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 Issues of the periodical of this earlier organisation that had been published under the name Nepal Forum have been archived on this website.

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Kin of Dalit youths killed in Rukum (West) two years ago demonstrate at Maitighar demanding justice : Nabaraj BK, along with five of his friends, was killed on May 23, 2020, for allegedly trying to elope with a girl from the so-called ‘upper caste’ (kp 24/05/2022)

Teacher at St. Lawrence College arrested on charge of sexual harassment (24/05/2022), Tension erupts at St Lawrence College in Chabahil as a teacher is accused of molesting a girl student and asking her to be his sex partner, by Puja Giri (rep 24/05/2022), St Lawrence College teacher arrested for allegedly molesting a girl student (rep 24/05/2022)

Suffering in silence: Why young girls find it difficult to speak up against rape : Why do the survivors of sexual violence fail to report the case on time? What factors actually force the survivors and victims of sexual violence to suffer in silence?, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 24/05/2022)

Gulabi Sambad: Discussing what needs discussion : One podcast hopes to provide a safe, open space for young people to talk about menstruation, consent, and sexual and reproductive health, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 23/05/2022)

Two cases of human trafficking and sexual abuse registered against Pandey (kh 23/05/2022), Court allows police to keep Manoj Pandey in custody for five days (rep 23/05/2022), Court sends Manoj Pandey, who has been accused of rape, to police custody for investigation : Police to investigate the charges by an aspiring model against Pandey under human trafficking law, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 24/05/2022)

#MeToo in Nepal: Yet another case of sexual assault allegation comes to the surface : A victim makes public the details of how the perpetrator, her school principal, raped and blackmailed her for two years and yet nobody believed her (nlt 22/05/2022), Another minor accuses Pandey of sexually abusing her, by Arun Bam (rep 23/05/2022)

Residents of Khotang depend on helicopters to reach hospitals : Pregnant women suffer the most from a lack of good hospitals and roads in Khotang, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp 22/05/2022)

Protesters demand justice and extension of statute of limitation in cases of sexual violence (With Photos) (rep 20/05/2022), A howl for justice : Galvanized by a series of videos detailing one woman’s harrowing experiences of being raped as a minor, Nepali women and men take to the streets in protest, by Nishi Rungta (rec 20/05/2022), Stop blaming the rape survivors, speak up for justice, by Shreena Nepal (nlt 20/05/2022), #MeToo gathers force but calls for sustained movement : Social media posts by a girl detailing sexual violence necessitate immediate action to reform laws to ensure justice as society is invariably failing women and girls, by Aakriti Ghimire and Shuvam Dhungana (kp 21/05/2022), Youths demonstrate demanding justice for victim, action against perpetrator (In pics) (kh 21/05/2022), Home Ministry urges for help in investigating video clip told incident related to VAW (kh 21/05/2022), Rape accused Manoj Pandey arrested (nlt 21/05/2022), Manoj Pandey, a beauty pageant organiser accused of rape, in police custody : Crime Division of Nepal Police says the alleged rapist has been arrested for an investigation, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 22/05/2022), Statute of limitation related to rape comes under fire, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 22/05/2022), Crime doesn't expire : There is an outright necessity to craft progressive laws to ensure justice for survivors (kp 23/05/2022), Rights activists seek withdrawal of time limit for rape complaints (kh 23/05/2022)

FIFA urged to match $440m World Cup prize money to fund major compensation program for abused migrant workers (rep 19/05/2022)

‘I was just crying and feeling helpless’: Alleged rape victim reveals horrifying series of incidents : In a series of videos made public, a girl provides details of offstage sexual abuse and violence against her and how the incident ruined her life, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 19/05/2022)

Uphold Women’s Constitutional Rights, by Namrata Sharma (rn 18/05/2022)

Constantly spurned, how Dalits united to create history in local elections : A team of independent Dalit candidates wins four out of five seats in Ward 8 of Kanakasundari Rural Municipality in Jumla, including the post of chair, by DB Budha (kp 17/05/2022)

Sexual assaults on blind women go unreported : Several blind women have fallen prey to sexual assaulters in Bajhang but the families’ apathy and society’s behaviour towards sexual assault victims have kept many of them from claiming justice, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 17/05/2022)

Why aren’t more women selected as candidates? Patriarchy alone is not a sufficient explanation for the lack of women in candidate selection for the recently held local elections, by Seira Tamang (rec 16/05/2022)

Inflation making life difficult for the poor and vulnerable : Global price rises, devaluation of the Nepali rupee and artificial price hikes by traders pushing goods and services out of reach, by Krishana Prasain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/05/2022)

Pregnant women in Achham die for want of treatment : Rural women are deprived of safe motherhood services due to illiteracy, poverty and lack of public health awareness, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 16/05/2022)

Call for action against those who made it difficult for persons with disabilities to vote : Depriving persons with disabilities of their voting right has legal consequences, rights bodies say (kp 15/05/2022)

People displaced by the earthquake in Rasuwa are still awaiting resettlement : As many as 174 quake-displaced families are staying in temporary shelters at Khalte, by Balaram Ghimire (kp 13/05/2022) [They urgently need the right to vote "None of them"!]

Raute community deprived of voting right, again (rep 13/05/2022)

Despite law, Nepal fails to achieve Dalit women representation in wards : Parties say they failed to find candidates, an argument Dalit activists do not agree with, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/05/2022)

About half of Nepal’s voters will not be able to cast their votes in local polls (rep 10/05/2022)

Women in politics: Get them interested from high school , by Simone Galimberti (ht 09/05/2022) [Without a radical disciplining of the male party leaders, enforcing harsh punishments and at the same time comprehensively changing the laws, it is unlikely that much will change!]

A latest study on Nepal’s journey from exclusion to inclusion published : "From Exclusion to Inclusion: Crafting a New Legal Regime in Nepal" looks at how the Comprehensive Peace Accord of 2006 and the adoption of the Interim Constitution in 2007 set the stage for the creation of an inclusive Nepali state, by Shrutika Raut (nlt 08/05/2022) [free download of book]

Call to facilitate participation of persons with disabilities (kh 07/05/2022), Civil society body urges EC to facilitate participation of differently-abled people in local polls (rep 07/05/2022)

Digital discrimination : Increasing internet and social media use fosters exchange and visibility, but comes with its own dangers, by JB Biswokarma (nt 06/05/2022)

Kusunda tribe demands integrated settlement, protection of their nearly-extinct language (rep 06/05/2022)

Women in the informal economy: Recognise their contribution, by Shreeju Niroula (ht 06/05/2022)

Exploring the barriers to the right to inclusive election in Nepal : Despite elaborate provisions on including persons with disabilities in political and public life in Nepal, political participation by persons with disabilities remains minimal, by Dev Datta Joshi (rec 06/05/2022), Call to facilitate participation of persons with disabilities (kh 07/05/2022)

Nowhere safe to go, people in disaster-hit areas live in terror as monsoon nears : Hundreds of people still living in places identified as unfit to reside seven years ago, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/05/2022)

Salyan villagers forced to use polluted river water : Around 40 percent of the people in the district have no access to clean water, by Biplob Maharjan (kp 05/05/2022)

Electoral syndicate against women : From the first election, one thing that hasn't changed is the politics of hegemonic masculinity, by Chandra Bhadra and Sucheta Pyakuryal (kp 05/05/2022)

Sthapit’s remarks, audience reaction put society’s view of women in focus : Concerns over safety and security of women under leadership of such patriarchal men, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 04/05/2022)

NHRC calls for further investigation into newly-appointed IGP Singh for human rights violation (rep 04/05/2022), NHRC member accuses IGP of rights violation (ht 05/05/2022)

20-yr-old held for raping a minor girl (kh 03/05/2022)

Covid response fund releases money after 14 months : The fund remained idle during the second and third waves due to political wrangling, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/05/2022)

CEC Thapaliya calls on mass media to aware people on voting rights (kh 03/05/2022) [Also on the voting rights of election workers, security personnel and the millions of migrant workers that have been denied by politicians for years, despite clear directives from the Supreme Court?]

Birth certificates mandatory to tie the knot in Chandannath Temple : The temple made the decision following complaints that a large number of child marriages take place in the shrine, by DB Budha (kp 03/05/2022)

World Press Freedom Day 2022: Nepal records 55 incidents of press freedom violations in a year : “No efforts were made to address impunity relating to crimes against journalists. Justice is awaited both in conflict era and post-conflict cases.” (nlt 02/05/2022), 75 incidents of press freedom violation occur in a year (kh 03/05/2022), Nepal progresses in Freedom of Press Index (kh 03/05/2022) [??], Nepal: The culture of silence among journalists on the rise, by Guna Raj Luitel (rep 03/05/2022),
Press Freedom Still Faces Challenge, by Namrata Sharma (rn 04/05/2022)

Safety and health at work: Acting together to build a positive culture, by Chihoko Asada Miyakawa (ht 02/05/2022), Govt for creating dignified working environment (ht 02/05/2022), Rethinking labor and laborer, employed and unemployed, by Ananta Aryal (nlt 03/05/2022)

May Day: Let’s acknowledge the contributions of older workers, by Sanju Thapa Magar (nlt 01/05/2022)

International Workers’ Day: Daily wagers struggling to survive (kh 01/05/2022)

35pc Bajura people living in extreme poverty (ht) 01/05/2022)

Women leaders from across the political spectrum say they feel constrained : Their representation in local elections has been trimmed but they cannot speak up. Female politicians say the fight will continue though, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 30/04/2022)

Women rights group demand action against Sthapit over his insensitive comments : The UML mayoral candidate for Kathmandu is not fit to run for the post, say 45 rights organisations (kp 30/04/2022)

Chandrapur adopts door-to-door campaign to make Dalit children attend school : The Education Unit of Chandrapur Municipality says that every possible step would be taken to help parents send their wards to school, by Shiva Puri (kp 30/04/2022)

As alliance parties threaten rebel candidates, Election Commission says that’s criminal act : The election body states that the threats violate citizens’ legal and constitutional right to take part in elections, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/04/2022) [When will the so-called top politicians finally be punished appropriately for their constant high-handed behaviour? Non-election of such persons and their protégés would be an appropriate response!], Ruling alliance to take action against cadres violating directives (kh 01/05/2022)

Woman tortured for dowry, despite court order (ht 29/04/2022)

Poll panel's new directive unfair to fairer sex : Can affect women's representation in civic bodies as parties prefer to oblige alliance partners, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/04/2022), All-m//ale executive candidates (ht 29/04/2022) [related to Itahari], Fewer women this time : Underrepresentation of women in politics has long-term drawbacks (kp 29/04/2022)

Expanding fiscal health space in Nepal : The government needs to explore additional sources of financing to expand the fiscal space of healthcare services, by Gauri Pradhan (nlt 29/04/)2022)

Whose election is it anyway? Kin and clan networks will once again play a formidable role in determining victory margins, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/04/2022)

Dalit youth thrashed to death over dispute (ht 28/04/2022)

Public availability of electoral roll data raises privacy concerns : Experts are wary of potential misuse of the data on all registered voters that has been made public and is easily accessible to anyone on the internet, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 28/04/2022)

Alliance politics impacts female candidacy in local level elections : Close to 41 percent women had won in 2017, but fewer will be elected this time, with nomination number itself down, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/04/2022), Fewer women this time : Underrepresentation of women in politics has long-term drawbacks (kp 29/04/2022)

Voting: A Voice Of The Voiceless, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn 27/04/2022) [But only if candidates are also nominated who represent their interests and not those imposed by the central party leadership!]

Low Women Candidacy Breaches Statute, by Namrata Sharma (rn 27/04/2022)

Call for equal participation of persons with disabilities (kh 27/04/2022)

Hard to retain last election’s achievements with less women candidates this time (kh 26/04/2022), Nomination for Dalit women member nil in seven wards of Humla (kh 26/04/2022)

How disinformation poses security threat and what Nepal should do : Failure to prevent disinformation and misinformation on time could lead to a serious national security crisis in the long run, by Narayan Adhikari (nlt 26/04/2022)

Mangalsen women see no point in voting : Women of the remote Achham local unit demanded a ban on alcohol, introduction of women-centric programmes at the local level and accessibility to a good healthcare system, but their demands remain unaddressed, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 26/04/2022)

Health care issues despite being vital remain neglected in local elections : Candidates and parties must come up with practical and realistic health care plans, say doctors, by Arjun Poudel (kp 26/04/2022)

Keshav Sthapit’s candidacy for Kathmandu mayor sparks furore : Sthapit has been accused of sexual harassment by at least two women, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 26/04/2022) [He should not run for any political office until a court has certified his innocence!]

Supreme Court set to decide today on petition on women’s representation in local governments : Deadline given to political parties to file nominations for the May 13 local level elections ends today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/04/2022)

Contrary to their wishes, rural women in Salyan compelled to give birth at home : Lack of motorable roads makes birthing centres inaccessible to pregnant women while birthing centres closer home lack skilled health staff, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 25/04/2022)

Writ petition challenges ambassadorial nominations : Petitioners say recent nominations have ignored principles of inclusion and call for new nominations (kp 23/04/2022)

AWC appeals voters not to vote human rights violators (kh 23/04/2022)

Local elections 2022: 168,000 security personnel to be mobilized (kh 23/04/2022) [And they will all not be given the opportunity to exercise their own right to vote!]

Street vendors are crucial to urban economy, but their plight is huge : Those doing business on footpaths and alleys need help, not harassment, experts say, by Pawan Pandey (kp 22/04/2022)

Party leaders reach Musahar settlement after five years since last election (kh 21/04/2022) [This proves the whole disinterest of the politicians!], Call for meaningful participation of Dalits in local level polls (kh 22/04/2022)

NHRC calls for ensuring women’s proportional representations in local election (kh 21/04/2022)

Advocacy group calls for meaningful representation of Dalits in local governance : Samata Foundation says existing representation is encouraging but not in proportion with the population (kp 21/04/2022)

“Voters should exercise their sovereign rights while voting”, interview with Laxman Phuyal (kh 21/04/2022)

Where is the environmental rights?, by Yuba Nath Kandel (The Margin 20/04/2022)

Education incentive: Scholarships for daughters-in-law : In Makawanpur, Raksirang Rural Municipality has rolled out a scholarship scheme for daughters-in-law to uplift the socio-economic status of the local residents, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 20/04/2022)

Wildfires rage in Palpa forests, leaving human settlements at high risk : Wildfires recur in the district every year but the authorities concerned and the local units are not well prepared to mitigate the disaster, by Madhab Aryal (kp 20/04/2022)

Patriarchy plagues the lives of young girls in Siraha : When one girl acts beyond the traditional norms, all other girls in the village face the consequences—their education is discontinued and they are married off, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 18/04/2022)

Dalits demand respectable, proportional representation in upcoming elections (ht 18/04/2022)

Achham district judge who passed a controversial decision on a rape case called to Supreme Court : Nabin Kumar Joshi last month slapped a three-and-a-half-year jail term to a rape victim, citing a non-existing legal provision (kp 18/04/2022)

Six Bhutanese political prisoners released : A total of 49 political prisoners are still languishing in Bhutan jails. Most of them are currently serving life sentences (nlt 16/04/2022)

Dalit women were elected in numbers. But have they been empowered? Despite holding posts, experience as decision makers was not encouraging as discrimination continued, they say, by Tika R Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp 16/04/2022)

Some 100 provisions in 43 Acts are discriminatory to women : If political parties don’t want to amend the discriminatory laws, then the constitution itself should be amended, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/04/2022) [The constitution has to be amended anyway to uphold women's rights. The Oli government has always fundamentally rejected this and the current government is no better.]

74 incidents of press freedom violation in 2078 BS (ht 16/04/2022)

Father nabbed father-daughter incest allegation (kh 13/04/2022)

‘The human rights situation in Nepal is still far from satisfactory’, interview with Nirajan Thapaliya, Director, Amnesty International Nepal (nlt 12/04/2022)

Women’s Participation in Elections in Nepal, by Shreeju Niroula (rep 12/04/2022), Let Women Lead Local Levels, by Namrata Sharma (rn 13/04/2022), Women in politics : One can have all the rules and yet find a million ways to sidestep them (kp 14/04/2022)

Funds shortage hits plan to expand nutrition rehabilitation centres across the country : Nepal’s Sustainable Development Goals target on nutrition is unlikely to be met, health officials say, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/04/2022)

Men make financial decisions despite rising female literacy, experts say : Women panellists highlight the challenges faced by women in being financially independent at a programme entitled Nirvik Nari, by Krishana Prasain (kp 12/04/2022), Nirvik Nari: An event celebrating women : Panellists describe the challenges women face at both social and policy levels (kp 12/04/2022)

Governments come, governments go. Badis’ condition as bad as ever : Ranked at the bottom even among Dalits, generations of Badi have endured extreme socio-economic marginalisation over the past century, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 10/04/2022)

Financially hard for women to contest elections (kh 09/04/2022), Keep up our local level representation, women leaders urge Deuba, poll body : Parties fighting elections in an alliance are likely not to field women candidates for both top local government positions, taking advantage of a flaw in the law, by Binod Ghimre (kp 09/04/2022), Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate : The commission rescinded the decision after the political parties protested against the provision stating that it is against existing laws (nlt 12/04/2022), Election Commission backtracks on its decision related to women’s representation at local level : Now political parties fielding just one candidate for one of the two top local government positions are not compelled to nominate women, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/04/2022) [Since Nepal's macho politicians consider the land to be the exclusive property of men, especially those from Bahun castes, men are likely to be the overwhelming majority of candidates in such cases.], Dr. Deuba calls for electoral quotas for women based on proportional inclusion (kh 13/04/2022)

Government’s health insurance scheme fails to retain subscribers : Only 20 percent of the total population is covered by the scheme and dropout rate is high owing to poor service delivery at healthcare institutions, by Arjun Poudel (kp 09/04/2022)

Three teachers of a school accused of sexual abuse (ht 09/04/2022)

No data as malnutrition turns into major killer in Bajura villages : Lack of detailed study in Muktikot, other villages worsens situation when the actual toll of deprivation is unknown, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 08/04/2022)

Around 500 women and children rescued from Nepalgunj border point (rep 08/04/2022)

Can Bandi bring the transitional justice process on track? Victims and rights activists say it is possible if he doesn’t compromise on the stand that he has so far been taking, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/04/2022)

Government recommends names of ambassadors to 20 countries (with list) (kh 07/04/2022) [Three quarters of them are Bahuns, which once again shows who considers themselves as the owners of this land!], Ambassadors recommended for 20 countries including China : Bishnu Pukar Shrestha, a rights activist and conflict victim, has been picked for Beijing under Maoist quota, by Anil Giri (kp 08/04/2022)

Voting rights for Nepalis abroad: Full of promises, lack of action : Political parties have promised suffrage to Nepali citizens living abroad time and again but have not taken definite measures to actually allow them to vote, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 06/04/2022)

Alliance politics may trim women’s representation in local governments : As coalition partners plan to fight May 13 polls in alliance, observers wonder if the inclusion idea is at stake, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/04/2022)

Action against victim of rape creates furore : Achham District Court judge in the dock. Questions raised over his competence as well as Nepal’s judicial system, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/04/2022)

Prisoners, detainees still face humanitarian problems (ht 03/04/2022)

'Govt not serious about decriminalising abortion, by Ram Kumar Kamat' (ht 03/04/2022)

The 30th General Meeting of Amnesty International Nepal concludes : The General Meeting has elected a new leadership in its National Board and Appeals Committee for a term of two years (nlt 03/04/2022)

Legally unmarried, socially married : In Karnali, early marriages, driven by a host of factors, are rampant, which have multiple consequences, especially on girls, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 02/04/2022)

Elderly people in rural Bajura face hassles in getting allowance : As the villages have no transportation services, most of the beneficiaries have to walk quite a distance to receive the social security allowance from the designated banks, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 02/04/2022)

Righting reproductive rights : Each one of us needs to be educated and respectful of women’s rights to their bodies (kp 01/04/2022)

Violence against girls goes unabated : Seventy-nine rape cases reported in Morang this fiscal year; nearly two-thirds of the victims are children, by Binod Bhandari (kp 31/03/2022)

Scars of Maoist Insurgency: ‘Dear PM, first save the victims!’, by Guna Raj Luitel (rep 31/03/2022)

New-born baby’s body found on garbage pile in Kathmandu (rep 31/03/2022)

Election staff must arrive at polling stations three days in advance (rep 31/03/2022) [And what about the opportunity for these staff members to vote themselves? This is a fundamental right of all Nepalese, and the government must ensure that this right can be exercised.]

Chitwan National Park once again sets settlers’ huts ablaze : The park burnt around a dozen huts in the area on Sunday while several others were demolished, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 30/03/2022)

Nepal looks to donors to widen maternal, perinatal deaths surveillance : At least 99 maternal deaths recorded in current fiscal year, but officials say many deaths in 45 districts are unknown, by Arjun Poudel (kp 30/03/2022)

Nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended, says new UNFPA report : "In 2017, it was estimated that half of the 1.2 million pregnancies in Nepal were unintended and nearly 359,000 ended in abortion.” (nlt 30/03/2022), Nearly half of the pregnancies in Nepal are unintended, UN agency says : A half of the 1.2 million pregnancies in the country were unintended and nearly 359,000 ended in abortion in 2017, by Arjun Poudel (kp 31/03/2022)

Amnesty International’s report highlights government’s failure to safeguard citizens’ rights (nlt 29/03/2022) [see AI report on Nepal], Amnesty International Nepal accuses govt of violating human rights (ht 30/03/2022)

Two elderly men held for raping minor girls (kh 28/03/2022)

39 cases of caste-based discrimination (ht 28/03/2022)

The stress of entrance exams : The entrance examination is a barrier to young children's growth and development, by Dipu Shakya and Kenji Kitamura (kp 28/03/2022)

Deprivation, hunger and infant deaths in a remote Bajura village : Mothers in Muktikot suffer from lactation insufficiency for lack of nutritious food and lose their babies either in the womb, at birth or at neonatal and postneonatal stages, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 27/03/2022), 84 kids in Muktikot suffering from malnutrition (ht 27/03/2022)

It is govt responsibility to grant citizenship to people: JSP Chairman Yadav (rep 27/03/2022)

Abducted girl child rescued; 4 suspects held (kh 26/03/2022)

Two held for attacking a woman with acid (kh 26/03/2022)

After being enslaved in Lebanon for 12 years, Sajita Lama finally returns to her home in Nepal (nt 25/03/2022)

Don’t act on the Act : The vagueness of a new amendment to the broadcast law is designed for arbitrary application (nt 25/03/2022)

Commission to dig up sites in search of missing persons : Disappearance commission set to excavate possible places where victims could have been buried after being killed by either the state or rebel forces, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/03/2022)

Hubby strikes wife to death (kh 25/03/2022)

Army veers off the environment track : The army has felled over 27,000 trees while opening the expressway-track. There are 13 community forests and many national forests in project areas, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 24/03/2022)

Addressing gender violence in cyberspace, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 24/03/2022)

No deliberation on sexual violence in parliament due to obstruction: Minister Regmi (kh 24/03/2022)

Musahar children in Rautahat deprived of formal education and state benefits : Musahar children are deprived of birth and citizenship certificates due to the apathy of local government, guardians say, by Shiva Puri (kp 24/03/2022)

Women Prove Leadership Mettle, by Mukti Rijal (kp 24/03/2022)

National Broadcasting (11th Amendment) Regulation, 2021 looks suspicious: Nepal Working Group for Internet Freedom (rep 23/03/2022)

12-year-old girl allegedly raped by her own elder brother in Bajhang (rep 23/03/2022)

Prachanda asks PM Deuba to provide subsistence allowance to the injured and disabled of armed conflict, others (kh 22/03/2022) [And what about all those people who were killed, wounded or disappeared in the course of the atrocities committed by the insurgent Maoists or the army? What about justice for the victims, regardless of which side they were on?]

Political parties reiterate commitment to give voting rights to Nepalis abroad (rep 21/03/2022) [This statement by the political parties is simply a lie. The SC's prescription has been there for years. Neither the Oli nor the Deuba government, nor the parties involved in them, have done anything to implement it. The right to vote belongs to all Nepali citizens, including the helpers and security personnel deployed on election day, including the many people who are denied citizenship papers by the state for gender-discriminatory reasons!], No voting rights for Nepalis abroad, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/03/2022), Voting rights : If 115 countries can realise out-of-country voting, there is no reason why Nepal cannot do so (ht 22/03/2022)

Rape cases continue unabated despite harsher laws (ht 21/03/2022)

School teacher arrested on sexual harassment allegation (kh 21/03/2022)

Solar Irrigation Pumps, Women and Smallholders in Eastern Tarai, by Gitta Shrestha and Labisha Uprety (rep 21/03/2022)

Women Equality Still A Distant Dream!, by Saudamini Chalise (rn 21/03/2022)

17-year-old girl raped in Tehrathum, one arrested (kh 20/03/2022)

The number of women acquiring land ownership certificates on the rise in Rasuwa (rep 19/03/2022)

Man allegedly beats spouse to death (kh 18/03/2022)

Women’s representation and intersectional (un)inclusion, by Kalpana Jha (rec 17/03/2022)

Women, children more affected from climate change impacts: Minister Regmi (kh 17/03/2022)

Right to education for children with disabilities: It's the government's responsibility, by Dev Datta Joshi (ht 17/03/2022)

Unity among diversity has become identity of Nepalis: President Bhandari (kh 17/03/2022) [And why then do all functions in the state and administration continue to be dominated by male Tagadharis? Why does the state identify with their values and culture?]

Efforts of all necessary to control violence against women, children: Prez Bhandari (kh 16/03/2022) [Then Nepal should first start by finally making women and men absolutely equal in the constitution, laws and administration. Only then will men perhaps realise that women are not inferior creatures!]

SC hearing on Citizenship Ordinance scheduled for Wednesday (kh 16/03/2022)

Local Leaders Must Embrace Ethics, by Namrata Sharma (rn 16/03/2022)

Minister Regmi informs global community on Nepal’s efforts on women empowerment (kh 15/03/2022) [Improvements yes, but the reality is different. In the constitution, laws and society, equality between women and men is still a long way off!]

Towards Gender Equality, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 15/03/2022)

High Court penalizes Pandey for posting caste-discriminatory content (kh 15/03/2022)

Consumer fraud proliferates as government drags its feet : World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated every year on March 15, but there has been little respite for harassed Nepali consumers, activists say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 15/03/2022)

Maoist Center’s sister organizations concerned over video song ‘Pir’ (kh 14/03/2022), A song that took the country by storm : Prakash Saput’s music video portrays the disillusionment of former Maoist fighters while depicting the real story of society, observers say, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/03/2022) [watch song video]

Landslide-displaced families await relocation : More than a hundred families from two villages in Sankhuwasabha were displaced by a landslide two monsoons ago. The displaced are still living in temporary shelters, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 14/03/2022)

Senior citizens demand effective implementation of Senior Citizens Act-2006 (kh 14/03/2022)

Local Level Election : Issues of Political Representation, by Rajendra Bahadur Singh (rep 14/03/2022)

18-month-old toddler murdered allegedly after rape (rep 14/03/2022), Human rights organisations meet family of toddler murdered after rape (kh 16/03/2022)

NHRC facing challenges for want of physical resources (ht 14/03/2022) [This reflects the value that government, state organs and political parties place on human rights!]

Women serving as deputies at local units aspire to take up executive roles : As local elections near, women representatives, however, doubt the male-dominated parties where patriarchy is deep-rooted will make way for them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2022)

Call to recognise work of women (ht 13/03/2022)

Media watchdog condemns Nepali journalist’s arrest in UAE (kh 12/03/2022)

Child care homes operating without meeting criteria to be penalised (ht 12/03/2022)

Visit visa for all? No, terms and conditions apply, by Anjila Shrestha (nlt 11/03/2022), MoHA asks DoI to regulate visit visa (kh 11/03/2022)

Strengthening female representation : Women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions reflects a combination of the design of the quota system and party nomination behaviour, by Rohini Pande, Michael Callen, Binod Paudel and Satish Wasti (kp 11/03/2022)

Making gender equality closer to reality: Let's devise a contest, by Simone Galimberti (ht 11/03/2022)

New country, old rules : Systemic discrimination against women, minorities and free-speech advocates continue in subtle and not-so-subtle ways (ae 10/03/2022)

Time for Nepali women to stand higher : With local elections coming up, we must double down on our efforts to create equal opportunities for Nepali women to lead, by Nicola Pollitt (ae 10/03/2022)

The burden of womanhood in Nepal : From making household chores women’s sole preserve to buying and selling women into prostitution, there are covert and overt ways in which women are being exploited and treated as inferior to men, by Cilla Khatry (ae 10/03/2022)

Thami children deprived of education : Many girls and boys from the Thami community in Doramba Shailung and Khadadevi rural municipalities district marry in their early teens, by Santosh Dhungel (ae 10/03/2022)

Linguistically limited : A year on, Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s mandatory Nepal Bhasa educational policy is not sitting well with students, teachers, or schools, by Marissa Taylor (rec 10/03/2022) [The problem described here affects children from non-Nepali speaking population groups nationwide and deprives them of equal professional opportunities later on. The obligation to learn another national language and the integration of ethnic cultures and customs into the curricula could help to unite people.]

Initiative to conclude citizenship Act amendment with consensus: Minister Khand (kh 10/03/2022) [After all, the citizenship law must not contradict the corresponding regulations of the constitution. And even its rules on citizenship are extremely discriminatory, especially for women.]

Decriminalise abortion, say women rights activists (ht 10/03/2022)

Voters unlikely to get right to reject candidates in local level elections ; Court’s eight-year-old ruling to give people right to cast negative votes yet to be implemented for the lack of a law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/03/2022) [To this day, the autocratic politicians do not want to understand that decisions of the Supreme Court are binding law that the executive and the legislature have to abide by.], None of the above : Citizens should get to show they prefer a non-existent entity to a politician that betrays them (kp 11/03/2022)

Mountain women’s problems are taller than the mountains, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep 09/03/2022)

#BreaktheBias: Why should women challenge the status quo? Everyday women from the community and societal circle are tortured, thrashed, attacked or kept away from the circle while decisions are made for them. It is high time to break all barriers and biases, by Sujita Dhakal (nlt 09/03/2022)

The first step towards a gender-inclusive political system : The 2017 local elections saw over 14,000 women elected as local representatives, but for many of them, their tenure has been mostly about navigating social challenges, by Pinki Sris Rana and Shranup Tandukar (kp 09/03/2022) [This was undoubtedly a significant improvement, but the males remained in control of most of the top positions.]

Forgotten children : Woes of migrant women, by Mausam Shah Nepali (ht 09/03/2022), Forgotten children : A solution must be found to the stateless children, whose problems will only compound as they grow up (ht 10/03/2022)

International Women’s Day : End Gender Inequalities, by Namrata Sharma (rn 09/03/2022)

Discrimination against women continues, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/03/2022)

Women look for a human economy— equal for all : Problems ranging from managing cash, paying workers, rent and repaying loans caused distress to women during Covid-19 pandemic, forcing many to quit entrepreneurship, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/03/2022), Covid-induced shift to digital has enabled women-led businesses to survive and thrive : Despite the challenges of accessibility, affordability and applicability faced by women-led enterprises, organisations have worked to overcome those obstacles, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 08/03/2022)

Looking back at Nepal’s feminist movement – and looking forward : Nepal’s mainstream feminist movement must go beyond class, caste, and gender to embrace intersectionality and encompass diversity in all its forms, say feminists, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 08/03/2022)

#BreaktheBias: Sustainable development is not possible without gender equality : The people in power have a very crucial role to play in creating an enabling environment for gender equality and social inclusion, by Rupa Pandey (nlt 08/03/2022)

#BreaktheBias: We need to continuously speak up for equal participation of women : The development sector has been working to ensure gender inclusion and equity in Nepal, by Ratna Shrestha (nlt 08/03/2022)

International Women’s Day 2022: Let us work together in “breaking the bias” : We still live in a country where girls drop out of school as they reach higher grades, where child marriage is still prevalent, and where girls and women still do not have the authority to speak up and make decisions, by Euden Koirala (nlt 08/03/2022)

‘We need to debunk the stereotypes surrounding women in businesses’, interview with Mona Shrestha Adhikari, Executive Director, EMERGE (nlt 08/03/2022)

Banks to remain closed today (kh 08/03/2022) [Because of International Women's Day? Why? As long as the machos at the top of the extremely patriarchal state do not give women absolutely equal rights and participation, nothing will change. And this is definitely not what all the almost exclusively male top politicians want. Their brains are not capable of such insight.]

Home Minister Khand takes initiative to forge deal on citizenship bill (kh 08/03/2022) [Completely turning away from male bias?]

Harsh toll on visit visa: Govt likely to ask citizens to hold on their travel dreams : Ironically, only rich Nepalis can travel abroad, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 08/03/2022), Wake up Nepal : Young Nepalis do not want to be based in a country where the government can be so stupid, by Sujeev Shakya (kp)

An activist shares how women in the adult entertainment sector face several forms of harassment, violence and exploitation
“In far-western Nepal, women are still subjected to various forms of violation. A wife rather dies out of trauma and pain inflicted by the beating of her husband than think of divorce”
, interview with Chandrika Ojha, Vice-president of Biswas Prerana Rastriya Sanjal (BPRS) (nlt 07/03/2022)

Respect international laws to respect women : We all need to work for the actual implementation of UN conventions and international laws. Otherwise, the celebration of women’s day will be nothing more than a formality, by Jivesh Jha (nlt 07/03/2022), Gender Equality Still A Far Cry: Stakeholders (rn 07/03/2022)

Women lawmakers ask Home Minister to address issues of citizenship, visit visa (rep 07/03/2022)

Man arrested for attacking wife with acid (kh 07/03/2022)

Misinformation, disinformation, false news and trial by social media : Unchecked false and fake news and videos are rife online and they can affect investigations as well as harm the victims, experts say, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 07/03/2022), Gravitating to your biases : People don’t seem to find or look for news anymore; instead, it’s the news that finds them (kp 08/03/2022)

CPN (UML) lawmaker Mohan Baniya suspended : Police had arrested Baniya from Nepalgunj Airport on February 28 after a rape charge was lodged against him. The Banke District Court remanded him into custody for investigation (kp 06/03/2022), Rape accused UML lawmaker Baniya released on bail (kh 17/03/2022)

Ensuring gender equality, by Diksha Sharma (kh 06/03/2022)

Government decides to allow Bhutanese refugees to do business : Officials rule out immediate plans to register Tibetan refugees and issue identification cards to them, by Anil Giri (kp 06/03/2022)

Child marriage still rampant in Rolpa : As many as 31 underage couples tied the knot in Rolpa Municipality-2 alone in the past two years, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 06/03/2022) [Just to remind you: in the mid-1990s, Rolpa was one of the early Maoist strongholds. What social improvements did the uprising actually bring about there?]

What lies behind the upward trend of resignation among public school teachers in Nepal : Nepal is expected to vote for local level representatives in May this year, and teachers, who hold significant social and political clout in local levels, aspire for various posts. A government job, however, disallows them from contesting the elections (nlt 05/03/2022)

Ensure Rights Of Older People, by Sanju T Magar (rn 05/03/2022)

Province-Level Conference Of Human Rights Defenders Begins In Surkhet (rn 04/03/2022)

Child marriage unabated, thanks to ignorance of legal provisions (ht 04/03/2022)

Monitoring disparities in gender : It is the informal sector that we need to watch to measure the depth of the law’s penetration (kp 03/03/2022)

A sitting lawmaker provokes youths to demand dowry. Who will hold him accountable?, by Rojina Rai (nlt 04/03/2022)

Few women in federal, provincial executive bodies : Nepal has constitutionally assured 33 percent women representation in all governmental bodies, but the provision’s implementation remain poor, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 03/03/2022)

Implementation of gender-equal policies remains weak, interview wirth Lily Thapa, member of NHRC (ae 03/03/2022)

Nepal comes top in South Asia in closing gender gaps : Nepal outpaces all countries in the region in World Bank’s Women, Business and Law index, but experts say Nepali women continue to face hurdles, by Krishana Prasain (kp 02/03/2022) [see World Bank report data on Nepal], Gender Parity Still Far Cry, by Namrata Sharma (rn 02/03/2022)

Police Stops Nine Child Marriages In Dhanusha, by Dhirendra Prasad Sah (rn 01/03/2022)

Rape charge against an actor by a minor exposes rampant culture of grooming : Minors are often unaware of what constitutes grooming and are unable to share their experiences. Many fear sigmatisation and face threats from their abusers, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 28/02/2022), Paul Shah case: NHRC urges all not to make statements taking sides (rep 04/03/2022), Rape accused actor Shah in remand for 12 days (kh 06/03/2022)

Man sentenced to 36 years in prison for raping and killing 11-yr-old girl (rep 28/02/2022)

Govt to implement tracking system to stop illegal activities (ht 28/02/2022) [Will the fundamental rights and the data of these persons be protected? This plan requires a detailed legal regulation!]

Transitional justice law yet to be revised 7 years since court order : Campaigners to move court to hold officials in contempt for not abiding by the ruling, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/02/2022)

Commercial farming empowers women from a Musahar community in Siraha : Self-employed women from the community are now able to send their children to school, by Bharat Jargha Magar (kp 27/02/2022)

Nepal sees progress in CSO Sustainability Index (nlt 26/02/2022) [see report (Nepal pp. 38ff)], Nepal sees progress in CSO Sustainability Index-2020 (kh 26/02/2022)

Flood victims in Bajhang decry government apathy : Floods victims in the district have been seeking rehabilitation in safe locations for the past two decades but no help has been forthcoming, locals say, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 26/02/2022)

They Hate MCC And Destroy Public Property, by Aashish Mishra (rn 26/02/2022)

Limestone quarry puts Chepang Community of Raksirang Rural Municipality in trouble (rep 25/02/2022)

Female teachers at this Bajura school stay away during periods, by Padam Bahadur Singh (ae 24/02/2022)

NHRC urges for peaceful demonstration (kh 24/02/2022)

“Victim identification hinders attempts to counter human trafficking” (kh 24/02/2022)

How an art centre is preserving—and questioning—Nepal’s culture : The most significant impact Karnali Arts Centre has made over the years is engaging people in conversations related to caste and gender, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 24/02/2022)

Call to make foreign employment safe (ht 24/02/2022)

Politically pardoned : The president’s power to pardon criminals needs reform as it has been misused numerous times by governments for political ends, by Shreya Joshi and Prakriti Acharya (rec 21/02/2022)

Let us all speak our languages : It needs to be ensured that not a single language becomes extinct. If it does, then it means Nepal has failed to live up to its constitutional ethos, by Jivesh Jha and Bidhan Chandra Jha (nlt 21/02/2022)

Khas-Arya women are ‘de facto’ women leaders : While Nepal has reserved quota for women, the majority of the positions at administrative, political, and bureaucratic levels are occupied by those from the Khas-Arya group, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 21/02/2022)

Nepal’s social media platforms are full of false information and sensational content regarding MCC grants. Is it disinformation for clickbait or organized propaganda?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 21/02/2022), De-sensationalizing the MCC debate : Media and social media have a very important role to play when it comes to spreading knowledge and awareness about the MCC Compact, by Sudeep Uprety (nlt 22/02/2022)

A rights campaigner’s open letter to Bhutanese King appealing to release political prisoners ; More than 100 political prisoners have been languishing behind the bars in the South Asian country for decades. Global Campaign for the Release of Political Prisoners in Bhutan has been making repeated calls for the early release of Bhutanese political prisoners (nlt 21/02/2022)

Human rights situation still grim in Karnali (kh 20/02/2022)

First Dalit woman CDO says caste discrimination is an affront to society : Born as a girl in a Dalit family meant a lot of struggle for this 44-year-old civil servant, who is determined to work towards fighting the social scourge of casteism, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/02/2022), Belated but welcome : Caste-based discrimination is an abomination of our society (kp 22/02/2022)

Democracy Fosters With Freedom Of The Press, by Aashish Mishra (rn 19/02/2022)

Still looking for Dad missing in Nepal : A daughter grows up to be a journalist to find her missing father who disappeared 17 years ago during the insurgency, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 18/02/2022)

The dark underbelly of Nepal’s internet : Nepal’s cyber bureau registered 3,906 complaints of online harassment against women in the final five months of 2021, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 17/02/2022)

Whether in Nepal or in the US, caste persists : Prem Pariyar’s advocacy has shed more light on caste-based discrimination in the US but back home, discrimination continues in Nepali universities and colleges, by Pranaya Shamsher JB Rana and Marissa Taylor (rec 17/02/2022)

104 child workers at two wards of Melamchi alone (kh 17/02/2022)

Nepal's period poverty: Time to bring about change, by Apekshya Basnet (ht 16/02/2022)

Alienation of Muslims in Madhesh : The ‘othering’ of the most significant minority will probably require more effort from civil society, by CK Lal (kp 16/02/2022)

Debt bondage, forced labor and discrimination: How migrant workers, including many Nepalis, are suffering in Dubai : Dubai is currently hosting Expo 2020 Dubai. Migrant workers working on the Expo projects face a host of problems including forced labor, debt bondage, delays and non-payment of wages, passport retention, threats and harassment, by Deepika Thapaliya (nlt 16/02/2022)

Climate change as a driver of child marriage, by Shuvam Rizal (rec 15/02/2022)

Gender-based discrimination unabated in Nepal, says NHRC (ht 14/02/2022)

Dalit Community In Earthquake-Hit Barpak Still Under Makeshift Huts, by Narendra Dhakal (rn 12/02/2022)

Nepal’s unpunished war crimes : On the 20th anniversary of Muktinath Adhikari’s murder by the Maoists, his daughter pleads for justice, by Sabita Adhikari (nt 11/02/2022)

A tale of displacement for conservation : The longstanding ‘park-people’ conflict surrounding Chitwan National Park, which includes instances of gross human rights violations against the Tharu community, is a story that is often buried in the garb of conservation, by Nirupan Karki (rec 11/02/2022)

Still 1.1 million children are engaged in labour in Nepal (kh 11/02/2022)

Rape compalint registered against lawmaker Mohan Baniya in Banke (rep 11/02/2022)

Driver rapes mentally challenged minor in Gorkha (rep 10/02/2022)

Bhote children deprived of education (ht 10/02/2022)

How a Dalit activist from Nepal made a US varsity add caste to its discrimination policy : Prem Pariyar says decision by California State University to ban caste discrimination is a major triumph, but the fight against casteism is not over yet, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 09/02/2022)

Alcohol use a driving cause behind domestic violence in Makawanpur : Although most victims of domestic violence choose to settle their cases out of court, more women are coming forward with complaints against their perpetrators these days, police say, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/02/2022)

Citizens demand investigation on murder case against House Speaker, say he is not fit to remain in post : “The major political parties must immediately take action against Agni Sapkota in order to protect the values and principles of the parliamentary system." (nlt 08/02/2022) [He should never have been elected to that office until a court confirmed his innocence. What kind of constitutional state is this?], Civil society leaders urge parties to take appropriate decision to oust Speaker Sapkota (rep 09/02/2022)

Govt to provide relief for kin of disappeared conflict victims (ht 07/02/2022) [Relief is not enough, they deserve justice! People who have already partly admitted their responsibility, must finally stand trial!]

27-year-old woman burnt to death in Saptari : Raj Kumari Sah was set on fire by her brother-in-law while preparing a meal on Friday. She died of burn injuries on Saturday, by Abdesh Kumar Jha (kp 07/02/2022)

With vaccination cards made mandatory, many women and gender minorities are deprived of public service : For people to receive a proper identification card such as citizenship, they need to have a vaccination card and vice versa, which keeps them in a never-ending loop, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 04/02/2022)

Sex trade flourishing in and around Nepalgunj (rep 04/02/2022)

NHRC reprimands Minister Renu Yadav for issuing threat to Raut (ht 04/02/2022)

Bhutan’s shame: why the world must continue to remember the expulsion of ethnic Nepalis : Over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in third countries but 7,000 remain in camps in Nepal, hoping that one day they will be allowed to return home, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 03/02/2022)

Don’t blame women, blame misogyny : Here is a look at how books and literature from Swasthani to Mahabharata to Badhusikshya have portrayed women as being inferior to men and why we should unlearn the claims, by Shreena Nepal (nlt 02/02/2022)

Ujjwal Bikram Thapa is not stopping anytime soon : In the last seven years, Thapa has helped hundreds of burn victims get access to medical treatment and has lobbied with the government and non-government organisations on behalf of the victims, by Pinki Sris Rana (kp 02/02/2022)

Right to leadership of persons with disabilities and issue of accessibility, by Krishna Gahatraj and Simone Galimberti (rep 02/02/2022)

Lawyer who fought Rayabhar case pro bono says many innocents may be in jails : The Post talked to advocate Radhika Khatiwada, who took up Umashankar Rayabhar’s case, to learn what motivated her to take up the case and in what ways she will be involved in the case in the future (kp 02/02/2022), Barking up the wrong tree : Rayabhar landed in prison due to lack of integrity and common sense among the authorities (kp 02/02/2022)

Nepal’s climate change migrants : More and more Nepalis are being pushed out of their homes by extreme weather events, agricultural difficulties, and the pursuit of economic freedom from the elements, by Shuvam Rizal (rec 01/02/2022)

SC orders to implement rights for Dalits (kh 31/01/2022)

Impunity behind disappearance cases in Nepal, finds report (ht 31/01/2022)

Girls in Pipalgaun deprived of education : There are more than 30 girls of school-going age in Pipalgaun, a Dalit settlement in Achham, and none of them goes to school as the parents want them at home to help run the household, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 31/01/2022)

Supreme Court orders release of a man languishing in jail for no apparent crime : Uma Shankar Rayabhar’s release order comes after continuous reporting on how the poor man was framed. Legal experts say the case shows many problems in the system, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/01/2022), Uma Shankar Rayabhar released on bail as the case against him continues : The man from Bara was sent to jail 11 months ago after he was framed for tax evasion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/01/2022)

Medical curriculum has outdated information on queer people : Queer medical students say they are appalled by some of the terms in their textbooks that have a regressive take, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 26/01/2022)

Rapist sent to 18 years in prison (rep 26/01/2022)

60 percent of households with children lost income and livelihood during pandemic: Survey : The survey found out that the major emerging needs of families in the pandemic are reportedly financial assistance, food and employment (nlt 25/01/2022)

Child labor declining in carpet and garment industries: Study (rep 25/01/2022)

Despite constitutional provision, women in Nepal struggle to get their rightful share of ancestral property : Although the constitution states that women are equally entitled to have their share of ancestral property, the law's implementation has been sketchy, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 24/01/2022)

Nepal in leadership position of five UN agencies (rep 24/011/2022) [A country whose partriarchal governance denies women equal rights and adequate inclusion shall be responsible for CEDAW at the UN? That is a mockery!]

High vigilance in prison as COVID-19 infection rises (rep 24/01/2022)

Nepal progresses significantly in nutrition of mothers and children at risk: UNICEF. There are many reasons behind this improvement but one of the major reasons is the involvement of more than 50,000 female community health volunteers (nlt 22/01/2022), Pandemic can derail progress made in child nutrition, UNICEF warns : Says Nepal achieved marked progress in reducing child stunting during 2002-2016 (kp 23/01/2022)

Around 33 percent households remain at risk of falling into poverty due to COVID-19 pandemic, survey reveals (kh 22/01/2022)

The scars of war : Two siblings who survived a Maoist attack in 2002 speak of their long struggle and hopes for the future, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 21/01/2022)

Dying as a migrant worker in a pandemic : When global mobility restrictions were at its strictest, some migrant workers who died to Covid-19 returned home as ashes in a box. Their families are still being deprived of compensation, by Rakesh Prasad Chaudhary (rec 21/01/2022)

Women journalists say they face harassment, but actions rarely taken : Calls for making working space safe have been lost in din of the ‘nothing unusual’ refrain, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 21/01/2022)

Victims of negligence : Most of the relief work usually falls on the shoulders of ordinary citizens rather than the state (kp 21/01/2022)

Freed slaves of Western Nepal still await rehabilitation, by Surendra Kafle (ae 20/01/2022)

Minister Renu Yadav gives provocative statement; threatens to kill CK Raut (kh 20/01/2022) [If the minister has really expressed this in such a way, she is no longer sustainable for a minute and should be dismissed immediately!], Nepal’s sitting minister threatens to repeat the ‘Gaur massacre’: Here’s the story of the 2007 carnage and impunity that followed : Since 2007, victims of the carnage have been demanding justice but to no avail, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 20/01/2022), Civil society representatives protest life threatening remarks of sitting minster (kh 21/01/2022), Activists call for sacking Minister Yadav for her incendiary remarks : A group of activists has said a sitting minister threatening target killings is the result of unchecked lack of accountability in the country (kp 22/01/2022)

The lasting scars of war: sexual violence during the conflict : Fifteen years since the 10-year conflict ended, there is no justice and little peace for victims of rape and sexual violence, by Ameesha Rayamajhi and Deepesh Shrestha (rec 18/01/2022)

Children without father or born through second marriages deprived of birth registration : Many children are stateless as they are unable to get citizenship certificates due to lack of birth registration documents issued by ward office, by Amrita Anmol (kp 18/01/2022) [How can a state that calls itself a democratic constitutional state deny citizenship to children because their parents were not legally married to each other? This is a serious violation of international law!]

Trek to Kalapathar to advocate for climate justice : The event aims to highlight the effects of climate change, especially in the Himalayan region, and advocate for climate justice (nlt 18/01/2022)

Media for Deep Democratization : Democratization should not be misunderstood as merely creating more structures, populating them and pursuing ritual elections, by Mohan Nepali (rep 15/01/2022)

Gamgadhi fire victims shiver under flimsy tents in winter chill : A massive fire on November 15 last year had destroyed 21 houses in the Mugu district headquarters, by Raj bahadur Shahi (kp 14/01/2022) [Failure of the Deuba government to provide assistance! The party convents were probably more important!]

Nepal failed in preventing Covid deaths and addressing rights challenges: HRW (kp 13/01/2022) [see HRW report on Nepal], Rights violation of women, children worrisome (ht 16/01/2022)

Gender bias forcing women into sex-selective abortions : Sex-selective abortions are illegal in Nepal but are still widely practised for preference of sons over daughters, rights activists say, by Rupa Gahatraj and Aakash Chaudhary (kp 13/01/2022), The right to live : The misuse of technology to enforce sex-selective abortion needs to stop (kp 14/01/2022))

Dang police office registers complaint in conflict-era disappearance case : Victims are losing hope in transitional justice bodies and are turning to regular justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/01/2022)

He was murdered for his fight to save environment. Justice eludes his family two years on : Justice has not been served in Omprakash (Dilip) Mahato’s murder. Instead, the victim’s family faces false allegations, by Tufan Neupane (kp 10/01/2022)

Need for openness in governance : The age of democratic accountability in Nepal also needs to emphasise citizen engagement, by Taranath Dahal (kp 09/01/2022)

Ward member, teacher arrested for settling rape case involving 77-year-old woman (rep 09/01/2022)

Purbanchal University comes under fire for denying registration and admit card to a student identifying as a transwoman : The incident sparks conversation on the exclusionary way Nepal’s education institutions treat transgender students, by Prasun Sangroula (nlt 09/01/2022)

Dilapidated Salyan Prison overcrowded with inmates : The stone-and-mud building with four rooms shelters 129 inmates, including 22 women and three of their children, by Biplab Mahrajan (kp 08/01/2022)

Health institutions in Achham reel under lack of infrastructure and manpower : There are more than 500 health institutions in the district and none of them is equipped to provide essential services, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 08/01/2022)

'Media coverage of women, people with different sexual orientations low' (ht 08/01/2022)

Study shows only 0.30 % of news stories in Nepali media have bylines of women journalists (rep 07/01/2022) [see corresponding report]

Despite constitutional mandate, women’s representation in Nepali politics remains minimal, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 07/01/2022)

90 percent employed women are working informally in Nepal : Women informal sector workers share a disproportionate burden of unpaid care work and family responsibilities that limit their job opportunities, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 07/01/2022)

Battling the Shame of Periods Stain : Why cannot we just normalize a period stain? Why do girls have to be ashamed of something biological and completely natural?, by Jyoti Sharma (rep 07/01/2022)

Declining standards of journalism : Spreading misinformation affects media credibility and harms all democratic institutions, by Ila Sharma (kp 07/01/2022)

The fire of Hindutva upsurge : The combustible mixture of religion and politics is likely to widen the gulf between different communities, by CK Lal (kp 06/01/2022)

Burning despair : The recent law on acid attacks is a step in the right direction but it would’ve gone a longer way had it also accounted for burn survivors, by Marissa Taylor (rec 06/01/2022)

Why it is important to ensure menstrual health in workplaces : Not addressing menstrual health will have consequences. It is an unimaginable loss if a girl has to quit school or a woman has to quit employment because of inadequate WASH facilities in workplaces, by Jyotika Rimal (nlt 06/01/2022)

Nepal can do much better : Journalists and state agencies are both to blame for the low ranking in the press freedom index, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 05/01/2022)

Nepal emerging as a transit and destination country for forced labor and sex trafficking: Report. The study has also found out that traffickers have also been operating under the cover of educational consultancies to lure young children to go abroad for education (nlt 05/01/2022) [see corresponding World Bank report]

128 Landslide Survivors In Nawalparasi Continue To Spend Night In Open (rn 05/01/2022)

Over 4.4 million people involved in informal sector face vulnerabilities, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 05/01/2022)

Women’s Battle For Leadership, by Namrata Sharma (rn 05/01/2022)

Ruby Khan calls off hunger strike following agreement with government : The strike was called off after the government signed a four-point agreement, which includes launching another round of probe into the case of Nirmala Kurmi, by Anushka Nepal (nlt 05/01/2022)

How does a child lose their language? By introducing and enforcing the use of the English language from an early stage, we may be losing much more than we think, by Shuvangi Khadka (rec 04/01/2022)

More girls becoming victims of revenge porn, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 04/01/2022)

Electoral Integrity: A Crucial Aspect of Sustaining Democracy, by Rajaram Bartaula (rep 03/01/2022)

Sudurpaschim flood victims yet to receive rel)ief materials (ht 03/01/2022)

Over 9,000 crimes against women in five months (ht 02/01/2022)

Police open fire on CK Raut’s party cadres, five injured (kh 02/01/2022) [The police shot at these people just because they were demonstrating? Not even in the case of damage to property would the use of firearms have been appropriate!], At least 16 injured as Janamat Party cadres clash with security personnel in Dhanusa : Eight security personnel and eight party cadres have been injured so far. Authorities are still trying to bring the situation under control, said police (kp 02/01/2021)

Desmond Tutu and Nepal : Tutu’s death has become an occasion of soul-searching in tackling the multiple whammies, by Abhi Subedi (kp 02/01/2022)

Incidents Of Violation Of Press Freedom Increasing (rn 02/01/2022)

Extrajudicial killings and the wait for justice : Unlawful executions by police, especially in the Tarai, have continued despite rights organisations including the United Nations calling on Nepal to act to stop them, by Tufan Neupane (kp 01/01/2022)

Call for more inclusive media in terms of content, participation (ht 01/01/2022)

Hostility to media continues even as instances of press freedom violation see a decline in 2021 (rep 01/01/2022), Press freedom violation cases on the rise (ht 01/01/2022)

Nepal unique in guaranteeing women’s rights: PM Deuba (kh 01/01/2022) [No, Mr Deuba, the opposite is the case!], 434 at risk of trafficking rescued (rep 01/01/2022), Female community health volunteers feel neglected : They have long been demanding competitive salaries and allowances but to no avail (kp 02/01/2022)

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World Bank. Women, business and the law 2022. Nepal data.

World Report 2022 - Nepal chapter, by Human Rights Watch

Gender Sensitivity in Nepali Media, report by Media Action Nepal, 2022

2020 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Indey for Asia, by USAID, November 2021 (Nepal, pp. 38ff)

Media in Nepal : Safety of Journalists, Sustainability and Gender Inclusiveness, report by Media Action Nepal, 2021

Misleading News in Media : A study of newspapers and online news portals of Nepal, report by Media Action Nepal, 2021

Code of Conduct : Improving conflict sensitive reporting & journalist safety in South Asia, report by Media Action Nepal, 2021

Vulnerability to Human Trafficking in Nepal : From enhanced regional connectivity. World Bank Group, December 2021

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Unprepared and Unlawful: Nepal’s Continued Failure to realize the right to health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Briefing paper by International Commission of Jurists, 13 September 2021

Nepal Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021, by NPC et al., 18 August 2021

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Challenges for Dalits in South Asia’s Legal Community. Chapter I: Dalit Justice Defenders in Nepal, by American Bar Association - Center for Human Rights (18/06/2021)

Nepal: "Struggling to breathe".  The second wave of Covid-19 in Nepal, by Amnesty International (14/06/2021)

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South Asia: Urgent action needed to combat deadly COVID-19 surge across region (Amnesty International 13/05/2021)

Youth Anxiety, Aspiration, and Activism: Survey Report, by Niti Foundation and ILO, April 2021

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The Government of Nepal has been using the Covid-19 Pandemic to Exercise Control, to Commit Human Rights Violations and to Deny Justice to Victims of Human Rights Abuses, by AHRC, 09/12/2020

राष्ट्रिय मानव अधिकार आयोगको वार्षिक प्रतिवेदन (२०७६–२०७७), National Human Rights Commission, 07/12/2020

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आयोगको २० वर्ष आयोगका सिफारिशहरु र कार्यान्वयन अवस्था (२०५७ जेठ–२०७७ असार), National Human Rights Commission, 15/10/2020

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Lawyers at risk: Law Society submits joint UPR report on Nepal, by The Law Society of England and Wales, 13 July 2020 (see also factsheet and submission)

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report: Nepal, by US Department of State

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Sexual Exploytation of Children in Nepal, by ECPAT International 2020

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