Chitwan, by Tilakram Rimal (ht 18/12/2016)

Youths organise free health camp for malnourished Raku locals (ht 18/12/2016)

Healthcare service for  needy starts: Krishna Bisunkhe and Durga Bahadur Pariyar first ones to benefit from free hospital service for disadvantaged (kp 17/12/2016)

Two-day Training of trainers on Right to Information begins (ht 17/12/2016)

13pc children deprived of essential vaccinations (ht 17/12/2016)

Manang schools shut for three months (ht 17/12/2016)

Charity concert to be held for visually impaired students: About 2 per cent of the total population of the country has some form of disability (ht 17/12/2016)

Govt unveils strategy to address inequalities in health sector (kp 16/12/2016)

Question of empowerment: Caste or class?, by Atindra Dahal (ht 16/12/2016)

Dowry contributes significant share in earnings of ministers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/12/2016)

Amended anti-graft act to include pvt sector: Currently, only state-owned entities and those having a government share come under the purview of the anti-corruption watchdog, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/12/2016)

SC again orders govt to end public transport syndicates, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 16/12/2016)

Student rally to protest ‘murders’ of two women (kp 15/12/2016)

27 Kamlaris missing for over a decade: Despite unsatisfactory statement, 'masters' left untroubled, by Devendra Basnet (rep 15/12/2016)

Legal corruption: Politicians get millions for medical care while poor patients die for lack of money, by Kahar Singh Khadka (kp 15/12/2016)

Malnutrition rife due to early marriage, pregnancy (ht 15/12/2016)

Matehiya clash: Religious leaders call for restraint (kp 14/12/2016)

Youth arrested on charge of raping Mahottari teen (ht 14/12/2016)

Teenager raped by Baglung man in Gongabu (ht 14/12/2016)

Internal dispute, govt apathy hit TRC, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 14/12/2016)

Good initiative: The government’s monitoring mechanism will have to ensure that all the targeted people have got such medical services in a dignified manner (ht 14/12/2016)

Trend of political violence: Women continue to suffer, by Hisila Yami (ht 14/12/2016)

Group of teenage girls foils underage marriage: According to the District Women and Children Office, about 52 percent of girls in Bajhang marry before their legal age (kp 13/12/2016)

Citizenship provision: Constitution is already discriminatory, but with this amendment, it will also become patriarchal, by Subin Mulmi (kp 13/12/2016)

Justice delivery difficult under political duress: Chief Justice (ht 13/12/2016)

Human Rights Summit of Persons with Disabilities begins (ht 13/12/2016)

Economically weak, underprivileged families deprived of health insurance in Kailali (ht 13/12/2016)

Building durable peace: Women’s role is vital, by Sophie Kemkhadze (ht 12/12/2016)

Mystery surrounds death of a woman accused of 'practicing witchcraft', by Madhusudan Guragain (rep 12/12/2016), NHRC probes death of Dalit woman in Kavre (kp 13/12/2016), Probe Pariyar’s death, says NHRC (kp 21/12/2016), Speedy justice sought for Laxmi Pariyar’s family (ht 22/12/2016)

Violence taking its toll on women, girls (ht 12/12/2016)

UNICEF calls for protection of children affected by conflict (ht 12/12/2016)

State apathetic towards rights violation cases, says NHRC (ht 11/12/2016), Be responsible (ht 12/12/2016), Justice In Waiting And The HR Day, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 12/12/2016)

Lack of rights in land ownership blamed for violence against women (ht 11/12/2016)

Female journos facing discrimination, says FNJ Vice-chair Bindu (ht 11/12/2016)

Guilty of grave human rights violations will be brought to book: Prime minister (kp 11/12/2016) [?]

Govt aid eludes 416 families displaced by 2014 flood, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 11/12/2016) [Wow, speedy help!]

Quake victims suffering from cold related diseases (kp 11/12/2016)

Nepal and post-truth: A condition that is ironically being created in America and Europe has become a global phenomenon, by Abhi Subedi (kp 11/12/2016)

Vegetable market in Baneshwor demolished: Structures pulled down after vendors refused to vacate land as per court order, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/12/2016), Government officials demolish Baneshwor vegetable market (ht 11/12/2016)

Human rights national magna meet: ‘Prolonged transition obstacle to safeguarding human rights’ (kp 10/12/2016), Human Rights Magna Meet begins (ht 10/12/2016)

Girls are the future: Women who have the opportunity to speak up about challenges women and girls face in Nepali society can help tackle stigma, by Richard Morris and Gail Marzetti (rep 10/12/2016)

Female staff at health ministry allege discrimination, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 10/12/2016)

Sexagenarian sent to jail over attempted rape charge (rep 10/12/2016)

Human Rights Day: When the guilty remain free and victims continue to suffer, the event is just a farce, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 09/12/2016)

Some are more equal than others: Affront to human dignity and rights poses a challenge to the identity of any person, by Madhab Regmi (kp 09/12/2016)

The gods will be angry: In the remote mountains of western Nepal, women still deliver babies in dirty, cold and stuffy cowsheds, by Mina Sharma and Prakash Singh (nt 09/12/2016)

NHRC urges govt to address fasting Tiwari’s concerns: Civil society members seek immediate steps in view of his deteriorating health condition (kp 08/12/2016)

Violence against women: Central role of health workers, by Giulia Vallese and Jos Vandelaer (ht 08/12/2016)

NIC, UN Women, Zonta Club stand against VAW (kp 08/12/2016)

Human rights meet beginning tomorrow (ht 08/12/2016)

Conference aims to promote inclusive education (ht 08/12/2016)

Elderly inmates pose burden for prison management: 308 sexagenarian inmates in prisons, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 08/12/2016)

NRA lacks fund to distribute second tranche of housing grant (ht 08/12/2016)

Conflict victims hand memorandum to NC (rep 08/12/2016)

Business community in Bhairahawa condemns murder bid on Neupane (kp 08/12/2016)

Universal health coverage: Introducing Social Health Security Act is laudable but govt should beware pitfalls (kp 08/12/2016)

Make drafting of bill transparent: NHRC; Chairman Sharma urges rights defenders and  civil society members  to be critical about the  government instead of transitional justice bodies, by Dewan Rai (kp 07/12/2016)

Divorced women may not get property share in new Code, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/12/2016), House sub-panel recommends will system (ht 07/12/2016)

NGOs complain of irregularities in girls' education program, by Madan Thakur (rep 07/12/2016)

Mindset needs to change: There are numerous obstacles to inclusive education for children with disabilities; Disabled people are often subjected to inhuman treatment and are largely perceived as requiring charity as opposed to rights, by Devdatta Joshi (kp 07/12/2016)

Reconstruction of health post buildings delayed, by Sudip Kaini (kp 07/12/2016)

High Court upholds verdict in torture case (kp 07/12/2016)

Signs of delay: While price and quality are important factors, they will be nothing if the textbooks are not made available to all the students across the country on time (ht 07/12/2016)

Seeing is believing: Govt should remove all doubts among conflict victims about the dispensation of justice (kp 06/12/2016)

Unequal, by law: When a girl or woman is viewed in connection with a male figure, it creates an unequal society, by Anjali Subedi (rep 06/12/2016)

Sluggish construction affects reconstruction: In lack of building, a school operates from toilet, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 06/12/2016)

Where mothers give birth in cowsheds, by Prakash Singh (ht 05/12/2016)

Poor Tarai communities hunt rats for food (ht 05/12/2016)

All wrong: South Africa is a poor transitional justice model for Nepal as 65 percent of its applicants for amnesty were already in jail, by Govinda Sharma 'Bandi' (rep 05/12/2016)

Chepangs sans citizenship, by Pratap Bista (kp 04/12/2016)

Rolpali women seeking justice (ht 04/12/2016), Rolpali women seeking justice, by Kabita Upadhyay (rep 05/12/2016)

Survivors of quake-hit districts still waiting: Large number of affected households in Dhading, Makawanpur, Nuwakot yet to get housing aid, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 04/12/2016)

Government fails to amend TRC Act to facilitate transitional justice process, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 04/12/2016), TJ act amendment: Old definition of murder retained in proposed bill; Murder redefined as ‘all kinds of killing’ from ‘act of killing under control’, by Dewan Rai (kp 05/12/2016)

Eastern regional prison: Jhumka inmates lack access to health care, by Bedraj Paudel (kp 04/12/2016)

Rights of disabled: ‘Draft bill has excluded the concerns of deaf and mute’ (kp 03/12/2016), Differently abled continue their struggle for rights (ht 03/12/2016), Rights activists demand equal opportunities for differently abled (ht 05/12/2016)

Domestic violence on the rise in Sindhuli (ht 03/12/2016)

Call to tackle migrants’ needs through multi-sector approach (ht 03/12/2016)

Quake victims demand inclusion of genuine victims for grants: Only 57 percent victims sign agreement due to obstruction so far; NRA shows indifference about the problem, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 03/12/2016)

7,000 quintal rice lies undistributed in NFC warehouse (rep 03/12/2016)

TRC records 295 complaints on sexual assaultRights activists say the real number could be higher: A human rights lawyer Rukmani Maharjan says many victims have not shared their stories with their partners, by Dewan Rai (kp 02/12/2016)

Violence against women: Slippery path to justice, by Wenny Kusuma and Kirti Thapa (ht 02/12/2016)

#IWalkFreely: Survey reveals young women in Nepal are exposed to greater dangers than just cat calls and wolf whistles, by Asmita Gauchan (nt 02/12/2016)

10,600 quake-affected deprived of housing aid (kp 02/12/2016) [related to Makwanpur district only]

'Little progress made against Chhaupadi', by Menuka Dhungana (kp 01/12/2016), Reform begins at home: Behavioural changes are needed to remove the stigma associated with menstruation (kp 02/12/2016)

Jajarkot medics halt health service: Jhapa youths start hunger protest; KU students, staff show support (kp 01/12/2016), Govt doctors halt services to exert pressure to fulfil demands (kp 02/12/2016), NHRC urges doctors to end strike (ht 03/12/2016)

Caste in doubt: If the struggle is for the rights of everyone, how can that ‘everyone’ not include Dalits?, by Deepak Thapa (kp 01/12/2016)

Disaster management bill: ‘Govt committed to ensuring women representation’ (kp 01/12/2016) [Yes, please include one woman in a minor position, just as in the council of ministers!], Regional meet stresses need for gender-friendly DRR policy (ht 01/12/2016)

Don’t violate children’s rights: CCWB (kp 01/12/2016)

Underage marriage foiled (kp 01/12/2016)

Agents of change: Knowing of the sacrifices women rights defenders make every day, let us commit to respect them, by Renu Adhikari Rajbhandari (rep 01/12/2016)

Malnutrition stalks children in Bajhang (kp 01/12/2016), Malnourished children being treated in Bajura, by Prakash Singh (ht 01/12/2016), Fight malnutrition: Pressures of work, academia and lifestyle have pushed many young adults in urban areas to the brink of malnutrition (ht 01/12/2016)

Needs of the poor: Implement findings; The poor families should be provided identity cards that will enable them to receive ‘social security allowance’ and ‘compulsory health insurance’. This allowance can be used by the poor for total health care, by Vikash Raj Satyal (ht 01/12/2016)

Quake victims yet to recieve house construction grants, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 01/12/2016)

‘1 in 7 suffered abuse in the past 12 months’ (kp 30/11/2016), Something amiss: Violence on women (rep 30/11/2016)

SC orders TRC to investigate all complaints: Court scraps standard guidelines for shelving complaints while the TRC regulations remain, by Dewan Rai (kp 30/11/2016)

CIEDP publishes 28,000 names of conflict victims, by Dewan Rai (kp 29/11/2016), Technical difficulty delaying probe, says Minister Yadav (ht 29/11/2016) [??]

Violence against women continues unabated, by Santosh Singh (rep 29/11/2016)

KMC preparing to expand anti-child labor drive, by Gyanu Sapkota (rep 29/11/2016)

Women leaders demand 50pc representation in Cabinet (kp 29/11/2016)

NHRC appeals for Dr KC’s life (kp 29/11/2016)

Legal hurdle remains in Nepalis voting from abroad (kp 29/11/2016)

"Complaints against police helping in effective policing", by Kamal Pariyar (rep 29/11/2016)

CIAA refining draft bill to amend anti-graft Act: Officials say that they are trying to make the law as possibly compatible with the UN Convention against Corruption (kp 29/11/2016)

Bajhang’s disabled man struggles for wheelchair, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 29/11/2016)

CIEDP calls for clarity on defintion of disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp 28/11/2016)

Women working in informal sector: Rights groups call for law to combat internal trafficking; Poor young girls are being forced to work in massage parlours and dance bars in city areas with fake offers of respectable jobs (kp 28/11/2016)

Tansen locals protest against police for failing to arrest murderers (rpp 28/11/2016)

Final hearing in Adhikary murder case deferred (ht 28/11/2016)

Many health facilities without buildings, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 28/11/2016)

Three years on, flood victims still await relief: Over 500 families living in temporary shelters, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 28/11/2016)

School running classes under open sky after its old building falls apart, by Khagendra Awasthi (kp 28/11/2016)

300 schools without classrooms in Sindhupalchok, by Anish Tiwari (kp 26/11/2016)

Game of Thrones leaves quake victims in cold (ht 26/11/2016)

Rally organised to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (ht 26/11/2016)

Re-examining value of girls, by Jessica Rai (ht 26/11/2016)

House committee to quiz PM on TJ mechanism issues (kp 26/11/2016), Citing govt non-cooperation, TRC, CIEDP seek MPs’ help, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 26/11/2016)

CIEDP receives documents of war-era cases: Tallying complaint details with info from authorities, by Dewan Rai (kp 25/11/2016)

Amend TRC law: The TRC and CIEDP will not get international recognition if they fail to give justice to the victims (ht 25/11/2016)

Safe education for all: Structural inequalities and patriarchal attitudes continue to affect women’s schooling, by Renu Adhikari Rajbhandari (kp 25/11/2016)

A burning issue: Violence against women is detrimental not only to the victim but to the whole community (kp 25/11/2016), Women suffered more violence at home than outside last year: Worec report, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 26/11/2016), Violence against women continues unabated (ht 27/11/2016)

Who cares? Women do the bulk of unpaid work in the household cleaning, cooking, washing, collecting firewood and caring for children and the elderly, by Sangita Thebe-Limbu (nt 25/11/2016)

Govt told to probe fraud cases in foreign job sector (kp 25/11/2016)

Stop ‘looting’ of Malaysia-bound workers, govt told, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 25/11/2016)

‘Disabled-friendly public toilets needed’ (ht 25/11/2016)

“A woman is as capable as a man”, interview with Chief Justice Sushila Karki (nt 25/11/2016)

Rape of 5-year-old girl revealed after two months: The girl’s family did not report the incident fearing stigma (kp 24/11/2016)

One-third of Nepali children age 5-14 put to work: CBS, by Gyanu Sapkota (rep 24/11/2016)

Child marriage and after: While most boys left the village for work after marriage, girls stayed back in the village, but sadly not in schools, by Reena Burathoki (rep 24/11/2016)

Reaching every child: Millions of children in South Asia face a difficult journey through life without school, nutrition and decent health care, by Douglas J. Noble (kp 24/11/2016)

Corporal punishment rampant in pvt schools (ht 24/11/2016)

TRC chair threatens to quit: Says govt not supporting him, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 24/11/2016)

TRC gears up for probe into plaints: Begins consultation with professionals for suggestions and support, by Dewan Rai (kp 23/11/2016), TRC lobbies for extended offices in federal states to probe war-era cases, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 23/11/2016)

Bajhang village ends Chhaupadi, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/11/2016), Chhaupadi takes its toll on women in Achham (ht 24/11/2016)

Shortage of essential medicines in Palpa (kp 23/11/2016)

Busting police myths: Around 67 percent people do not trust the police and 78 percent believe the police do not understand their issues, by Ayush Joshi (rep 23/11/2016)

Rights of people with disabilities: New bill ignores reproductive health rights; The bill briefly touches upon reproductive right but is silent on reproductive health rights of women living with disabilities (kp 22/11/2016)

Women rights activists in west feel threatened (ht 22/11/2016)

Conflict victims demand home minister’s resignation (ht 22/11/2016)

Don’t discriminate against naturalised citizens, says Yadav (ht 22/11/2016)

Nepali media suffers due to unabated impunity, says study (ht 22/11/2016)

UN Centre for Peace, Disarmament resumes operation (ht 22/11/2016)

NHRC stresses transitional justice (kp 21/11/2016), Towards a transformative justice: Nepal may continue to experience social conflict as long as issues of marginalisation are ignored, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Simon Robins (kp 21/11/2016), War Has Ended, Not The Peace Process, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 21/11/2016), Transitional justice still in limbo, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 21/11/2016), Ex-Maoist guerrillas not happy with peace accord as promises remain unfulfilled, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 21/11/2016), A decade of peace: Building peace requires inclusion, justice and making strides to Nepal’s development goals, by Valerie Julliand (rep 21/11/2016)

Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia: Migrant workers making goods for the global electronics brands claim they are trapped and exploited in Malaysia (Guardian 21/11/2016), Flagrant exploitation: Govt should continuously press for better labour rights for our migrant workers (kp 23/11/2016)

Inmates use weaving skills to make money (ht 21/11/2016)

Chhaupadi practice: Achham woman’s death concerns PM (kp 20/11/2016), PM concerned about death of woman in cow shed (ht 20/11/2016)

10 years of peace deal: ICJ reminds Nepal of commitment to justice for conflict victims (kp 20/11/2016), Justice still far cry in Nepal after a decade: ICJ (rep 20/11/2016), Nepal: Decade After Peace, Scant Progress On Justice; Political Parties Fail to Deliver on Promises (Human Rights Watch 20/11/2016)

Child marriage still rampant in Kalikot, by Tularam Pandey (kp 20/11/2016), Child marriage rampant in Rukum, shows study (ht 21/11/2016)

Lack of toilets keeping girls away from schools (kp 20/11/2016)

Public toilets of no use to visually impaired (ht 20/11/2016)

Hospitals told to allocate beds for the poor (ht 20/11/2016)

Act amendment delay stymies TRC: Term expiring in two months, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 19/11/2016), A decade on, legacy of Maoist insurgency stalks Nepal (ht 19/11/2016), Displaced Badis yet to return home (ht 19/11/2016)

Prosecution in serious rights violations, says PM, by Dewan Rai (kp 18/11/2016), ‘Don’t delist serious insurgency-era crimes’, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 18/11/2016)

Where are all the women? An underlying reason for the low representation of women in politics is a patriarchal mindset that permeates political life, by Avasna Pandey (kp 18/11/2016)

Heavy investments change little for Saptari’s malnourished (ht 18/11/2016)

6,000 quake victims living around BP Highway not granted permits for house reconstruction (ht 18/11/2016)

Recovery is still a far cry in Barpak, by Sudip Kaini (kp 18/11/2016)

Rs 5,000 to family of woman who died during abortion (ht 18/11/2016)

Former bonded labourer wins N-Peace Award (kp 17/11/2016) [on Basanti Chaudhary]

Social stigma related to sexual violence still rampant in society (ht 17/11/2016), Women’s security is responsibility of all citizens, says DPM Nidhi (ht 17/11/2016)

More children lost, abandoned (ht 17/11/2016)

No solution in sight: The argument that naturalized citizens by marriage be treated as ‘special’ is fraught as we are dealing with people of two different countries, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 17/11/2016) [?? The problem is the continued different treatment of two genders, men and women, by the constitution!!]

Stakeholders ignored while framing TRC Act amendment bill, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 17/11/2016)

Lack of bridge increasing school dropout rate: Children failing to reach school as there’s no safer means to cross river; Schoolkids of Kanjabhoj, Kutiyakbhar, Shantinagar areas have to pay Rs 5 every time they take the boat to get across (kp 16/11/2016)

Community school students still studying in temporary classrooms, by Pratap Bista (kp 16/11/2016)

Approaching winter concerns quake victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp 16/11/2016), PM Dahal talks to NRA chair about reconstruction delays: The directive committee of National Reconstruction Authority will discuss a time-bound action plan on Sunday (kp 16/11/2016)

Laudable but inadequate: National Human Rights Action Plan might not be enough to ensure rights at the local level, by Prakash Budha Magar (kp 15/11/2016)

Police highhandedness becomes viral (ht 15/11/2016)

Over 3,000 deprived of social security allowance (ht 15/11/2016)

Housing aid yet to reach needy in remote VDCs, by Kumbha Raj Rai (kp 15/11/2016)

‘More women needed in all sectors for development’ (ht 15/11/2016)

My water, your water: Good laws need to be made to avert possible conflicts between the states over water; As Nepal is finalising the boundaries of the proposed federal states, we need to be thoughtful and smart to avoid the kind of water-related  disputes that have been taking place in our neighbouring countries, by Chandra Lal Pandey (kp 15/11/2016)

The divide within: Invisibility of labourers in Kathmandu is compounded by their inability to negotiate with employers directly; The Madhesi migrant population in Kathmandu, heterogeneous as it is, remains outside the public fabric and does not participate in religious, communal or political events, by Dan V. Hirslund (kp 14/11/2016)

CIAA riding roughshod over right to privacy: Sophisticated gear used to collect private and confidential information on people not related to any investigations, by Deepak Kharel (rep 14/11/2016)

Quake victims in Laharepauwa camp brace for another winter under tents, by Nirajan Paudel (rep 14/11/2016)

TJ process remains stalled, by Dewan Rai (kp 13/11/2016), ‘Govt apathy’ leaves TRC in a quandary, by Dewan Rai (kp 14/11/2016), The road less travelled: Dahal govt has forgotten its early promises to give credible closure to conflict-era cases (kp 14/11/2016)

Global Gender Gap Index 2016: Nepal fails to improve on 2015’s place (kp 13/11/2016) [see Nepal data in report by World Economic Forum]

Classes being run for Dalit girls, by Byas Shankar Upadhyay (ht 13/11/2016)

Caste discrimination laws have made little difference: Report (kp 12/11/2016)

Prolonged drought causes food crisis in three districts (ht 12/11/2016)

Around 50 per cent Bajura children malnourished (ht 12/11/2016)

Nepal becomes party to anti-biological arms pact: Nepal is the 177th country to ratify the convention, Foreign Ministry says (kp 11/11/2016), Nepal ratifies Biological Weapons Convention (ht 11/11/2016)

Guerrillas from the mist: Former Maoist combatants’ grievances should be addressedbefore their nonviolent protest turns into violent action, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 11/11/2016)

Elderly couple beaten to death for ‘witchcraft’, by Krishna Thapa (kp 11/11/2016)

Legal hurdle delays probe into TRC cases, by Dewan Rai (kp 10/11/2016)

Breaking Information Monopoly: Key To Democratic Governance, by Mukti Rijal (rn 10/11/2016)

Clinging to creed: A diverse country cannot live in peace and harmony by making one religion constitutionally superior to another, by Pramod Mishra (kp 10/11/2016)

Locals rue govt delay in signing grant agreement (ht 10/11/2016)

Assaulted by hubby, woman in hospital for past 1 month (kp 09/11/2016)

Final hearing in Adhikary murder case deferred (ht 09/11/2016)

Husband who burnt wife alive refuses to divorce her, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 09/11/2016)

Rautahat Muslims breaking barriers to girls’ education: Around 400 girls from the Muslim community are studying in Jamiya Khadijatul Kubra School (ht 09/11/2016), Muslim daughters start going to school, by Madan Thakur (rep 10/11/2016)

Jumla locals question promise of free, quality health services, by DB Buda (rep 09/11/2016)

Impeachment and impunity: Impeachment of CIAA chief would be an important symbolic step, but it must not be used to hide or side-step widespread systemic impunity in Nepal’s body politic, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep 09/11/2016)

Manipal teachers strike to press their demands: Students say classes have not taken place since August 23, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 08/11/2016), Teachers’ agitation hits students hard (ht 08/11/2016)

Attempts to cover up rape case riles rights activists, locals (ht 08/11/2016)

Tackling Human Trafficking, by Rupa Sharma ‘Neha’ (rn 08/11/2016)

Former child soldiers announce protest plan (kp 07/11/2016), Disqualified PLA fighters padlock CPN-MC HQ, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 08/11/2016), Ex-child combatants vow to continue their protest (kp 09/11/2016), Police arrest 169 protesting former Maoist combatants (rep 09/11/2016)

Workers deprived of basic facilities, by Tekendra Basyal (rep 07/11/2016)

Decomposing body of woman found in Bhaktapur (rep 07/11/2016), Decomposed body identified to be of a girl killed by her lover (rep 09/11/2016), 19-year-old man held for girlfriend’s murder: The victim’s body was found inside a jute sack in a field in Bode recently (kp 10/11/2016)

Govt set to add 17 more shelters for trafficking victims (kp 06/11/2016)

‘Resource crunch affecting probe into conflict-era cases’ (ht 06/11/2016)

Women hesitant to report cases of sexual harassment, by Gyanu Sapkota (rep 05/11/2016)

NIC urges women to be aware of their rights (ht 05/11/2016), Women yet to benefit from women-friendly policies, by Tenzin Tsomo (rep 05/11/2016)

Combating bullying: Students should be taught that they should not tolerate any form of aggressive behavior and harassment in schools and the community, by Neha KC (rep 05/11/2016)

Submit periodical reports to UN committee on time, NHRC tells government (ht 04/11/2016)

Bill proposes greater powers for NWC (ht 04/11/2016)

More women face domestic violence (ht 03/11/2016)

60pc of doctor posts vacant in the Midwest: According to a senior health official, the doctor to patient ratio in the region is 1 doctor per 20,000 population, by Janak Nepal (kp 31/10/2016)

‘Child rights activists must for inquiry’ (kp 31/10/2016)

‘Muslim commission needs autonomy’ (ht 30/10/2016)

Dadeldhura disabled deprived of identity cards (ht 30/10/2016)

Disappearance cases: CIEDP to start exhumation of burial sites, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 29/10/2016)

School for Dalits lies in a sorry state (ht 29/10/2016) [Why is there a special school for Dalit children at all?]

Too young to marry: If we want to stop child marriage in Nepal, we have to start talking about sex, by Sarah Rich-Zendel (kp 28/10/2016)

Transitional Justice: A Tool For Durable Peace, by Indra Karki (rn 28/10/2016)

CIEDP proceeds investigation with no clear law, by Dewan Rai (kp 27/10/2016)

Off the rails? Had the conflict victims received justice in Nepal, they would not have had to turn to outside powers, by Charan Prasai (kp 27/10/2016)

The long wait: People displaced by the earthquakes cannot be left in limbo for much longer (kp 27/10/2016), PM tells NRA to pick up pace (kp 27/10/2016)

Anti-torture bill gathers dust in House panel: The bill was registered in the Parliament Secretariat two years ago after the arrest of Nepal Army Col Kumar Lama in the United Kingdom under universal jurisdiction, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/10/2016)

Kids deprived of education after losing school to landslide, by Ananda Gautam (kp 26/10/2016)

More than laws needed: A number of factors prevent Nepali women from reporting marital rape, by Saloni Maheshwari (kp 25/10/2016)

Vow to end child marriage by 2030 (kp 24/10/2016) [Why not immediately? Some girls not even born now will be married until then!]

14 per cent pregnant women malnourished (ht 24/10/2016)

The Red Glass Dress: Unravelling the social fabric underpinning child brides, by Rachel McFadden (kp 22/10/2016)

Diverse experiences: It is important to understand that empowerment can take different forms for different women, by Emma Karki (kp 21/10/2016)

Economic progress: Invest in 10-year-old girls, by Giulia Vallese (ht 21/10/2016)

Three arrested for fraud, trafficking: Owners of two educational consultancies are being investigated after seven of their Europe-bound clients were stranded in Russia (kp 20/10/2016)

Human trafficking up through border entry points in far-west (ht 20/10/2016)

Recalled SPs told to rejoin duty, by Manish Gautam (kp 20/10/2016) [Political intervention tp prevent legal investigation!]

When children work: When parents have no means to feed their children they feel forced to send them to work, by David Kainee (rep 19/10/2016)

Scribe stories: A young journalist was forced to leave his job after he wasn’t paid for 10 months. He then went to Malaysia for manual labor, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep 19/10/2016)

350,000 families still without aid (kp 19/10/2016) [a case of denial of assistance by government and administration!]

OCE to conduct Grade X exams this year too, by Kokila KC (ht 19/10/2015) [Continued confusion because of inactivity of government and administration means a violation of the fundamental rights of the students!]

Jailbirds deprived of medical care (ht 19/10/2016)

CIEDP asks complainants to provide further information: The commission, which has received 2,893 complaints so far, has sent letters to all the petitioners across the country, by Dewan Rai (kp 18/10/2016)

AG proposes new Special Court to try conflict era cases, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/10/2016)

Drugs crunch to persist with licences of three manufacturers suspended: Many urban poor will be deprived of essential drugs if they are not distributed free of cost, by Arjun Poudel (ht 18/10/2016)

Campaign launched to stop child marriage, by Bira Gadal (rep 18/10/2016)

Dropout rates up in Kanchanpur schools (ht 18/10/2016)

Children unable to reach school after cable crossing fails, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 18/10/2016)

Disappearances truth and reconciliation act: Amendment proposal stirs a fresh debate; Proposal to restore the constitutional rights of attorney general to decide whether the perpetrator is to be prosecuted as directed by the Supreme Court, by Dewan Rai (kp 17/10/2016)

Temporary teachers threaten to shut community schools (ht 17/19/2016)

Rights activists call for making abortion free of cost, safe (kp 16/10/2016)

‘Chhaupadi-free’ village still follows repealed tradition (ht 16/10/2016)

Ilam jailbirds’ kids deprived of education (ht 16/10/2016)

School reconstruction yet to gather pace, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 16/10/2016)

Pregnant woman dies for want of treatment: Bad weather delayed rescue by helicopter, by Ananda Gautam (kp 15/10/2016)

18 types of reparation schemes proposed for war-era crimes, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 15/10/2016)

Dalits deprived of social security allowance (ht 14/10/2016)

Unsafe abortion rife in Bajura (ht 14/10/2016)

Woman rescued from traffickers’ clutch (ht 10/10/2016)

With no roof over heads, Dashain a sad affair for flood victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp 09/10/2016)

Senior citizens deprived of allowance (kp 09/10/2016)

Doing by knowing: We citizens need to realise that we have as many responsibilities as we have rights, by Kishori Mahat (kp 09/10/2016)

80 girls, women raped in past three months, says SMN report (ht 08/10/2016)

Textbooks for new session unlikely to be printed on time (ht 08/10/2016) [Same procedure as every year!!]

MoEd to begin reconstruction of 307 schools within this fiscal: Fate of 4,300 quake-hit schools is still uncertain (ht 08/10/2016)

New bill will render Madhesi Commission toothless: Lawyers (hts 07/10/2016)

One million kids still out of school: Report (ht 07/10/2016)

Food for thinking: It turns out gender discrimination is a good thing for girl students in government schools, by Om Astha Rai (nt 07/10/2016)

Rupadiya border a transit point for human trafficking (ht 07/10/2016)

Who will look after ‘the living martyr’ after we are gone?, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht 07/10/2016) [The brutal procedure by the police had been ordered by the putsching king's henchman and home minister Kamal Thapa!]

Transitional justice: Amendment bill proposes removal of statute of limitations; Move a step towards ensuring justice to victims of the decade-long insurgency, by Dewan Rai (kp 06/10/2016)

400 women, children saved from trafficking in eight months (rep 06/10/2016)

Food crunch hits Jajarkot locals (ht 06/10/2016), Jajarkot NFC depot runs out of rice, by Janak KC (rep 06/10/2016), Freed Haliyas reeling under food crisis, by Prakash Singh (ht 06/10/2016) [Nepal's inactive political overlords wish all affected people a very happy Dashain!!]

A temple in Janakpur where women are not allowed (kp 05/10/2016)

Dalit man from Bajhang tortured for ‘defiling temple’ (kp 04/10/2016)

Dahal pledges to keep Army off war-era cases: Once bitten, PM all praise of NA’s role, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/10/2016) [How can he? He is only the head of the executive! Judgements on crimes of the army have to be passed by the independent judiciary!!], National Army last resort to face challenges: PM Dahal (rep 03/10/2016)

Girls make move against child marriage, by Bira Gadal (rep 03/10/2016), Child marriages increasing in Bajura, blame on phones, internet, by Krishna Oli (rep 04/10/2016), Child marriage rampant in Bajura (ht 15/10/2016)

Hope for justice: Amendment to legislation needs to address key issues for credible transitional justice (kp 03/10/2016)

Toil and trouble: Labour Act deprives domestic workers of basic labour rights that all other workers enjoy, at least at policy level, by Tara Kanel (kp 02/10/2016)

Transitional justice: Two-tier court to deal with war-era cases, by Dewan Rai (kp 01/10/2016)

Guidelines for shelving TRC complaints: Supreme Court show cause to defendants (kp 30/09/2016), SC stays TRC guideline for placing cases on hold (rep 30/09/2016)

Legal lapses: "If there were more cases of domestic violence and sexual assault against men piling up at our offices, the court would have no choice but to work on building stronger laws", interview with advocate Sushma Gautam (rep 30/09/2016)

Most people unaware of right to information, says Justice Malla (ht 29/09/2016)

MPs spar over withdrawing Tikapur carnage cases (kp 29/09/2016), House witnesses heated exchange on case withdrawals (ht 29/09/2016)

Women's shelter demolition: Women’s rights defenders draw PM Dahal’s attention (kp 29/09/2016), Forest land grab row: Taskforce inspects wrecked buildings (kp 30/09/2016), Women's shelter demolished: Women’s rights defenders flay govt inaction, press for probe (kp 08/10/2016)

Five officials transferred from CIEDP: CIEDP Chairman Lokendra Mallick says the decision has upended everything they had planned and been working on until now, by Dewan Rai (kp 29/09/2016)

Police intercept 21 children from Nepal-India border in Baitadi, by Bira Gadal (rep 29/09/2016)

Transitional justice: Writ against criteria for dropping complaints, by Dewan Rai (kp 28/09/2016)

46 per cent victims of sexual violence minors, report says (ht 28/09/2016)

‘Witch’ accused tortured, fears filing complaint: A single mother from Dada Gaun in Salyan is tied to a post and tortured for hours on witchcraft charge by her relatives, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 27/09/2016)

Conflict victims concerned about TRC Act bill amendment (ht 27/09/2016)

CIAA seeks action against Social Science Baha, Alliance for Social Dialogue (ht 26/09/2016) [see press release in Nepali and English translation], Social Science Baha refutes CIAA charges: Says the anti-graft body distorted facts (kp 01/10/2016), Social Science Baha accuses CIAA of breaching jurisdiction (ht 01/10/2016), Social Science Baha claims CIAA misinterpreted facts (rep 01/10/2016), Statement on the CIAA and reports on investigation of Social Science Baha (SSB) and Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) (BNAC 01/10/2016), ‘No irregularities at SSB, ASD’ (kp 03/10/2016)

Seeking justice: Without a credible transitional justice roadmap, path will be open for specific and personally targeted prosecution, by Hari Phuyal (kp 26/09/2016), Ensure justice: Past instances have proved that some of the cases not related to political agitation were withdrawn under political pressure (ht 26/09/2016)

Proposed provision could further ‘limit women’s citizenship right’, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/09/2016)

Child rape rate alarming: Report (kp 26/09/2016)

Ministry working to amend Act: The Act which came into effect in 2007 does not acknowledge trafficking can take place inside the country (kp 26/09/2016)

Radio Dhading building razed, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 24/09/2016), ACORAB inspects Radio Dhading building (kp 25/09/2016), Radio Dhading resumes service, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 26/09/2016), Radio Dhading resumes work from demolished building (ht 26/09/2016)

Torture in detention in Dipayal: Army offers mea culpa for barring NHRC from probe; Says not letting investigating officials enter NA barracks a mistake, by Dewan Rai (kp 23/09/2016)

Court records Ganga Maya’s statement: It is the fifth time the court has ordered the petitioner to appear before the court to testify (kp 19/09/2016), Ganga Maya says suspects should take ploygraph test (kp 21/09/2016), Punish my son’s murderers, says Gangamaya, by Tika Ram Rimal (ht 22/09/2016), Hearing on Krishna Prasad Adhikari’s murder starts, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 26/09/2016), Chitwan Dist Court completes hearing, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 28/09/2016)

Female feticide rampant in far-west (rep 16/09/2016)

‘Ensure our right to education, health’ (kp 15/09/2016)

Cases of human trafficking on the rise: Reports (kp 14/09/2016)

Woman attacked by in-law dies (ht 14/09/2016)

Children of inmate mothers deprived of education, by Daman Rai (rep 13/09/2016)

Paedophilia case: American man arrested, five children rescued (kp 12/09/2016)

3 girls raped in a week (kp 12/09/2016)

Human trafficking on rise after earthquakes (ht 10/09/2016)

Rs500k demanded for rehab of each freed Kamaiya family (kp 10/09/2016)

Transitional justice: Commissions should be made strong: TRC chair, by Dewan Rai (kp 09/09/2016)

It’s not over yet: Nepal should hold people accused of torture and other ill-treatment accountable through fair trials in its own courts, by Champa Patel (kp 09/09/2016)

HRW blames government for child marriage menace (kp 09/09/2016) [see report, [see also video], State should intervene, says researcher (kp 09/09/2016), ‘Govt steps not enough to end child marriage in Nepal’ (rep 09/09/2016), No kidding: According to HRW report, 37 percent Nepali girls marry before 18, while 10 percent marry before 15, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep 19/09/2016), Girls no brides: Around 37 percent Nepali girls are married before they reach 18 and 10 percent before they reach 15, by David Kainee (rep 22/09/2016)

Dad-son duo held for rape, forced abortion: Police say the father aided his rapist son abort the baby after learning that the minor girl was pregnant (kp 08/09/2016), Paying for torture: Col Lama’s acquittal only underscores how difficult closure of war-era cases can be (kp 08/09/2016)

Haliya liberation limited to paper (ht 07/09/2016), Liberation added to our historical woes: Ex-haliyas, by Krishna Oli (rep 07/09/2016), Budget for freed Haliyas freezes (ht 08/09/2016)

UK court acquits Lama of charges, by Nabin Pokharel (kp 07/09/2016), Col Lama’s acquittal: Setback for moment, but ‘victory in long run’, by Dewan Rai (kp 08/09/2016), Col Lama returns home: The case of Col Kumar Lama, who was acquitted this month by a UK court, is the first war-time crime tried abroad (21/09/2016) [The case is not cleared at all though the army wants to celebrate and honour him!]

Call for concrete steps to combat human trafficking: A report by the National Human Rights Commission states that around 16,500 Nepalis were trafficked in the last two years (kp 04/09/2016), National Anti-Trafficking Day: Sex Trafficking Under Our Nose, by Sunil Sainju (rn 04/09/2016), Fight against human trafficking: Calls louder for SAARC convention revision (kp 05/09/2016), Chief Justice for stern law against human trafficking: Ranju Jha, chairperson of parliament committee for women and children, calls for collaboration from all sides to fight trafficking (kp 06/09/2016), The human trail: Improving economic conditions in the country is key to curbing trafficking (kp 06/09/2016)

Hiding hidden wounds: After facing years of abuse in Indian brothels, rescued young women have to then struggle to fight stigma back home in Nepal, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 02/09/2016)

Epicentre of trafficking: Long before the earthquake hit last year, the districts around Kathmandu were already hotbeds of trafficking, by Om Astha Rai (nt 02/09/2016)

Bill to criminalize torture tabled, by Ashok Dahal (rep 30/08/2016), Anti-torture Bill moves (kp 31/08/2016), Rights activists say new anti-torture law should have retroactive effect (ht 02/09/2016), 10 amendments proposed to Bill against torture (kp 05/09/2016)

“Building inequality": The failure of the Nepali government to protect the marginalised in post-earthquake reconstruction efforts (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

"What I want is for the government to help". Nepal: Ensure the right to adequate housing for the marginalised in post-earthquake Nepal (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

Serious Crimes in Nepal’s Criminal Code Bill, 2014. A Briefing Paper by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), March 2017

National Human Rights Commission Nepal (NHRC)

Nepal 2016 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 3 March 2017

Nepal 206/17, report by Amnesty International, 22 February 2017

Nepal: extending transitional justice commissions without granting real powers betrays trust of victims, by International Commission of Jurists (10 February 2017)

NHRC. Varshik Prativedhan 2072/73 (yearly report), 13 January 2017 (in Nepali)

Human Rights Watch, World report 2017, Nepal chapter (January 2017)

Nepal: Decade After Peace, Scant Progress On Justice; Political Parties Fail to Deliver on Promises, by Human Rights Watch, 18 October 2016

Global Gender Gap Report 2016 - Nepal data, by World Economic Forum, Geneva, October 2016

Statement on the CIAA and reports on investigation of Social Science Baha (SSB) and Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) (BNAC 01/10/2016)

“Our Time to Sing and Play”: Child Marriage in Nepal, by Human Rights Watch, 7 September 2016 [see also video]

Nepal - Torture and Coerced Confessions, by Amnesty International, 19 July 2016

The Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (Control) Bill, 2014. A Briefing Paper by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), June 2016

Nepal 2015 Human Rights Report, by Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Washington, 14 April 2016

Nepal 2015/16, by Amnesty International, 24 February 2016

Nepal’s police in Madhesi-hunting spree (Asian Human Rights Commission, 24 February 2016)

INSEC Yearbook 2016 (19 February 2016)

Earthquake Recovery Must Safeguard Human Rights, by Amnesty International 1 June 2015

Human Rights Watch: Silenced and Forgotten  Survivors of Nepal’s Conflict-Era Sexual Violence. September 23, 2014

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Justice denied: The 2014 Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation Act. Geneva, May 2014

U.S. Department of State: Nepal 2013 Human Rights Report

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THRD Alliance. Continuing extra-judicial executions in the Terai (March 2014)

Amnesty International. The dark side of migration: Spotlight on Qatar's construction sector ahead of the world cup, London: AI, 18 November 2013

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Human Rights Watch: World Report 2013, Nepal chapter (01/02/2013)

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC): The State of Human Rights in Nepal in 2012 (10/12/2012)

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Torture of Women in Detention: Nepal’s Failure to Prevent and Protect, by Advocy Forum (26/06/2011)

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