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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 had 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 Issues of the periodical of this earlier organisation that had been published under the name Nepal Forum have been archived on this website.

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Nepal related work of Human Rights Organisations:

Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC)

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Amnesty International (AI), Nepal website

Human Rights Watch (HRW), Nepal subsite

Nepal-Dialogforum für Frieden und Menschenrechte, Berlin

On sex and citizenship: The debate on citizenship goes from nationalist rhetoric to plain misogyny, by Subina Shrestha (kp 14/06/2019)

Senior citizens in rural areas deprived of citizenship certificate: Without citizenship, people are denied job opportunities and social security allowances, by Ramesh Chandra Adhikari (kp 14/06/2019)

Govt making cybercrime a new weapon to stifle criticisms: Freedom Forum (rep 14/06/2019)

US and UK join hands to combat human trafficking in Nepal: UK injects extra £4.5 million to $8 million Hamro Samman project (rep 14/06/2019)

In stunning continuation, comedian remains in detention despite widespread calls for his releaseEven as #FreePraneshGautam was trending on Twitter, prominent filmmakers released a statement supporting the comedian’s arrest, by Bhrikuti Rai and Tsering D. Gurung (kp 13/06/2019) [This is what Oli in his Oxford speech has called 'freedom of opinion'!], Intimidation game: The right to free speech must be defended at all costs (kp 13/06/2019), Activists protest against arrest of a YouTuber (ht 13/06/2019), Nepal has press freedom, but no freedom after press: Pranesh Gautam's arrest sent a message that in Nepal you can express your views as long as someone does not disagree, by Ahashank Shrestha (nt 14/06/2019), Police say they’re holding comedian Pranesh Gautam in custody for ‘few more days’: The 24-year-old comedian was released from custody on Thursday night but was brought to the court by the police on Friday, after which he was taken back to the police station, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 15/06/2019)

Chhaupadi affects teaching-learning (ht 13/06/2019)

AI tells govt to ensure safe housing for all people: Nearly half the population is living in substandard homes; 10 pc people are homeless (ht 13/06/2019), Right to housing law must extend protection to tenants, squatters: Amnesty report; Director of Amnesty International Nepal Nirajan Thapaliya says the government has been increasingly  enacting laws related to fundamental rights without any consultation with stakeholders, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 14/06/2019)

Oli celebrates democratic freedoms and rights at Oxford, but back home, his actions say otherwise: The government has been roundly criticised for attempting to push through a number of controversial bills that many say could be used to stifle criticism and muzzle the media, by Pranaya SJB Rana and Anil Giri (kp 12/06/2019)

Man arrested for attempting to rape daughter in the Capital, by Nayak Paudel (kp 12/06/2019), Under-secretary held for bid to rape  teenage daughter (ht 12/06/2019)

Committee to recommend leadership for transitional justice bodies fails to nominate anyone, again: Latest excuse for the delay: busy schedule of the committee head, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/06/2019) [Real reasons: There is no interest in providing justice for the victims and the responsibilities of politicians and army leaders for the crimes are to be disguised!]

Chances of tuberculosis spread high in prisons, officials say: Both infected and healthy inmates at the Central Jail live at close quarters, even though doctors recommend treating TB patients in isolation, by Arjun Poudel (kp 10/06/2019)

Police use force against those protesting Guthi Bill: Conservationists, Guthi representatives are demanding withdrawal of the bill, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/06/2019), People take to streets against Guthi BillBaton charge, high-velocity streams of water used to disperse demonstrators in the capital, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 10/06/2019)

Inclusion Commission recommends measures to local governments to empower marginalised people: One of the suggestions is building care centres, amusement parks, religious spaces and sports grounds for the marginalised, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/06/2019) [A better inclusion on the basis of Khas-Arya ethnicity is rediculous! Male members of this group already dominate all spheres of public life!]

Comedian in police  custody for a video reviewing the film  Bir Bikram 2: Responding to a complaint filed by the film’s director, police detained stand-up comedian Pranesh Gautam on Friday, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 08/06/2019) [A fatal attack on the freedom of opinion!!!], Netizens question freedom of expression as Meme Nepal's Gautam lands in police custody (rep 10/06/2019). Calling a spade a spade: Pranesh simply said what he felt about the movie and is paying a hefty price for that, by Prajita Gupta (kp 14/06/2019)

Nepal ranks 10th for child  marriage among boys (ht 08/06/2019), UN report ranks Nepal tenth in prevalence of child marriage among boys: To end child marriage in the country, stakeholders should focus on ending child  marriage of both sexes, experts say , by Nayak Paudel (kp 09/06/2019)

People in Nepal are not enjoying their civil rights and political freedoms, new human rights report says: The KP Sharma Oli administration has been visibly attempting to limit freedom  of expression through laws and policies, rights advocates say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 07/06/2019)

Top court postpones hearing on petition against 2015 ruling on transitional justice for 22nd time: Continued deferrals amid delay in amending Transitional Justice Act concern conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/06/2019)

Conflict victims mount pressure on leaders to amend transitional justice Act: Law minister tells victims the process will start when top leaders reach an agreement, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/06/2019) [This is a question of justice and the rule of law! Many of the so-called leaders have been responsible for the crimes of the past! They have no right to have any say at all!], Top leaders seek ways to manage conflict-era cases: Consider revising TJ-related laws by taking victims into confidence and appointing commissioners at the earliest (rep 06/06/2019), Conflict-era sexual violence victims yet to be identified (ht 06/06/2019), Thirteen years on, victims of the Badarmude incident await compensationDespite a pledge from Pushpa Kamal Dahal during the 2017 election season,  victims of the 2006 civilian bus bombing have received nothing, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 06/06/2019)

Dalits used as ‘vote banks’ by parties forgotten after elections, by Pant (kp 06/06/2019)

Leaders may face arrest abroad if TJ issues not resolved: Australia envoyVoices concern over moves concerning NHRC and press freedom, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 05/06/2019)

Caste discrimination still a hindrance for Dalits, by Binod Pariyar (rep 05/06/2019)

Man on hunger strike seeking justice for Shahi (ht 04/06/2019)

Violence against children unabated in Province 2, by Suresh Yadav (rep 04/06/2019)

Child marriages ending up in divorces in Rukum, by Lokendra Khanal (rep 04/06/2019)

‘Smart Chhori’ preparing daughters of martyrs of conflict for a better futureA total of 189 girls from 16 districts are receiving education at Shahid Smriti Residential Secondary School, by Durgalal KC (kp 03/06/2019)

New policy aims to bar foreign NGOs from financing religious and political institutions: The decision was taken to discourage religious conversion which could harm religious harmony, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/06/2019)

Locals concerned about  deteriorating rights condition (ht 02/06/2019)

Her husband set her on fire: She lived to tell her story, by Bijay Gajmer (kp 01/06/2019)

Breaking the glass ceiling: The participation of women in Nepal’s info-tech sector is still very low but the future holds promise, by Asmod Karki (kp 01/06/2019)

AHRC tells govt to withdraw Media Council Bill (ht 01/06/2019)

End cronyism: The new transitional justice  bodies have to be independent (kp 31/05/2019)

Women ostracised for activism against Chhau (ht 31/05/2019)

Shaman slays toddler in human sacrifice, by Suresh Yadav /rep 31/05/2019)

Who should tourism benefit in Nepal? Nepali tourism cannot continue to rely on old policymaking. It needs to take local communities into account, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 31/05/2019)

Superstition drives women out of homes—again— into Chhau sheds in Achham districtDhakari was declared a Chhaupadi- and untouchability-free village on May 17 with much fanfare. But a recent fire has led the villagers to believe that their embracing of the campaign has angered the gods, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 30/05/2019)

State and Citizenship: The geographical location of Nepal between two emerging superpowers has been used as an excuse to deny women the rights they deserve as equal citizens of Nepal, by Swasti Gautam (rep 30/05/2019)

Is Mishra panel waiting for political consensus to finalise nominees for transitional justice bodies? Panel member denies seat-sharing deal among parties, but sources say major political parties are in negotiations to finalise the share before Oli’s Europe trip, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/05/2019)

Nepal has made progress in child health, but experts say the country has a lot more to do: The country has progressed by 142 points in the past two decades and ranks 133rd out of 176 countries based on indicators such as infant  mortality rate, access to education, malnutrition, child marriage and child labour, according to the Global Childhood Report-2019, by Arjun Poudel (kp 29/05/2019)

In educated and elite circles, a different kind of ‘period huts’: Young Nepali women living in cities may not be banished to sheds, but many of them are forced to adhere to a long list of menstrual restrictions, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 28/05/2019), Meet Nepal’s ‘Pad Man’ who is challenging menstrual taboos: Not content with selling reusable sanitary pads, Gyan Maharjan visits communities and schools in Lalitpur, teaching girls, boys and teachers about menstrual hygiene, by Anup Ojha (kp 28/05/2019)

8 million stduents missed classes due to Chand shutdown (rep 28/05/2019)

Blasts indicative of an intelligence failure, analysts say: Security officials said they were aware of possible violence but they failed to prevent a series of blasts that killed four people, by Anil Giri (kp 28/05/2019), Thapa says those killed in explosions weren’t citizens, angering opposition: Home minister has grown extremely critical of Chand, once his ally, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/05/2019)) [You may call them criminals or even terrorists but that were most of the offenders of the Maoist insurgency, too! They all are Nepali citizens and have to be punished according to law!], Government’s dealing with Chand outfit faulty, experts say, as multiple blasts unleash terror: Tensions ran high in Ghattekulo a day after an explosion killed one in the neighbourhood, by Tika R Pradhan and Anup Ojha (kp 28/05/2019), Bomb scares and arson mark the nationwide strike enforced by Chand-led communist outfit: Co-chair of ruling Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal says  political objectives cannot be materialised by spreading terror (kp 28/05/2019) [Dahal claimed the opposite between 1995 and 2005 though he did not call it terror at that time!  And he vehemently resists a punishment of the perpetrators from the time of the rebellion!]

Child marriage still rampant in Bajura: Even people’s representatives  are found to be marrying off  their underage children, by Sangeeta Timilsena (kp 28/05/2019)

No regulation in place to control sale and distribution of acid: Steps have not been taken yet to form regulations, officials say, by Nayak Paudel (kp 27/05/2019)

Conflict victims demand amendment to TJ Act (ht 27/05/2019), Finalize laws before recommending names for transitional justice bodies: Conflict victims (rep 27/05/2019), Call for justice, once again: Government should not miss this opportunity to conclude Nepal’s transitional justice process under Nepal’s own leadership and ownership, by Bhagiram Chaudhary and Suman Adhikari (rep

Children skip classes to sell kafal, by Janak KC (rep 27/05/2019)

Where has Nepal’s once active civil society gone? While professional groups have been raising voices against  moves to curtail individual and press freedoms, citizens-led  movement is conspicuous by its absence, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/05/2019)

Itahari mayor misbehaves with a journalist and deputy mayor issues apology: The instance may look like simple bureaucracy, but female politicians say it shows how women are denied decision-making role and made to play second fiddle, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 26/05/2019), Itahari mayor issues apology for misbehaving with journalists (rep 27/05/2019)

This is how society and state continue to fail rape survivors: Many survivors have their lives uprooted, and are forced to relocate, live away from their family and friends, and start fresh  in an unfamiliar setting, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 25/05/2019)

House committee pledges to revise bill to amend human rights law: Human rights committee chair says he will also work for amending Media Council Bill, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/05/2019), Editors demand withdrawal of Media Council Bill (ht 26/05/2019)

10 months after Nirmala rape and murder, rights activists renew call for justice, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 25/05/2019)

Punarbas Municipality tense after police foil child marriage (ht 25/05/2019)

Disciplining the other way: The ban on all forms of corporal punishment in all settings is a great achievement, by Umesh Raj Regmi (kp 24/05/2019)

Teenager gang-raped in Myagdi for declining sex proposal (rep 24/05/2019)

Children face commercial sexual abuse (ht 24/05/2019)

Say no to dowry: Don’t make it a status symbol, by Sangita Chalise (ht 24/05/2019)

Editors urge govt to withdraw Media Council Bill (ht 24/05/2019), Government will not take back the MCB, says minister (ht 24/05/2019) [Mr Baskota's task should be the protection of press freedom but he is one of the most incompetent and arrogant ministers of the Oli government!], Bamdev Gautam seeks revision of bill (ht 24/05/2019)

Probe committee formed to inspect mismanagement in Dhading District Jail, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 23/05/2019)

Free the press: Should the draft bill with provisions of harsh penalties and prison terms be passed, it will discourage professional journalism, while promoting servile psychology and self-censorship, by Mohan Nepali (rep 23/05/2019)

UN urges Nepal to change its rape law: Rights activists say they are cautiously optimistic given Nepal’s lax attitude to past pleas, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 22/05/2019), Change laws to ensure justice to rape victims: UN to Nepal (rep 22/05/2019), Amend laws for victims’ access to justice: UN (ht 22/05/2019)

Media warns it could form independent regulatory body (ht 22/05/2019)

Teachers affiliated to Far-western University not paid since 11 months, by Yogesh Rawal (22/05/2019)

Inmates sleep on floor in overcrowded Dolakha prison, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 22/05/2019)

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal asks government to make Lal report public: Party says it will obstruct House proceedings until the report on Tarai protest is out, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/05/2019)

Rights activists urge govt to sign OPCAT, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/05/2019)

Spare all kinds of rods: They are ineffective, by Dronashish Neupane (ht 21/05/2019)

Together against pollution: Air pollution should be controlled immediately. Otherwise, we will witness huge loss in human resources, production and economic growth, by Nitigya Oli and Durga Sapkota (rep 21/05/2019)

As protest mounts, media bill draws ruling party members’ ire: Senior leaders and party-affiliated journalists now openly criticise the government and information minister over controversial bill, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 20/05/2019), Journalists close to NCP suggest amendments (ht 20/05/2019), FNJ announces fresh protests (ht 20/05/2019), Ruling NCP hints at revising controversial media laws under pressure (rep 20/05/2019)

Newborns dying in sheds in Bajura (ht 19/05/2019)

In Tikapur, social media sites being blamed for child marriages, by Yogesh Rawal  (rep 19/05/2019)

Province 5 sees high number of women dying unnatural deaths: Forty-one women were killed in the province in the past 10 months. Rights activists believe violence against women to be the primary cause, by Amrita Anmol (kp 18/05/2019)

Acid attack survivor Magar comes forward to support another victim, by Sonam Lama (rep 18/05/2019)

122 rescued from illegal child care home (ht 18/05/2019)

Rights activists say Oli government  heading towards authoritarian rule, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/05/2019)

A 20-year-old woman battles for life after her husband hurled acid at her: Last fiscal year alone, four acid attacks were reported across the country, by Nayak Paudel (kp 17/05/2019) [This reflects the value of women in the extremely patriarchal state and society of Nepal!]

Child marriage in Nepal: eloped at 13, mother by 17, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 17/05/2019)

Media barred from covering SAGGC meet: Opposition MPs say decision against democratic principles, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 17/05/2019)

FNJ to stage sit-in to protest Media Council Bill (ht 17/05/2019)

Media Council Bill, by by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 17/05/2019)

Govt petition in TJ case scheduled for hearings after years (rep 17/05/2019)

US worried by probe into dissemination of news on Dalai (rep 17/05/2019)

National Human Rights Commission objects to Media Council Bill: If endorsed in present form, it will be against the basic principles of human rights and freedom of expression, watchdog says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/05/2019), NHRC concerned about freedom of expression (ht 16/05/2019)

Musahar families denied access to water after an intercaste marriage dispute, by Binu Timsina (kp 16/05/2019)

Prisoners in Nepal are living under ‘inhumane conditions’, Office of the Auditor General says: Monitoring teams have found overcrowded prisons where lack of access to clean water, proper food and health care continues to plague prisoners, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 15/05/2019), Silent screams: Overcrowding and inhumane conditions are the hallmarks of Nepali prisons (kp 16/05/2019)

Violence against women unabated in eastern Nepal, by Giriraj Baskota (rep 15/05/2019)

Govt getting ready to ratify Palermo Protocol, by Sonam Lama (rep 15/05/2019)

Justice, interrupted: The NHRC is an important constitutional body and it should be allowed to function independently, by Gyan Basnet (kp 14/05/2019)

Journalists’ group begins struggle against Media Council Bill: The legislation to replace Press Council Act will have power to issue hefty fines and give the government more say in the hiring and firing of council members, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/05/2019), Three journalists are under investigation for publishing news about the Dalai Lama: Communication Minister Gokul Baskota admitted he ordered the probe into  reporters working for the state-owned wire service after publishing the news  on the exiled Tibetan leader when the President was on a state visit to China, by Anil Giri (kp 13/05/2019), Media society seeks bill’s withdrawal (ht 13/05/2019), Umbrella body of journos launches protest, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 13/05/2019), Don’t gag the press: A govt-appointed body can never qualify to monitor the Nepali media, unless the government’s intention is to gag it and have it tow its line (ht 13/05/2019), Nepal Media Bill: Experts advise FNJ to challenge anti-media bills in court (rep 13/05/2019), A heavy hand: The Media Council Bill further endangers press freedom (kp 14/05/2019), Media council bill draws flak from MPs, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 14/05/2019), Mass media draft bill draws heavy flak, by Ram Kumabr Kamat (ht 14/05/2019), Media Council Bill in favour of journalists: Minister Baskota (ht 14/05/2019) [This brazen minister is making idiots of the whole nation!], Speaker, NA chair assure FNJ of amending anti-press provisions in bills (rep 14/05/2019)

Low wages and ill-treatment make a bitter brew for tea workers: Thousands of tea workers have gone on an indefinite strike, casting shadows on the once lucrative business, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 13/05/2019)

Brick kilns operating in human settlements: Thick smoke risks public health, agriculture, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 13/05/2019)

For or against child marriage? Green flag tells it all in Baitadi, by Bira Gada (rep 13/05/2019)

The scourge of cults: Personality cults are dangerous. And even more so for democracies, by Naresh Koirala (kp 12/05/2019)

‘Ban on women from working as maids in Gulf countries unfair’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/05/2019), Two years on, Nepali women still barred from working in the Gulf as housemaids: Latest recommendations urge the government to revoke discriminatory restrictions and allow all women equal access to employment, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 14/05/2019)

Protest Against Patriarchy, by Deepesh Paudel (kp 12/05/2019)

Unable to bear domestic violence, woman ‘commits suicide’ (rep 12/05/2019)

Child marriage rampant in Rolpa but rarely reported to police, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 12/05/2019)

Supreme Court set to hear review petition on its landmark 2015 ruling: Conflict victims are cautious as reversal of the verdict, which struck down amnesty provisions, could jeopardise transitional justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/05/2019)

Women rebuilding Chhau sheds in  Chhaupadi  free areas of Bajhang: Local representatives’ awareness drive in Saipal Rural Municipality was ineffective, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 12/05/2019)

Is Nepal’s #MeToo movement finally taking off? The theatre fraternity’s response to revelations of sexual harassment by several of its members has provided a template on how such behaviour could be handled, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 11/05/2019)

Proposed media bill envisions new press council with increased government role: A new body overseeing the press could alter the nature of the self-regulatory body and limit press freedom, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 11/05/2019), FNJ denounces provisions of media council bill (ht 11/05/2019), Bill on Nepal Media: New law seeks up to Rs 10m fine, 15 yrs jail for erring media persons: Govt may confiscate media equipment, by Ashok Dahal (rep 12/05/2019), IFJ, FNJ ask govt to drop harsh provisions in proposed media law (rep 12/05/2019), Let the press be free (rep 12/05/2019)

Two suicide attempts in police custody within a month raise concerns: With track-laying and test run over, service is expected to resume in 5 monthsAs issues pertaining to lack of proper surveillance surface, Nepal Police says that it will do the needful to ensure detainees’ safety, by Nayak Paudel (kp 11/05/2019)

Improve human development index, NIC told (ht 10/05/2019)

Man set wife on fire to save illicit relations with sister-in-law: Police, by Suresh Yadav (rep 10/05/2019)

Woman accused of murdering daughter-in-law for dowry, by Binod Pariyar (rep 10/05/2019)

Mentally unsound girl tied with rope for 14 years, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 10/05/2019)

Ending child labour: Whose concern is it?, by Pratistha Koirala (ht 10/05/2019)

Government quietly moves Media Council bill to House: Transparency and participatory law-making processes are being overlooked, stakeholders say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 09/05/2019), New bill ‘aims at curtailing press freedom’: Proposes fines up to Rs 1 million against media outlets, editors, journalists for ‘damaging someone’s reputation’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/05/2019), Govt drafts bill with harsher provisions on media, journos, by Ashok Dahal (rep 10/05/2019), Press and freedom, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 10/05/2019)

INSEC raises alarm over NHRC Act amendment bill (rep 09/05/2019)

Parties in negotiations to get ‘their’ people in transitional justice bodies: Victims say such political interference could jeopardise transitional justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/05/2019) [It's always the same! These failed and dishonest politicians and parties will never change! They want to prevent justice for the victims at all costs!]

14-year old gives birth to baby boyUnderage parents face hard time registering marriage, child’ s birth (ht 09/05/2019)

Nepal should not backslide on human rights, by Meenakshi Ganguly (kp 08/05/2019)

Time to intervene: The government has failed to acknowledge the failure of previous commissions, ignored victims’ pressure and their key demands for legal amendment, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (rep 08/05/2019)

19 minors  rescued from ‘illegal’ child care centre, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 08/05/2019)

Supreme Court overturns own decision on Home Ministry’s citizenship notice: Thousands of people continue to be in limbo until the full court decides the case, by Bhrikuti Rai(kp 08/05/2019), SC stays citizenship distribution (rep 08/05/2019)

Sanskrit for Dalits: In the past, untouchables were not allowed to read and write Sanskrit. Sanskrit was considered to be the subject meant only for Brahmins.The situation has not changed, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 07/05/2019)

One’s identity, one’s pride: No need for consolation, by Mim Bahadur Pariyar (ht 07/05/2019)

Four men caught for slaughtering ox, by Nayak Paudel (kp 06/05/2019) [Many greetings from the Hindu state!!]

Majority of girls in Achham district out of school system, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 06/05/2019)

FNJ announces national campaign for press freedom (ht 06/05/2019)

Two arrested for misbehaving with and thrashing "low-caste" principal (rep 06/05/2019)

Undermining democracy: The government seeks to weaken the Human Rights Commission by changing the law, by Gyan Basnet (kp 06/05/2019)

Only 10 percent of Poor ID cards distributed in seven years: While households not identified as poor have already received their cards, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/05/2019)

Human rights commission might withdraw officer from recommendation committee, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/05/2019)

APF constable arrested on charge of raping a woman, by Amar Khadka (rep 05/05/2019)

Democracy and the Rule of Law in Federal Nepal, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (Nepal Observer 57, 04/05/2019)

Laws are being designed to stifle press freedom in Nepal, a new report says: The report is the second in two days to point to a ‘legal  stranglehold’ over press freedom, showing how laws are being  used to harass and silence journalists, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 04/05/2019) [See IFJ report The Legal Stranglehold]

Siraha woman, 21, found dead in suspicious circumstances, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 04/05/2019)

Booked for marital rape (ht 04/05/2019)

Woman accused of witchery files complaint (ht 04/05/2019)

Victims pressure government to amend Transitional Justice Act: Rights defenders and victims’ groups ask authorities to halt  process to appoint officials, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/05/2019)

Only 22 percent of working-age women are employed in Nepal: There is also gender pay gap and it must close, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/05/2019)

Threats to press freedom have only increased in Nepal, report says: Even as violations of press freedom nearly doubled in the last  12 months, the administration is formulating tighter laws, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 02/05/2019) [see report by Freedom Forum], 104 cases of press freedom violations in a year (ht 02/05/2019), FNJ organises rally for press freedom (ht 02/05/2019), The fourth estate: Free press is a pillar of democracy and it should be allowed to function unhindered (kp 03/05/2019), Media freedom protects and supports us all, by Richard Morris (kp 03/05/2019), Journalists still working under threat: NHRC chair Sharma (rep 03/05/2019), Long shadows, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 03/05/2019)

Right to food sovereignty still a far cry, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/05/2019)

Caste-based discrimination still prevalent in Dolpa schools, by Bishnu Prasad Devkota (rep 02/05/2019)

‘65 pc cases of violence against women occur inside home’ (ht 02/05/2019) [see WOREC Nepal report]

Lawmaker accused of protecting murder-accused grandson (rep 02/05/2019)

Bill to amend Human Rights Commission Act raises fierce debate: The powers of national rights watchdog are being curtailed, say opposition MPs, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/05/2019), Members, MPs flay govt for bid to keep rights watchdog on tight leash, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 01/05/2019), NHRC proposes making its recommendations binding on govt (rep 01/05/2019), For a strong NHRC: All these provisions have raised the suspicion that it is intended to give a clean chit to violators of human rights (ht 02/05/2019)

Truck 'reverses' and kills girl after accident, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 01/05/2019) [Unbelievable brutality!!]

Women’s empowerment: Still an uphill task, by Kokila Khadka KC (ht 01/05/2019)

Deuba and Dahal discuss ways to take transitional justice process forward: The two leaders want to form a common position  so as to put pressure on Oli, sources say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/04/2019) [Both these leaders are responsible for the great number of victims! One initiated the civil war, the other one has been responsible for the mobilisation of the army and the escalation of the conflict!]

Woman found dead, relatives suspect murder (ht 29/04/2019), In-laws accused of murdering a woman for dowry, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 29/04/2019), Rally held seeking action against guilty (ht 01/05/2019)

Empower minorities: It is the constitutional duty of the three tiers of government to protect the language and culture of the marginalised communities (ht 29/04/2019)

Govt yet to dispatch 5.5 million copies of school textbooks to districts (ht 29/04/2019)

Over 30,000 Nepalis still in forced labour, statistics bureau report says: Largest portion—44 percent—are in agriculture and forestry sectors, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/04/2019)

Minister Baskota slams media (ht 28/04/2019) [Another statement by the government, which only aims to undermine freedom of the press and freedom of expression!]

Fifty-one persons apply for the leadership of two transitional justice bodies: Victims’ group puts pressure on top political leadership to ensure  selection of only competent persons, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/04/2019)

Amid reservations, government bent on amending Human Rights Act: Rights watchdog says the move is aimed at reducing its role as an agency subordinate to the government, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/04/2019)

Crowded Kathmandu’s few remaining open spaces are steadily encroached upon: Khula Manch housed thousands after 2015 earthquake. Now, there is space barely for half a dozen families, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/04/2019)

Untouchability thriving in rural Bajura (ht 26/04/2019)

Sangita Magar: from survivor to champion: … but brave acid survivor now dreads her attacker’s release from prison, by Animesh Shrestha (nt 26/04/2019)

Four years after Nepal’s deadly earthquakes, survivors continue to live in disarrayMany survivors of the 2015 earthquakes say financing reconstruction of their homes and the burden of loans have become major challenges, pushing them further into poverty, by Tsering Ngodup Lama and Arpan Shrestha (kp 25/04/2019)

Conflict victims’ associations to recommend names for transitional justice bodies: But they lay stress on an amendment to the existing act before new leaderships assume offices, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/04/2019)

69 trafficked women rescued from Mizoram, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 25/04/2019)

Rape-accused held (ht 25/04/2019)

NHRC tells govt to ease woes of elderly (ht 25/04/2019)

Loktantra Day: People injured in police brutality decry government’s apathy, by Mohan Budhaair (kp 24/04/2019)

Rights activists picket DAO demanding justice for Nirmala, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 24/04/2019)

Human rights watchdog censures police bid to enter its Nepalgunj office: National Human Rights Commission terms the action an attack on its independence and autonomy, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/04/2019)

Freed Haliyas seek skill training for employment, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/04/2019)

Non-Dalits attend wedding but skip feast: Committee formed to investigate the matter, by Binod Pariyar (rep 23/04/2019)

Rebuilding of schools after quake faces funding gap of Rs 27 billion: Thousands of children will be studying in makeshift structures for a few more years, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/04/2019), Reconstructed schools lack toilets (ht 23/04/2019)

Families of windstorm victims denied relief due to lack of documents, by Laxmi Sah (kp 22/04/2019)

Bitter pill to swallow: Dr Govinda KC has legitimate demands, ones that affect the quality of your healthcare directly, by Jiwan Kshetry (kp 21/04/2019)

15-year-old boy dies in police custody; family claims torture, by Parwbt Portel (kp 20/04/2019), Police form three teams to look into the death of 15-year-old boy in custody (kp 22/04/2019), Police record statement from Kiran’s family: NCP stands against its members protesting teen’s custody death, by Parbat Portel (kp 26/04/2019) [??], Rights body team probes into Kiran’s suspicious death, by Parbat Portel (kp 28/04/2019)

Musahar people deprived of citizenship certificates, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 20/04/2019)

Police seize woman’s body from ghat (ht 20/04/2019)

Gaumul Rural Municipality freed of chhaupadi (ht 20/04/2019)

Nepali Army issues gag  order to its  employees, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 20/04/2019) [A generalisation could also prevent the detection of crimes by the security forces and that in turn would be a crime by itself!]

End impunity: Don’t make mockery of HR, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (ht 19/04/2019)

Man slapped 16-year jail sentence for incest (ht 18/04/2019)

Rape-accused  entrepreneur freed on Rs 5-lakh bail (ht 18/04/2019)

UN pushes Nepal to amend Transitional Justice Act in a strongly worded letter: UN officials, in a 10-page letter, also reminded the Foreign Ministry  of their repeated requests for a visit by the Special Rapporteur, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/04/2019), UN concerned about sluggish transitional justice process (ht 18/04/2019), UN rapporteurs for transparency in TRC, CIEDP members appointments (rep 18/04/2019), Application deadline for chairs, members of TRC, CIEDP extended till April 30 (ht 18/04/2019), UN letter on transitional justice process puts government in a bind: Officials say the agency has tried to portray Nepal in a way that  inaccurately shows the country has done nothing, by Anil Giri (kp 19/04/2019) [And why have you prevented justice for the victims for 13 years and instead protected and promoted perpetrators?]

Government’s existing and proposed legislation threaten press freedom, experts say; Dozens of journalists have been charged with cybercrime since the Electronic Transaction Act came into effect a decade ago, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 18/04/2019), FNJ to stage sit-in at DAO today (ht 18/04/2019), Journalist Giri released on normal date (ht 19/04/2019) [And how will he be compensated for the unjustified accusation and arrest?], Intimidation game: The criminalisation of legitimate journalistic activity should not be taken lightly (kp 19/04/2019)

Rising threat of pollution: Right to clean environment is the fundamental right granted by the constitution. ​Health of general public should not be compromised in the name of development, by Sandip Neupane (rep 18/04/2019)

Seventeen Bibeksheel Nepali cadres arrested (ht 18/04/2019)

Oh no, not this again: Transitional justice seems to be walking blind; that’s why it keeps falling into holes, by Mohna Ansari (kp 17/04/2019)

Journalist arrested on charge of cybercrime for publishing news on financial fraud: Reporters, freedom of speech campaigners condemn the arrest saying journalism is not cybercrime, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 16/04/2019), Journos stage sit-in against Giri’s arrest at Kaski DAO (ht 18/04/2019)

Reproductive health rights still a far cry: UNFPA (ht 16/04/2019)

Bill to amend National Human Rights Commission Act alarms experts: Provision authorises attorney general to decide on recommendations, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/04/2019) [A further step by the government to enforce impunity!], ‘Bid to render national rights body toothless’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 15/04/2019), ‘Bid to render national rights body toothless’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 15/04/2019), Human Rights Commission objects to bill to amend its Act, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/04/2019)

Government urged to improve state of jails (ht 15/04/2019)

12 Nepali girls rescued from Kenya club (ht 15/04/2019)

Why Dalits convert: Dalits are strong Hindu believers but they have been segregated and are not allowed to enter Hindu temples while other castes are, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 14/04/2019) [The Bahun and Chhetri 'leaders', especially those from RPP and Nepali Congress, are against conversion and pro Hindu state only because they want to preserve the discrimination and servitude of the Dalits!!]

Reviewing transitional justice: The government formed a committee to recommend new commissioners in TJ bodies without adequate consultations with the victims, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (rep 14/04/2019)

Former Maoist child soldier reaches out to UN over injustice: Lenin Bista urges special representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict to put pressure on government to address the concerns of former child soldiers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/04/2019)

Don’t compete, cooperate: The savings and credit concept has proven to be an effective tool to empower women, by Prativa Subedi (kp 14/04/2019)

Call for competent people in transitional justice bodies: Faulty process was responsible for picking inept people in the past, rights defender says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/04/2019), TJ bodies spent Rs 460 million in four years, conflict victims still await justice: Despite spending millions of rupees in the salaries, neither of the two commissions could prosecute even a single perpetrator (rep 13/04/2019), Way forward for transitional justice (rep 14/04/2019)

Father held for raping 14-year-old daughter (ht 13/04/2019)

Early marriage unabated among Chepang girls, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 13/04/2019)

Family denied relief for lack of citizenship: None of the family members of the deceased has Nepali citizenship certificate, by Shankar Acharya (kp 13/04/2019)

Meet NCP lawmaker whose kin are stateless, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/04/2019)

Slow boat to justice: The government keeps dilly-dallying while frustrated conflict victims keep waiting, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp 12/04/2019), CIEDP commissioners retire without accomplishing given tasks (rep 12/04/2019)

‘Offsprings of citizens by birth entitled to citizenship by descent’ (ht 12/04/2019) [But still with patriarchal bias!]

Women groups in Kailali empower rural women, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp 11/04/2019)

Establish at least one geriatric hospital in each province: NHRC (ht 11/04/2019)

UNICEF urges govt to invest more in human resources (ht 10/04/2019) [see UNICEF report: A world ready to learn: Prioritizing quality early childhood education]

Fed up with molestation, Nepali women are learning to fight back: With a growing number of individuals and organisations providing self-defence classes, young girls and women are tackling their harassment head on, by Sachitra Gurung (kp 10/04/2019)

How Tribhuvan University let students down after a sexual harassment case: Students at the university filed a sexual harassment complaint but instead of taking action, university officials facilitated a compromise between the five women and the teachers accused of harassing them, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 09/04/2019)

Police baton charge RPP supporters (ht 09/04/2019), Police baton-charge RPP protestors in capital, detain 20 in Pokhara, by Biken K Dawadi (rep) [This police action is a crime, regardless of the anti-national policies advocated by the demonstrators!]

Online sexism: Challenges of tackling it, by Samiksha Koirala (ht 08/04/2019)

Tools of impunity and political control: The politicisation of the judiciary has led to the erosion of the public’s trust in it, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 08/04/2019)

Delusion of democracy: The internet, designed to enable the free flow of information, scares governments, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 08/04/2019)

Conflict victims seek role in appointments in transitional justice bodies: Groups advocating for conflict victims warn they will not accept  the process if officials are picked without ‘meaningful consultation', by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/04/2019), Process of selecting TRC, CIEDP members okayed: Conflict victims not impressed, lambast recommendation panel for ‘unilateral decision’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 08/04/2019), A new approach: Victims must be placed at the centre of the reconciliation process (kp 08/04/2019)

A longing to return home, in safety and dignity: Over 6,000 refugees from Bhutan remain at camps in Jhapa and Morang and most of them are aching for their homeland, by Arun Rajbandhi and Dipesh Khatiwada (kp 07/04/2019)

GODAN threatens to halt health services (ht 04/04/2019), Government doctors to halt out-patient care from today, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/04/2019), Doctors’ strike hits patients hard across country (ht 06/04/2019), Near 50,000 patients hit by doctors' strike (rep 06/04/2019), Government doctors steadfast on their strike against Civil Servants Adjustment Bill: Nepal Medical Association extends solidarity with the protest that has hit thousands of people, by Arjun Poudel (kp 07/04/2019), As government doctors go on strike, the country’s poor suffer the most: Several state-run health facilities were overwhelmed on Sunday by patients, most of whom were visiting from outside of Kathmandu, only to be refused medical care, by Arjun Poudel (kp 08/04/2019) [The legitimacy of a medical strike is extremely limited. As soon as patients are seriously endangered, it becomes a crime!], Patients bear the brunt of doctors’ protest, by Anita Shrestha (ht 09/04/2019), Govt doctors continue to halt health services (ht 10/04/2019), ‘Docs’ strike violates Nepalis’ right to health’ (ht 10/04/2019), Patients continue to suffer as doctors and government stand their ground, by Arjun Poudel (kp 10/04/2019)

Health workers in Khotang without salaries for five months (rep 06/04/2019)

Govt’s apathy promoting impunity: NHRC (ht 05/04/2019)

Citizenship relief for children of  citizens by birth: District administrative offices told to grant them citizenship by descent, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 04/04/2019) [The cheering can only come from male persons! Concerning the right to citizenship through the mother everything remains unchanged! Women continue to be treated as unequal and inferior persons! Long live the patriarchal state of Nepal!!]

Nepali children born today will have their lives shortened by 30 months: New report says Nepal has the highest levels of air pollution in the world, by Arpan Shrestha (kp 04/04/2019)

Nomination of Supreme Court justices draws flak for not being inclusive: The decision violates constitutional provision on proportional inclusion, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/04/2019)

Storm-hit Dalits living under open sky, by Prabhat Kumar Jha (ht 04/04/2019)

In latest attempt to squeeze media, government seeks journalists’ payroll details, violating the constitution: Ministry of Information uses issue of working journalists’ minimum wage to block broadcasters’ payments to satellite companiesnCircular follows a series of regulations to muzzle journalism, by Anil Giri (kp 04/04/2019), Rescind orders against free press: Nepal Media Society: ‘We have seen how such moves in the past by those drunk on power have boomeranged on them' (kp 05/04/2019), Two steps back: The government wants to keep  journalists on a tight leash (kp 05/04/2019)

Strengthen, implement right to food law: AI to govt (ht 04/04/2019), Nepal: To End Hunger, Strengthen and Implement Right to Food Law (AI 04/04/2019), Plenty of work remains to end hunger by 2025: Amnesty report ‘If the government of Nepal wants to ensure that no one goes hungry in the country, it must strengthen the law’, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 05/04/2019)

Child labour force drives brick kilns in Bhaktapur (ht 03/04/2019)

Complaints registered with transitional justice bodies to be sealed until new leadership assumes office: Office bearers at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons will retire on April 14, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/04/2019)

Reimagining leadership: Transitional justice process has not come to a meaningful end because conflict victims were not placed at the center, by Charan Prasai (rep 01/04/2019)

Is Nepal’s progressive trans rights movement bracing for a setback? LGBTIQ community expresses reservations about provisions in the citizenship bill which, according to them, can result in further discrimination against sexual minorities, by Asmita Manandhar (kp 31/03/2019)

No more secrecy: The government must pick the people for the transitional justice bodies transparently, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/03/2019)

Sunita beaten to death over dowry, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 31/03/2019), A sad story of a wife killed by husband for dowry (rep 01/04/2019), Woman allegedly beaten to death by her husband, by Madan Thakur (rep 01/04/2019), Rage against dowry death (rep 03/04/2019)

300 quake-victims under huts in Dolakha, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 31/03/2019)

Investment summit showcases the country’s mega projects—and its gender disparity: The biggest stage for business and investment fails to provide stage for women entrepreneurs and investors, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 30/03/2019)

Crime and forgiveness: We need to rethink reconciliation for peaceful coexistence in post-insurgency Nepal, by Dinesh Kafle (kp 29/03/2019)

Back to the Middle Ages: An examinee had her sanitary pad confiscated in the name of security (kp 28/03/2019)

Rage and reason: We need to bring around every actor from the plains as well as the hills to agree on some basic fundamentals of citizenship. Otherwise, citizenship debate will prolong indefinitely, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 28/03/2019) [There is only one solution: Make it equal without any patriarchal fantacies based on gender, ethnicity and region!]

‘We represent diversity’: Chauvinists can learn from the New Zealand prime minister and change their way, by Pramod Mishra (kp 28/03/2019) [This is the opposite of what NDP, a great number of NC politicians and other Hindu state fanatics preach! It should be the basis of Nepali nationalism as well!!]

Panel formed to pick names for transitional justice bodies: Former chief justice Om Prakash Mishra to lead 5-member recommendation committee, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/03/2019)

His mother is a Nepali.He has been refused citizenship for 10 years: Between 2009 and 2017, Nepal has issued 13 naturalised citizenships to those born to a Nepali mother and a foreign father. Many are waiting, hoping to be the next, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 25/03/2019)

Inter-caste couples still facing social stigma, by Tanka Chhetri (rep 25/03/2019)

Campaign against casteism: Reframing the narrative around caste-based discrimination warrants a different outlook, by Rajendra Senchurey (kp 24/03/2019)

Women are still dying after being sent to menstruation huts, but no one is filing complaints: A new report by the National Human Rights Commision paints a grim picture of Chhaupadi and how it’s still taking women’s lives, despite being outlawed, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 23/03/2019) [see NHRC report (in Nepali)]

On the wrong side of history: Defending unequal citizenship rights is defending the Khas-Arya man’s status, not the state sovereignty, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 22/03/2019)

80% of accused rapists were acquaintances of the victims, by Biken K Dawadi (rep 19/03/2019)

Parties still undecided on appointment of officials at transitional justice bodies: Conflict victims concerned about further delay in justice delivery, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/03/2019) [Positions are far more important than justice for the victims!]

In annual report, US Department of State paints bleak picture of Nepal’s human rights: Officials say they have not read the report yet, by Anil Giri (kp 16/03/2019) [See US eport]

1,127 rape cases recorded in 8 months (rep 16/03/2019)

Women’s voices go unheard in local units led by male officials: Budget for women empowerment and income-generation unspent, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 16/03/2019)

Transitional Justice bodies may end up without commissioners (rep 16/03/2019)

Nirmala rape, murder mystery: Arrested police personnel bailed out (ht 15/03/2019), Durga Devi’s U-turn (ht 15/03/2019)

House issues ruling to make public probe  report on Tarai protest, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/03/2019)

Defence team questions legality of charge against police officers in Nirmala case: The case was registered after the expiry of three-month statute of limitation, defence lawyers argue, by Nayak Paudel (kp 14/03/2019)

Death of a transgender woman raises alarm among the trans community in Kathmandu: Members of the LGBTI community say the death of Junu Gurung is the  latest reminder of just how perilous living as a trans person can be in Nepal, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 12/03/2019)

Achham police launch campaign against Chhaupadi, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 12/03/2019)

Justice for conflict victims: If the government continues to dillydally, we should go to the international courts, by Govinda KC (kp 10/03/2019)

Rautahat works to end child marriage, by Shiva Puri (kp 10/03/2019)

He for she: Men too have a responsibility in ensuring gender equality in every field, by Prakash Banjade (kp 10/03/2019)

Read, write and bring about changes: The Dalit voice is seldom heard in the mainstream, but its time we changed that, by Subhash Nepali (kp 10/03/2019)

Debate on women’s citizenship rights rages as House takes up amendment bill: Activists say lawmakers’ reluctance to grant equal citizenship rights to women is reflective of the deep-rooted patriarchal beliefs in society, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 08/03/2019), Women are being denied equal rights in the name of national security and sovereignty: Binda Pandey (kp 08/03/2019) (interview)

Case filed against eight cops for torture, evidence destruction in Nirmala case: Six were taken in custody after they were produced before Kanchanpur court on Thursday, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 08/03/2019)

Apex court releases CK Raut on general date; probe into him continues, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/03/2019)

120 cases of violence against women recorded in a month (kp 07/03/2019)

Government rules out international community’s role in transitional justice: Nepal at this stage does not feel any need to seek international assistance and support to complete the process, Foreign Minister Gyawali says, by Anil Giri (kp 06/03/2019) [Those who were responsible for injustice during the times of conflict are not qualified to bring justice now!]

Many children from Dalit, marginalised groups in Siraha are still out of school, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 06/03/2019)

Park rangers tortured a man to death. Then, they were rewarded: An investigation by The Kathmandu Post, in partnership with BuzzFeed News, shows that the World Wide Fund for Nature continues to ignore blatant violations of human rights inside Nepal’s conservation areas—including the death of a Tharu man in Chitwan in 2006—while continuing to reward, fund and train partners who operate with impunity, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 04/03/2019) [This is reminiscent of the attitude towards security forces and politicians who, during the Maoist uprising, were to blame for crimes!]

Bardiya police rescue two women from border, by Kamal Panthi (kp 04/03/2019)

Nepal’s Badi community finds itself in a bottomless pit of despair: Although the community is slowly weaning off the world’s oldest profession to keep their  hearths burning, they are also struggling to shrug off the history they are burdened with, by Basanta Pratap Singh and Dipesh Khatiwada (kp 03/03/2019)

Punishment to Godamchaur ‘A’ rapists good step, but too little, too late: Rights activists; They stress the need for continuous hearing to ensure speedy justice to survivors, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/03/2019)

The moment of truth: Dalits see converting to Christianity as an escape from the caste system, by Rajani Maharjan (kp 03/03/2019) [Probably this is one of the most important reasons why a number of male Tagadharis call for a return to Hindu state: They want to keep the Dalits under suppression and exclusion!]

Free the speech: The beauty of the internet is freedom. Let it be, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 03/03/2019)

Three get 10-year jail for rape, murder bid (ht 02/03/2019), Three slapped with 10 years jail in Godamchaur rape case: Victim's family still receiving threats, by Bikan K Dawadi (rep 02/03/2019)

Conflict victims demand their 'say' in transitional justice process (rep 02/03/2019)

Democracy is also about tolerating dissent’ (ht 02/03/2019)

63,000 students of five mountain districts yet to get textbooks (rep 02/03/2019)

Seeking change: Women and girls should have autonomy over their bodies, by Sivananthi Thanenthiran (kp 01/03/2019), he Decides Day: Speaking out for sexual rights, by Sivananthi Thanenthiran (ht 01/03/2019)

The silent sufferers: Labor-intensive agriculture increases women’s workload in the farms and the overworked women farmers face many health issues, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 01/03/2019)

Nepali women lag behind in economic empowerment (ht 01/03/2019)

Whither Transitional Justice?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 28/02/2019), No blanket amnesty for rights violations, says Gyawali (ht 28/02/2019), No blanket amnesty for serious rights violations, Gyawali says in Geneva, by Anil Giri (kp) (kp 01/03/2019)

Scourge of dowry violence in Dhanusha: Around 690 cases of gender  violence have been registered  in the current fiscal year, by Ajit Tiwari (kp 27/02/2019)

In need of a broader solidarity: #MeeToo is an intersectional issue where gender, caste, and ethnicity all come into play, by Sangita Thebe Limbu and Kalpana Jha (kp 27/02/2019)

A horror confronted: Sexual harassment of girls in schools largely goes unreported (kp 27/02/2019)

31 street children rehabilitated (ht 27/02/2019)

Oli, Dahal initiate process of building consensus on citizenship bill, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/02/2019) [Women and men as well as their descendants must be treated equal in each an every respect!]

Tribhuvan University is finally talking about its sexual harassment problem: After months of criticism, an interaction programme at Nepal’s oldest university discussed sexual harassment on campus, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 26/02/2019)

19 women saved from trafficking (kp 26/02/2019)

‘ITB curtails fundamental rights of  people’ (ht 26/02/2019)

Dalits in Bajhang shut down meat shops as non-Dalits refuse to buy, by Jagat Khadka (rep 26/02/2019)

Two women raped in Saptari district (kp 25/02/2019)

Man held for raping 81-year-old woman (kp 25/02/2019)

Police constable thrashes woman (ht 25/02/2019)

A month since the revelation of abuse at Lalitpur school, probe committee has little to show: The committee has only reached out to two former students till date, by Alisha Sijapati and Marissa Taylor (kp 25/02/2019)

Girls' education still not a priority for Jumla families, by DB Budha (rep 25/02/2019)

Victims push against reappointment of transitional justice body officials, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/02/2019)

Concerns of Nepali women to be presented at international stage, by Nayak Paudel (kp 24/02/2019), Customs trump law on issue of gender equality (kp 24/02/2019)

Menstruating women are still being banished to outdoor sheds — and it’s killing them, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 23/02/2019)

Everything you need to know about the government’s new IT bill: In an attempt to regulate the cyberspace, the K P Sharma Oli government is trying to give itself  enormous new powers to curb online content, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 23/02/2019)

Nirmala’s parents call off indefinite sit-in after 105 days, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/02/2019)

300 girls get self-defence training in Tulsipur, by Durgalal KC (kp 23/02/2019)

Big Brother looms: The government is working to introduce legislation to regulate public discourse, by Hardik Subedi and Harischandra Subedi (kp 22/02/2019)

Dalit girl raped, cops arrest  alleged rapist (ht 21/02/2019)

TU assistant dean arrested for molesting teenage girl (ht 21/02/2019)

Ward chair accused of beating local woman (kp 21/02/2019)

Getting off easy: Corrupt officials get to resign and  go scot-free, fuelling impunity (kp 21/02/2019)

Assaulting free speech: The provisions in the new bill could further curtail free speech and silence dissenters, by Taranath Dahal (kp 21/02/2019)

Rape cases up 79 pc in 2018: INSEC (rep 20/02/2019) [For intensive evaluation of human rights in 2088 see: Human Rights Yearbook 2019, by INSEC, 17 February 2019]

Heed the voice of disabled civilian war victims: Lalitpur Declaration (rep 20/02/2019)

‘We, as a society, have kept quiet on sexual harassment, abuse and violence so far’: Issues of sexual violence must be included in public discourses to ensure equality for women (kp 19/02/2019)

Nahartol girls vow to check rampant child marriage, by Pawan Yadav (kp 19/02/2019)

More reservation quotas sought for ethnic groups, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 19/02/2019) [The text of the bill provides for a reduction!]

Following threats, popular folk singer Sharma pulls video from YouTube: Rights advocates call pressure an attack on freedom of expression, by Anup Ojha and Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/02/2019), Folk singer Pashupati faces YAN music for satirical song, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/02/2019), Govt ‘muzzling critical voices under pretext of reasonable restriction’, by Pratik Rimal (rep 18/02/2019), Public uproar on social media after song removed from YouTube (rep 18/02/2019), An offer he couldn’t refuse: Self-censorship is dangerous (kp 19/02/2019), top intimidation: What the intimidation tactic has done is given those in the opposition and the angry commoner a platform to hit back at the government (ht 19/02/2019), Go with the flow, not with the gag: The Pashupati Sharma episode exemplifies new media’s potential to lead public discourse even when the government looks keen to set limits, by Mohan Guragain (kp 23/02/2019)

Youth-focussed panel discusses social media, entrepreneurship and freedom of speech, by Timothy Aryal (kp 18/02/2019)

Inaction in sexual harassment allegations against Bhattachan concerns international academics, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 18/02/2019)

Trafficking victims being brought home from Manipur (ht 18/02/2019)

After being trafficked, survivors struggle to rebuild lives, by Marissa Taylor (kp 17/02/2019)

Dalit woman thrown out of house in Salyan, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 17/02/2019)

Nepal’s peace came with a promise for justice — but it’s been painfully slow, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/02/2019), ‘Appoint TRC, CIEDP members without delay’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 16/02/2019), SC begins hearings on petitions against Agni Sapkota (rep 16/02/2019)

11-year-old girl found dead, by Ajit Tiwari and Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp 16/02/2019), Demand to arrest Rasaili’s murderers (kp 17/02/2019), Police arrest rape, murder suspect, by Shyam Sundar Shashi and Santosh Singh (kp 20/02/2019), Heinous crime: Women’s rights, dignity and safety cannot be ensured as long as the community itself does not foster the “we” feeling (ht 20/02/2019)

Police constable accused of raping woman, by Devendra Basnet (rep 16/02/2019)

Nepal’s superwomen beat superstition: Women in the Far West Nepal are refusing to be banished to the cow shed during their periods, by Aruna Uprety (nt 15/02/2019)

Government proposes harsh punishment for posting ‘improper’ contents online, by Sanjaya Lama (kp 14/02/2019), Govt pushes IT bill to control social media, by Ashok Dahal (rep 14/02/2019), With a new IT bill, state draws battle lines against free speech: In attempting to regulate social media platforms, Oli administration violates the freedom of speech and opinion guaranteed under the constitution, experts say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 16/02/2019), Information technology bill: 1.5 million rupees fine, five years jail sentence or both proposed (ht 17/02/2019)

Father held for raping daughter (kp 14/02/2019)

Combatting modern slavery: Challenges and opportunities, by Jhabindra Bhandari (ht 14/02/2019)

Nepal to defend its transitional justice process in Geneva: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali says he will tell the international community there will be no blanket amnesty in cases of serious human rights violations, by Anil Giri (kp 13/02/2019) [13 years have passed since the end of the ten-year conflict and not much has really happened! So, what process do you want to defend?], 'Bomb shattered my dreams, poverty took away my wife', by Bhadra Sharma (rep 13/02/2019) [How will you defend 13 years of inactivity in such cases, Mr Gyawali?], Conflict victims of Guranse struggle to overcome trauma, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 14/02/2019)

Ministry asks staff to not partake in programmes without consent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/02/2013) [Fundamental rights not valid for civil servants!]

Six teenagers escape detention centre, by Krishna Prasad Dhakal (ht 13/02/2019) [72 persons living in 3 roome?!]

Scheme to ensure at least 100 days of jobs for unemployed on cards: Programme is part of a larger plan to create 100,000 jobs annually, officials say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/02/2019), Government launching Prime Minister Employment Program on Wednesday (rep 12/02/2019), Watch out (kp 14/02/2019)

Bill restricting civil servants from sharing views on social media cause for concern: Experts, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/02/2019), Bill puts rigid restrictions on govt staff, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/02/2019)

Many muzzles: Press freedom cannot be curtailed in the name of ‘regulation’ (kp 12/02/2019)

A Dalit settlement awaits land ownership for over four decades, by Govinda KC (rep 12/02/2019) [This would never have happened in a Bahun village!]

Provincial media bills will curtail press freedom, experts warn: Provincial assemblies should take into account the importance of  fourth estate in democracy and governance, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/02/2019)

25 protesting doctors arrested, released, by Arjun Poudel (kp 11/02/2019), 25 govt docs arrested, 3 injured in police action in Kathmandu (rep 11/02/2019)

Opportunity knocks: Nepal’s diplomacy efforts are in many avenues — the Human Rights Council is irrefutably one of them, by Antara Singh (kp 11/02/2019)

Elusive Justice, by Ajit Kumar Singh (South Asia Intelligence Review 11/02/2019)

Entertainment industry employing minors (ht 10/02/2019)

They have a home. They don’t have a country: In a tiny village in western Nepal, arcane laws and government bureaucracy have left families without citizenship and pushed them further into poverty, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp 09/02/2019)

Child marriage still in practice in the Chepang community, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/02/2019)

"I knew I couldn’t stay silent anymore”: meet the women fighting sexual violence in Nepal (Amnesty International 08/02/2019)

Rape victim stigmatised, deprived of education (ht 08/02/2019)

Rape rulings in Nepal follow letter, not spirit of the law, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 08/02/2019)

Millions of students affected by Chand-led Maoist party’s strike, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/02/2019)

Rape victim pines for normal life (kp 08/02/2019)

Over 300 Nepalis trafficked through the India-Myanmar border in one month: Only two people have been tracked so far, while the whereabouts of hundreds are still unknown, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 07/02/2019), Myanmar emerging as a transit hub for trafficking Nepali girls (ht 09/02/2019)

House endorses amendment bill on Transitional Justice Act: Two transitional justice bodies will get one-year extension and new officials, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairman and member put in papers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/02/2019)

Government fails to give concrete answer on Nirmala Pant rape and murder probe: Home minister goes on defensive responding to lawmakers’ queries, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/02/2019)

Justice deferred for Dalits: Many reports have pointed out that the police hardly register the cases of crimes of caste-based discrimination and rarely carry out investigation, by Saraj Ray (rep 06/02/2019)

Two more teachers from Lalitpur Madhyamik accused of sexual abuse: A document started by the school’s alumni has over 40 testimonials from former students detailing molestation by the school’s teachers, by Alisha Sijapati and Marissa Taylor (kp 06/02/2019)

Cold winter nights add to the trauma of women banished to period huts: ‘We can’t even build a fire inside because the shed gets filled with smoke, and  then it becomes suffocating', by Basanta Pratap Singh and Menuka Dhungana (kp 05/02/2019)

Structural blindness: The foundation of modern Nepal lies in the caste system of governance, by Subhash Nepali (kp 05/02/2019)

Youth denied citizenship despite SC order (ht 05/02/2019)

Rise against the clock: Proactive research and analysis are needed to effectively address future nutritional problems, by Ramu Bishwakarma (kp 05/02/2019)

Family receives Ram Manohar Yadav’s body five months after he died in police custody: Brother says they will continue to fight for justice and won’t accept the government’s compensation pay, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 04/02/2019), Police seize Ram Manohar’s body on the way to funeral: Hundreds of supporters of the Free Madhes movement showed up  for the last rites despite the arrest of scores by the authorities, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/02/2019)

Standing in the  way of control: Protests, a means of political  communication, cannot be stifled (kp 04/02/2019)

Nepal Police sets up separate bureau to look into human trafficking cases, by Nayak Paudel (kp 04/02/2019), Women trafficking: One reason why girl trafficking has flourished in Nepal is because traffickers can operate here without much fear (ht 04/02/2019)

At least 130 Nepali girls rescued from India-Myanmar border in two days: They were en route to Southeast Asian and Gulf countries via Myanmar, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 03/02/2019)

Lawmakers visit Bajura for field study of chhaupadi (ht 03/02/2019)

TJ bodies preparing interim reports as term ends near (rep 03/02/2019)

A Madhesi died in police custody. No one knows what really happened: Five months since the death of Ram Manohar Yadav, a Free Madhes  activist, the family is still looking for answers while the police stay silent, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 02/02/2019)

Transitional justice is our internal affair: Govt tells diplomats, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 02/02/2019) [The victims need international support, especially when violators are sitting in government and army!]

Chhaupadi deaths fail to teach people any lesson (rep 02/02/2019)

Ministry consults conflict victims on justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/02/2019)

Six trafficking victims rescued from Delhi (kp 01/02/2019)

A child cries in silence: Sexual abuse widespread, by Aruna Uprety (ht 01/02/2019)

Crime and politics: Nirmala Panta’s unsolved rape and murder divides activists and prolongs the family’s grief, by Namrata Sharma (nt 01/02/2019)

Sexual  harassment on public transport unabated (ht 31/01/2019)

Minister Baskota says he cares about freedom of press. Really? Muzzling of press unabated, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 31/01/2019)

Transitional justice bodies to get term extension; officials won’t: Move aims to allay concerns of conflict victims but lacks substance, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/01/2019), TRC, CIEDP members’ tenure extended till April 13: Commissions get one year extension (ht 30/01/2019), CVCP lauds bill related to TJ laws  amendment (ht 31/01/2019)

Nepal Citizenship bill: Female lawmakers decry unequal provisions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 30/01/2019), Nepal Citizenship Bill faces hurdles to passage in HoR, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 31/01/2019), Contentious issues of citizenship bill discussed in House committee, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 02/02/2019)

Nepal falls two places to 124 on Corruption Perception Index: The political leadership prioritised serving the interests of those who run syndicates and contractors with poor track records, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2019)

Congress mum on wide-body deal: Aircraft purchase scam issue missing from minutes at Deuba’s behest, party insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp 29/01/2019) [This proves the hypocrisy of Nepalese politicians. Civil society is much more effective if the political parties do not participate!]

Rajeev Gurung, aka Deepak Manange, sworn in as provincial lawmaker, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 29/01/2019), Crime and candidacy: Having lawbreakers as lawmakers would be the biggest irony (kp 30/01/2019)

A faction of war victims refuses to be part of any mechanism: “We want the two transitional justice commissions to continue, but their officials should be changed,” says Phanindara Luitel of Conflict Victims National Network, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/01/2019), Conflict Victims Common Platform splits (ht 28/01/2019), Government in bind as conflict victims divided: One association calls for mechanism to decide the future of transitional justice process; another objects to any new structure to deal with war-era cases, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/01/2019)

Assessing media attack: When public figures indulge in media attacks, the prospects and conditions for the media grow dimmer and dangerous by the day, by P Kharel (rep 28/01/2019)

A closed door: The process of seeking legal remedy for cases of sexual abuse should be clear (kp 28/01/2019)

Girl, 10, found dead on riverbank, by Binod Bhandari (kp 28/01/2019), Ten-year-old girl found dead, rape suspected, by Hari Adhikari (ht 28/01/2019), Police arrest two men in rape andmurder of  girl, 11, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 04/02/2019), Two held for rape, murder paraded (ht 04/02/2019)

Nirmala rape, murder mystery: NHRC finds flaws in collection of vaginal swab (ht 28/01/2019)

Law minister-led mechanism to decide future of transitional justice: Sources say the body will seek participation of  all stakeholders, including conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/01/2019), Transitional Justice & Factional Diplomacy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 27/01/2019) [An incredible statement by the Deputy Executive Editor of the government-owned daily The Rising Nepal in blind support of the machinations of the Oli government, despite all the hypocrisy of today's opposition NC, which has done similar things in the past when in power. National and international supporters of victims and civil society are accused of manipulative interference in internal Nepalese affairs. They are denied any appeal for respect for the rule of law, democracy and human rights. Peace without justice for the victims is not possible! Like all governments before, the Oli government will do nothing in support of justice without internal and external pressure!]

An exemplary prison of Dailekh (rep 26/01/2019)

Govt plans nationwide consultation on next transitional justice process (rep 26/01/2019)

48 arrested in capital for protesting against Medical Education bill (rep 26/01/2019)) [Freedom of opinion denied!]

From tika to ashes: There are layers upon layers of injustice in the rape of Dalit women, by Sarita Pariyar (kp 25/01/2019)

International community builds pressure on transitional justice: Foreign missions, UN call for broader consultation  with conflict victims and stakeholders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/01/2019), Govt slams statement of Western countries, UN on transitional justice (rep 25/01/2019), ‘Zero draft’ starting point for talks with victims, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 25/01/2019)

Government aims to end child marriage (ht 25/01/2019)

Citizens’ Right to Health, by Mukti Rijal (rn 24/01/2019)

A school too far: Through a child rights perspective, the school merging programme goes against the right to education, by Nilima Rai (kp 24/01/2019)

Women brave cold and spend night under tents during menstruation, by Khamma Khatri (rep 24/01/2019)

Woman killed on witchcraft allegation (kp 24/01/2019)

Rapist jailed for eight years (kp 24/01/2019)

Minorities and Human Rights, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn 23/01/2019)

‘Laws made thru political consensus unacceptable’ (ht 23/01/2019)

Move against parody accounts a ‘bid to stifle freedom of expression’ (rep 23/01/2019)

Dalit community practises untouchability, by Mohan Budhair (kp 22/01/2019), Caste-based discrimination rampant, by Tularam Pandey (kp 22/01/2019)

Chepang girls physically assaulted in Chitwan (kp 22/01/2019)

Mind the gap: Transitional justice is not detached from foreign policy, by Rajendra Senchurey and Binod Kumar Paudel (kp 22/01/2019)


Nepali arrested in Delhi for human trafficking (ht 22/01/2019)

Walk The Talk, Raju Prasad Chapagai (Amnesty International 21/01/2019)

Council nominates chairpersons of five commissions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/01/2019) [Once again little social inclusion: Predominantly male Bahuns who constitute only 6 per cent of the country's population! This is true even for commissions that are meant to provide better inclusion of disadvantaged sections of society! Long live male Bahunbad!]

Bajura police starts collecting data on Chhaupadi sheds (kp 21/01/2019)

Justice delayed: There is no reason why the transitional justice process should have taken thirteen years unless it is trying to protect the perpetrators (ht 21/01/2019)

Families of martyrs living in misery, awaiting death, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 21/01/2019)

Madhes movement demonstrator appeals to state for treatment, by Santosh Singh (kp 21/01/2019)

A dangerous life: Road safety is not a privilege, but the right of the people (kp 21/01/2019)

Policing the police: Reform Nepal’s interrogration practices, by Sakun Bhandari (kp 20/01/2019)

KC’s crucial Satyagraha: Given our revolutionary history, how has this simple man’s resistance been so misunderstood?, by Abhi Subedi (kp 20/01/2019)

Rise against cybercrimes: Women are more susceptible to cyber crime as perpetrator’s identity remains anonymous and he may constantly threaten and blackmail the victim by using different identities, by Dikchya Raut (rep 20/01/2019)

Four men held on rape charge, by Pratikshya Kafle (kp 19/01/2019)

14-year-old girl assaulted in Syangja (kp 19/01/2019)

Govt unlikely to hold consultations with victims, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 19/01/2019)

HRW urges Nepal to ensure transitional justice (rep 18/01/2019)

Nepal: Address Transitional Justice: Decade of Promises, but Victims Still Await Answers (Human Rights Watch 17/01/2019)

Locked up abroad: A mechanism needs to be created to protect the legal aid rights of migrant workers, by Anurag Devkota (kp 17/01/2019)

Woman thrashed on charge of practising witchcraft (ht 17/01/2019)

Rukum villages bid farewell to Maghe Sankranti with child marriage, by Lokendra Khanal (rep 17/01/2019)

Procedure issued for managing street kids (ht 17/01/2019)

17 years of denied justice: Muktinath Adhikari’s family is among thousands who have been dismissed in the Transitional Justice process, by Suman Adhikari (kp 16/01/2019)

State 2 kicks off ‘Beti Bachau-Beti Padhau’ campaign: According to the scheme, every newborn girl will be insured in the Province’s eight districts from Tuesday, by Shahiman Rai (kp 16/01/2019)

Musahar girl champions the cause of ending child marriage in community, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 15/01/2019), Changing times  (kp 15/01/2019)

Nirmala rape, murder report: NHRC to make public contents of probe, not findings, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 15/01/2019)

Third space of conversationIt should be a space for transformation for Dalits and non-Dalits, men and women, by Sanjeev Uprety (kp 13/01/2019)

SAGGC for political consensus on citizenship , by Jagdishor Panday (ht 13/01/2019)

Government issues new order of precedence: NPC vice-chair ranks higher than Supreme Court justices and chiefs of constitutional bodies (ht 13/01/2019) [??], NHRC concerned (ht 13/01/2019)

Locals pull down chhau shed in Bajura (ht 12/01/2019)

Even right activists and teachers observe criminalised Chhaupadi in western Nepal, by Basanta Pratap Singh, Menuka Dhungana and Arjun Shah (kp 11/01/2019)

Richest 10 % Nepalis over 26 times wealthier than poorest 40 % (rep 11/01/2019) [see OXFAM report], Costs of inequality: Key among the development challenges facing Nepal is the ever-widening income and wealth gap between the haves and have-nots, by Cecilia Keizer (rep 13/01/2019)

Bill requires children to allocate portion of income to elderly parents, by Ashok Dahal (rep 11/01/2019)

Nirmala's father shows his dark side: Yagyaraj beats up his ex-wife, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 11/01/2019)

Engendering change: Reluctance to accept women leadership is a culturalised behaviour (kp 10/01/2019)

The number game: The Public Service Commission has not been shying away from providing government data, by Deepak Thapa (kp 10/01/2019)

Mother and two sons die in Chhaupadi shed fire: Women are still banished to sheds though the practice has been criminalised, by Arjun Shah (kp 10/01/2019), Break the shackle: The local levels must launch a massive awareness drive to get rid of the chhaupadi system that dehumanises women in rural areas (ht 10/01/2019)

Conflict-affected families of security personnel launch indefinite sit-in (ht 10/01/2019)

Ganga Maya Adhikari seeks global attention, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/01/2019), Ganga Maya meets UN resident coordinator: Says government has been unwilling and unable to deliver justice in her son’s murder case (ht 10/01/2019)

Nirmala’s mother demands DNA authenticity verification, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 10/01/2019)

Fate of transitional justice bodies hangs in balance: As parties vacillate, conflict victims are divided over new mechanism, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/01/2019)

Cold worsens menses woes in far-west (ht 09/01/2019)

Anti-trafficking society: Voice for the voiceless, by Shanta Dhakal (ht 09/01/2019)

Snowfall adds chill to quake survivors’ lives, by Anish Tiwari (kp 09/01/2019) [Failure of government and administration to provide assistance in time!]

Man held for repeatedly raping daughter, 12, by Pratichya Kafle (kp 08/01/2019)

CIEDP probes 85 pc complaints in first phase: Preparing to record statements of alleged perpetrators for the second phase of investigation (ht 08/01/2019)

Lead anew: The creation of new organisations of historically marginalised groups can lead to transformative change, by Subhash Nepali (kp 08/01/2019)

Woman allegedly murdered for dowry by husband, in-laws, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 07/01/2019)

Pass on props, please: Using school children to fill chairs is completely wrong (kp 07/01/2019)

Saffronization of Congress: The liberals, moderates and youth leaders in Congress must safeguard their party against the communal, sectarian allure of right wing Hindutva ideology, by Chhering Yonzon (rep 07/01/2019)

Breaking the silence on #MeToo: Women’s silence in Nepal’s feeble #MeToo movement has also to do with illiteracy and socioeconomic disadvantages majority of women face, by Gyanu BK (rep 06/01/2019)

Criminal Code ‘ineffective’ to end Chhaupadi practice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/01/2019)

Minors arrested on charge of child marriage, by Sher Bahadur Jero (rep 05/01/2019)

Chitwan police arrest Pokhara man for throwing acid at his wife, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 04/01/2019)

A tightened muzzle: Protracted governmental strategies have led to waning press freedom in Nepal, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 04/01/2019)

Eradicating hunger: Possible in Nepal, by Kapil Joshi (ht 04/01/2019)

Chaudhary sworn in after party’s pressure, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/01/2019) [?????], Why govt let massacre-accused Resham Chaudhary take oath (rep 04/01/2019) [There cannot be enough (potential) criminals in leading political positions! The rule of law in democratic states does not allow the participation of persons who are accused of crimes!], Back to jail after oath, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/01/2019), Tikapur victims speak of grave injustice, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 04/01/2019), Road to impunity: Oath to Resham Chaudhary (rep 06/01/2019)

Trafficking prevention more challenging now (kp 03/01/2019), Human trafficking prevention a complex issue (ht 03/01/2019)

Press freedom anxiety: To demonstrate that it will work as per the spirit of the Constitution, the govt has no option but to amend some of the draconian provisions (ht 03/01/2019), Civil society and media: Give them their due, by Dutta Shree Duwadi (Khanal) (ht 03/01/2019)

Fool me once: The Conflict Victims’ Common Platform could breathe new life into our pursuit for justice, by Binod Kumar Paudel and Rajendra Sechuray (kp 03/01/2019)

Violations of press freedom up: Report (kp 02/01/2019) [see report by Freedom Forum]

Consent is key: Will Nepali society ever fully understand marital rape?, by Priya Rajbhandary (kp 02/01/2019)

Transitional Justice Act: Govt undecided on amendment, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 02/01/2019), Ganga Maya to tell her story to the world, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 02/01/2019)

Together for justice: Charter initiative may further empower perpetrators rather than victims. Dialogue can help us unite, by Om Prakash Aryal, Anita Neupane Thapalia and Ram Bhandari (rep 02/01/2019)

Campaign fails to stop child marriage, by Shamsher Bikram GC (rep 02/01/2019)

LGBTI issues not govt priority: Joint-secretary (ht 02/12/2018)

Police after a child rape suspect (kp 01/01/2019)

Torture, disappearings to be moved from military to civilian court, by Ashok Dahal (rep 01/01/2019), Bill to amend Nepal Army Act (rep 02/01/2019)

Journalism in peril: Looking forward to a safer year for journalists (kp 01/01/2018)

My disappeared father: Families who lost relatives during the Maoist conflict are still seeking truth and justice, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 31/12/2018), Road to justice: Nepal’s transitional justice process failed to pursue transformative agenda of CPA. It seems to be moving away from socio-economic dimensions of conflict, by Tika P. Dhakal (rep 31/12/2018), National Reconciliation Day Celebration, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 31/12/2018)

#WhoKilledNirmala?: When those in power and with agency to protect the citizens and uphold societal law and order responds with hostility to an earnest call for accountability, it shows how fractured the country’s justice and law enforcement system is, by Nayak Paudel (kp 31/12/2018)

Speaking out and aloud: The #MeToo momentum in Nepal, while welcome, dissipated before it could even make a dent in Nepal’s power structures, by Alisha Sijapati (kp 31/12/2018)

Efforts on to unite two factions of rights activists and conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/12/2018)

Using public transport an ordeal for disabled people, by Shuvam Dhungana (rep 30/12/2018)

No end to ‘slavery’ in some Madhes communities: Oppressed people demand right to land and dignified life, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep 29/12/2018)

Locals protesting demolitions clash with police in West Rukum, 10 injured (rep 29/12/2018)

Five rape cases reported daily: Low conviction rate giving rise to crime, say police (ht 28/12/2018)

12 years later, justice is a mirage: A proposal to find a way out of the transitional justice impasse splits the victims’ movement, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 28/12/2018), Justice in transition: The international community has seen transitional justice as a barrier to the peace process rather than a necessary part of it, by David Seddon (nt 28/12/2018)

‘Untouchability’ culture among Dalits weakens anti-discrimination drive, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 28/12/2018)

Child marriage, once rampant, sees decline in a rural community: Dipendra, the father of Suraj, says he had received a bicycle, Rs10,000 in cash, some utensils and clothes as dowry during the wedding, by Shiva Puri (kp 27/12/2018)

Menstruating women still banished to sheds in 'Chaupadi-free' Jumla, by DB Budha (rep 27/12/2018)

Nirmala murder case: 2nd suspect freed by DNA report, accuses police of torture, by Sanjaya Lama (kp 27/12/2018), Freed suspects allege torture in custody, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 28/12/2018), Police deny torturing suspects during interrogation: Pradip Rawal and Bishal Chaudhary, the latest suspects  in Nirmala murder case, cleared by DNA evidence, by Nayak Paudel (kp 28/12/2018)

Throwing caution  to the wind: The authorities’ inaction towards  air pollution is inexcusable (kp 27/12/2018)

The new trailblazers: It is important to open up non-agricultural avenues for rural women, by Khilendra Basnyat (kp 27/12/2018)

TU vice-chancellor ‘unaware’ of sexual harassment charges against professor: Retired Tribhuvan University professor teaches at private colleges and is invited to speak at prestigious forums, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 26/12/2018)

Teacher accused of beating student to death, by Upendra Yadav (rep 26/12/2018), Teacher on the run after student’s death in Kalaiya, by Laxmi Sah (kp 27/12/2018)

No remedy even as Kathmandu air crosses dangerous levels, by Arpan Shrestha (kp 25/12/2018)

Victims’ body refutes claims against charter: The leaders from the umbrella body say the blame is baseless, saying they had always stood  for the process (kp 25/12/2018), Rift grows among conflict victims: Disgruntled group forms new body (rep), Task force to address issues of injured fighters (kp) [12 years after the end of civil war and their party joined main stream and government with their leaders getting top positions and living in wealth!?], Dialogue Over Conflict, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 25/12/2018)

Quake victims still awaiting relocation to safer sites, by Himnath Devkota (rep 25/12/2018)

Boy arrested for stabbing a girl for refusing his love proposal (rep 25/12/2018)

IGP fails to shed more light on Nirmala rape, murder, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 25/12/2018), Protesters submit signatures to UN country office (ht 25/12/2018)

Chaudhary: Police tortured me to extract confession, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/12/2018), Bishal taken to Kathmandu for medical examination, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 25/12/2018) [Showing mental problems after severe police torture!]

Mechanism for justice: If proposed high-level political mechanism provides the space for concluding remaining tasks of peace and justice, we need to support it, by Rajendra Senchurey (rep 23/12/2018), Conflict-hit women demand prompt response to their plaints (ht 23/12/2018)

Kathmandu’s roads are widening, but there’s no space for pedestrians: The existing set-up of most of the Valley’s streets shows there’s little concern for pedestrians, and even where there are sidewalks, they have been poorly built and managed, by Arpan Shrestha (kp 22/12/2018)

Chhaupadi-free drive ineffective, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 22/12/2018)

Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights (ht 22/12/2018)

AIG’s report blames senior officers for failed  Nirmala murder probe: Report says police tried to frame Dilip Singh Bista; Probe names  18 officers for  tampering with evidence at the crime scene, by Nayak Paudel (kp 22/12/2018)

Justice, interrupted: Transitional Justice will only work if those in charge are trusted, by Mohna Ansari (kp 21/12/2018), Crippled commissions: Victims’ long wait for justice, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (ht 21/12/2018)

Ex-UN official in Nepal to discuss transitional justice issues, by Binod Ghimire and Anil Giri (kp 21/12/2018)

Rape, murder convict of minor gets Life sentence (kp 20/12/2018), Timely verdict; While the provision of life sentence till death will act as deterrence the judicial system also needs to impart justice prudently (ht 21/12/2018)

Playing politics with justice: The proposed high-level political mechanism is believed to be yet another strategy to award immunity to perpetrators of serious crimes committed during conflict-era, by Charan Prasai (rep 19/12/2018)

Combating trafficking: There are no urban centers, in and outside Nepal, where Nepali women and girls may not have been forcibly trafficked, by Nilam Sangroula (rep 19/12/2018)

LGBTI people face discrimination (ht 19/12/2018)

TRC still clueless about Rolpa house massacre, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 18/12/2018)

Rape cases double in Dang, by Devendra Basnet (rep 18/12/2018)

Forced seasonal migration causes gender role transformations (rep 18/12/2018)

Nirmala rape, murder: Cops yet to release DNA test results of suspects held recently, by Anita Shrestha (ht 17/12/2018), Nirmala murder case: Mother files case against police for destroying proof, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 18/12/2018)

In search of judicial independence: The judicial council has not addressed the federal aspirations of the people, by Praveen Kumar Yadav and Mohan Kumar Karna (kp 17/12/2018)

Dalit settlement sold after ward chair errs (ht 17/12/2018) [????]

Nirmala rape and murder: Struggle committee announces fresh agitation (kp 16/12/2018)

Teenager found hanging inside NC leader’s house, by Maheshwar Chamling Rai (rep 16/12/2018)

Girl disowned by in-laws for being Dalit, husband out of contact since months, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 16/12/2018)

Trafficking of women to Gulf countries on the rise (ht 16/12/2018)

Civil society group protests transitional justice junket, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/12/2018), Disgruntled group calls on Swiss to stand firm on int’l standards: In the memorandum, the dissident group has appealed to the United Nations and Switzerland to stand consistently for ending impunity and fulfillment of the victims’ right to truth, justice and reparations (rep 15/12/2018)

Women still reluctant to register complaints against domestic violence (ht 15/12/2018)

Keep children away from politics: We have to let children be children and let them scale the epitome of infinite, all-encompassing, and all-embracing venues, by Babu Ram Neupane (rep 15/12/2018)

Watchdog says pollution issue complaints more than crime (kp 14/12/2018)

Photojournalist detained for taking photos outside Shital Niwas (rep 14/12/2018)

Political quick-fix won’t provide justice: As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Nepal must uphold the charter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (rep 13/12/2018)

Police arrest two suspects in Godamchaur rape case, by Biken K Dawadi (rep 13/12/2018) [after more than one year!]

'Monopoly of capitalist big media houses' must en, says Dahal (rep 13/12/2018) [Another frontal attack on free press and freedom of opinion!!]

Army deserter turned Maoist rebel serving life term: Implicated in surrendering army weapons to rebels, by Prakash Timalsina (rep 13/12/2018) [But the one who received the arms is now officer in the army and those who commanded the rebels and their army are now sitting in leading positions of the government!]

Watch your words: Online harassment is an epidemic that needs to be addressed more seriously (kp 13/12/2018)

Relatives of new ‘suspects’ protest: Citizen Struggle forum Co-ordinator says the authorities have framed innocent people to protect the real culprits, by Mohan Budhair and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 12/12/2018)

Bhutan refugees rally for help to go back home: Bhutanese refugees held a rally in Beldangi Camp and appealed to global human rights bodies to help their repatriation, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 11/12/2018)

Laws are not enough: A complaint panel should be formed to deal with sexual harassment in organisations, by Dinesh Pant (kp 11/12/2018)

Mystery surrounds the death of a Bardiya teen, by Kamal Panthi (kp 11/12/2018)

Walk the talk: The global community has little faith in the government’s ability to fulfil its human rights obligations, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (kp 10/12/2018), Overall human rights situation still not satisfactory, says NHRC (ht 10/12/2018), Overall situation not satisfactory, says NHRC (ht 11/12/2018)

Call to amend citizenship provisions (ht 10/12/2018)

Reporting of VAW cases up after operation of helpline service (rep 10/12/2018)

Hail Comrade Chairman! With the mass intelligentsia ready to pounce upon his critics, Oli is confident that he can cut the media and intelligentsia down to size, by CK Lal (rep 10/12/2018)

Two minors raped in the last 72 hours, by Amrita Anmol and Birendra KC (kp 09/12/2018)

Protests continue even as police claim ‘narrowing list of suspects’, by Nayak Paudel (kp) 09/12/2018, Locals suspect police might be framing poor people again , by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 09/12/2018)

Staying home during periods becoming normal in rural Achham, by Khamma Khatri (rep 09/12/2018)

Many elderly care centres only in paper: Rights body, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/12/2018)

Women tea estate workers form union: Male workers in tea factories of Ilam and Panchthar get Rs 400 per day while women workers get only Rs 300 (kp 08/12/2018)

Transitional justice: There’s no confusion, says Law Minister Dhakal (ht 08/12/2018)

PM’s threats are unbecoming of his high office, intellectuals say: Oli takes a stab at academics and journalists who have been vocal critics of his administration, by Anil Giri (kp 07/12/2018)

Officials sleep as victims weep: A mother cries for out-of-coma son with amputed leg; An ailing father writes songs for murdered daughter, by Nayak Paudel (kp 06/12/2018)

Rape victims in Jumla settle cases fearing social stigma, by DB Budha (rep 06/12/2018)

Madam diplomat: Women should get more opportunities to show their potential in the global arena, by Illa Mainali (kp 06/12/2018)

Kidnapping cases up by 29%, by Biken K Dawadi (rep 05/12/2018)

83 pc of missing persons are women or children, by Shuvam Dhungana (rep 05/12/2018), Where are missing women and children? (rep 06/12/2018)

Transitional justice bodies prepare to go as term sees end, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/12/2018), CIEDP refutes CVCP’s charge (ht 04/12/2018)

Cross-border children in citizenship logjam, by Karishma Chaudhary (kp 04/12/2018)

Madhesi Muslims ‘do not report sexual crimes by male in-laws’ (kp 02/12/2018), Muslim women facing sexual abuse by family members, fail to raise voice (ht 02/12/2018)

Injured conflict victim neglected by state: He has got no justice even after a court verdict in his favor, by Sabita Shrestha (rep 02/12/2018)

Police detain activists for pasting Nirmala posters, by Bhawani Bhatta and Nayak Paudel (kp 01/12/2018) [The Oli government as veto players with respect to rule of law, justice and human rights!!], Police disrupt peaceful protest: Arrest 12 persons for pasting posters featuring Nirmala (ht 01/12/2018), Hundreds rally for justice in Nirmala case (rep 02/12/2018), Protesters defy police warning (ht 02/12/2018), Rights activists in fresh protest demanding justice for Nirmala, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 04/12/2018)

Statute discriminates against women, say MPs (ht 01/12/2018)

Disabled people to campaign for inclusion across the country: 513,321 disabled people live in Nepal, according to 2011 census, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/12/2018), Count them in: The state must take ownership over empowering differently-abled people (kp 03/12/2018), Getting noticed: For people with disabilities, the realisation of their basic human rights is a huge challenge, by Rajesh Man KC (kp 03/12/2018)

Families displaced by 2014 Jure landslide are still without homes, by Anish Tiwari (kp 01/12/2018)

Special rapporteur: Nirmala murder is a test case for Nepal, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 30/11/2018), UN official concerned about delay in providing justice to Nirmala Panta (ht 30/11/2018), Justice delayed and denied: Quest for truth and justice in daughter’s murder has driven Nirmala’s father to insanity, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 30/11/2018)

Abducted 8-yr-old boy found murdered, man arrested, by Shuvam Dhungana (rep 30/11/2018)

Local unit intercepts children being taken to capital to work in brick kilns, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 30/11/2018)

The ageing warriors: Betrayed by the state and the parties, it’s an endless wait for justice for the victims, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 29/11/2018)

3 arrested for allegedly raping a 22-year-old in Thamel, by Biken K Dawadi (rep 29/11/2018)

Nirmala's sisters fear sleeping at home in absence of mother, by Dil BahadurChhatyal and Rajendra Bhatta (rep 29/11/2018)

People still unaware of right to info (ht 29/11/2018) [And the governmaent of PM Oli does everything that they will never become aware!]

Minister orders state media to muzzle—and counter—Dr KC, Nirmala news, by Anil Giri (kp 29/11/2018) [Another step towards dictatorship! The people should no longer read government owned media!]

Underage marriage in Karnali puts young mothers at risk, by Jyoti Katuwal (kp 29/11/2018)

Victims’ demand alarms civil leaders, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/11/2018), Victims, HR activists seeks UN help over transitional justice (rep 28/11/2018)

6 rape cases a day in first quarter of fiscal year, by Ashok Dahal (rep 28/11/2018)

Stringent IT law to replace Electronic Transaction Act: Advocates of press freedom concerned over its effects in digital age, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/11/2018)

Dalit ward members excluded from decision-making, by Pushparaj Joshi (rep 27/11/2018)

At home, women face worst form of violence (kp 27/11/2018)

Transitional Justice: Leaders attend Bangkok gathering (ht 27/11/2018)

Dr KC pads up for 16th hunger strike: Activist announces three key demands in nine-point memo, by Nayak Paudel (kp 27/11/2018)

Minister instructs state-run media to avoid Nirmala-related news (rep 26/11/2018) [This proves the non-existence of press freedom in Nepal! The minister should be dismissed and face trial for this crime!]

Movement against rape: When rapes happen, it is not the abuser who is punished, rather victims are blamed, and they may even be ostracized, by Pratap Sharma (rep 26/11/2018)

Video of police manhandling Birgunj women sparks outrage, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 26/11/2018)

Peace by peace: Nepal requires a bottom-up, intentional and integrated approach to peace, by Rajendra Senchurey (kp 26/11/2018)

Proposed political mechanism may derail ongoing progress: TJ officials (rep 25/11/2018)

Yearly campaigns not helping police improve image: 1,044 complaints filed against police in three years, by Shuvam Dhungana (rep 25/11/2018)

Nirmala’s father barred from flying to Capital: Yagya Raj, who has been protesting for weeks demanding justice for the rape and murder of his teenage daughter, shows signs of mental illness, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 25/11/2018) [????], Chand’s party stages mass assembly in Capital: Leaders accuse ruling Nepal Communist Party of harbouring murderers of Nirmala Pant and corrupt officials, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/11/2018), Nirmala’s father brought to Kathmandu, doctors say no signs of mental illness, by Nayak Paudel (kp 26/11/2018) [!!!!]

‘It’s hard to breathe’: Air pollution in Kathmandu Valley has reached such dangerous levels that it is now considered one of the most polluted cities in the world—along with its two geopolitical neighbours, Delhi and Beijing, by Arpan Shrestha (kp 24/11/2018) [Why does the extremely competent Oli government (self-definition) not show any responsibility?], Mind the road: No substantial actions have been planned to improve air quality and road safety, by Prashanta Khanal (kp 25/11/2018)

War victims demand reforms in transitional justice bodies: Seek mechanism to build consensus to take  transitional justice process to its logical end, by BBinod Ghimire (kp 22/11/2018)

Police record nine rapeS in four months in Bouddha (kp 22/11/2018)

12 years on, political leadership still dithers on transitional justice: As two commissions waste three years, leading parties have been accused of attempting to tire the victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/11/2018) [Political leaders who share responsibility for the crimes in one or other way will never be interested to provide justice!], Justice is overdue: The CPA’s 12-year history has been wrought with excuses and extensions (kp 21/11/2018), A chance to clean up: The promises we laid on paper must be fulfilled if we are to truly achieve peace, by Mohna Ansari (kp 21/11/2018), Long wait for justice: The transitional justice process needs immediate review because it is taking forever, by Suman Adhikari (kp 21/11/2018)

Woman, 73, tortured over witchcraft allegation, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 20/11/2018)

‘Foreign’ citizens may affect security: Thapa; Defending the proposal to amend Citizenship Act-2006, the home minister claims that  a large number of non-nationals have got Nepali citizenship, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/11/2018) [The problem is Nepal's definition of "national", especially the discrimination against women, ethnic and regional groups!]

Civil right activists call for proper investigation: Thousands of people, who suffered at the hands of state security forces and the Maoist insurgents have largely been deprived  of justice (kp 19/11/2018)

Nepal Police rescue 7,029 women and children from traffickers in last 5 years (kp 18/11/2018)

‘Info gag on Cabinet decisions against constitution, RTI Act’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/11/2018)

New Children’s Act draws flak from rights activists (ht 18/11/2018)

Nirmala’s unsolved case: The case has stirred the public and revealed the state’s disregard towards the law, by Udayan Regmi (kp 18/11/2018)

Nepal abstains from UN vote on Myanmar’s human rights violation: This is not the first time Nepal has abstained from voting on a UNGA resolution (rep 18/11/2018) [This reflects Nepal's own human rights standards!]

Call to end child marriage (rep 18/11/2018)

VAW, A Henious Crime, by D.M. Thapa (rn 17/11/2018)

NHRC asks govt to remove ambiguity from penal code: Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission Anup Raj Sharma today said the new penal code contained ambiguous words that could be used to punish journalists (ht 17/11/2018)

Rough road to inter-caste marriage: Unless we dismantle caste-hierarchy and end intra-caste discrimination, we won’t be able to build a just and peaceful society, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 17/11/2018)

New law guarantees right of crime victims to justice (ht 17/11/2018)

Control pollution, NHRC tells government (ht 17/11/2018)

Swiss bankroll leaders’ Bangkok junket: Second-rung leaders from the major parties will spend six days discussing transitional justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/11/2018) [??]

‘Govt not following inclusion policy’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/11/2018)

Women craft makers face gender inequality, by Krishana Prasain (kp 16/11/2018)

Citizens, not subjects: Criticising the government and expressing dissatisfaction is our right (kp 15/11/2018)

Proposal on political quick fix for transitional justice draws flak (rep 15/11/2018), Give me some truth: The government has disregarded the courts and lied with regard to transitional justice, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 15/11/2018)

Police rescue 35 underage girls from two dance bars in Thamel, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/11/2018)

Ward official held over witchcraft allegation, by Amrita Anmol (kp 14/11/2018)

Elusive justice: Why have we let singular narratives define victimhood?, by Varsha Gyawali (kp 14/11/2018)

Fearing backlash, Cabinet keeps key decisions to itself: In an unprecedented move and against a longstanding practice, journalists on Sunday were denied information on government decisions, by Anil Giri (kp 13/11/2018), Govt move to deny info on cabinet decisions causes widespread controversy (rep 13/11/2018), Govt’s information gag draws flak, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 13/11/2018), Not disclosing cabinet decisions a huge setback for freedom of info, by Taranath Dahal (rep 14/11/2018), Cabinet decisions must be transparent (rep 14/11/2018), Cabinet to share its decisions only once a week: Prime Minister Oli warns ministers not to divulge decisions to media, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/11/2018) [??????], PM cements information gag order, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 16/11/2018), Nepaleaks: Why is the greatest communist government on Earth afraid of its own people, media and even well-wishers?, by Guffadi (kp 17/11/2108)

Saving secularism: Our secular republic aspires to reflect the pluralistic reality of the plains, hills and mountains. This should be nurtured, by Chhering Yonzon (rep 13/11/2018)

Man arrested for raping daughter in Morang (ht 13/11/2018)

11-year-old defiled, two Indian teens held (ht 13/11/2018)

Child accompanying mother in jail deprived of education, by Ganesh BK and Lokendra Khanal (rep 13/11/2018)

Conflict victims work on demand paper to press for justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/11/2018)

Seven men gang-rape two girls in Lahan, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 12/11/2018), Woman, teenage girl gang-raped (ht 12/11/2018)

13-year-old girl found dead in Udayapur, rape suspected (ht 12/11/2018), Five held over the ‘rape and murder’ of girl, 12, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 13/11/2018)

12-yo-girl raped in Kathmandu during Tihar (ht 12/11/2018)

Kavre schools, colleges shut over student leader’s arrest: NSU leader Krishna Dhakal and journalist Kabiraj Dhakal arrested for posting PM Oli’s distorted photo on Facebook, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 12/11/2018), Student union protests for Krishna Dhakal’s release (kp 13/11/2018), NSU supporters enforce transport strike in Banepa (kp 15/11/2018)

AIG-led probe panel report yet to come (ht 12/11/2018), Kanchanpur rape and murder: Pant couple stage sit-in for justice, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 12/11/2018), Heed the call for justice (rep 12/11/2018), Scores of people reach Kanchanpur to support Pant couple’s sit-in, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 14/11/2018)

'Citizenship for sale': Criminals can buy Nepali citizenship while genuine people are deprived of the document, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 11/11/2018)

Three arrested on rape charge, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 11/11/2018)

Nepal imported fruits worth Rs7.58b in Q1, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 08/11/2018)

Women in civil services up by 8 percent: In the fiscal year 2017-18, at least 20,334 women held various positions in government offices-making it 23 per-cent of the civil service. Government records show there are 87,753 civil servants across the country, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/11/2018), Let them in: Active representation of women in bureaucracy cannot be ignored anymore (kp 08/11/2018)

Ghorahi Sub Metropolis launches campaign against child marriage (kp 08/11/2018)

Transitional body Finishes study of Complaints in 55 districts (kp 07/11/2018)

Victims urge transitional justice mechanism backed by political parties (rep 07/11/2018)

Shaman scorches woman with hot spatula, by Anil Bhandari (rep 07/11/2018)

Educate girls & women: For a prosperous community, by Pushpa Priya (ht 07/11/2018)

40 women rescued from India, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 06/11/2018)

Nepal, first S Asian country to criminalise corporal punishment of children, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/11/2018), Sparing the rod: Criminalising corporal punishment is a bold step; however, parents and society also must act to protect child rights (ht 07/11/2018)

Conflict-era torture victims seek relief (ht 06/11/2018)

A deadly decade for migrant workers: In a period the nation made Rs. 4.48 trillion in remittances, more than 6,700 lives were lost, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/11/2018)

Child marriage prevalent among Chepangs: Study, by Pratap Bista (kp 04/11/2018)

Ministry issues stern social media use policy: Directive bars comments or posts against government, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/11/2018)

NCP MPs for political rights to NRNs; Demand goes against constitutional spirit: Nembang, by Ashok Dahal (rep 02/11/2018)

16-year-old girl raped in Sunsari, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 01/11/2018)

Parliamentary panel lifts media restriction slightly, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 01/11/2018)

Jumla Airport closed for locals, not for minister, by DB Budha (rep 01/11/2018)

Impunity must end: Judicial punishment is the only remedy and hope for breaking the chain of impunity, by Mohna Ansari (kp 31/10/2018)

Deconstructing #Metoonepal: Besides dismantling patriarchy, the movement is also about creating safe spaces for women, by Prakriti Yonzon (kp 29/10/2018)

Few schools imparting education in mother tongues (ht 28/10/2018)

Women's commission without commissioners for months, by Deepanjali Khadka (rep 27/10/2018)

Surveillance state and minorities: The state oppresses; but at the same time, it is expected to protect and uphold rights, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (kp 26/10/2018) [The oppressive state elite is also recruited from a minority: male Bahuns (6%) resp. male Tagadharis (14%). To describe other population groups as minorities is presumptuous!]

Transitional justice: Act amendment process snail-pacedLaw ministry plans to finalise draft before the start of winter session of Parliament, by Roshan S Nepal (rep 26/10/2018)

Nothing to lose but their chains: Western Nepal’s liberated slaves find that freedom is complicated, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 26/10/2018)

Man held on charge of attempted rape (ht 26/10/2018)

Intimate partner violence: Lack of laws and weak implementation forces young people to suffer in silence, by Jesselina Rana (kp 26/10/2018)

Elderly woman force-fed excreta over minor dispute (ht 25/10/2018), Assault on elderly: Three arrested (kp 26/10/2018)

Girl, 17, raped by three men in Rautahat, by Shiva Puri (kp 24/10/2018)

Time to act: Laws abound to end discrimination against women, but a political will to implement them is a must, by Sivananthi Thanenthiran (kp 24/10/2018)

Harmful traditional practices to blame for rise in VAW cases: Minister (ht 24/10/2018)

Ex-mayor decries ‘rape of men’s rights’ after women accuse him of sexual harassment: A former Kathmandu municipal worker and a journalist accuse Keshav Sthapit of sexually harassing them, allegations he has denied, by Itisha Giri, bhrikuti Rai and Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 24/10/2018)

Boy, 12, rapes girl, 3, in Kanchanpur (kp 23/10/2018)

Another minor raped in Bhimdattanagar-2, Kanchanpur (ht 23/10/2018)

Youth arrested on charge of raping a 7 y/o girl (ht 23/10/2018)

Transitional justice: Ministry consults top leaders on law revision, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/10/2018)

Man rapes 7-year-old girl (kp 22/10/2018)

Nirmala rape and murder case: Process begins to sack suspended police officers, by Nayak Paudel (kp 22/10/2018), Fire negligent police officers, NP headquarters recommends (ht 22/10/2018), Suspended police officers deny negligence in investigation: Home Ministry to analyse SP Bista and Inspector Bhatta’s clarifications, by Nayak Paudel (kp 25/10/2018), DNA samples of four persons sent for test (ht 31/10/2018)

Power, consent, and my newsroom: Let’s hope that local stories challenge the culture of complacency in our workplaces, by Subina Shrestha (kp 17/10/2018), The double standard of outrage: The very society that marches against violent rapes is also telling women to stop playing victims, by Rubeena Mahato (kp 17/10/2018)

Brahmins and Chhetris land most government jobs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/10/2018) [Bahuns with a population share of 12.2% secure 33.39% of the jobs!]

Squeezing the press: The state wants to intimidate the media, up surveillance and promote self-censorship, by Taranath Dahal (kp 15/10/2018)

Let women decide: It’s a long way for Nepali women to freely choose their partners as they want, when they want and how they want, pre-wedding or post-divorce, by Ushma Rebel (rep 14/10/2018), My struggle with widowhood: A man marries another woman just after completing 13 days of death rites of his wife but a wife, when widowed, is doomed, by Lily Thapa (rep 14/10/2018)

10-year-old girl raped, murdered in Dhanusha (kp 14/10/2018)

Sex-selective abortion continues unabated (ht 14/10/2018)

Amnesty for inclusive law-making process (kp 13/10/2018)

Fourteen-year-old girl raped in Saptari (ht 13/10/2018)

Experts emphasize sex education to minimize sexual crimes, by Biken K Dawadi (13/10/2018)

Fed up of harassment, Nepali women go online to share #MeToo stories, by Pranaya Shamsher JB Rana (kp 12/10/2018)

Teenager gang-raped (ht 12/10/2018)

Two men rape 13-year-old girl (ht 12/10/2018)

Two doctors suspended for preparing false medical report of rape victim, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 12/10/2018)

Four rapes in a week (kp 12/10/2018)

Eight Nepali women rescued from Delhi (ht 12/10/2018)

An unsolved death: The government should find out what actually happened to Ram Manohar instead of trying to cover up the incident, by Jyoti Tiwari (rep 11/10/2018)

CJ calls for media sensitivity over sub-judice matters (rep 10/10/2018) [Opening the way for suppression of press freedom?], Media Society urges government to correct ‘its anti-media’ attitude (kp 11/10/2018), Govt move to prioritise state media ‘guided by ill intention’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 11/10/2018), Attempt to kill private media: NMS (ht 11/10/2018), Malevolent move: The govt must understand any move against free media, the cornerstone of democracy, would boomerang on it (ht 12/10/2018)

Call for a singular view on war crime inquiry (kp 09/10/2018), Life without father: Growing up in time of Maoist insurgency, by Pratik Rimal (rep 09/10/2018)

PM's IT consultant 'tapping' private data on people for commercial use (rep 09/10/2018)

Parties fail to represent 33 percent women: The issue of women’s representation in the central committee surfaced after the recently unified NCP failed to assign roles to women in line with the legal requirement, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 08/10/2018)

A Dashain diversion: Stories of history and society from perspective of Dalits, Janjatis and Madhesis remain to be written. Until then, only way to get their version is to listen to their woes firsthand, by CK Lal (rep 08/10/2018)

Report shows lapses in police probe: Investigation committee led by Joint-secretary Mainali reports that authorities destroyed vital evidence, by AnilGiri (kp 08/10/2018), Nirmala Pant rape and murder: Action against SP Bista soon: Ministry; Activists say Mainali report fails to name the culprits; Home secretary says further probe is on to find the role of police, by Anil Giri and Arpan Shrestha (kp 09/10/2018), More questions to Nepal Police and govt (rep 09/10/2018), Rights body directs police forensic to save victim’s sample (kp 12/10/2018)

Ensuring migrant workers’ safety: Government urged to implement rights body’s recommendations (kp 08/10/2018)

CK Raut arrested (kp 08/10/2018)

Rescued street children yearn to reunite with parents (kp 06/10/2018)

Ministry asks offices to favour state media, by Anil Giri (kp 05/10/2018) [This is the opposition of press freedom!!], Treat the press equally: Discrimination between state and private media will harm democracy (kp 10/10/2018)

Don’t be cruel: The authorities need to understand that the use of torture is inhumane and illegal, by Sudeshna Thapa (kp 05/10/2018)

Together against rape: Time has come to take movement for social justice forward by bringing in political parties to stand for it, by Hima Bista (rep 04/10/2018)

Government tightens localrepresentatives’ visits abroad (kp 03/10/2018) [Local representatives barred from expressing personal views??????]

Disenfranchised citizen: Every citizen has the right to a good education, even the visually impaired, by Parbishi Mishra (kp 03/10/2018)

Man rapes 74-year-old woman (kp 03/10/2018)

Speak against sexual harassment: There is still a silence around talking about sexual harassment including eve teasing, violation of personal space, prolonged staring among others, by Nabodita Subedi (rep 01/10/2018)

Breeders of machismo culture: Violence based on gender has much to do with societal power structures, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 01/10/2018)

Woman assaulted by husband and in-laws for demanding citizenship, by Adhesh Kumar Jha (kp 01/10/2018)

Party leaders, employees harass me: Deputy Mayor (kp 01/10/2018)

Conflict victims turn to local level for reparation: Conflict victims seek the role of the powerful local governments in the reparation programme, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/09/2018)

Clarion calls for Nirmala rape probe report: Chanting slogans against the government, they ask Home Minister Thapa to resign for ineffective investigation into the crime (kp 30/09/2018), Publish probe report, urge protestors, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 30/09/2018)

Police grill eight suspects in teenager’s rape (rep 30/09/2018)

More women report domestic violence: But layers of fear and prejudice deter others from speaking up, by Arpan Shrestha (kp 29/09/2018)

Experts, authorities, victim families discuss disappearances (rep 29/09/2018)

Local unit to punish reps promoting Chhaupadi, untouchability, by DB Budha (rep 29/09/2018)

Custody death of Ram Manohar Yadav: Family decries non-consented autopsy, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/09/2018)

Daughter Slaughter: More unspeakable crimes against women drown Nepal in sorrow, by Monika Deupala (nt 28/09/2018)

‘Govt working to control violence against women’ (ht 28/09/2018) [Then start by changing constitution and subordinate laws to make women independent and equal to men in each and every respect!]

Burning shame: Gender-based violence flourishes because of a misogynistic society (kp 27/09/2018)

The price of justice: With effectual and reliable investigation mechanisms in place, cases like Nirmala Pant’s would be a lot less in number, by Sakun Bhandari (kp 27/09/2018)

Government mulling over making local level permit mandatory for foreign trip, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 27/09/2018), Right to roam: Govt must bear in mind that people are citizens, not subjects and any move to restrict people’s mobility will contravene human rights (ht 28/09/2018)

Dolakha police start ‘fight back campaign’ in schools: Police in Dolakha plan to empower school girls through awareness on sexual harrassment and self defence training, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 27/09/2018)

Another woman attacked with acid and stabbed; condition critical, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel and Nabin Paudel (kp 26/09/2018), Nawalparasi acid victim regains consciousness (rep 27/09/2018)

10-year-old raped, murdered (kp 26/09/2018), Suspect in net, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 27/09/2018), 27-yr-old man held over rape and murder of child, by Bishan Chettri (rep 27/09/2018)

Girl, 13, raped (kp 26/09/2018)

Kanchanpur probe report in (kp 26/09/2018), Probe panel report kept under wraps (ht 26/09/2018), Activists call on govt to make report public (kp 26/09/2018), Make report public: Any move to cloak the report on Nirmala’s rape and murder in secrecy would mean there’s a game going on to protect the criminals (ht 26/09/2018), Thapa links police lapses to probe delay, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/09/2018), Nirmala’s father was forced to put thumbprint on backdated FIR: Minister (rep 27/09/2018), FNJ condemns home ministry for keeping report under wraps (ht 27/09/2018), DNA test spares police officer, two more suspects, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 01/10/2018)

Enabling Nepalis abroad to vote: ‘Government should start preparations immediately’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 26/09/2018)

For fifth time, Supreme Court orders govt to release CPN spokesperson (ht 26/09/2018)

Damak police arrest man for raping four-year-old girl (kp 25/08/2018)

Trials and errors: Strengthening the foundation of the criminal justice system is imperative for an effective justice delivery, by Bishnuhari Marasini (kp 25/09/2018)

Man rapes 12-year-old girl in Dharan (kp 24/09/2018)

25 rapes in Province 7 after Nirmala rape, murder, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 24/09/2018)

Bara woman found dead with slit throat, by Pawan Yadav (kp 24/09/2018), Woman hacked to death in Bara (rep 24/09/2018)

What was left behind: Nirmala’s legacy should be an end to the violence and the lack of justice that has persisted since decades, by Tejshree Thapa (kp 24/09/2018)

Clerk fired for sharing Facebook post, by Suresh Yadav (rep 24/09/2018)

Four children rescued from Jogbani (rep 24/09/2018)

Rights activists meet conflict victims to devise strategy (kp 23/09/2018)

15,875 kids reported missing in nine years: Untraced rate higher; Girls more vulnerable (ht 23/09/2018), Children at risk: Awareness at the grassroots level and strong vigilance at border points is a must to minimise the number of children from missing (ht 24/09/2018)

Rape incidents continue to go unchecked: Civil society member says some perpetrators walked away scot-free on the back of power and money, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/09/2018)

Sorrows of Nepali migrant workers: Unless Nepali missions abroad are solely authorized to attest employer institutions’ demand letters migration won’t be safe and rewarding, by Surya Nath Mishra (rep 23/09/2018)

Two doctors accused of protecting child rapist: Two doctors at Janakpur Zonal Hospital allegedly took bribe to alter medical test results of rape victim (kp 22/09/2018)

16 rape incidents reported in Rautahat in past two months (ht 22/09/2018)

‘Multi-sectoral efforts needed to check GBV’ (ht 22/09/2018)

Journalism should not be controlled: Experts (rep 22/09/2018)

Pushing women away: It is very difficult for women to access information on safe migration. Many do not realize the implications of being flown via India or Nepal, by Ayushma Basnyat (rep 22/09/2018)

Two girls raped in Rautahat (kp 21/09/2018), Two new rape cases reported in Rautahat, by Madan Thakur (rep 21/09/2018)

Discrimination in compensation for rape victims, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 21/09/2018)

Entertainment sector emerging as destination for trafficking girls: NHRC (ht 21/09/2018)

Acid attacks galore: How many more will have to fall victim to acid attack before sales of the deadly chemical are regulated? (ht 21/09/2018), Acid attack victim Samjhana in critical condition (ht 23/09/2018), Harmful chemicals law not enacted despite SC order, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/09/2018), Rautahat acid attack victim loses battle for life, by Chandan KumarMandal (kp 25/09/2018), Dad calls for stern action after acid attack victim dies, by Biken K Dawadi (rep 25/09/2018)

15-year-old girl raped in Baglung (kp 20/09/2018)

Women and the welfare state: The second class treatment that women feel they are getting should be eliminated, by Kartika Yadav (kp 20/09/2018)

PM Oli dismisses dissent, calls for unity in speech: Civil rights activists call Oli’s statement ‘uncalled for’ and ‘unceremonious’ because the prime minister was speaking without any evidence, by Anil Giri (kp 20/09/2018), PM spells death knell for rights protests (ht 20/09/2018) [Blatant authoritarianism!!], Govt won’t tolerate use of Nepal as guinea pig over rights: PM (rep 20/09/2018) [???],

Self defence training for teenage girls, by Nabin Paudel (kp 20/09/2018)

6-month baby critical after acid attack (kp 19/09/2018), Acid-attack baby dies, police suspect aunt, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 20/09/2018)

Police arrest three men on rape charge (kp 19/09/2018), Three arrested on charge of gang rape (ht 19/09/2018)

15-year-old girl raped in Myagdi (kp 19/09/2018)

Fighting sexual violence: Turn outrage into action, by Aarati Neupane (ht 19/09/2018)

Nepali women being trafficked in guise of marriage, says report (ht 19/09/2018), Marriage ruse: Trafficking of Nepali women in the guise of marriage brings more challenges to authorities in their fight against the horror of trafficking (ht 20/09/2018)

Transitional justice: Cash crunch cripples CIEDP, TRC functioning, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 19/09/2018)

Dang brutal for women if the charge is witchery: Mostly, illiterate women with weak financial status are accused of witchcraft, they are beaten up and even murdered, by Devendra Basnet (rep 19/09/2018)

Police gone wild: Cops are brutalising the people they have sworn to serve (kp 19/09/2018)

Citizenship bill unlikely to be passed this session: Parliament passed 15 bills related to fundamental rights on Sunday, but stateless people will not be able to enjoy the fundamental rights, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/09/2018)

Out of cash, transitional justice bodies sit idle: Five months before the end of tenure, two commissions have their whole investigations pending, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/09/2018)

Beyond the law: The rape and murder case of Nirmala Pant makes a mockery of the rule of law, by Shreya Paudel (kp 18/09/2018)

Teen girl’s life hangs by a thread after acid attack, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 17/09/2018), Acid attack victims being treated (ht 17/09/2018), Suitor attacked sisters with acid ‘after older girl spurned him’, by Shiva Puri (kp 20/09/2018)

Journalists’ body declares drive to protect free press: Federation of Nepali Journalists to launch a pressure campaign against restrictive laws in Civil Code and Criminal Code (kp 17/09/2018)

Parliament passes all bills on basic rights, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [by breaking laws and rulings in an authoritarian way!], Fundamental rights-related bills passed / MPs cast doubt over implementation, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 17/09/2018), The right stuff: Passing of the bills on basic rights is a milestone, but implementation will be key (kp 18/09/2018), Fast-tracked: Fundamental rights are essential to safeguard interests of the people, so the state now must act for their full implementation (ht 18/09/2018)

Man arrested for raping two minors (kp 16/09/2018)

Nine months on, Lalitpur gang rape victim still awaiting justice, by Diya Dhakal (rep 16/09/2018)

House set to endorse laws barring uneducated people from all types of jobs after 10 yrs, by Ashok Dahal (rep 16/09/2018)

The forgotten tale of Bhutanese refugees: The elderly refugees wish to ‘die in Bhutan’, by Yubaraj Bibash (rep 16/09/2018)

Monopoly of contractors: Contractors demolish tents after shopkeepers refuse to pay demanded tax (rep 16/09/2018) [Under the rule of law, nobody has the right to demolish other's property without judicial order!]

Family mourns, and a country recoils: The rape and murder of Nirmala Pant and the failure of law enforcement to diligently investigate the perpetrators have angered and stunned Nepalisacross the country. Now the 13-year-old girl’s parents say they are starting to lose hope , by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 15/09/2018), Nationwide protests today in support of Nirmala (rep 15/09/2018), #JusticeForNirmala calls get louder: People from all walks of life join protests across the country; Police say DNA analysis will take ‘two weeks’ to complete, by Arpan Shrestha and Nayak Paudel (kp 16/09/2018), Five police officers suspended (kp 16/09/2018), Fresh protests erupt in Mahendranagar (kp 16/09/2018), Mum’s not the word: The usually voluble PM’s reticence pertaining to the Nirmala Pant case is unacceptable, by Avasna Pandey (kp 16/092019), New team to scan officers for faulty investigation (kp 17/09/2018), 53 days, 6 committees, guilty still at large (rep 17/09/2018), Whither justice? Suspension of five cops on Saturday is too little, too late, and unless it is backed by concrete actions, it will be nothing but eyewash (ht 17/09/2018), Nirmala’s parents, rights activists ‘humiliated’ at PM’s residence (ht 18/09/2018)

Students deprived of higher education due to lack of citizenship (rep 15/09/2018)

Disabled children in Nepal facing barriers to quality education: HRW (ht 15/09/2017)

‘Social awareness key to ending child marriage’ (ht 15/09/2018)

Scramble to meet deadline on fundamental right laws (rep 15/09/2018)

Bishwakarma arrested again (rep 15/09/2018), Top Court not pleased by Biswokarma’s detention (kp 15/09/2018), SC warns govt of contempt of court: Orders release of spokesperson for CPN Khadge Prasad Bishwakarma (ht 15/09/2018)

Nepal and Burma delay, dilute and deny justice: The failure of both countries to address past human rights violations impedes their ability to confront the present, by Naw Gladys Maung Maung (nt 14/09/2018)

They are citizens too: Gender equality was sacrificed in the name of preserving social and cultural values, by Bharati Silawal Giri (kp 14/09/2018)

Infected food, water increase health risks, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 13/09/2018)

Two sisters injured in Rautahat acid attack, by Shiva Puri (kp 13/09/2018)

Groups clash in Bara after boy teases priest (kp 13/09/2018)

Ministry forms media panel to review new code (kp 12/09/2018), Revised privacy bill limits privacy of public office bearers: Task force formed to revise laws curtailing press freedom (rep 12/09/2018), House endorses revised ‘press-friendly’ Privacy Bill (kp 16/09/2018), Deadline looming large over passage of rights bills, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 16/09/2018)

Clash erupts over arrest of rape accused (ht 12/09/2018), Lawmaker offers cash to raped girl’s mother, by Shiva Puri (kp 13/09/2018)

Quake victims' fourth monsoon under tent, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 12/09/2018) [The extremely competent and active politicians and administrators should be honoured!!]

Menstruation sheds make a comeback in Dailekh: Despite NGOs' efforts, chhau culture continues to get strong, by Govinda KC (rep 11/09/2018)

Principal rents out classrooms forcing students to study under a tree, by Suresh Yadav (rep 11/09/2018)

Trafficking victims reluctant to file police complaint (rep 11/09/2018)

Catch them or else: If Nepal still cannot prosecute war crimes at home, other countries may step in, by Clive Baldwin (kp 10/09/2018)

Krishna Prasad’s murder case: Chitwan Distrct Court acquits 12 accused, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (kp 10/09/2018), Justice denied: How the state and human rights group "cheated" Ganga Maya's quest for justice, by Anjali Subedi (rep 10/09/2018), Chitwan District Court acquits 12 defendants, by Sabita Shrestha (rep 10/09/2018)

Girl’s death sparks protest (kp 10/09/2018)

‘It will take time for anti-VAW message to be included in curriculum’, interview with Binda Pandey, MP of NCP (ht 10/09/2018)

One week deadline to table rights laws: Speaker Mahara says his visit to China will not delay process (kp 07/09/2018) [??]

Kanchanpur rape and murder case: Rights body points at flawed investigation; NHRC Spokesperson Mohna Ansari says mishandling and possible destruction of evidences is a major oversight (kp 07/09/2018), ‘Serious dereliction of duty by police has complicated probe’ (kp 08/09/2018), IGP admits to lapses in Nirmala rape-murder probe, by Rajendra Bhatta (rep 08/09/2018), Accused Bista brought back after medical tests (kp 09/09/2018), Court extends Bista’s judicial remand, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 10/09/2018), Probe committee member resigns, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 11/09/2018), My life is in danger, says probe committee member: He said in the letter that the culprits behind the rape and murder have strong backing from powerful people (rep), 47 days on, police nowhere close to Nirmala's murderers (rep 11/09/2018), Bista, Bam sisters released: Suspect’s DNA fails to match sample taken from 13-year-old rape and murder victim, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 12/09/2018) [This shoiuld have been proved for long!], Opposition on warpath after panelist quits over threats (kp 12/09/2018), Mentally unstable Bista released after DNA failed to match, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 12/09/2018), 48 days of national shame: Where is our govt? (rep 12/09/2018), KC does U-turn, returns to probe panel (kp 13/09/2018), No justice, no peace Police incompetence is turning the tragic Nirmala Panta case into a farce (kp 13/09/2018), Police take blood samples of three suspects for DNA tests, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 14/09/2018), Suspended SP Bista has a chequered past (kp 14/09/2018), ‘Action to follow probe report’ (kp 14/09/2018)

Over 200 women, children rescued in three years (kp 06/09/2018), Human trafficking continues unabated (ht 06/09/2018)

Toothless tigers: Conflict victims are not fully convinced by the truth and disappearance commissions, by Ram Dakal Rakesh (kp 06/09/2018)

NHRC to launch drive against VAW, rape (ht 06/09/2018)

1,500 children at risk in Jajarkot, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 05/09/2018)

Unite against rape: Rather than the victims, rapists should be persecuted, ostracized and humiliated. Survivors need support both from the state and the society, by Sapana Phuyal (rep 05/09/2018)

Three suspects held for rape of teenage girl, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 04/09/2018)

No laws on fundamental rights ready though deadline ends Sept 19, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/09/2018)

People drinking 'undrinkable' water in eastern Nepal: Study, by Amar Khadka (rep 04/09/2018)

Families still hopeful of return of disappeared kin, by Shiva Lal Subedi (rep 04/09/2018)

SC orders Home Ministry to release Bishwokarma (kp 04/09/2018), Maoist leader Bishwokarma taken to Bhojpur (kp 05/09/2018), SC takes strong exception to Bishwakarma’s repeated arrests (rep 05/09/2018)

Nepalis abroad set to exercise voting right: Court orders facilities for citizens to vote from foreign destinations, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/09/2019), Ensure voting rights for Nepalis living abroad, SC tells government, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/09/2018), Right to vote for Nepalis living abroad (rep 04/09/2018)

Woman suffers burn injuries in husband’s attack, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 03/09/2018)

Activists unhappy with president’s ‘silence’ on rape cases (rep 03/09/2018)

Leaders pledge to amend laws limiting free press: Leaders of various political parties sympathise with the concern raised by journalists and writers over the new laws that restrict press freedom (kp 03/09/2018)

Free Madhes activist dies in police custody: Claims of police, victim’s side differ: Yadav’s neighbour says he died on way to hospital while officials say doctors declared him dead in Kathmandu, by Chandal Kumar Mandal and Kamal Panthi (kp 03/09/2018), Relatives of CK Raut's supporter who died in police custody suspect murder, by Nirmal Ghimire (rep 03/09/2018), Custody death: Yadav’s family suspects torture, demands probe; Victim’s mother says they were only informed about his death, questioning why police had not told them earlier if he was ill, by Thakur Singh Tharu and Kamal Panthi (kp 04/09/2018)

Woman murdered on witchcraft charge: Tanki killed her mother-in-law after local shamans told her that Khopi made her fall ill by practicing witchcraft, by Durgalal KC (kp 02/09/2018), Woman kills mother-in-law accusing her of witchcraft, by Devendra Basnet (rep 02/09/2018)

Lawmakers demand removal of 'regressive' provisions in Privacy Bill (rep 02/09/2018), Why privacy bill should be amended: The state has no right to control people’s freedom and liberties while introducing right to privacy laws. No law should encroach on people’s right to know, by Taranath Dahal (rep 02/09/2018), Lawmakers seek to remove restrictions on scribes thru amendment proposals (ht 04/09/2018)

Why were our kin disappeared? Killed? Conflict victims’ families, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 02/08/2018)

Hospital services to be disrupted: Doctors to halt services except for emergency today (kp 02/09/2018), 6,000 doctors surrender licenses to NMC: Government threatens action (rep 03/09/2018), Hospital closure hits patients hard (kp 03/09/2018), Sick of new penal code, docs go on strike: Six thousand of them surrender their licences; Govt threatens action against striking doctors, by Anita Shrestha (ht 03/09/2018), NA panel seeks safeguards to protect doctors Directs law ministry to suggest body for investigating cases of medical negligence, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 03/09/2018), Doctors defer protest after deal: Agitation put off by a week after government agrees to amend some contested provisions of Criminal Code, by Nayak Paudel (kp 04/09/2018)

Rise of digital dystopia: Aided by vague laws, the police can arrest anybody for expressing an opinion online, by Samik Kharel (kp 02/09/2018)

Local units asked to furnish report rights of people with disabilities (kp 02/09/2018)

Another teenager raped in Kanchanpur, by Rajendra Bhatta (rep 01/09/2018), One held on charge of raping 15-year-old girl (kp 02/09/2018)

Govt discriminates in compensations for rape, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 01/09/2018)

Local body sacks lady teacher for getting married to another village, by Anil Bhandari (rep 01/09/2018)

Children, women malnourished: Micronutrients deficiency high: Report, by Nayak Paudel (kp 31/08/2018)

Call to revise bill on compulsory and free education (kp 31/08/2018)

Police told to make special plan to curb violence against women (kp 31/08/2018)

Mistaken conviction: Contrary to popular opinion, capital punishment will not help deter rape, by Parbishi Mishra (kp 31/08/2018)

Turning outrage into justice: Is it time for Nepali women to also learn jiu-jitsu like the Sufragettes?, by Sumana Shrestha (nt 31/08/2018)

Long wait for loved ones—and for justice: Families of disappeared are still waiting to know the whereabouts of their loved ones, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/08/2018), Act responsibly: TRC and CIEDP won’t be able to function as long as parties exercise control (kp 30/08/2018), Govt urged to provide info about missing persons (ht 30/08/2018), Disappeared truth: Maoist leaders have dissolved their party and sold out those who fought for them, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 30/08/2018), Kalikot families demand whereabouts of disappeared kin, by Pabitra Kumar Shahi (rep 31/08/2018)

Constitutional Body Recruitment, by Multi Rijal (rn 30/08/2018)

TRC rues lack of funds for investigating cases: Officials say they can’t pay even for internet services, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/08/2018)

Six rogues gang rape woman, 20 (kp 29/08/2018)

Health vulnerability of those barred: Widespread gender discrimination and social stigma isolate female prisoners, by Sanju Maharjan and Riya Talitha Samuel (kp 29/08/2018)

Workshop held to prepare report on women’s issues (ht 29/08/2018)

Plans to fast-track fundamental laws related bills afoot: Sixteen out of 17 laws related bills were registered in the Parliament, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 28/08/2018)

Zero tolerance against GBV: Easy to commit, difficult to deliver, by Namrata Sharma (ht 28/08/2018)

Teenage girl raped in Capital (kp 27/08/2018)

TRC yet to prepare reparation policy (kp 27/08/2018)

We are in a state of crisis: Legal experts (rep 27/08/2018)

Government told to take Bishwokarma to court: Oli administration’s indecent behaviour irks NHRC (kp 27/08/2018)

Unequal society: Many tend to think that our social structure will break down if women are empowered politically and infidelity will increase, by David Kainee (rep 26/08/2018)

77pc women stay in chhaupadi sheds during menstruation: Report (ht 26/08/2018) [related to Karnali province]

‘Revise criminal code’: Federation of Nepali Journalists issues Godawari Declaration to put pressure on Centre (kp 26/08/2018)

Doubling compensation, punishment for untouchability proposed, by Ashok Dahal (rep 26/08/2018)

Kanchanpur rape and murder: One killed, 24 injured in police-locals clash, by Chitranga Thapa and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 25/08/2018) [The fact is that the Nepali police have never respected life and fundamental human rights! The highest political and administrative levels must be held accountable for this!], Protesting teenager killed in police firing, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 25/08/2018), PM Oli urged to form high-level commission (kp 25/08/2018), #JusticeforNirmala: Justice delayed is justice denied (rep 26/08/2018), Unequal society: Many tend to think that our social structure will break down if women are empowered politically and infidelity will increase, by David Kainee (rep 26/08/2018), Kanchanpur in turmoil: Two suspects arrested; Indefinite curfew since Friday, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 26/08/2018), Rally demands #JusticeForNirmala (kp 26/08/2018), Sunny Khuna killed while out to collected his wages, by Pushpa Raj Joshi and Rajendra Bhatta (rep 26/08/2018), AI Nepal tells govt to refrain from using force (ht 26/08/2018), Police told to suspend SP Bista (kp 26/08/2018), Case reopens under pressure, by Chitranga Thapa and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 26/08/2018), New CDO says probe should have begun right after the incident (rep 26/08/2018), Kanchanpur District Court remands Bam sisters to judicial custody, by Chitranga Thapa and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 28/08/2018), Kanchanpur curfew remains: Police yet to quiz Bam sisters, by Chitranga Thapa and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 27/08/2018), Accused Bista sent to Kathmandu for medical examination (kp 29/08/2018), 'Investigation centered on proving innocent guilty', by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal and Pushpa Raj Joshi (rep 29/08/2018), Police destroyed evidence in Nirmala case: Victim's uncle, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal and  Pushpa Raj Joshi (kp 31/08/2018), Investigation delay raises suspicion, by Chitranga Thapa and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 06/09/2018)

Top leaders silent over alarming rise in rapes, murder, by Ashok Dahal (rep 25/08/2018), House endorses resolution against sexual violence, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/08/2018), Parliament unanimously passes stricture on VAW, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 25/08/2018)

Former Maoist child soldier barred from leaving country: Lenin Bista says officials threatened him against raising the issue of child combatants, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/08/2018), TIA immigration bars ex-child soldier from flying abroad (rep 25/08/2018), Former Maoist child combatant Lenin Bista barred from flying to Bangkok (ht 25/08/2018), Stop Intimidating Citizens Government’s action against Lenin Bista is a naked display of power (kp 27/08/2018), We are all Lenin (rep 27/08/2018), Explain Bista travel ban, PM tells ministry (kp 28/08/2018), Bista moves court against travel ban (kp 01/09/2018), Top court questions government for foiling Bista’s travel (kp 03/09/2018)

Chitwan women rally against rape incidents (kp 25/08/2018)

165-year-old prison holds inmates three times its capacity, by Suresh Yadav (rep 25/08/2018)

Justice for Sale: Money, power and patriarchy allows rapists to easily get away with their crime, by Tufan Neupane (nt 24/08/2018), The roots of rape: Misogyny, malevolent malehood and impunity perpetuate rampant rape, by Kedar Sharma (nt 24/08/2018)

New bill seeks to guarantee employment (ht 24/08/2018), Jobless citizens to get sustenance allowance (kp 24/08/2018)

Draft law aims to protect rights of children (ht 24/08/2018)

Even elected representatives have chhaugoths at home, by Nagendra Upadhyay (rep 23/08/2018)

Citizenship Bill stricter than charter: Karna (ht 23/08/2018) [There must not be any different treatment between foreign wives of Nepali men and foreign husbands of Nepali women! Everything else is male delusion!]

Children of citizens by birth denied citizenship share their plight (ht 23/08/2018)

Chepangs without land deeds denied grants (kp 23/08/2018)

Laws needed for exercise of fundamental rights still in pipeline: Govt set to miss Sept 19 deadline for implementation, by Ashok Dahal (rep 23/08/2018)

Man in police custody for posting bad image of PM on facebook (kp 23/08/2018) [??]

A schoolgirl writes a painful letter, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 23/08/2018)

Press Freedom Under Attack?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 22/08/2018), Government ignores free press concerns: New bill bars journalists from even gathering information on public staff, by Binod Ghimre (kp 22/08/2018), Solidarity against press freedom curbs (kp 22/08/2018), Truth to power: The main duty of a free press is to uphold the people’s right to know (kp 23/08/2018), Value differing opinions: The new code has provisions that limit free expression and criminalise media lapses, by Binod Bhattarai (kp 23/08/2018), Suppressed, by Om Astha Rai (nt 24/08/2018)

Transitional justice: Conflict victims for criminal code revision: Say it fails to address SC verdict on enforced disappearance, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 22/08/2018)

NHRC concerned about spurt in rape, murder (ht 22/08/2018)

Applications called to form constitutional bodies: The National Inclusion commission has mandate to mainstream the marginalised, poor and disabled people (kp 22/08/2018) [After three years? Wow!]

13 pc citizens have no access to drinking water, by Tika R Pradhan (22/08/2018)

Improve prison conditions: OAG (ht 22/08/2018)

Harsh action sought for rape convicts (kp 21/08/2018), MPs demand life for rape of minor, elderly or disabled: MPs demand life for rape of minor, elderly or disabled (rep 21/08/2018)

Issues against gender-based violence: Resolution motion fails to make it to House discussion (kp 21/08/2018)

Police arrest prime suspect in Kanchanpur rape, murder case / 7 held on rape charge, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 21/08/2018), Seven held in Chitwan for gang-raping minor girls (ht 21/08/2018), Protests escalate after police parade ‘wrong’ rape suspect, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 22/08/2018), Police ‘frame’ mentally ill person in rape, murder case, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal and Pushparaj Joshi (rep 22/08/2018), Clashes and demonstrations continue in Mahendranagar, by Chitranga Thapa and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/08/2018), 8 hurt as police open fire on protesters in Kanchanpur (rep 23/08/2018), Curfew as protests turn violent: Police firing injures four protesters, by Chitranga Thapa and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 24/08/2018), Lawmakers slam use of force (kp 24/08/2018), Home Ministry forms high-level probe panel: Transfers CDO, police chief (kp 24/08/2018), Get the rapists: People who were demonstrating were ordinary people who empathised with the rape and murder victim (ht 24/08/2018)

Government to bring integrated act to regulate water supply: Water security and quality to be main focus, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/08/2018)

‘Urgent efforts needed to protect women and girls’ (kp 20/08/2018)

End inequalities: Children of Nepali women, irrespective of who she is married to, should unquestionably be entitled to citizenship by descent (ht 20/08/2018)

Cancer cases at Kanti rise, govt slashes funds: Grants allocated for Kanti Children’s Hospital cut by Rs 26.4 million, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 20/08/2018), Invest in Kanti, invest in our children’s health (rep 21/08/2018)

World Humanitarian Day: Protecting civilian workers, by Vallerie Julliand (ht 20/08/2018)

The promised land: Nepal must ensure that migrant workers are not exploited, here and abroad (kp 20/08/2018) [No, Nepal must provide jobs at home!]

Govt can’t disclose classified information: Oli (rep 20/08/2018) [??], Right to Information Act: Ensure implementation; Right to Information Act provides an opportunity for federal Nepal to hold all three tiers of governments accountable, by Pramod Bhattarai (rep 21/08/2018)

NHRC tells authorities to curb pollution (ht 20/08/2018)

Woman accused of witchcraft ostracised: Radha still remains a witch in the eyes of the villagers, though her persecutors were exposed of their lies, by Arjun Shah (kp 18/08/2018)

Jilted man murders girlfriend (kp 18/08/2018)

Press council grills editors (rep 18/08/2018), Nepal must amend its new criminal code to guarantee press freedom: RSF (rep 18/08/2018), ‘Anti-press provisions’ in new laws draw mixed reactions (ht 18/08/2018), Press Council's grilling of editors against jurisdiction and a misuse of authority: Freedom Forum (rep 19/08/2018)

Civil and Criminal Codes: ‘Faulty provisions will be changed’ (kp 18/08/2018) [Statement by PM Oli on the day when the 'faulty provisions' came into effect!], Criminal Code to affect emergency patients most: NMA vice-prez (rep 18/08/2018)

Even local representatives not spared of caste-based discrimination, by Binod Pariyar (rep 18/08/2018)

Nepal’s suffragette moment, by Om Astha Rai (nt 17/08/2018)

Free press on edge as new laws come into force today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/08/2018), Media Society warns against anti-press rules (kp 17/08/2018), Privacy and the press: Press freedom might come under attack as the government passes new law (kp 17/08/2018)

Daura Suruwal made official attire, by Nayak Paudel (kp 17/08/2018) [Yes, please make the traditional dress of the true owners of the land, i.e. the 15 per cent male Tagadharis, the national attire again! This reflects the understanding of inclusive politics in the mind of the non-inclusive ruling communists!]

Doramba killing memorial: ‘Onus on govt to look after victims’ families’ (ht 17/08/2018)

Law Minister Dhakal tables Protection of Victims of Crime Bill in National Assembly (ht 17/08/2018)

Nurturing rescued children with nature, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 17/08/2018)

All political parties are technically illegal, by Om Astha Rai (nt 17/08/2018)

Activist honoured for helping cause of landless Dalits (kp 16/08/2018)

Dalit family agrees to return home after security assurance, by Akson Rai (rep 16/08/2018)

Women workers in entertainment sector continue to be exploited: Forty-nine per cent of women employed in the entertainment sector face sexual abuse (ht 16/08/2018)

Access to drinking water enables villages to focus on sanitation, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 16/08/2018)

Medicines locked in storage while patients suffer in remote districts, by Arjun Shah (kp 15/08/2018)

Know your new laws: Muluki Civil Code and Muluki Criminal Code are going to guide and punish our behaviors and conducts from August 17. What is there in these two codes?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 15/08/2018), Harsher punishment set for sexual harassment (ht 15/08/2018), Practising untouchability during menstruation, postpartum periods criminal offense: Offenders can be jailed for up to three months (Setopati 16/08/2018)

Cops beat up Dalit man 'without reason' (rep 15/08/2018) [Cops don't have the right to beat anybody, espexcially not the downtrodden Dalits!!]

35 days remain to pass laws on fundamental rights: Cabinet sitting on 10 bills for a month, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/08/2018)

Girl, 5, raped in Jajarkot (kp 14/08/2018)

Bill to amend citizenship act: Ruling party lawmakers object tweaks to law, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/08/2018) [The male Tagadhari politicians will take care that women will never be equal to men!], ‘Citizenship bill discriminates against women’, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 15/08/2018), Women rights activists hit streets against 'discriminatory'provision in citizenship bill (rep 18/08/2018), Amendments registered to citizenship bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 18/08/2018)

Karnali grapples with food scarcity (kp 14/08/2018)

Victims of conflict-era land transactions forced to purchase the same land twice, by Devendra Basnet (rep 14/08/2018)

Forever hungry: Producing and distributing nutritious food should be a political priority (kp 14/08/2018)

Children are starving in Bajhang: Thousands of children at risk from malnutrition in the remote far-western district, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 13/08/2018)

Rape cases on the rise in Sunsari, by Amar Khadka (rep 13/08/2018)

Where are the conflict-disappeared?, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 13/08/2018) [And in which positions are those responsible for their disappearances??]

Invisible citizen: It is imperative that the state guarantee women’s entitlements as citizens (kp 13/08/2018)

Freed Haliyas claim leaders and gov officials extorted portion of their rehabilitation fund: While the situation of freed Haliyas has remained unchanged, those working for their 'welfare' have become rich overnight, by Pushkar Bahdnari (rep 12/08/2018)

Nirmala's rape and murder: Guilty yet to be booked; More than twenty investigation teams are engaged but the outcome of the probe continues to be nil even two weeks after the incident, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 12/08/2018), Crime in Kanchanpur: Authorities must pull out all the stops to complete a fair investigation into the rape and murder of 13-year-old girl (ht 13/08/2018)

Elusive road to justice: Political commitment to justice process is the only way out to looming transition of transitional justice process in Nepal, by Meena Bhatta (rep 12/08/2018)

US clears four Army units on human rights, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/08/2018) [This does not excuse the fact that many secutity forces who committed crimes at the time of insurgency are still running free and have been promoted time and again!]

Conflict victims unhappy with draft amendment to law, by Bhim Chapagain and Giriraj Baskota (rep 11/08/2018)

Drug and alcohol abuse blamed for alarming rise in rape cases in Province 7 (ht 11/08/2018)

37 victims of gender-based violence compensated (ht 11/08/2018) [Compensation for the victims will have no effect in the future unless the perpetrators are severely punished!]

The death of justice: n a rule of law, even mundrey dons, thulo mancheys and common citizens are all subject to the law. If you break the law, you must face the music, by Guffadi (kp 11/08/2018)

Child marriage scrapped after two years, by DB Budha (rep 11/08/2018)

Formulate media-friendly laws, FNJ urges government (ht 11/08/2018)

Gender, nation, and women’s honour: Women’s bodies have been instrumentalised to legitimise certain groups’ political and business interests under the pretext of nationalism, by Sangita Thebe Limbu and Kalpana Jha (kp 10/08/2018)

Women MPs seek harsher punishment for rapists (ht 10/08/2018)

Marshyangdi corridor 220 kV transmission line: Indigenous people demand their say in power project, by Bibek Subedi (kp 10/08/2018)

1,480 rape cases last year, 4 every day!, by Pratik Rimal (rep 09/08/2018)

Moving beyond “kill all rapists”: In a deeply hierarchical society where the most vulnerable rape victims are likely to face aggression from police officers, baying for blood diverts the attention from the real issue, by Abha Lal (rep 09/08/2018)

Nepal files for another term at UN rights body: Nepal will pitch for a seat in the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2021-23 term (kp 09/08/2018) [Nepal should first implement international human rights standards! There are still a lot of shortcomings!]

Four years on, Babai flood victims still waiting for aid, by Devendra Basnet (rep 09/08/2018)

Son worshippers: It is sad when women have to achieve recognition by having a male child (kp 09/08/2018)

Good news for NRNs, kids of citizens by birth: Govt to amend citizenship act (ht 09/08/2018)

New laws with major changes to come into effect from Aug 17, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 09/08/2018)

Over 220 firms found selling unsafe goods: 41 bottled water suppliers were found to be selling contaminated water (kp 09/08/2018)

Drop community service provision in TJ bill: NHRC to govt (rep 08/08/2018), National rights body slams weak penalties for war crimes, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/08/2018)

Newborns may get birth certificate through their mothers, by Ashok Dahal (rep 08/08/2018), Birth certificates in mom’s name to be a norm; Fine and jail proposed for spouses who abandon their partners citing reproductive health problems. A new bill also proposes to prohibit forceful use of contraceptives, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 08/08/2018), New bill proposes to protect a woman’s right on her body: Three months prison term and fine of Rs 50,000 for forcing a woman to use contraceptive to prevent pregnancy (kp 09/08/2018)

‘Nepal is serious about fighting human trafficking’ (kp 08/08/2018)

Dangerous development: As long as our development activities endanger lives, we cannot call it progress (kp 08/08/2018)

Maoists sell off lands they captured during insurgency (rep 08/08/2018)

Angry Kanchanpur residents protest against rapes and murders of victims (kp 07/08/2018)

Province govt opens probe into Maleth shooting (kp 07/08/2018)

Province 2 govt asked to wait until Citizenship Act amended (rep 07/08/2018)

Police shoot dead killers of abducted boy in gun battle (kp 07/08/2018), Kidnappend boy found dead, police shoot dead two suspects (rep 07/08/2018), Kidnapping and murder in Bhaktapur (rep 07/08/2018), Questions over police encounter weaken credibility: Experts (rep 08/08/2018), Uphold rule of law: No matter how serious a case is, it is the court of law that has the ultimate power to pronounce the accused guilty (ht 08/08/2018), NHRC begins encounter probe: ‘Kidnappers’ families claim killings are extrajudicial (kp 09/08/2018), TUTH violates victim’s kin’s fundamental right: Refuses to hand over autopsy report to distraught mother; Tells her to collect it from cops (ht 10/08/2018), NHRC asked to investigate ‘encounter killings’ (ht 10/08/2018), Home minister flip-flops on extrajudicial killings (kp 11/08/2018)

Police find out-of-contact Nur Prasad: Campaigner Ganga Maya Adhikari had asked NHRC to find her son ‘missing’ for four years since her husband Nanda Prasad’s death (kp 06/08/2018) [Murderers are runnig free with highest political protection and the brother of the victim has to hide for years!]

Rage further against rape (rep 06/08/2018)

My horrible experience with immigration at TIA, by Nikita Acharya (rep 06/08/2018) [Based on article 18 of the constitution, men should be treated in the same way if they are not travelling with female relatives!]

Hypocritical politicians sustain caste system: Dalits, by Jagat Khadka (rep 06/08/2018)

Man held for rape attempt (kp 06/08/2018)

Fellow citizens abroad: The government should ensure that Nepali migrant workers are adequately protected, by Mohan Kafle (kp 06/08/2018)

Living and dying: Some issues to ponder, by Hemang Dixit (ht 06/08/2018)

Right to know: Hiding information is violation of citizen’s right to information and a major stumbling block to strengthening democracy, by Pramod Bhattarai (rep 05/08/2018)

Time to reform prisons as correctional homes: Mahara (kp 05/08/2018)

Shuklafanta denies official services to Chhaupadi enforcers (kp 05/08/2018)

Man held for rape attempt in Bhimdutta (kp 05/08/2018)

Women in cilvil service: Why we lag behind; While the decision making executive positions are strictly male arena, women officers often get lost in the labyrinthine of the social and cultural gender constructs, by Smita Poudel (rep 05/08/2018)

Understanding sexual consent Shady business: There’s only one way to know for sure if someone has given their consent: if they tell you, by Anjam Singh (kp 05/08/2018)

PM expands Cabinet (kp 04/08/2018) [Now, 14 of the 23 full-fledged ministers (61 per cent) are Tagadharis, 10 of them are Bahuns. Only 16 per cent of the members of the Council of Ministers are women; the constitution requires a share of at least 33 per cent. The secular and inclusive federal state is now farther away than ever!]

When justice dies: Ganga Maya will win this battle for justice. And the victory will mark the process of healing the wounds of conflict era, by Anjali Subedi (rep 04/08/2018)

Woman sacked by school ‘for being Dalit’ seeks justice (kp 04/08/2018)

Women in control: Breaking menstrual taboo, by Panta (kp 04/08/2018) [related to the Chhaupadi crime]

How does the Nepali media cover rape?, by Bhrikuti Rai (nt 03/08/2018)

Court orders arrest of Province 2 State Minister, other accused in ASI’s murder, by Suresh Yadav and Madhesh Das (rep 03/08/2018) [This is not so much a problem between central and provincial governments as the general problem of the political parties holding on to criminal elements!], High Court issues letter to arrest Thaman murder accused state minister, mayor (kp 04/08/2018)

Man rapes 7-year-old girl (kp 02/08/2018)

Credibility in question: The NHRC’s Maleth report tends to justify use of force by law enforcement agencies. It goes against human rights norms and standards, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 02/08/2018)

Shrestha quits as NCP spokesperson after dispute with PM Oli (kp 02/08/2018) [This incident illustrates Oli's contemptuous and authoritarian attitude towards human rights!], Triumph of the people: Govt has moved to amend the medical bill, but pressure needs to be kept (kp 02/08/2018)

More Nepali women rescued from Delhi, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 02/08/2018)

PHC member ‘receives death threat’ (rep 02/08/2018), PHC member Niru Pal issued death threat, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/08/2018), Thapa says attack on Pal a political crime (kp 03/08/2018), Police arrest 82 suspects for threatening NCP lawmaker (kp 03/08/2018)

No country for women: The number of reported rape cases has jumped 256 percent in the past decade (kp 01/08/2018)

Ensuring Editorial Freedom, by Tikaram Rai (rn 01/08/2018)

Tale of hope and fear: The forceful abduction of Dr KC and the subsequent vandalization of the hospital can be taken as an assault on Satyagraha itself, by Manjit Mishra (rep 01/08/2018)

Shrinking civic space in Nepal is worrying: US envoy; Urges timely closure for transitional justice, bold action on economy (rep 01/08/2018)

Law ministry sends back draft bills to ministries (ht 31/07/2018)

Govt, brick kiln owners agree to end child labour (ht 31/07/2018)

Two APF constables held on rape charge (ht 30/07/2018)

CIEDP completes first-phase probe in 39 districts: Conflict victims ask how long they will take to complete complex tasks such as taking statements, excavation and exhumation (ht 30/07/2018)

The revolutionary and the lawyer: The Maoists grapple with demands to hold them accountable for violence of the conflict, by Aditya Adhikari (The Record 30/07/2018)

Women helpless in 'chhaugoths' out of fear of deity, by Janak KC (rep 29/07/2018)

Girl, 13, raped and killed in Nimbukheda (kp 28/07/2018), Kanchanpur tense after girl’s rape, murder, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 29/07/2018), Teenager raped and killed in Kanchanpur, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 29/07/2018), Nirmala’s kin refuse to receive her body; demand justice, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 30/07/2018), Province MPs concerned about gruesome crime (kp 30/07/2018), Family coerced into cremating Nirmala:  Girl’s father Yagya Raj says he was threatened with criminal charge if protest became violent; CDO Khadka says family agreed to receive the 13-year-old’s body after authorities vowed to prosecute the guilty, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 31/07/2018)

‘Thaha chha’ mobile app launched officially (ht 28/07/2018)

Differently abled deprived of ID cards (ht 28/07/2018)

Prasai faces slander charge: Prasai’s had suggested that Nepali female medical students in Bangladesh were sleeping with their professors to get degrees (kp 27/07/2018), NC lawmakers seek action against Prasai (ht 30/07/2018)

The privilege to choose: It’s increasingly clear that our liberal standards come with the freedom to choose our protests, by Amish Mulmi (kp 27/07/2018)

Have no fear: Laws to protect victims and witnesses are essential to ensure a fair judicial process, by Anurag Devkota (kp 27/07/2018)

Transitional justice act: ‘Draft bill doesn’t fully adhere to global practices’ (kp 27/07/2018)

15 TUTH docs held, NMA threatens to halt services (ht 27/07/2018)

Control trafficking: Concerted efforts are required at all levels to end human trafficking which is a global crime (ht 27/07/2018)

Quake displaced endure 3 years in filmsy shacks: Earthquake survivors, who are taking refuge in temporary camps, pin hopes the government will provide them Rs200,000 to purchase land plots, by Anish Tiwari (kp 27/07/2018)

Concern over shrinking civic space mounts as govt moves to stifle dissent (rep 26/07/2018)

Save our girls: Women in Nepal are advancing careers, breaking boundaries and fighting so many intrinsic social evils. But what do we lack so much to stop Chhaupadi?, by Sweta Gyanu Baniya (rep 26/07/2018)

Dhakal and Pokhrel in fray for the post of law minister (rep 26/07/2018) [Of course, two male Bahuns want to replace one of the 3 Janajati ministers! Nine of the 21 ministers are male Bahuns, although they only make up just over 6 percent of the population. Why is no Dalit woman (about 7 percent of the population) actually nominated?]

16 Nepali women rescued from Delhi, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp 26/07/2018)

More than 150 Nepali women feared caughtin trafficking racket, by Kamal Panthi (kp 26/07/2018)

Government grants Rs10m in cash relief to Ganga Maya (kp 25/07/2018) [Money does not mean justice as long as the murderers are set free and promoted!!]

Madhes movement campaigners decry discriminatory relief, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 25/07/2018)

Repressive state: It was GP Koirala who adopted repressive steps against opponents back in the 1990s. Prime Minister Oli is doing just that at the moment, by Umesh K Bhattarai (rep 25/07/2018)

62 percent of toys sold in country are harmful to children, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 25/07/2018)

Damdawali residents drink contaminated water from Babai River, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 25/07/2018)

Local peace panels revived (kp 24/07/2018)

RJPN picks absconding murder- accused as state minister (rep 24/07/2018) (related to Province 2) [???? His arrest has already been ordered by the SC!], Murder accused among three leaders takes minister’s oath: Aviram Sharma, who is accused of murdering a security personnel, appointed social development minister, by Santosh Singh (kp 26/07/2018) [Nepal is apparently not a democratic republic, but a self-service shop for criminals and their protectionists from the political parties, who must therefore also be treated as criminals!]

Woman, 69, murdered for refusing sex (kp 24/07/2018)

7 ministries finalise drafts on fundamental rights: The documents will likely be tabled at the Cabinet for approval today (kp 24/07/2018)

A democratic deficit: For transitional justice to be broadly acceptable, it needs to be consultative (kp 23/07/2018)

Is no one responsible? A recent NHRC report on the Maleth incident undermines its intensity, by Kalpana Jha (kp 23/07/2018) [see corresponding NHRC report (in Nepali)]

Minister Tamang faces public outrage (kp 23/07/2018), Sorry says minister (kp 23/07/2018), Watch your language: Law Minister Tamang’s comments about Nepali girls studying MBBS are unseemly (kp) [Tamang's statement reflects the way many Nepalese men think about women! It disqualifies him as a minister!], Minister quits over controversial remarks (kp 25/07/2018), Law minister quits over controversial comments: Minister Tamang said his opponents exaggerated the issue out of proportion even after he issued an apology on Sunday (rep 25/07/2018) [This issue cannot be exaggerated, it's typical of Nepal's male machos and completely improper for a minister!], Words have consequences (rep 25/07/2018)

9-year-old girl raped in Kanchanpur (kp 22/07/2018)

Civil society bodies want TJ commissions reshuffled (kp 22/07/2018)

Errant law enforcement officers liable to face criminal charge:  An arrestee must be produced before competent authority; Relatives must be informed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 22/07/2018)

Civil society takes to the street over Dr KC’s demands, by Bikan K Dawadi (rep 22/07/2018), Thousands rally in support of Dr KC, by Nayak Paudel (kp 22/07/2018) [The state must finally stop brutally beating and seriously injuring people with wooden sticks! No policeman has the right to shawl people on their heads with wooden sticks, no politician has the right to order and cover such procedure! This is a crime and the government is responsible!], Police brutality on Dr KC supporters leaves KAHS patients terrified, by Devendra Basnet and DB Budha (rep 22/07/2018), Dozens including 11 police injured in protests over Dr KC's demands; Three govt vehicles vandalized (rep 22/07/2018), Scores hurt as Tarun rally turns violent (kp 22/07/2018), Govt calls activist for unconditional talks: Dr KC’s representatives want National Medical Education Bill withdrawn and a government team with broader mandate(kp), Is Dr KC A True Satyagrahi?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 22/07/2018) [Subedi accuses KC of political motivation in support of the NC, but the author conceals the fact that KC has recently initiated 4 hunger strikes against the NC government! Deuba and his NC are hypocritical freeloaders right now!], ‘Critical’, Dr KC declines medical aid (kp 22/07/2018), More to join hunger strike (ht 22/07/2018)

Rights groups pick flaws in draft bill Draft bill on Transitional Justice falls short of international law and standards (kp 21/07/2018) [see Preliminary Comments: Draft Bill to Amend the Act on Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation, 2014], Draft bill on transitional justice fraught with serious shortcomings: Rights bodies (ht 21/07/2018)

Human trafficking through Pashupatinagar on the rise, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 21/07/2018)

Police gone wild! Why can’t our politicians understand that no regime has succeeded by beating up protestors and or even shooting at them?, by Guffadi (kp 21/07/2018)

Governance in the age of social media: The gov’t has to take people’s concerns and aspirations seriously. When there is an exchange of views, democracy thrives through debate and self-correction, by Mohan Guragain (kp 21/07/2018)

Political parties support Dr KC when in opposition, oppose when in govt, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 21/07/2018) [The outstanding example is the hypocritical former PM Sher Bahadur Deuba and his NC!!!]

Mayor slaps municipal staffer over dozer purchase row, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 21/07/2018)

Women MPs join hands against dowry system (ht 21/07/2018)

Risking his life to save lives, by Kunda Dixit (nt 20/07/2018)

Kleptocrats of Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur: Politicians and recruiters in Nepal and Malaysia collude to loot poor Nepali migrant workers, by Ramu Sapkota and Alyaa Alhadjri (nt 20/07/2018)

Uneven representation: Minorities have been relegated to the sidelines in the federal and state legislatures, by Amar Kant Jha (kp 20/07/2018)

Government ‘abducts’ social activist: Dr KC refuges to enter ICU, vows to continue his protest until his demands for reforms in medical education sector are met, by Binod Ghimire and LP Devkota (kp 20/07/2018), 40 injured in clash as Dr KC taken by force to Kathmandu (rep 20/07/2018) [see video],, 20 doctors among injured in clashes with security forces (kp 20/07/2018), Jumla reeling from Thursday’s clash over Dr KC (kp 21/07/2018) [The culprits, including politicians, must stand trial!], Won't take medication until demands met: Dr KC (rep 20/07/2018, PM Oli says some parties are playing with Dr KC’s life (kp 20/07/2018) [Bare mockery!], Congress urges RJP-N, Naya Shakti to join in the fight against govt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/07/2018) [Pressure on the government is urgent, but Deuba's argumentation is also mockery, since he did not act otherwise when he was PM!], NC raises pitch against ‘autocracy’ (kp 20/07/2018), Police detain 25 students protesting against PM Oli (kp 20/07/2018)

Baskota vows state will not muzzle media freedom KMG chairman hopes state includes stakeholders’ voice in new act (kp 20/07/2018)

Ministries get a week to do up fundamental rights laws, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/07/2018)

33 families to get govt compensation (kp 19/07/2018)

Three men rape girl, 13, for two months in captivity, by Shiva Puri (kp 18/07/2018)

Law Ministry to hold final talks on basic rights today: Line ministries fail to submit drafts as deadline lapses, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/07/2018)

The religious roots of Chhaupadi, by Pushpa Raj Joshi and Arun Bam (rep 17/0/72018)

Missing girl, 17, found murdered following rape: One suspect held, another on the run (kp 17/07/2018)

Police arrest four Siraha men in gang rape case (kp 17/07/2018)

150 Nepali women in ‘captivity’ (kp 17/07/2018)

Secy-led team to hold dialogue with Dr KC: NMA ‘to bring agitating doctor to Capital if govt withdraws medical bill’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/07/2017), National medical education bill controversy: Nepali Congress obstructs House (kp 17/07/2018)

Man beats wife to death in Makwanpur (kp 16/07/2018)

House rule on MPs' suspension challenged at SC (rep 16/07/2018)

8-year-old girl raped in Achham (kp 15/07/2018)

Rape cases on the rise, by Nagendra Upadhyay (rep 14/07/2018)

Police detention center in Dharan is overcrowded (rep 14/07/2018)

Ganga Maya ends her fast: Postpones indefinite hunger strike on 46th day after government promised to implement agreements reached with her in the past (kp 14/07/2018), Ganga Maya ends her 45-day-long hunger strike (rep 14/07/2018), Dr KC to be brought to Capital forcibly: Minister (kp 14/07/2018), Dr KC’s supporters to foil govt plans to airlift him to capital (rep 14/07/2018), Fasting doc ‘lost consciousness’, by LP Devkota (kp 14/07/2018), Dr KC losing consciousness, by Devendra Basnet and DB Budha (rep 14/07/2018), Listen To The Doctor, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 14/07/2018), SC issues interim order against Monetary Policy (kp 14/07/2018), SC quashes govt decision to dismiss four top officials (kp 14/07/2018), Top court stay order against ban on rallies to continue (kp 14/07/2018), SC tells govt to submit decision file on protest ban in capital (rep 14/07/2018), TU doctors protest at Maitighar Mandala (kp 14/07/2018)

Leave no one behind: It is time to make the Nepali transitional justice model truly victim-centric and local, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Varsha Gyawali (kp 13/07/2018)

Relatives of women killed by Chhaupadi continue the malpractice, by Khamma Khatri (rep 13/07/2018)

Building homes on a deadline: Deadline for earthquake reconstruction makes survivors erect sheds to claim payment, by Om Astha Rai (nt 13/07/2018)

Peremptory ways: In Nepal, conflict is increasingly being managed through the hegemonic control of public discourse, by Deepak Thapa (kp 12/07/2018)

US $4.6m access to justice project starts (kp 12/07/2018)

Court jails two persons for assaulting Dalits (kp 12/07/2018)

Bridge the gap: Ensuring coordination between government and civil society needs clear and facile guidelines (kp 12/07/2018)

NCP draws flak for undermining judiciary (ht 12/07/2018)

Prelude to dictatorship: The opposition and the media do not see how the rule of law has been trampled upon, by Achyut Wagle (kp 10/07/2018)

Police arrest 25 Human Rights Activists (ht 10/07/2018), HURPES to protest against govt decisions (ht 10/07/2018), Protesting rights activists briefly detained near Singha Durbar (rep 11/07/2018)

Gold smuggling probe committee likely to end investigation: An official of the committee said that the government wants the committee to end its probe without further ado as it does not want the committee to go deep into the matter and reveal senior politicians reportedly involved in the case (rep 10/07/2018) [!!!]

Conflict victims complain of injustice in distributing compensation, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 10/07/2018)

Right to know: Hidden cabinet decisions (rep 10/07/2018), Govt hiding budget transfer details since February (rep 10/07/2018)

Monsoon starts stealing sleep of flood victims, by Arjun Oli (rep 10/07/2018)

Left in lurch: The SC has rightly observed that it is a matter of shame if human beings are exploited in the name of customs and practices (ht 09/07/2018)

Krishna Prasad murder main suspect surrenders (kp 09/07/2018), Main accused in the murder of Ganga Maya’s son surrenders (rep 09/07/2018), Ganga Maya turns down govt request to end hunger strike: Cites amnesty for murder convict Dhungel (rep 10/07/2018)

Docs seek better facility for fasting surgeon KC (kp 09/07/2018), Safe space: Public protests in support of Dr KC is an expression of a democratic society (kp 09/07/2018), NMA gives govt 72 hrs to fulfill Dr KC’s demands (rep 09/07/2018), PM: KC’s stance impractical: Directs party MPs to strongly defend the government’s stance on medical education bill (kp 10/07/2018) [Yes, KC's demands are against the personal interests of NCP leaders! But they are also against the interests of the people in remote areas!!], Oli, fasting doc may talk on phone today (kp 10/07/2018), Dr KC rejects PM's proposal for one-on-one by phone (rep 10/07/2018), Protest debated in House (kp 10/07/2018), Dr. KC In Headlines Again, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 11/07/2018), Dr KC: ‘New opposition’ for govt, ‘hero’ to locals, by Devendra Basnet, DB Budha and Pushkar Bhandari (rep 11/07/2018), Govt puts national medical bill on hold: Officials say the govt decided not to table the bill after learning that the NC would obstruct the House if it did so (kp 13/08/2018)

Prof Koirala didn’t have permission to fly: Home minister: Oppn party terms it ‘fascist terror’ by govt (rep 09/07/2018), University of British Colombia dismayed and shamed (rep 09/07/2018), Sad state of affairs: Detaining a professor to bar him from boarding a flight seems to have stemmed from the desire to pursue political vendetta (ht 10/07/2018)

HRW, ICJ call for transitional justice reform (ht 09/07/2018) [see statement]

Govt hides cabinet decisions, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 09/07/2018), PM to direct ministers, secys on implementing policies, programmes: The government plans to set up a mechanism at the PMO to execute the policies and programmes (kp 09/07/2018), ‘Two-thirds majority misused to serve vested interest’, interview with Gagan Thapa (ht 09/07/2018)

What makes news: The media gives little coverage to women’s issues regardless of their importance, by Rashmila Prajapati (kp 08/07/2018)

Girl gang-raped and murdered for refusing sex proposal, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 08/07/2018)

Mother accuses police of neglecting daughter's murder, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 08/07/2018)

Victims want consultation on transitional justice law (rep 07/07/2018)

Girl arrested for 'orchestrating' friend's rape, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 07/07/2018)

Protest ban ‘unconstitutional’ (kp 04/07/2018), Writ against Maitighar protest ban (kp 06/06/2018), Top court spikes plan to ban public protests (kp 07/07/2018)

Transitional justice bill goes thru both houses: Enforced disappearances enquiry, TRC bill sent to president (ht 03/07/2018)

Top-down and centralised: The elite’s hold over land, forests and rivers continues in federal Nepal, by Shradha Ghale (kp 03/07/2018)

Money laundering case: OAG appeals against Special Court decision; The OAG had earlier failed to appeal the exoneration of another mob boss Rajeev Gurung aka Deepak Manange (kp 03/07/2018) [Political corruotion on highest level!!]

On liberty: Govt’s decision to ban protests in prime spaces shows authoritarian tendency (kp 03/07/2018), Politics of prohibition: What is the need for the government to declare a no-go area for peaceful protests and prohibit spaces located at the heart of the city?, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 03/07/2018)

A Colombian model in the Himalayas? Any international experience on the TJ needs to be validated through wider consultation, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Eduardo González (kp 02/07/2018)

What’s the intention? Fundamental rights at stake (rep 02/07/2018), Allow dissent: Silencing public voice weakens democracy; govt must understand democracy and dissent go together (ht 02/07/2018)

Dr KC starts hunger strike in Jumla (kp 01/07/2018) [Brutal police force against against peaceful civil society action!], Dr KC starts 15th hunger strike, is briefly arrested, by DB Budha (rep 01/07/2018), Dr KC in emergency unit, by LP Devkota (kp 05/07/2018), Dr KC refuses medical aid, says ‘ready to die in Karnali’, by LP Devkota (kp 06/07/2018), Govt registers National: Medical Education Bill: Legislation does not address concerns raised by Dr Govinda KC; Congress leader Thapa says party will block the bill’s passage (kp 07/07/2018), Doctors at Bharatpur Hospital stand in solidarity with Dr KC (kp 07/07/2018), The crazy authoritarian doctor: It is possible to change a corrupt system. You don’t need to form a political party. You just need courage!, by Guffadi (kp 07/07/2018), PM sticks to his guns: Prime Minister Oli says Maitighar Mandala will remain no-protest zone; Kathmandu will have more medical colleges to stem student outflow, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/07/2018) [,,,and, especially, to fill the pockets of leading NCP politicians and their clientele!], Dr KC’s health ‘worsens’, by LP Devkota (kp 08/07/2018), A mare’s nest: The ongoing predicament in humanities and medical education calls for everyone to fight their corner more effectively, by Abhi Subedi (kp 08/07/2018)

Bibeksheel Sajha defies govt ban, stages demonstration at Maitighar (kp 01/07/2018), Bibeksheel Sajha Party cadres arrested (ht 01/07/2018), Protest ban in Valley raises fears of ‘controlled democracy’ (rep 02/07/2018), Activists question legality of protest ban in Valley (rep 02/07/2018)

Laws related to polygamy contradictory (ht 01/07/2018)

Victims reject draft amendment: NHRC chairman Sharma calls it translated draft guided by motive; There will be no punishment left after waiving 75pc sentence (ht 30/06/2018)

Chhaupadi continues in Surkhet, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 30/06/2018)

Child rights activists prevent early marriage, by Maheshwar Chamling Rai (rep 30/06/2018)

SC puts brake on road expansion (kp 30/06/2018)

Police kill armed man in ‘gunfight’, locals deny it (kp 30/06/2018)

Strong leaders, weak democracies: Authoritarianism does not need a separate governing system; it can function equally well in a democracy, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/06/2018)

Ganga Maya’s fast: NHRC questions Home secy, IGP (kp 29/06/2018), When our son was killed: A translated excerpt from a chapter of ‘Death of Justice' - a memoir of Gangamaya Adhikari, who is on the third week of her hunger strike at Bir Hospital, demanding her son's murderers be brought to justice (nt 29/06/2018), Save Ganga Maya: State apathy is cruel (rep 01/07/2018), Govt urged to save Ganga Maya (rep 02/07/2018), NHRC urges govt to save Ganga Maya’s life (ht 03/07/2018)

Bill on TRC, CIEDP terms extension in parliament (rep 29/06/2018) [The exension of terms means little without fundamental changes in justice law and politics!], Just not justice: Proposed amendments to Nepal’s Transitional Justice Act still let perpetrators off the hook, by Om Astha Rai (nt 29/06/2018)

Overseas ordeal: Govt aye to legal help for workers (kp 29/06/2018), Legal aid for falsely implicated migrants: Innocent migrant Nepali workers languishing in jails for offences they have not committed, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 29/06/2018)

Govt told to compensate owners for acquired land (ht 29/06/2018)

Locals affected by road expansion campaign file complaint at NHRC (ht 29/06/2018)

MoHA designates protest zones in valley (ht 29/06/2018), Activists vow to defy Maitighar Mandala ban: Nepali Congress and Bibeksheel Sajha Party say ban on protest rallies muzzles citizens’ freedom to express (kp 30/06/2018), Right to protest! Our greatest communist government on earth is slowly showing its true colours and if we don’t wake up now, it might be a little too late when you realise that you can no longer assemble peacefully, or protest against our thulo mancheys, by Guffadi (kp 30/06/2018)

Mirror to our soul: The Nepali state must go beyond just consulting with elites on the draft CIEDP and TRCA bill, by Seira Tamang (kp 28/06/2018)

Govt 'least interested' about Nepalis missing in India, by Khamma Khatri (rep 28/06/2018)

Jajarkot Hospital staff on strike over unpaid salaries, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 28/06/2018)

Patients hit hard due to doctors’ protest at TUTH (ht 28/06/2018)

Participation of Nepali Women in Politics, by Sarmila Bagale (rn 27/06/2018)

Change the mindset: Stop victimising rape victims, by Bijaya Laxmi (ht 27/06/2018)

Conflict victims reject revisions to TJ law: Draft lacks power to make TJ bodies ‘accountable’ (kp 27/06/2018)

Child marriages continue unabated (ht 27/06/2018), Campaign against child marriage (ht 28/06/2018)

People can question judiciary’s decisions, says Law minister (kp 27/06/2018)

SC turns down Rs460 million UNDP support, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/06/2018) [Improvement of human rights and rule of law not wanted? The suggestion to get more money through the budget instead sounds ridiculous againsts the background that this is not poassible and the budget, to a greater part, is financed by foreign money as well!], Torture still endemic: Though torture is prohibited, systemic torture by the state is a common practice, by Sanjeev K. Shah (kp 26/06/2018), Preventing torture: The revised criminal code is an attempt toward systematic reform to address torture-related impunity. It should be implemented, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 26/06/2018)

Chand followers shut Chitwan schools (kp 26/06/2018)

Textbook shortage in rural Achham: A teacher says textbook shortage is a perennial problem that the government has failed to address, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 25/06/2018) [The continued inaction by the government is a grave violation of the children's fundamental rights!!]

Women head back to Chhaupadi sheds, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 25/06/2018)

Teenage girl raped in Mahottari (ht 25/06/2018)

Conflict victims slam ‘symbolic prosecution': “Ordinary citizens convicted of murder receive 20 years of imprisonment but why did the government reduce the jail term for war criminals?”’ (rep 24/06/2018)

Contradictory provisions in laws related to annulment of marriage, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 24/06/2018)

PM-led body sought to regulate I/NGOs: Govt yet to respond to stakeholders’ suggestion, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/06/2018), ‘Halt moves against civil bodies’ (kp 23/06/2018) [see statement by CIVICUS]

Ganga Maya again at Bir since 25 days in lone struggle for justice: Dr Govinda KC to flout govt ban at Maitighar today (rep 23/06/2018)

Four-fold increase in reported rape in 10 years, The lack of justice for rape, and its social stigma combine to breed impunity, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 22/06/2018)

Transitional Justice Act amendment draft ready: Apex court order, international practices taken into account, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/06/2018), Bill seeks to bring under transitional justice cases now in court or in UN system, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 22/06/2018), Draft amendment to Transitional Justice Act adheres to court’s verdict and international practices, interview with Attorney General Agni Kharel (kp 25/06/2018)

Special court to look into conflict-era cases (ht 22/06/2018)

End child marriage: Time to act now, by Lubna Baqi and Tomoo Hozumi (ht 22/06/2018), Parents blamed for increasing child marriages in Sindhuli (ht 22/06/2018)

Over 20,000 quake victims might have to spend fourth monsoon under tents, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 22/06/2018)

Nepal top South Asian nation in rule of law index (ht 22/06/2018) (see Nepal related index) [In detail, there are still many very negative ratings!]

Call for probe into corruption in Haliya rehabilitation programme, by DR Panta (kp 21/06/2018)

Platform denies victims’ consent for concessions to war criminals (kp 21/06/2018)

RTI needed for federalism to succeed (ht 21/06/2018)

Amnesty slams inaction over Ganga Maya (kp 20/06/2018)

‘Ruling leaders responsible for delaying justice to conflict victims’ (rep 19/06/2018)

Conflict-hit women demand justice, by Nagendra Upadhyay (rep 19/06/2018)

Bring back for better: Sentence transfer is a reformative justice tool that protects the rights of migrants, by Anurag Devkota (kp 18/06/2018)

We’ll ask questions: State watch on media (rep 17/06/2018)

Govt may miss deadline for passing fundamental rights: The constitution has set three years since the implementation of the constitution as the deadline for the implementation of 31 various fundamental rights, by Ashok Dahal (rep 16/06/2018)

Conflict victims see no end to their plight (ht 16/06/2018)

Rukum conflict victims seek justice (kp 16/06/2018)

‘Women should speak against all forms of violence’ (ht 16/06/2018)

Communist government moves to curtail civil liberties: Two new policies look set to curb dissent, by Supriya Manandhar (The Record 15/06/2018)

Woman thrashed for rejecting nephew’s ‘sexual advances’ (ht 15/06/2018)

Security agencies, Maoists buried disappeared in mass graves: CIEDP, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 14/06/2018)

Appointment of Dalit cook halts mid-day meal programme (ht 14/06/2018), Shameful act: That caste-based discrimination and untouchability still continue in the country in this day and age is but a national shame (ht 15/06/2018)

Conflict-hit women: Still far from justice, by Susan Risal (ht 14/06/2018)

Wilful amnesia: Current govt must not forget that it was I/NGOs that prodded the Nepali govt to remember its responsibilities, by Deepak Thapa (kp 14/06/2018)

FNJ, media fraternity condemn cancellation of NTV talkshow: Producer claims the show was cancelled at Minister Baskota’s behest (kp 14/06/2018), NTV shuts down program ‘after presenter grills minister’ (rep 14/06/2018)

NHRC, FNJ to form body to protect journos (ht 14/06/2018)

Ward chairman downplays girl’s death in Chhaupadi, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 13/06/2018), Woman dies after snakebite in menstruation shed, by Khamma Chhetri (rep 13/06/2018), Bad blood continues: To banish Chhaupadi, besides having a new law, we need to change our behaviour (kp 13/06/2018) [Why do not men leave the house and stay in sheds during menstruation of female family members?], Chhaupadi still rampant in Bajura district (ht 13/06/2018), Police exhume snake-bite girl’s body for postmortem, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 14/06/2018)

Woman stripped half naked and thrashed in public seeks justice: Says police imposed arbitration, by Devendra Basnet (rep 13/06/2018), Insensitive state: Thrashing of woman in Dang (rep 14/06/2018)

Govt decides to shut UN-DPA office (ht 11/06/2018), Govt decides to shut down UN's DPA office in Nepal, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 11/06/2018), Departure note: Closure of UN’s DPA office (rep 12/06/2018), Peace process ‘complete’, govt asks UNDPA for a drawdown, by Anil Giri (kp 13/06/2018) [Without justice for victims, the end of promotion of perpetrators and the rehabilitaion of former fighters the peace process will never be complete!]

Ganga Maya hunger strike: Govt and police snub rights body; NHRC Secretary Bed Bhattarai says the commission can summon the chief of the respective authorities if they do not to respond (kp 12/06/2018), NHRC urges PM Oli to save Ganga Maya, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/06/2018), Gangamaya's autobiography unveiled (rep 16/06/2018)

Kids with guns: Maoist child soldiers are disqualified combatants and unrecognised conflict victims, by Luke Moffett and Govinda Sharma (kp 12/06/2018)

Leaders’ indifference to ex-Maoist fighter’s life of woe resented, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 12/06/2018)

Man gets life sentence for rape, murder (ht 12/06/2018)

Two arrested for attempting to traffic women to Iraq using fake visa, by Amar Khadka (rep 12/06/2018)

Govt decides to shut UN-DPA office (ht 11/06/2018), Govt decides to shut down UN's DPA office in Nepal, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 11/06/2018), Departure note: Closure of UN’s DPA office (rep 12/06/2018), Peace process ‘complete’, govt asks UNDPA for a drawdown, by Anil Giri (kp 13/06/2018) [Without justice for victims, the end of promotion of perpetrators and the rehabilitaion of former fighters the peace process will never be complete!]

The ruling Nepal Communist Party, among others, break the law to exclude women: They have three months to comply, by Shubhashree Basnyat (The Record 10/06/2018)

Malnutrition rife among children (ht 10/06/2018)

Service delivery of local units improves slightly after elections: TIN survey (rep 10/06/2018)

No suspension of MPs facing trial, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/06/2018) [Close cooperation of leading politicians and criminals and the protection of the latter continues unabated! This is a characteristic of the lawless state of Nepal!], NHRC urges govt to save Ganga Maya Adhikari (kp 09/06/2018) [Another case of protecting criminals!], MPs not to be suspended upon arrest (rep 09/06/2018), CVCP decries amnesty for Dhungel (ht 09/06/2018), Accused lawmakers to be suspended, says NA chair (ht 11/06/2018)

IFJ joins FNJ, NPU in condemning harassment of online journalists (ht 09/06/2018)

Bardiya Tharus wait for justice: Lack of political will stalls investigations, by Dewan Rai (The Record 08/06/2018)

TRC assigns experts to draft reparation policy (kp 08/06/2018) [What does reparation mean as long as the criminal perpetrators are sitting in leading state positions and are being promoted time and again? The vitims have been suffering for so many years watching the offenders being awarded for their crimes!!], Justice delayed is justice denied: Delay in pursuance of transitional justice is violating victims’ ‘right to effective remedy’, by Samikshya Bhattarai and Prakash Bhattarai (kp 08/06/2018), Masculine parties: Failure to ensure 33pc women representation in party committees shows ‘of men, for men and by men’ attitude of parties (ht 08/06/2018)

Move afoot to challenge poll panel’s decision to register NCP (NCP): Proportional representation of women in all organs of the state is crucial to empower women, but more worrisome is the fact that the prime minister and ruling party co-chairpersons are openly defying the legal provisions (ht 08/06/2018)

Millions of rupees meant for flood victims likely to freeze (ht 08/06/2018)

Valley folks to inhale dust for five more years, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 08/06/2018)

Quake-injured languishing under govt neglect, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 07/06/2018)

Casteism denies Dalit lawmaker rental apartment in Kathmandu (kp 05/06/2018), Dalit MP’s difficulties in renting quarters in capital (rep 05/06/2018), Beyond symbolic inclusion: Caste based discrimination is the elephant in the room that cant be ignored anymore (kp 06/06/2018)

Dalit ward member killed, three women held (kp 05/06/2018), Dalit ward member dies after beating by paramor's children, by Anjali Subedi (rep 06/06/2018)

Dispute takes regulation off House agenda: The ruling and opposition parties are at odds over whether or not to suspend a lawmaker facing judicial custody (kp 05/06/2018)

Mothers, infants dying for want of birthing centres (ht 04/06/2018)

Implementation of fundamental rights: Time running out for framing laws (ht 03/06/2018)

Untold stories of women: Untold stories of rural women need to be told for change and for raising awareness that women’s rights are human rights, by Sabita Nakarmi (rep 03/06/2018)

NCP violates Party Registration Act with low representation of women (rep 03/06/2018), EC decides to register NCP, ignoring law (rep 07/06/2018) [Leading parties can do what they want! Obviously, they are above law and constitution!]

Obtaining citizenship in mother's name no more a challenge in Myagdi, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 03/06/2018)

RJP-N to join central govt after leaders’ release, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/06/2018) [Another murderer to be released? This is not worth to make the RJPN join the government! The close cooperation of politicians and criminals goes unabated!], New laws for pardon, waiver, suspension, commutation of sentence sought (ht 03/06/2018)

Boy, 14, rapes 3-year-old kin (kp 02/06/2018)

Nepali woman sold in Iraq calls it a near-death experience, by Rohit Rai (rep 02/06/2018)

Police rescue 39 girls from dance bars: Police say the girls were being forced to engage in illicit activities by their employers (kp 01/06/2018)

13 year-old disabled minor tied up for nine years (ht 01/06/2018)

Investigation into war crimes gets tougher under new govt ‘Former rebels wielding new-found political influence to hinder probe’ (kp 31/05/2018) [Previous government was hardly any better!]

NHRC lists Agni Sapkota, Suryaman Dong as human rights violators (ht 31/05/2018)

Bank staff rapes 13-year-old girl (kp 31/05/2018)

Jailbirds to get Rs 60 daily allowance: Some 19,000 inmates are living in 74 prisons across the country (ht 31/05/2018)

Get them onboard: Majority of marginalized children and children with disabilities remain excluded, by Deepak Raj Sapkota (rep 31/05/2018)

Dhungel freed despite criticism, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/05/2018), Whither rule of law? The government decision to waive Dhungel’s remaining sentence and swift action on pardon recommendation undermine the rule of law (ht 30/05/2018), President pardons Dhungel, decision condemned (rep 30/05/2018), SC refuses stay order in president’s pardon for Dhungel (rep 30/05/2018) [??]

Ganga Maya begins fresh hunger strike (ht 30/05/2018)

Children working as bus conductors rescued (ht 29/05/2018)

Keep a close tab: Communist unification has created unease among those affected by Maoist violence, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 28/05/2018)

Increasing number of incestuous rapes raises concerns in Gorkha, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 27/05/2018)

Conflict victims demand justice, by DR Panta (kp 27/05/2018)

Police arrest one of rajpur gang rapists (kps 27/05/2018)

School students of various hill, tarai districts yet to get all textbooks (rep 27/05/2018)

CIEDP completes first phase of probe in 20 district, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/05/2018)

Schools closed as yarsa picking season begins (ht 26/05/2018)

Principal dragged to court for not enrolling Dalit student (ht 26/05/2018)

Province 2 organizes conference to discuss the prosperity of Dalits, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 26/05/2018), Dalits should launch organised protest for their rights: CM Raut (ht 27/05/2018)

Plan to waive Dhungel’s jail term challenged (ht 25/05/2018), Apex court show-cause to government on Dhungel clemency bid (kp 26/05/2018), Dhungel's jailterm waiver case: PM consults NCP leaders to prepare govt response (kp 27/05/2018) [????], SC seeks govt file on Dhungel pardon (kp 29/05/2018), Murder-convict Dhungel gets presidential pardon (kp 29/05/2018) [If there has ever been rule of law in Nepal, it is definitely over!]

Child marriage rampant in Dhankuta (ht 24/05/2018)

Officials ignoring NHRC recommendations may be tagged as rights violators (rep 24/05/2018)

Children launch campaign against child marriage, by Madhav Aryal (kp 23/05/2018)

Children sent to orphanage in Rukum living miserable life, by DB Budha (rep 23/05/2018)

Woman thrashed on witchcraft charge (ht 23/05/2018), Woman brutally thrashed by her in-laws for 'practicing witchcraft', by Madan Thakur (rep 24/05/2018)

Know thy laws: What’s in laws and bills proposed by the government? Do they help in safeguarding right to freedom of expression or do they seek to curtail those rights?, by Taranath Dahal (rep 23/05/2018)

Protest in Birgunj over ‘dowry-related death’ of woman (kp 22/05/2018), Police arrest Rinki’s father-in-law (kp 23/05/2018)

Life on hold: Relief payments alone are not enough for the families of disappeared persons—they need to know what happened, by Luke Moffett and James Gallan (kp 21/05/2018)

Govt working to free Balkrishna Dhungel through presidential pardon, by Ashok Dahal (rep 21/05/2018) [Turning Nepal into a justice free haven! Close cooperation oif politicians and crminals works well!!], Republic Day pardon recommended for Balkrishna Dhungel (ht 22/05/2018), Don’t do it Dhungel's release (rep 22/05/2018)

Disproportionately disadvantaged: Entrenched gender biases make women more vulnerable to disasters and its effects, by Jyotika Rimal (kp 20/05/2018)

Conflict victims feel further disheartened after left unity, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 20/05/2018)

With reservation: Reservation in Nepal is taking a wrong turn compared to other countries which have practiced it. This should be corrected, by Pratap Sharma (rep 20/05/2018)

Noted humanitarian charged with child rape in Nepal, stunning a village, by Kai Schultz and Rajneesh Bhandari (kp 19/05/2018)

Lawmakers raise Madhesis’ concern about citizenship denial in House: Say statelessness hits their studies, chances of getting jobs (ht 19/05/2018)

ICJ calls to end criminalisation of LGBTI persons (kp 18/05/2018), Call to protect rights of sexual minorities (ht 18/05/2018)

More children calling hotline 1098 for help, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 18/05/2018)

Man sentenced to 10 years in jail for killing wife (ht 16/05/2018)

A national shame: Even as Nepal preps to plunge into the modern age, evils like child marriage persist, by Maina Dhital (kp 15/05/2018)

Insurgency victims seek social, economic security (ht 15/05/2018)

Rapists sentenced to 10 years in prison (ht 14/05/2018)

Facebook lands girl in brothel, by Keshav Rana (rep 14/05/2018)

Calls to address unethical hiring of migrant workers (kp 13/05/2018)

Woman tied in chains, locked in room for 12 years, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 12/05/2018)

Transitional justice act amendment: Govt, AG office start consultation with victims (kp 11/05/2018), Repair the irreparable: The government has to address the victims’ needs through support mechanisms in terms of livelihood, health, education and recognition, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 11/05/2018)

Nepalis in Qatar: Migrant workers live in a system of exclusion without any protection of human rights, by Anwar Alam (kp 10/05/2018)

Doms still treated as ‘untouchables’ (ht 09/05/2018)

Free education to cost threefold: Rs197.84 billion is required for school sector annually, up from the current allocation of Rs71.89 billion (kp 08/05/2018)

Turning tears into happiness: Local govts need to implement plans that satisfy victims’ rights to justice, acknowledgment and reparations, by Elena Naughton (kp 06/05/2018)

Conflict victims submit advocacy paper to minister (kp 05/05/2018), Paper on reparative needs of victims unveiled (ht05/05/2018)

Down with the death penalty: Reintroduction of the death penalty would be a regressive  step for the criminal justice system of Nepal, by Deepika Thapa Magar (kp 04/05/2018)

CIEDP halts work due to ‘scarcity of funds': Truth and Reconciliation Commission too facing crisis of human and financial resources, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 04/05/2018) [There is no political will to provide justice to the victims of conflict!]

Woman thrashed, tortured for dowry (ht 03/05/2018)

Police arrest 'drunkard' for attempted rape, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 03/05/2018)

Deputy mayor frees husband detained for assaulting her, by Anup Ojha (kp 03/05/2018)

‘Violation of press freedom continues’ (ht 03/05/2018)

Resolve transitional justice issues politically, say stakeholders (ht 03/05/2018) [Justice to victims is not possible as long as offenders are protected and promoted time and again!]

Paedophilia case filed against 60-year-old Canadian national (ht 03/05/2018)

83-year-old reportedly raped in Ilam, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 02/05/2018)

Child marriage cancelled in Solukhumbu village, by Radha Dhungana (rep 01/05/2018)

Students swarm uplands to pick Yarsagumba, by Bishnu Devkota (rep 01/05/2018)

Let a girl live: Why does our society only teach girls how to behave, where to go, what to do and what to wear? Why cannot we teach the boys to protect independence of girls?, by Jyoti Sharma (rep 29/04/2018)

Conflict victims prepare paper on reparation (kp 28/04/2018), Parties resisted amending TJ laws, says AI (ht 28/04/2018)

Nepal’s Multilingual Heritage, by Prem Prasad Paudel (rn 28/04/2018)

Homes away from home: Female domestic workers in Lebanon cannot visit families back in Nepal because of a travel ban that prevents them from returning to well-paying jobs, by Upasana Khadka (nt 27/04/2018)

Rape cases continue unabated, says report (ht 26/04/2018), 131 cases of VAW including 36 rapes in a month (rep 26/04/2018), 30 per cent rape victims below 10 years of age (ht 27/04/2018)

Victims suffer as rebuilding work drags: Two former NRA chiefs slam slow progress; Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli urges international donors to fulfill their pledges, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 26/04/2018), Displaced families still live in temporary huts, by Madhav Aryal (kp 26/04/2018), One-third of classrooms rebuilt in three years (kp 26/04/2018)

‘War, disaster worsen women’s condition’ (kp 26/04/2018)

Change of course: Unchallenged notions, attitudes, and ideologies of caste, clan, family and status have to re-examined, by Pramod Mishra (kp 26/04/2018)

#whomademyclothes: It’s Fashion Revolution week and the world, including Nepal, is asking who made their clothes to raise awareness about ethical fashion and sustainability (kp 26/04/2018)

Haliya kids left to fend for themselves (ht 25/04/2018)

Traffic police officer throws acid on woman, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 24/04/2018)

Unhealed wounds: The Transitional Justice Act must be amended to make fair investigation possible, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 24/04/2018)

Menstruating women, girls fear ‘invisible’ power (ht 23/04/2018)

Police rescue two Nepalis from Delhi brothel (kp 23/04/2018)

Police to curb sexual harassment in public places (ht 23/04/2018)

Sluggish rebuilding hits thousands of students: Govt yet to raise half the funds necessary to rebuild over 5,500 schools, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/04/2018), Quake-hit schools still await reconstruction (ht 23/04/2018)

Quake victims complain reconstruction too slow, by Narhari Sapkota (rep 23/04/2018)

Quest for identity: Nepal has only one decade of reservation policy but voices of resistance has started to be heard, mainly from dominant community, by Nishnu Think (rep 22/04/2018)

Casteised economy: State failed to support traditional leather makers even as leather industry booned, by Subhash Nepali (kp 22/04/2018)

Nightmare of rape: Along with alarming rise of cases across the country, rape has become every girl’s nightmare today, by Sakun Bhandari (rep 22/04/2018)

‘5.4 million people stateless in Nepal’ (ht 22/04/2018), ‘Over 5 million people without citizenship’: Laws governing citizenship discriminated by gender among factors contributing to statelessness (kp 26/04/2018)

Rights abuses continue unabated: NHRC (ht 22/04/2018)

New govt needs to prioritise rights: HRW (ht 21/04/2018) [see HRW statement and open letter to PM KP Oli]

Construction of quake victims' houses limited to foundations (rep 21/04/2018)

‘Remove Gulf job age limit for women’ (kp 20/04/2018), Stakeholders want laws barring women from working abroad as housemaids amended (rep 20/04/2018)

Man rapes teen daughter (kp 20/04/2018)

Dalits still treated as ‘untouchables’ (ht 20/04/2018)

Justice expert tells Nepal to make Act changes public, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp 20/04/2018)

No charade, please: Our leaders rather than taking guardianship of a few children should focus on implementing effective measures to improve school enrolment (ht 20/04/2018)

Exclusion story: In Nepal, nobody wants to take responsibility for the injustice perpetrated in the name of caste and gender in the past, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 19/04/2018)

50 percent children out of school in Province 2’, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp 19/04/2018)

For poverty-stricken Rolpa kids work is better than play, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 19/04/2018)

Police investigate rape and murder of girl, 14 (kp 18/04/2018)

Teenage girl found dead (ht 18/04/2018)

UN-Women elects Nepal as board member (kp 18/04/2018)

Over 5,000 children out of school in Kapilvastu, by Manoj Paudel (kp 18/04/2018)

Act on transitional justice: CIEDP calls for early amendment; TJ body officials also urge Minister Tamang to resolve other administrative and procedural complexities (kp 17/04/2018)

Yesterday’s impunity is today’s impunity: The recently held conference on impunity has shown that South Asia stands together against human rights abuses, by Mohna Ansari (kp 16/04/2018)

That is so unfair: Women fought shoulder to shoulder with men for freedom, and then they got left behind, by Asmita Verma (kp 15/04/2018)

Rethinking society: Violence against women is not only a female problem, it is also an issue of men, by Milan Pandey (kp 15/04/2018)

Complaint filed to probe ‘suspicious death’ of woman: Husband and in-laws of Sanu claim she committed suicide by consuming poison (kp 15/04/2018)

Children scavenging on scrap to pay for their education, by Amar Khadka (rep 15/04/2018)

Children of brick kiln workers deprived of education (ht 15/04/2018)

Bandarmudhe victims tired of false promises. by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 14/04/2018)

Water shortage in Musahar settlement, by Shiva Puri (kp 14/04/2018)

Drive against child labour in Morang brick plants: Around 600,000 children work in 1,294 brick plants across the country (ht 14/04/2018)

Crossing point: Extra vigilance needed on both sides of Indo-Nepal border to curb human trafficking (kp 13/04/2018)

Early marriage leading to rise in teenage pregnancy in Ramechhap (ht 12/04/2018)

Revamp justice bodies rights groups suggest: The AWC has also urged the UN and other international agencies to take measures not to support and condone the process that would promote de-facto impunity in  relation to gross violations of human rights in Nepal (kp 11/04/2018), Do it right and just, by Barun Ghimire (rep 11/04/2018), UN, global groups urged to fund TJs (kp 12/04/2018), Govt to amend transitional justice act: AG, Kharel said the government was coming up with provisions on reparations, relief, public apology and memorialisation of victims (ht 12/04/2018)

Protecting the vulnerable: Heinous crimes against women are continually committed despite the existence of legal provisions, by Sajin Bikram Kunwar (kp 11/04/2018)

Women increasingly opting for divorce to end abusive marriages (rep 11/04/2018)

Maiti Nepal rescues 5 Nepali girls from Indian brothel, by Arjun Oli (rep 11/04/2018)

Those trying to foment sectarian violence won’t be spared, says home minister (ht 11/04/2018) [Forces that fight for a return to the Hindu state are very responsible for sectarian demands in the multiethnic, multicultural, multireligious and multilingual state of Nepal!]

Farmers deprived of using their own land captured by APF during conflict era, by Khamma Khatri (rep 10/04/2018)

Victims of Tikapur incident press govt to release report (kp 08/04/2018)

Helping people on the move: Nepali government should pay attention to the fact  that Nepal is now a hub for asylum seekers, by Sapana Phuyal (kp 08/04/2018)

Girls miss schools during menstruation (kp 07/04/2018), Girls skipping school during menstruation (ht 07/04/2018)

Menace of rape: We have no moral ground to talk about prosperity when safety and wellbeing of women and children remains a far cry, by Mira Dhakal and Luna Bhattarai (rep 07/04/2018)

Rape culture: Our society and our law enforcement must accomodate victims, not shield perpetrators (kp 06/04/2018), Relatives, neighbors and dusk most dangerous!, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 07/04/2018)

The struggle for Transitional Justice, by Hari Phuyal (nt 06/04/2018), Forgotten people of the People’s War, by Bhim Kumar Banskota (nt 06/04/2018)

Activists, academia probe spate of rapes (kp 05/04/2018), Anti-rape drive in Saptari (kp 05/04/2018), Man rapes girls, aged 7 and 8, in Kanchanpur (kp 05/04/2018)

Police posts in capital ill-poised for sexual violence cases: NHRC (rep 05/04/2018)

Big picture: Case of Radha Chaudhary should not be treated as a stale incident. We cannot rule out possibility of such incidents occurring in the future, by Rupashree Niraula (rep 05/04/2018)

Woman’s body found in sack; hubby held (kp 05/04/2018)

Iron will: Ruling parties have the power to send out a message of zero tolerance against gender- and caste-based discrimination, by Deepak Thapa (kp 05/04/2018)

300 VAW cases registered with NWC in three months (ht 04/04/2018)

13 rape incidents in Makawanpur this fiscal (ht 04/04/2018)

Police to launch campaign against rape (ht 04/04/2018)

Women demolishing Chhaupadi sheds in Achham, by Khamma Khatri (rep 04/04/2018)

Child trafficking rampant in Bajura (ht 04/04/2018)

Divide and defame: The EU report treats Khas Arya as the source of all problems. It has tried to create rift and division in closely integrated Nepali society, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (rep 04/04/2018) [An extremely facts distorting and misleading article in strong defence of continued dominance of male Tagadharis!], Pride and prejudice: Need of the hour is to make our nationalism people-centric and broad-based so that all of us can take its ownership, by Manjeet Mishra (rep 04/04/2018) [!!]

TRC: Consultations on for reparation: Though the families of victims killed and disappeared  during the decade-long insurgency have received cash support of Rs1 million, no other measure has been offered (kp 03/04/2018), Goodwill hunting: Govt lost trust of victims due to rampant politicisation of TJ process; it must make amends via reparation (kp 04/04/2018)

Rape cases increasing at alarming rate (rep 03/04/2018)

More than 3,000 still living in vulnerable zone (kp 02/04/2018), Quake-ravaged school buildings yet to be reconstructed (kp 02/04/2018)

Paradox of nationalism: Those who advocate populist nationalism in every opportunity may be a more severe threat to our nation, by Barun Ghimire (kp 02/04/2018)

12-yr mentally challenged girl ‘gang raped’ in Sunsari: Police arrest Abinash Sardar on charge of raping the girl on Friday following a complaint by the victim’s family (kp 01/04/2018)

House nods to extend terms of TJ bodies (kp 31/03/2018), HoR endorses TRC, CIEDP ordinance: Replacement bill to incorporate Supreme Court verdict: AG (ht 31/03/2018)

Patient’s attendant raped, suspect arrested: The suspect, a former NA soldier, was dismissed from service for his involvement in a rape case (ht 30/03/2018)

Child gang-raped in Sunsari yet again, by Amar Khadka (rep 30/03/2018)

Couple held over daughter’s mysterious death (ht 30/03/2018)

Children in Bajura, Humla deprived of vaccination (ht 30/03/2018)

Man rapes 10-year-old girl (kp 29/03/2018)

Locals stage protest against road expansion: Six injured as protesters clash with cops; Vehicles vandalised (ht 29/03/2018), Hear them out: The state must pay heed to locals and conservationists and exercise restraint while dealing with peaceful protest (ht 30/03/2018), Crackdown on anti-road expansion protesters (nt 30/03/2018)

Police arrest man for raping girl, 10 (kp 28/03/2018)

ASI arrested for raping teenage girl (ht 28/03/2018)

Tenth grader found dead in rented room (ht 28/03/2018), Traffic police officer and two others held in student death, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 29/03/2018)

Man and woman tortured at ward office for ‘illicit relationship’, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 28/03/2018)

PM rules out blanket amnesty for serious rights violations (rep 28/03/2018), TRC welcomes PM’s stand on TJ: Urges the govt to make necessary amendments to Act (kp 29/03/2018), The moment of truth: PM Oli has to ensure commitment to  transitional justice in legislation (kp 29/03/2018), Walk the talk: PM’s pledge against impunity (rep 29/03/2018)

Kin of disappeared demand swift probe, by Shankar Acharya (kp 28/03/2018)

Women take out rally against growing rape cases in Saptari, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 27/03/2018)

The right to know: The probe panel’s report on the Madhes violence in 2015 and 2016 must be released, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 27/03/2018)

Inmates to be ensured right to procreate, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/03/2018)

Don’t let bygones be bygones: Role of the Courts in bringing conflict crimes to a logical end could restore public faith in the judiciary, by Anurag Devkota (kp 26/03/2018)

Waling man held on charge of raping teen (kp 25/03/2018)

We shall overcome: Dalits still face discrimination due to state-protected ideology and undeclared exclusion in politics and profession, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (kp 25/03/2018)

Police arrest two men for raping girls (kp 24/03/2018)

TRC to set up district offices: Move aimed at completing probe into more than 60,000 complaints within the remaining 11-month tenure of the commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/03/2018)

Times change, mindsets don’t: For how many more years will the people need to wait to see an inclusive Nepal?, by Raj Pariyar (kp 23/03/2018)

SC orders govt to ensure migrants’ right to vote, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/03/2018)

Man caught trafficking girl (kp 22/03/2018)

Another minor raped in Parsa, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 22/03/2018)

Five held over gang rape of 15-year-old girl: The intellectually disabled victim was held captive for days (ht 22/03/2018)

Burn violence, acid attacks discussed (ht 22/03/2018)

Body seized from pyre for murder probe, by Shiva Puri (kp 21/03/2018)

Police find cremated remains of Sneha (kp 21/03/2018)

RJP-N presses for Chaudhary’s swearing-in (kp 21/03/2018) [Impunity and reward for crime accused persons?]

Durbarmarg gang-rape: Main accused in net (kp 21/03/2018)

Children left to fend for themselves break stones, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 21/03/2018)

Government to improve prison conditions (ht 21/03/2018)

EU mission urges EC to maintain transparency (kp 21/03/2018), [see official eu report], Mission against Khas-Aryas’ proportional representation (kp 21/03/2018), EU-EOM report undermines successful holding of election: Government (rep 21/03/2018), Govt rejects EU report on elections: Foreign Ministry says the report not only undermines the recent polls, but also goes against the scope and norms of international election observation (kp 22/03/2018), Stop comments challenging constitution: Govt tells EU (rep 22/03/2018), Uncalled-for report: The Eu election observation mission has gone beyond its mandate to comment on political issues that have already been settled (ht 23/03/2018), EU report totally unacceptable: EC (rep 23/03/2018), Hail to the chiefs, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), Baburam’s U-turn, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), EU mission sticks to advice for EC (kp 24/03/2018), EUEOM claims it fully abided by ToR, MoU (ht 24/03/2018), European Union’s Divisive Mission, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 25/03/2018) [Criticising the EU and favouring the non-inclusive politics of Nepal's male Tagadhari politicians! The EU critics is necessary and justified as long as these politicians continue their non-inclusive practice of selecting candidates for the FPTP system!], PM criticises EU poll mission for its report (kp), Long-term returns: Govt is rightly keen to maintain state’s autonomy but must guard against majoritarian overreach (kp 16/03/2018) [Hopefully, the PM and others of the over-represented male Tagadhari leaders have time and are able to read this excellent editorial!], Lest we ignore: Provisions of positive discrimination are meant to benefit under-represented groups and its very purpose is defeated if an already dominant ethnicity is brought under its ambit, by CK Lal (rep 26/03/2018)

Process begins to amend transitional justice Act: Attorney General Kharel is taking a lead in preparing the draft amendments  in consultation with the Law Ministry (kp 20/03/2018)

An unresolved agenda: Current lawmakers have the opportunity to end the discrimination faced by women on citizenship rights, by Anjita Parajuli (kp 20/03/2018)

Attempted murder of pregnant rape victim (kp 20/06/2018)

3 jailed for kidnap, murder of 8-year-old (kp 20/03/2018)

6 girls rescued from Nepal-India border (kp 20/03/2018)

522 students of Bardiya school study under hot tin roof, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 20/03/2018)

Freed Haliya women silently suffer from disease and loans, by Krishna Oli (rep 20/03/2018)

TRC starts talks with victims (kp 19/03/2018)

Sexual abuse of male children overlooked, by Anita Shrestha (ht 19/03/2018)

Call for men to join hands in the fight against VAW (ht 19/03/2018)

School principal molests student (kp 18/03/2018), Court remands Gyan Kunja principal to five-day custody: Principal Shiva Karki was arrested on Friday night after a student complained he ‘molested  her’ (kp 19/03/2018), Teacher held for attempting to rape student (ht 19/03/2018)

Three underage girls raped in Syangja: Uncle rapes 11-year-old niece (kp 18/03/2018)

Hard day at the office: Workplace harassment laws in Nepal mainly focus on sexual harassment in offices: Is that enough?, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (kp 18/03/2018)

Girl, 17, raped inside microbus in Saptari (kp 17/03/2018)

Young couple divorced after two days of marriage: Efforts to curb child marriage becoming effective in Rukum, by Ganesh BK (rep 17/03/2018)

Police probe out-of-court rape settlement incident (kp 16/03/2018), Police accused of settling rape case through mediation (ht 17/03/2018)

Pressing for progress?, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 16/03/2018) [on VAW]

Woman, 23, severely beaten for refusing marriage proposal, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 15/03/2018), Woman attacked with hot oil for refusing marriage proposal, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 15/03/2018), Sunita’s family files attempted murder case against Rakesh and his friend, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 16/03/2018)

A woman on Women’s Day: No matter the ethnicity or grouping, Nepali women face strange scenarios of extreme prejudice, by Pramod Mishra (kp 15/03/2018)

VAW and Women’s Empowerment, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 15/03/2018)

Domestic labour issues (ht 15/03/2018)

Remembering Maleth: A year after Maleth tragedy political temperature has cooled down. Sworn ‘enemies’ of the past have now become ‘friends’, by Manjeet Mishra (rep 15/03/2018)

Apathy and anger: Shockingly, Chand Maoists are resorting to violence to settle disputes at the local level (kp 15/03/2018)

Rape rife in Saptari localities: Even toddlers not spared, by Jeetendra Kumar Jha (rep 14/03/2018)

Enough is enough: Many people were killed in charge of practicing witchcraft. Those cases were resolved most probably with milapatra, by Shiksha Risal (rep 14/03/2018)

Police arrest man behind death of teen daughter , by Ajit Tiwari and Santosh Singh (kp 13/03/2018)

Two women gang-raped in 24 hours, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 13/03/2018)

Gender equality: New Opportunities, by Pratik Chhetri and Neha Malla (ht 13/03/2018)

Chhaupadi in Palpa: School bars menstruating girls from using toilet, by Mukti Prasad Nyaupane (rep 12/03/2018)

SC full bench to hear Kantipur case today (kp 11/03/2018), CM Rai flays attempts to muzzle the media (kp 11/03/2018), SC full bench to hear Kantipur case today (kp 11/03/2018), Hearing on Kantipur case begins (kp 12/03/2018), FNJ threatens protests (kp 12/03/2018)

Kapilvastu man held for ‘raping his neighbour’ (kp 11/03/2018)

Husband held for wife’s death (kp 11/03/2018)

Student unions submit memorandum to home minister (ht 11/03/2018) [related to growing violence against women and children], Students urge govt to stop crimes against women, kids: Student unions draw  Home Minister’s attention to a recent spate of crimes committed against women and children (kp 12/03/2018)

In pursuit of understanding: Many rural women do not think that International Women’s Day is relevant to them, by Prativa Subedi and Juliette Josse (kp 11/03/2018), A long way to go: There are many women whose sufferings remain hidden, by Sulochana Nepal (kp 11/03/2018)

Air pollution causes annual death toll of 35,000 (ht 11/03/2018)

Villagers thrash girl, 18 (kp 10/03/2018), Police launch investigation into Kailali witchcraft torture incident, by DR Panta (kp 11/03/2018), Probe into thrashing of witchcraft-accused starts (ht 11/03/2018), Lawmakers demand action against cops, local reps (ht 11/03/2018), PM directs action against those involved in alleging and abusing girl for practicing 'witchcraft' (ht 11/03/2018), Human Rights demands strong action against ‘witch’ thrashers (kp 12/03/2018), Govt vows action against perpetrators (kp 12/03/2018), SI Bista suspended, case filed against three (ht 12/03/2018), Three held for thrashing woman on witchery charge, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 12/03/2018), ‘Ram Bahadur used to sexually exploit girls, young women’ (kp 13/03/2018), Govt team in Kailali to inquire about witchcraft torture case after a week, by DR Panta (kp 15/03/2018), 6 made public in Kailali witchcraft torture case, by DR Panta (kp 16/03/2018)

What have we done? We talk a lot about Chhaupadi practice of western Nepal but have we done enough to change people’s perception on ‘menstrual stigma’?, by Ishwar Rauniyar (10/03/2018)

Schoolchildren falling prey to online sexual abuse (ht 10/03/2018)

Nine-year-old tied up at home for mental illness (ht 10/03/2018)

Choosing grace: The strict customs that women have helped impose on other women have been too perplexing for the younger generations, by Anusha Thapa (rep 10/03/2018)

How long must they wait? Despite progress on political inclusion, women are still weighed down by a culture of silence (kp 09/03/2018)

ICJ concerned about continuing impunity in Nepal (ht 09/03/2018)

Women to make Thalara Rural Municipality free of inequity, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 09/03/2018)

End the stigma: Women migrants, like their male counterparts, send remittance, and eventually bring new skills back home. Don’t they deserve respect?, by Roni Pradhan, Dhaubhadel (kp 09/03/2018)

Minor killed after rape in Rupandehi, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 08/03/2018)

Rage against rape: We were never taught that we should fight back against all sexual assaults. We could never share abuses because it would be considered as our faults and we would be blamed, by Sweta Gyanu Baniya (rep 08/03/2018), Women’s Day: As much a fight as celebration: #RageAgainstRape activists march as part of a larger event organised to mark International Women’s Day, by Sandesh Ghimire (kp 09/03/2018)

Need for paradigm shift: Nepal constitutionally guarantees 33 percent seats in parliament for women. If we truly want equality, why can’t we aim for 50 percent representation?, by Sakun Gajurel (rep 08/03/2018)

SC justices split over CJ Parajuli’s judicial conduct (kp 08/03/2018), Writing news does not amount to contempt of court: FNJ; Says all state bodies should respect freedom of press (kp 08/03/2018), Contempt case against chief justice: Petitioner argues CJ Parajuli committed contempt of court by issuing death threats (kp 09/03/2018)

Attorney General starts talks to expedite justice process (kp 08/03/2018)

An unfinished agenda: We need to rethink the influence gender biased mythology plays on our treatment of women and girls, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 08/03/2018)

Female patients of kidney diseases deprived of proper care and treatment: Pregnant women with high blood pressure are at high risk of kidney diseases (ht 08/03/2018)

Time is now #PressforProgress, by Elisabeth von Capeller, Veronica Cody, Vallerie Julliand, Mashfee Shams and Alaina B. Teplitz (ht 08/03/2018), Gender equality still a distant dream, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 08/03/2018)

Contempt case against Kantipur sent to full bench: Hearing from Kantipur Publications members over (kp 07/03/2018), Barring of media gets ire (kp 07/03/2018)

Citizenship a far cry for most Madhesi daughters-in-law (rep 06/03/2018)

19 years after the killing of Yadu Gautam, a Maoist leader calls it a mistake (rep 06/03/2018) [A btutal murder is not a mistake but a fundamental crime!]

Woman, 44, bludgeoned to death in Morang, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 05/03/2018), Woman in Morang killed after rape, by Yuvraj Biwas (rep 05/03/2018)

Child marriage, polygamy taking toll on women’s life, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 05/03/2018)

SZOP And School Shutdown, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 05/03/2018) [It's high time that the state initiates severe steps against this small terrorist group led by Netra Bikram Chand!], ANNFSU-R bandh shuts educational institutions, by Ruby Rauniyar (rep 05/03/2018)

Balance of power: Judiciary, instead of fighting against media, is advised to focus on checks and balances (kp 05/03/2018), If govt institutions are broken and press silenced, we are going down a dark path, interview with Krishna Pahadi (kp 05/03/2018)

5-year-old raped (kp 04/03/2018)

No compromise: Attempt to ‘compromise’ on rape cases is an attack on dignity of women, by Pragya Lamsal (kp 04/03/2018)

Hindu custom of Chhaupadi: Kanchanpur continues to isolate menstruating women in sheds (kp 03/03/2018)

Triple burden of women: Conflicting gender norms, by Anusha Ban (ht 02/03/2018)

No country for women: Nepal’s political transition is over, but there is no closure for victims of wartime rape, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 02/03/2018)

Cyberbullies top risk for children (kp 02/03/2018)

2 young girls raped in Parsa, Sunsari (kp 02/03/2018)

‘Ward chair assaults woman’ (kp 02/03/2018)

OAG begins preparations for revising transitional justice act, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 02/03/2018)

Women's group prevents child marriage in Bajura district (ht 01/03/2018)

Barriers to benefiting from energy sector highlighted (kp 01/03/2018), Challenges to energy access highlighted (ht 01/03/2018), Women, excluded groups face barriers to energy: ADB report (rep 01/02/2018), Break barriers: It is important that Nepal adopts supportive policies and institutional frameworks to address gender and social exclusion issues in the energy sector (ht 02/03/2018)

Nepal ‘committed’ to human rights (kp 28/02/2018) [What about conflict victims and their families, women, Dalits, labour migrants, earthquake affected families, pollution affected persons, healthcare, etc.?], Quake victims get into debt constructing their homes, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 28/02/2018), Nepal committed to protecting, promoting human rights: Bairagi (ht 28/02/2018), Top court calls for Sunuwar case paper (kp 28/02/2018)

6-year-old girl raped (kp 28/02/2018)

Loopholes in laws deprive migrant workers of timely justice (ht 27/02/2018)

Two minors raped in last two weeks (rep 27/02/2018)

Need to pay for free drugs for 90 more days: No stocks of many  drugs in all districts; Most district facilities running without essential drugs like Paracetamol and ORS, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (ht 27/02/2018)

CJ Parajuli orders media probe: Legal experts ‘slam attack on free press’ n NHRC says it’s against right of fair trial ensured by global HR law (kp 26/02/2018), Attempts to censor media draw flak (kp 27/02/2018), NMS urges SC to rectify its decision (kp 27/02/2018), NMS opposes SC order against Kantipur daily (ht 27/02/2018), Apex court’s decision draws serious concern of FNJ (ht 27/02/2018), US stresses unbiased judiciary (kp 27/02/2018), Supreme offence: CJ Parajuli should stop hearing cases, as he is not cleared from a serious probe (kp 27/02/2018), CJ Parajuli's order: Attempt to ‘muzzle media’ draws flak (kp 28/02/2018), Concerns over censorship order: Chief Justice Parajuli’s attempt to muzzle press draws widespread criticism from different sides (kp 28/02/2018), Journalist bodies condemn CJ order: Federation of Nepali Journalists says contempt of court case against Kantipur daily ‘unconstitutional’;Gag order clearly constitutes a misuse of the judicial apparatus for personal ends: Paris-based RSF (kp 01/03/2018) [see RSF statement], Contempt case has no merit: Experts (kp 02/03/2018)

Court defers verdict on Adhikari murder again, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 26/02/2018), Court summons petitioner in Adhikari murder case (ht 26/02/2018)

Forgetting about rights: Foreign employment governance has to be redefined under new federal structure to safeguard the rights of migrant workers, by Himalaya Kjharel and Jeevan Baniya (kp 26/02/2018)

Rusting of resistance: Madhesh has lost another round to the PEON, but struggle for dignity, equality, autonomy and identity is invariably a long one, by CK Lal (rep 26/02/2018)

CIEDP chooses 3 districts for probe: Teams will reach Kanchanpur, Makwanpur and Jhapa to get details from family and to collect ante-mortem data (kp 25/02/2018)

Child marriage taking toll on rural women's life, by Jagat Khadka (rep 24/02/2018)

Impunity remains entrenched in Nepal: Amnesty International (kp 23/02/2018) [see AI Annual Report 2017/18 on Nepal], Govt failed to protect migrant workers’ rights: AI report (ht 23/02/2018), Amnesty faults Nepal over migrant workers' rights, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 23/02/2018), Discrimination rife in Nepali society: AI (ht 25/02/2018)

Chhaupadi is still a norm in Achham, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 23/02/2018)

Girls from poor families prone to rape, sexual assault: Police, by Giriraj Baskota (rep 23/02/2018)

Scribes call for guarantee of minimum wage: Journalists urge the FNJ office bearers to work towards ensuring the rights and facilities that are ensured by the ILO (kp 22/02/2018)

Elderly persons in care homes do not get state benefits, by Pratap Bista (kp 22/02/2018)

Indian wives of Madhes: Biased citizenship laws have been created to promote ethnic homogeneity in Nepal, by Kalpana Jha (kp 22/02/2018)

Inclusion in education: Ensure equal opportunity, by Sudarshan Neupane (ht 22/02/2018)

Dr KC refuses hearing; vows to fight ‘corrupt chief justice’, by Manish Gautam (kp 21/02/2018) [The freedom of opinion has to be respected, especially by the judiciary!], Advocate files Contempt case Over Kantipur news Report (kp 21/02/2018)

An opportunity for a fresh start: As Nepal begins its tenure in UN Human Rights Council, it is important for it to protect citizens’ right to religious freedom, by David Anderson (kp 21/02/2018)

Mr Mayor, do something: Bidya Sundar Shakya is wasting precious time. If you have occupied highly important position but do not feel obliged to deliver, it’s a crime, by Anjali Subedi (rep 21/02/2018)

Informal Sector Service Centre releases Yearbook 2018 (ht 20/02/2018) [see report], Govt failed to curb rights abuse by non-state actors: INSEC (rep 20/02/2018)

Making room for women: Women can be empowered through creation of equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making, by Sapana Phuyal (kp 20/02/2018)

Why #rageagainstrape?, by Shiksha Risal (rep 20/02/2018)

No toilets for Dalits in ODF Rukum, by Ganesh BK (20/02/2018)

An unequal constitution: For all the years of debates and discussions on constitutional issues, we could not do justice to Nepali women, by Mohna Ansari (kp 19/02/2018)

Two men rape girl, 16, in Bajura: Villagers threatened to kill us if we filed a police case, said the victim’s father. They prevented us from filing a police complaint at the district headquarters, he said (kp 18/02/2018)

4 rapes reported in different parts of country: Three victims below 13 years; Cousin rapes and murders 11-year-old girl; Saptari police arrests a 12-year-old boy after a two-year-old is raped  on Thursday (kp 17/02/2018), Man arrested for raping, killing cousin (ht 17/02/2018), Man accused of raping child escapes, police accused of collusion, by Madan Thakur (rep 17/02/2018)

Child marriage still rampant although illegal, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 17/02/2018)

Mentally-challenged man forced in shed since four decades, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep 17/02/2018)

Waiting and waiting: Conflict victims have been demanding a fair investigation,  but it is nowhere in sight, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp 16/02/2018), Maoists stay out citing ‘ideological differences’; Maoist leaders: UML backtracked on deal to discuss Maoism under pressure from power centres, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/02/2018) [Maoist leaders want that their crimes are treated as justified political acts!!]

Girl raped, police blamed for letting of perpetrator (ht 16/02/2018)

On air to deter child marriage: How radio is helping prevent Nepali girls from being married young, by Shipra Jha (nt 16/02/2018)

Teenage pregnancy rife in Makwanpur, by Pratap Bista (kp 15/02/2018)

There is no excuse: The government has been making a mockery of justice by disregarding court orders, by Balram Prasad Raut (kp 15/02/2018)

Grant citizenship through mother’s nationality: NHRC (ht 15/02/2018)

Child rape accused bribes victim’s mum to lie in court, by Shiva Puri (kp 15/02/2018)

Transitional justice delay draws flak (kp 14/02/2018) [see joint statement by ICJ, HRW and AI], ‘TRC, CIEDP short of international standards’ (ht 14/02/2018), Mere extension of TRC, CIEDP terms inadequate: Rights groups (rep 14/02/2018), ‘CIEDP’s success dependent on govt’s willpower’ (ht 15/02/2018)

Cases of sexual violence increasing (kp 14/02/2018)

Transitional Justice: CIEDP opens window for conflict victims (ht 13/02/2018)

Single women in Rolpa facing domestic, social violence (ht 13/02/2018)

No safe zones for women; Chronic anxiety of sexual harassment in public transport narrows down socio-economic prospects of women, by Biranchi Poudyal and Samikshya Thapa (rep 13/02/2018)

Police in Kathmandu and Itahari tried to obstruct access to justice, interview with Gita Upreti (kp 12/02/2018)

TJs begin new term with little hope for result, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/02/2018)

Quest for citizenship hits District Office hurdle, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 11/02/2018)

11-year-old girl raped, suspect absconding (ht 11/02/2018)

Police arrest rape accused in India (kp 11/02/2018)

Women and men: Greater efforts should be made towards gender sensitisation to create a better society, by Bina Jha (kp 11/02/2018)

Schoolchildren at high risk of online sexual abuse (ht 11/02/2018)

Students padlock school after Dalit woman cooks their lunch, by Govinda KC (rep 10/02/2018)

HIV infected women struggle to survive, by Khamma Khatri (rep 10/02/2018)

Not pushed around anymore: A young school girl from a remote Nepali village dares to take a molester to court, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 09/02/2018)

You should wait, baby: Child marriage is a continuing problem that has been exacerbated by low access to education and social media usage, by Navaraj Pudasaini (kp 09/02/2018)

‘Grave mishandling of rape case', by Manish Gautam (kp 09/02/2018)

Hunger for justice: Ganga Maya Adhikari refuses to give up her struggle for justice, by Makenzie Stallo (nt 09/02/2018)

Unsafe and insecure: Recent media disclosures of police complicity with rape perpetrators tells a lot about our society (kp 08/02/2018), Crime and clarity: The police must institutionally do away with the current iniquitous practice of finding a compromise solution over rape, by Deepak Thapa (kp 08/02/2018)

UML dumped me: blast victim, by Pawan Yadav (kp 08/02/2018)

Man attempts to burn wife to death, by Santosh Singh (kp 08/02/2018)

Rights groups demand justice for 14-year-old rape victim in Itahari (kp 07/02/2018)

Dharan police investigates abduction, rape of student (kp 07/02/2018)

Rights chair slams delay in war-era cases probe: Tenures of TJ mechanisms extended by another year (kp 06/02/2018), TRC, CIEDP term extended (ht 06/02/2018), ‘Failure to deliver justice will jeopardise peace process’ (ht 06/02/2018), Criminalize conflict-era torture and enforced disapperaces: NHRC (rep 06/02/2018)

Food for all: Making law ensuring right to food is not enough. The three tiers of government should first come up with a land use policy (ht 06/02/2018)

Nepal must ‘do more’ to protect workers’ rights (kp 06/02/2018), Protection gaps exist in legislation: UN special rapporteur (ht 06/02/2018)

Elusive government grants: Earthquake survivors face endless hassles and  paperwork as they rebuild their homes, by Jagat Basnet (kp 06/02/2018)

Teenager rapes 3-year-old girl: Two girls gang-rapedl (kp 05/01/2017)

Dealing with refugees: Nepal needs to institutionalise refugee matters by creating a legislative framework, by Shubhash Wostey (kp 05/02/2018)

Transport sector to be child labour-free (kp 02/02/2018)

TRC preparing year-long plan to extend its term: TRC says it will write to  the ministry, explaining their difficulties, including lack of proper law, inade-quate human resources (kp 02/02/2018)

The long path to recovery: The government urgently needs contingency credit for humanitarian or livelihood support when disaster occurs, by Nara Hari Dhakal, Nav Raj Simkhada and Mayumi Ozaki (kp 02/02/2018)

NHRC panel to probe Durbarmarg gang rape case (kp 01/02/2018), Victim changes her statement (kp 02/02/2018)

CIEDP seeks one-year extension, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 01/02/2018), CIEDP seeks one-year term extension (rep 01/02/2018)

25 percent children malnourished in Banke village: District Public Health Office says malnourishment is widespread among children in Holiya Village, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 01/02/2018)

Police HQ probes officers for refusing rape victim’s plaint (kp 31/01/2018), Police inspector under scannerAccused of taking bribe to let ‘gang-rapists’ off the hook (ht 31/01/2018)

Ganga Maya on another death fast (kp 31/01/2018)

TJ bodies place demands before extending term: Tenures of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons expire on February 7 (kp 30/01/2018), The world watches: Transitional justice bodies are being criticised for delays but bulk of blame lies with parties (kp 31/01/2018)

Fourteen-year-old thrashed in police custody (ht 30/01/2018)

Psycho-social centre to open at Nakhkhu jail (kp 30/01/2018)

A different lens: How virtual experience of swapped gender roles can change social understanding, by Renaud Meyer and Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp 28/01/2018)

Commissions for marginalized face lack of budget, personnel, by Chandni Hamal (rep 28/01/2018)

Abuse of innocence: Study after study has linked child abuse with depression, mood disorders, feelings of isolation and stigma and poor self-esteem among others, by Supriya Joshi (rep 28/01/2018)

TRC asks govt, parties not to meddle in war-era incidents, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/01/2018)

Call to end human trafficking in the guise of foreign employment (ht 27/01/2018)

Budget for children’s welfare inadequate (ht 27/01/2018)

Sorry tale of young Chepang moms who have babies every year, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 27/01/2018)

Cultural rights and wrongs: How many more women must die before defining how far Chhaupadi is acceptable?, by Prakash Budha Magar (kp 26/01/2018), Chill adds to woes of menstruating women (ht 26/01/2018)

TRC, CIEDP ‘in dilemma’ on term extension, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 26/01/2018)

Snow adds to quake victims’ woes (ht 26/01/2018)

Just a minute, Your Honour: Are Dr Govinda KC’s statements an attack against the chief justice or the judiciary?, by Prakritee Yonzon (kp 25/01/2018)

Only few schools imparting education in mother tongue (ht 25/01/2018)

Minor girls employed in entertainment industry (25/01/2018)

CIEDP for Rs 2m in compensation: Proposes the sum to Peace Ministry as relief for each family of the disappeared, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/01/2018)

International community calls for ‘credible’ TJ process (kp 24/01/2018), People’s reps should listen to conflict victims: German envoy (ht 24/01/2018), Human rights watch: TRC and CIEPD have done very little to earn the victims’ families respect and goodwill (kp 25/01/2018)

‘Media should focus on peace building and transitional justice' (ht 24/01/2018)

Quake victims could miss second tranche of grant due to PM's busy schedule (rep 24/01/2018)

CIEDP, NEFAD deliberate collaboration, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 23/01/2018)

Chepang children still deprived of quality education, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 23/01/2018)

Children’s future at risk due to lack of school infrastructure in Bara (ht 23/01/2018)

CJ urges press to refrain from commenting on sub-judice cases (rep 22/01/2018) [???]

‘Conflict victims yet to get justice’ (ht 19/01/2018)

Transitional justice mechanism: ‘Political will to deliver justice crucial to settle conflict-era cases’; With the tenures of the two transitional justice bodies  due to expire in less than a month, the government is planning to seek a year extension through an ordinance (kp 18/01/2018)

‘Sahi Ho!’ campaign launched (ht 18/01/2018)

Calling for press freedom: Nepal is still a long way from complete press freedom, and all stakeholders need to speak against violations, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 17/01/2018)

Increasing demonstration challenge court's credibility in Dhanusha, by Suresh Yadav (rep 17/01/2018)

Empowering schools: There needs to be more debate in terms of private intervention in public education among stakeholders including the donors, by Niranjan Narsingh Khatri (rep 17/01/2018)

KMG statement on its coverage of Sumargi’s financial transactions (kp 17/01/2018)

Post journalist attacked by  sand smugglers in Gorkha (kp 16/01/2018), Journo attack: Case against assailants (kp 17/01/2018)

Quake victims slam delays in receiving housing grants, by Narahari Sapkota (ht 16/01/2018). Over 80 percent quake victims miss deadline for second tranche of housing grant (rep 16/01/2018), Second grant tranche: 385,657 beneficiaries miss deadline, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 16/01/2018) [We are still talking about only 14 of 31 affected districts!!], 50,000 quake-hit families yet to start rebuilding in Kavre; Only 14,223 houses built in Dhading, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 17/01/2018), No second tranche of housing grant for earthquake victims: National Reconstruction Authority to build houses for helpless and elderly persons in Kavre (ht 17/01/2018), Tardy pace: The pace of rebuilding individual houses is so slow that NRA, it seems, will never be able to accomplish its mission (ht 17/01/2018)

Circle of death: Cold waves are systemic annual occurrences, and the govt hasn’t done enough to alleviate the hazard (kp 16/01/2018)

SC: Act swiftly to check air pollution (kp 15/01/2018)

Kin of missing Kamlaris urge govt to find their whereabouts, by Kamal Panthi (kp 15/01/2018)

Govt forwards ordinance for authentication: Victims say another extension of transitional justice bodies’ tenure without amending laws unacceptable (kp 14/01/2018)

Continuous isolation: Changing a long-held tradition requires a more comprehensive approach than legislation alone can ever provide, by Navaraj Pudasaini (kp 14/01/2018) [on Chhaupadi]

Chandrapur blast victim in financial crisis (ht 14/01/2018)

Betrayed by delay: Many houses would have been rebuilt by now if the government had not promised reconstruction grants, by Ravi Lochan Paudyal (rep 14/01/2018)

16 killed in Chhintang named martyrs after 39 years (kp 13/01/2018)

Jailbirds prone to mental health problems (ht 13/01/2018)

Founder of modern Nepal: Prithvi Narayan hailed as the unifier (kp 12/01/2018) [For most parts of the country, it was usurpation, not integration! Most population groups are still not equal! Current Nepal deserves her existence as an independent state to Prithvi Narayan, though we must be aware that he did not do it for the country but fort himself!]. Dhading’s Kumal community yet to receive housing rebuilding aid, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 12/01/2018)

Judge has no time for hearing Adhikari murder case, date fixed 15 times (ht 11/01/2018)

TRC members should quit if they can’t do their job: Conflict victims (ht 10/01/2018), Deliver or quit: Conflict victims’ ultimatum to CIEDP officials, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/01/2018), Realm of rights: The primary responsibility for improving transitional justice lies with govt and parties (kp 11/01/2018), Three wasted years: Transitional justice bodies became non-functional because they were more interested to appease political players than deliver justice to the victims, by Charan Prasai (rep 11/01/2018)

Rehabilitation of street children in Surkhet district easier said than done (ht 10/01/2018)

FNJ flays police interference in media: Press Council acting chair says that as per Article 19 of the constitution, police cannot ask journalists to reveal their sources (kp 09/01/2018)

Woman Dies in Chhaupadi practice: Chhaupadi tradition  was criminalised by  the government  in August 2017, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 09/01/2018), Woman in Achham dies in Chhaupadi shed, by Khamma Khatri (rep 09/01/2018)

Child marriage rampant in Bara (ht 09/01/2018)

Quake victims’ children suffer from pneumonia (ht 09/01/2018)

Calls for amendment to laws before extending tenure of TJ bodies: Rights activists have warned that extension of  the terms of TRC and CIEDP in status quo would  be unacceptable to them (kp 09/01/2018), One year term extension won’t do: TRC reps; Conflict victims say that inept transitional justice bodies also to blame for delay in investigation of war-era cases (kp 10/01/2018)

Supreme Court reinstates Dr Sharma as IoM dean (ht 08/01/2018), SC ruling on IoM dean splits legal experts (kp 08/01/2018), Fasting doc held in contempt case: Detained at Singha Durbar Police Circle; Due to be presented to the Supreme Court today for statement, by Manish Gautam (kp 09/01/2018), Dr KC arrested after SC summons on contempt charge (rep 09/01/2018), Dr Govinda KC arrested for contempt of court, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 09/01/2018), Dr KC: Criticism of controversial  judgments not contempt of court: Public outrage against the Supreme Court’s decision to arrest Dr KC has been overwhelming with around 100 advocates signing to plead in his defence in court, by Manish Gautam (kp 10/01/2018) [see reply by Dr KC to the SC as published in the Kathmandu Post (10/01/2018)], Dr KC makes 11 allegations against CJ Parajuli (rep 10/01/2018), Contemptible actions: Supreme Court acted harshly in ordering arrest of Dr KC who was only exercising right to protest (kp 10/01/2018), Leaders express their solidarity (kp 10/01/2018), Leaders support Dr KC while major parties keep mum (rep 10/01/2018), Thousands stage protest against Dr KC’s arrest (ht 10/01/2018), Hundreds gather at Maitighar in a show of solidarity with Dr KC (kp 10/01/2018), Social networking sites flooded with messages of support (ht 10/01/2018), SC orders probe into CJ Parajuli’s papers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/01/2018)

Chepang village reeling under food shortage: People surviving on a diet of stinging nettle, wild roots and tubers (kp 08/01/2018)

Early marriage contributing to school dropout, by Madhav Aryal (kp 08/01/2018)

Sumargi files defamation case against Kantipur Publications (kp 08/01/2018), Sumargi firms laundered Rs9b into Nepal: Govt report, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 11/01/2018), NMS demands Sumargi to show proof: Nepal Media Society has  said in a statement  that Sumargi could be  manoeuvring to  intimidate the press (kp 11/01/2018)

Saptari chill toll reaches 15, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp 08/01/2018), Cold wave claims 24 lives in Tarai (ht 08/01/2018), NHRC concerned about cold snap (ht 08/01/2018), Out in the cold: Measures like distributing warm clothes, blankets and firewood after cold snaps start claiming lives and taking a toll on people are but cold comfort (ht 08/01/2018)

Conflict victims working on demand paper: With support from donors, Conflict Victims Common Platform is finalising the paper defining criteria and schemes for reparation by categorising victims (kp 07/01/2018)

146 children suffering from malnutrition in Rukum: DHO, by Hari Gautam (kp 07/01/2018)

Dolakha children with physical disability in dire need of helping hand, by Gokarna Prasad Bhandari (ht 07/01/2018)

Tenure extension of transitional justice mechanisms unjustifiable: Victims (ht 07/01/2018)

Legal provisions on needs of elderly not adequate : Report (ht 07/01/2018)

Inebriated man beats wife to death, by Pratap Bista (kp 07/01/2018)

CIEDP draws flak for not tracking down disappeared: Sudden confirmation of kin's death angers families of conflict victims, by Arjun Oli (rep 06/01/2018), Truth on Disappeared Fleeting, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 08/01/2018)

Conflict victims want their personal details secured (kp 05/01/2018)

Woman beaten on witchcraft charge (kp 05/01/2018)

Enabling the disabled, by Priyanka Gurung (rep 05/01/2018)

3 dead of suspected hypothermia in a week (kp 05/01/2018), Cold shouldered: The vulnerable have to be protected from cold, as respite from winter is yet far-off (kp 05/01/2018)

Scaling up nutrition: All sectors need to jump in to address gaps that hamper the provision of proper nutrition to Nepali children, by Jhabindra Bhandari (kp 04/01/2018)

New ordinance to extend term of TRC, CIEDP by a year, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 04/01/2018), Ordinance for extending TJ commissions’ tenure (kp 06/01/2018), TRC investigates 285 plaints in seven months (ht 06/01/2018)

Danger zones for journalists, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (rep 04/01/2018)

Right to information: A tool to strengthen democracy, by Krishna Hari Baskota (ht 03/01/2018)

People practicing child marriage to be ostracized and penalized, by Jagat Khadka (rep 03/01/2018)

Classes at quake-damaged schools still under tents, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 03/01/2018)

Govt silent on institutionalized corruption: TI Nepal (rep 03/01/2018)

CIEDP declares 400 missing people killed ‘without probe’ (ht 02/01/2018)

Nepal yet to ratify third optional protocol to CRC, by Anita Shrestha (ht 02/01/2018)

60 killed in East in a year: INSEC (kp 02/01/2018)

Human rights violation on the rise in western region (rep 02/01/2018)

Shortage of drinking water hits Jumla prison: Inmates suffering from water-borne diseases, by DB Buda (rep 02/01/2018)

2 held for, extortion, rape attempt (kp 01/01/2018)

Violence against young girls on the rise in Jhapa, by Raju Adhikari (rep 01/01/2018)

Shedding veils to shed tradition: Women in Siraha’s Jahadi settlement find their voice as they defy the practice of wearing