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(updated 30/03/2020)


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Introduction: Links to articles: Documents and websites:

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 Issues of the periodical of this earlier organisation that had been published under the name Nepal Forum have been archived on this website.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

INSEC Online (including Human Ringhts Yearbook, etc.)

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Amnesty International (AI), Nepal website

Human Rights Watch (HRW), Nepal subsite

Nepal-Dialogforum für Frieden und Menschenrechte, Berlin

Relief for hunkered down populace: Tax payment deadline extended; 25pc discount on electricity tariff; Tax rebate for house owners if they waive one-month rent (ht 30/03/2020) [And what about food supply?], City’s squatters, homeless stare at spectre of starvation, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 30/03/2020), Over 6,000 brick kiln workers left in a lurch (ht 30/03/2020)

As Covid-19 fears grow, some medical personnel face eviction from their homes: Reports of medical personnel being forced to work without adequate protection have only aggravated discriminatory behaviour from landlords, say doctors, by Arjun Poudel & Aditi Aryal (kp 30/03/2020)

For many domestic violence survivors, the lockdown means being locked in with their abusers: As countries across the world go into lockdown over Covid-19, cases of domestic violence are rising, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 29/03/2020)

Daily wage earners in Tanahun face starvation (ht 29/03/2020)

COVID-19 patient accuses doctors of denying him treatment, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 29/03/2020)

COVID-19 fears: 21 inmates released from Siraha jail (kh 29/03/2020) [The Siraha prison still exceeds the prison capacity by three and a half times!]

Govt Releases 78 Inmates Amid COVID-19 Fears, by Purushottam P. Khatri (rn 28/03/2020)

Govt told to ensure smooth supply of daily essentials (ht 27/03/2020)

Daily wagers bear the brunt of lockdown, govt fails to provide reprieve: ‘It appears the government has not consulted well with experts and emulated best practices’ , by Rupak D. Sharma(ht 27/03/2020), KMC to provide relief package to homeless, daily wage earners (ht 28/03/2020)

Authorities told to protect health workers, disadvantaged sections of society (ht 27/03/2020)

Nepalis in Qatar live in overcrowded and squalid conditions even during pandemic: In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, Qatar imposed a harsh lockdown on camps where migrant workers live in close quarters with inadequate amenities, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/03/2020)

Hopes of Nepalis stuck abroad dashed (ht 26/03/2020) [This is tantamount to justifying a temporary exile!]

Essentials may run out, the government needs to ensure supply: In the long run, Nepal must prioritise growing more food domestically (kp 26/03/2020), Govt having tough time managing essential supplies (rep 26/03/2020), India lockdown hits supply of daily essentials in Nepal: Foreign Ministry requested to resolve issue (kh 26/03/2020), NHRC urges govt to ensure smooth supply of daily essentials (kh 26/03/2020)

Decision to ban entry of Nepalis returning from abroad challenged: ‘Move violates rights of Nepalis stranded in foreign countries’ (ht 25/03/2020), Govt allows entry of Nepalis stranded on Indian border (rep 25/03/2020) [Govt has no right to prevent that Nepali citizens enter their own country!]

No concrete steps yet to help migrant workers (ht 25/03/2020)

For Nepali migrant workers abroad, no hearth and no home: As Nepal has closed itself off to all incomers, including its own citizens, even Nepalis migrants who have visas expiring are unable to come back home, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/03/2020)

In Butwal, juvenile delinquents are compelled to stay at a crowded correctional facility without proper means: As a result of the overcrowding, many suffer from skin-related diseases, by Amrita Anmol (kp 22/03/2020)

Neighbour confesses to rape and murder of 17-year-old girl in Ilam (ht 21/03/2020)

Hospitals with 50 or more beds told to suspend non-urgent checkups, surgeries (rep 21/03/2020) [This will affect basic health care, especially in rural areas!]

17 weekly newspapers cease print editions on COVID-19 fears (rep 21/03/2020) [Limiting right to information!]

Govt prepares to reduce number of prisoners and detainees amid virus scare: The Office of the Attorney General has requested the Supreme Court’s Full Bench to make necessary changes to the existing legal provisions to reduce the possibility of outbreaks in overcrowded prisons and detention centres, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/03/2020), Convicts sentenced to less than year to be freed on bail or without bail (rep 20/03/2020)

Your ‘rightful’ place: When people talk of Dalit, Janajati or NGO leadership it is the same old faces that reap benefit without being questioned. This leads to new form of othering and exclusion, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 19/03/2020)

House committee all set to endorse a bill allowing intelligence agencies to intercept suspicious conversations: Main opposition has demanded that it should be moved ahead only if there is a guarantee that the provision is not misused, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/03/2020), House panel endorses bill allowing intelligence agency to listen in on conversations: The bill passed with the support of the opposition Nepali Congress, despite legal experts sounding the alarm over its potential for misuse and privacy violations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/03/2020)

‘More than half the population denied access to hand hygiene’: UNICEF says 54 per cent health care units in Nepal lack access to handwashing facilites (kp 19/03/2020)

Draft amendment to transitional justice Act ready, Nembang says: Law ministry, conflict victims say they don’t have any information on it, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/03/2020)

2,506 persons disappeared during insurgency’ (ht 18/03/2020), CIEDP makes public names of 2,506 disappeared (rep 18/03/2020)

Cycle of discrimination: Caste system in Nepal, among other impositions, is one example of how a rudimentary form of thinking that entails divide and conquer subsequently took form of a discriminatory tradition, by Sarans Pandey (rep 18/03/2020)

Dowry still rampant in Nepali society (ht 18/03/2020)

Political wranglings continue unabated in Bajhang’s public schools: Many school administrations across the district focus on taking financial benefits out of the school's budgets, according to the Education Unit, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 17/03/2020), Keep politics out of schools: Politicisation has compromised the quality of education (kp 18/03/2020)

Transitional justice is backsliding: To ensure better predictability, a national roadmap with parliamentary ownership could be a way out, by Tika P. Dhakal (kp 15/03/2020)

Complaints of the disappeared have themselves disappeared!, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 15/03/2020), Who did this? Missing complaints of conflict victims (rep 16/03/2020), CIEDP team in Rolpa to investigate into war-time cases (rep 16/03/2020)

Nepal’s political parties rarely encourage public participation in lawmaking: Citizens’ engagement in the formulation of laws not only ensures transparency but also enhances the quality of legislation, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/03/2020)

Govt fails to deliver right info at right time (ht 14/03/2020)

Student leader found guilty of rape gets eight and half years in prison: Rai, a former assistant secretary at the Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus chapter of the All Nepal National Free Students Union, was accused of raping an the girl by luring her to his relatives’ place in Makalbari, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 14/03/2020)

Surkhet administration starts eviction of flood victims from public land: Five and a half years since the tragedy struck, victims are still looking for help from the government, by Chandan Kathayat (kp 14/03/2020)

Washington takes a dim view of human rights situation in Nepal: A US State Department report has pointed out cases of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention by the state agencies and government’s restriction in the right to freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2020),
Extrajudicial killings continue in Nepal, reveals report (ht 14/03/2020), Govt curtailing freedom of expression: Report; The government did not make efforts to preserve safety and independence of the media (ht 15/03/2020)

Nepal’s Rule of Law Index remains static (ht 13/03/2020) [see WJP comment on Nepal]

Pragmatics Of Ending Orphanages, by Umesh Raj Regmi (rn 13/03/2020)

Marriage halted during day, conducted at night (ht 13/03/2020)

Financially free abroad, socially constrained at home: Women migrants acquire expertise and financial independence abroad but on return, they find themselves trapped in a social order that does not value their talent, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 12/03/2020)

The media’s portrayal of Dalits is incomplete: Narratives of Dalits as just being victims of caste hierarchy ignores many stories of resistance, by Sarita Pariyar (kp 12/03/2020)

Pradip Pariyar selected for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2020: Pariyar, a social activist and executive director of Samata Foundation, joins global leaders like the prime minister of Finland, Pakistani and Bhutanese ministers, and an Olympic gold medallist (kp 12/03/2020)

Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Its Ideology, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 12/03/2020)

Twenty-nine-year-old woman held for throwing acid on husband’s face (ht 11/03/2020), Victim of acid attack blamed on wife runs out of money (rep 22/03/2020)

Keep fighting: Anti-Chhaupadi drive (rep 11/03/2020)

The victims and human rights defenders reject transitional justice commission’s request for support: Two months after formation the commissions are yet to commence their job, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/03/2020)

The cost of extreme political traumatisation: The state and the political parties are in denial about the sexual violence that occurred during the conflict, by Susan Risal (kp 10/03/2020)

The case for achieving gender parity: Formal structures like laws and policies play a decisive role in eliminating gender inequality, by Geeta Bhattrai Bastakoti (kp 10/03/2020)

Anti-graft body detains doctor for 25 days over report, suspends him: The doctor posted in Butwal was released after a probe panel endorsed his findings, by Arjun Poudel (kp 10/03/2020)

Women have numerical strength in local units, but little say: Gender pay gap runs deep in all kinds of profession in Makwanpur, women leaders say, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/03/2020)

Women’s status: Figures speak for themselves, by Chanda Chaudhary (ht 09/03/2020)

Holi is prime time for the consent conversation: The festival of colours has become a day of dread for women—and they want the bad behaviour to stop, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 09/03/2020)

Chief accused of journalist Birendra Sah’s murder arrested: Sah, a print and broadcast journalist, was killed in October 2007, by Laxmi Sah (kp 09/03/2020)

The fight goes on: Men and women both benefit from living in a gender-equal society (kp 09/03/2020)

There are more women in politics, but few and far between at decision-making level: Despite inclusion refrain, there is a huge underrepresentation of females in Nepali political parties and state organs, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 08/03/2020)

Nepali women are unequal by law: Nepal is still lagging far behind international human rights standards concerning equal rights to citizenship, by Jesselina Rana (kp 08/03/2020)

Empowerment vs Commodification: While Nepal is heading toward institutionalizing the federal democratic republic, re-conceptualizing women empowerment appears a vital task, by Mohan Nepali (rep 08/03/2020)

Justice and gender equality in the age of #MeToo: It is only a matter of time before the men hiding behind their title and power are unveiled and brought to justice, by Sakun Gajurel (kp 08/03/2020)

With wider visibility and legal sanctions, parents of queer individuals are coming around: Accepting that their child is LGBTIQ can be difficult for parents who grew up in a more conservative time, but things are slowly changing, by Monica Khanal (kp 08/03/2020)

No More Misogyny, by Prativa Subedi (rn 08/03/2020)

Celebrating the heroes: This Women’s Day, let’s celebrate our everyday local women, our mothers, sisters, maids, colleagues or common everyday women who can be our heroes and inspire us, by Ushma Rebel (rep 08/03/2020))

Caste-based domestic violence against women rife in Rolpa, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 08/03/2020)

Despite campaigns and government policies, child marriage is still prevalent in Makwanpur: The Bagmati Provincial Government has plans to eradicate child marriage by early 2022, but numbers are not all too encouraging, by Pratap Bista  (kp 07/03/2020)

Without a clear statement from the federal government regarding Covid-19, misinformation spreads at local level: In times of crises, Singha Durbar, in coordination with provincial and local governments, should issue an unambiguous statement, say federal and health experts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/03/2020)

In criminal cases, police often fail to ensure privacy or security for complainants, resulting in threats and bribes: Threats and bribes can lead the complainant to ultimately change their statements in courts, weakening the case and resulting in a lack of conviction, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 06/03/2020)

Piety and poison: the insidious spread of Hindutva: Those flirting with the idea of a Hindu state need to look at how quickly India has changed, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 06/03/2020)

Gender Landscape In Nepali Media, by Kundan Aryal (rn 06/03/2020)

Caste-based discrimination continues across Nepal: Report: “Dalits are unable to sell dairy products due to superstitious beliefs in society”  (ht 05/03/2020)

Provincial Assembly member Rawal arrested on attempt to rape charge, by Pushpa Raj Joshi (rep 05/03/2020)

Right to Housing: Right to housing is not the same as the right to land. The state must make every possible effort to implement the right to shelter and take progressive steps in that direction, by Jivesh Jha and Nil Prasad Paneru (rep 04/03/2020)

Why Special Service Bill should be amended: If Special Service Bill is authenticated in current format, it could lead to self-censorship among the journalists and their sources. Besides, journalists, You Tubers and bloggers may be arrested, by Taranath Dahal and Dikchya Raut (rep 03/03/2020)

Conflict victims in Dang express their mistrust on Truth and Reconciliation Commission for justice: Conflict-era victims who attended an interaction programme held in Tulsipur last Wednesday say justice delayed is justice denied, by Durga Lal KC (kp 02/03/2020)

Lawmakers call for stringent action against VAW, acid attack and dowry system (rep 02/03/2020)1

Despite ban, Nepali women heading for Gulf and exploitation, by Rudra Khadka (kp 02/03/2020)

Traffic cops start monitoring public vehicles (ht 02/03/2020)

UN concerned over Nepal’s TJ process (rep 01/03/2020)

Supreme Court orders contempt of court case against four police officials, including the Nepal Police chief: The order comes following the arrest of three Chand party members from the Supreme Court premises immediately after their release on February 17, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 01/03/2020)

Access to medical marijuana: The right to obtain medical cannabis pursuant to the law has been denied to the Nepali people, by Ankit Dhakal (kp 01/03/2020)

Former Maoist guerilla compelled to live with shrapnel in his head, by Dinesh Subedi (rep) [A typical example of a victim of the Maoist insurgency, betrayed by his party leaders who are now living in huff and puff!]

Video of police officer baton charging a woman carrying a child outrages the public: The video once again calls attention to the police’s use of excessive force against peaceful protestors who pose no threat, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 29/02/2020), [No one has the right to beat other people, especially not with wooden sticks. Even policemen who do this are to be treated as criminals!], Police inspector mercilessly beats up woman, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 29/02/2020), Condemnable act: The Nepal Police must strive to develop professional skills to win the confidence of the general people (ht 02/03/2020)

Accept the criticisms: Government needs to understand that appreciation of different perspectives and criticisms can only help the government become more accountable, by Tulasi Acharya (rep 29/02/2020)

Hundreds of young, healthy Nepalis die sudden deaths in foreign lands. No one knows what’s killing them: Otherwise healthy men in the prime of life suffering cardiac arrests do not constitute ‘natural deaths’, say rights activists, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/02/2020)

Two Bajura teachers absconding on facing rape allegations, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 28/02/2020)

Gyawali claims progress on transitional justice in Geneva but back home, victims are boycotting the process: Rights activists and victims call Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s claim that the transitional justice commissions are working independently a ‘blatant lie’, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/02/2020)

Civil code deems a man and woman married if a child is born, but opinions are divided: While some rights activists believe that the provision will help ensure citizenship for the child, others see it as a patriarchal imposition, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 27/02/2020)

Advisor to state minister arrested for abduction and rape of a teenager: Amrit Kumar Ghale, economic advisor to State Minister for Urban Development Ram Bir Manandhar abducted a teenager, held her captive for several days and raped multiple times, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 27/02/2020)

Rush hour traffic snarls slow down ambulances, put patients’ lives at risk: Although traffic police try their best to clear the way, some drivers don’t help the cause, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 27/02/2020)

Civil liberty group calls for more changes in proposed Media Council Bill: In a statement, Freedom Forum has welcomed recent changes but pointed out a number of provisions that could jeopardise freedom of expression in the country (kp 24/02/2020)

Laws aren't enough to end discrimination: Prejudices surrounding race, religion and caste have to be shattered (kp 24/02/2020)

House panel’s letter to police reflects lawmakers’ low understanding of law and court rulings: Public Accounts Committee breached its jurisdiction by instructing police to book two people for cybercrime, legal experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/02/2020)

All-male panels are on their way out, but women’s representation remains tokenistic: Instead of acknowledging that women have valuable contributions to make, they are often limited to women-specific panels or are placed as moderators, by Elisha Shrestha (kp

Transitional justice could be an issue for Nepal at the upcoming Human Rights Council meet: It is likely that questions will not be too critical, but at the Universal Periodic Review in November, the government is certain to face serious queries, say activists, by Anil Giri (kp 22/02/2020)

Regulate sale of acid, rights activists and attack survivors urge government: According to a report, 16 people, 13 of them women, have been attacked with acid since 2015/2016. Yet acid is readily available for just Rs 25, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 21/02/2020)

Youth arrested for raping junior college student (ht 21/02/2020) [A 21-year-old man should no longer be called youth!]

Thirteen cases of police torture reported in 2019 (ht 21/02/2020)

Women protest demanding arrest of murder accused (ht 21/02/2020)

Majority of human rights violations in past year involved women, report says: Nearly 80 percent of human rights violations last year were against women, with domestic violence accounting for over a half, according to a yearly human rights review, byBinod Ghimire (kp 20/02/2020) [see INSEC Yearbook 2020]

What’s in a name? Sometimes, everything: An effort to restitute indigenous names would surely reveal countless examples of cultural approximation all over Nepal, by Deepak Thapa (kp 20/02/2020) [The effort of the male Tagadhari minorityelite to recognise historical and ethnic names and territories was one of the outstanding reasons for the failure of the first Constituent Assembly. The same thinking is reflected by the naming of the current provinces!]

After the executive, legislature restricts media’s access: At least two parliamentary committees have refused to allow journalists to cover their meetings, while both the Prime Minister’s Office and Home Ministry have also imposed restrictions, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/02/2020) [This is a serious violation of Article 27 of the Constitution, which guarantees all citizens the right to information. It is the duty and right of the media to provide this information without restriction (article 19).]

Chinese Embassy takes exception to article carried by Post on coronavirus: The Post on its February 18 edition had carried an op-ed, previously published by The Korean Herald, about China’s handling of the outbreak (kp 19/02/2020), Journalists and diplomats seriously concerned over Chinese embassy statement: The Chinese embassy’s statement objecting to an article published by the Post is against press freedom and breaches diplomatic protocol, they say, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan  (kp 20/02/2020), Why China’s statement targeting The Post is a cause for concern: The Chinese embassy’s statement, ultimately, is not just about the Post, or its Editor-in-Chief. It is a rebuke to not bite the hand that feeds (kp 20/02/2020), Editors condemn Chinese ambassador’s statement (ht 20/02/2020)

Shadow of impunity: Election of Agni Sapkota to the post of House Speaker looked like a state-sponsored drama orchestrated by undermining criminal accountability, by Charan Prasai (rep 19/02/2020)

Conflict victims warn non-cooperation to the transitional justice commission until Act is amended: Chief of disappearance enquiry commission assures ‘fair and impartial investigations’, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/02/2020)

CIEDP making final-round probe into disappearance cases (rep 19/02/2020)

Mahara’s acquittal and Tumbahangphe’s elevation to minister will have lasting effects, analysts say: While Krishna Bahadur Mahara was acquitted of attempted rape charges, Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe was appointed minister for law, both on the same day, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/02/2020) [Without clarification and disclosure of the full circumstances of the Mahara case, the decision remains unsatisfactory!]

Teacher accused of molestation, primary schoolgirls request school authorities for investigation, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 17/02/2020), Justice likely to elude children allegedly molested by their school teacher, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 18/02/2020), Guardians offer to get teacher booked, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 19/02/2020), School teacher accused of molesting students arrested: Police act after principal finally files FIR, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 20/02/2020)

NHRC reports dismal state of Nepali women (ht 16/02/2020) [see report by NHRC]

Fear the threat: If the state fails to control corruption, ensure accountability and provide basic needs such as food, shelter, clothes, education, health and employment, threat of insurgency will always loom, by Suresh Sharma (rep 16/02/2020)

Karnali reeling under food shortage: Six districts out of 10 in the province are not able to meet the demand for food (ht 16/02/2020)

Jails in Karnali Province overcrowded, by Ganesh Bishu (rep 16/02/2020)

Rural municipality chair accused of coercing a Dalit woman into abortion: Jaya Bahadur Chemjong is among seven people accused of forcing a Dalit woman to abort her fetus at 21 weeks as she was in an intercaste marriage, district police say, by Ananda Gautam (kp 15/02/2020)

‘Negligent’ officials in Nirmala Pant case could be exonerated: Review committee endorses police move to arrest Dilip Singh Bista, by Shuvam Dgungana (kp 14/02/2020)

VAW complaints up (ht 14/02/2020)

Despite robust legal provisions, pregnant women still find it difficult to get maternity leave: The law mandates a total of 98 days of maternity leave, with 60 days fully paid, but most private employers fail to comply and women are hesitant to ask, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 13/02/2020), Maternity leave: Women are discriminated against in the workplace (kp 14/02/2020)

Maoist insurgency aftermath: Waiting for son,waiting for daughter, by Devendra Basnet and Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 13/02/2020)

Herstory’ repeats itself: The misogynic politics of all political parties mustered to make women the political underdogs of Nepal, by Chandra Bhadra (kp 13/02/2020)

All 10 prisons in Gandaki Province in dismal state, lawmakers find: A committee comprising members of the provincial assembly suggests immediate reforms, by Pratikshya Kafle (kp 13/02/2020)

'Elderly people biggest hurdle to campaign against chhaupadi', by Jagat Khadka (rep 12/02/2020)

Nirmala murder mystery: Police get nod to probe Dilip Bista again (ht 11/02/2020), I’ll become a different person if justice prevails: Durga Devi, by Anjali Subedi (rep 11/02/2020)

Visiting Canada senate speaker not scheduled to meet Agni Sapkota (rep 11/02/2020) [This reflects the image of Nepal's rule of law abroad!]

National Human Rights Commission directs government to take immediate measures to evacuate Nepalis from China’s Hubei province: The rights body, in a statement, has also decided to call government officials to take stock of the situation of Nepali’s in the disease-hit area and the government’s effort to bring its citizen back, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 10/02/2020)

Transitional justice commissions have not taken any steps to bring victims and rights activists on board: Disappearance commission is preparing its work plan without consulting with conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/02/2020)

Home Minister misled Parliament over extrajudicial killing of Kumar Paudel: Home Ministry has instructed Nepal Police to take action against officers involved in the killing, even though Minister Thapa had said that Paudel died in an encounter, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/02/2020)

Supreme Court quashes contempt of court case against Kantipur: The case was filed two years ago over a series of stories published in Kantipur daily on then chief justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli (kp 07/02/2020)

Dalit children drop out of school due to poverty, by Janak KC (rep 06/02/2020)

The quest for a conformist press: Media entrepreneurs are happy to sing along the tune of triumphant political and economic masters, by CK Lal (kp 05/02/2020))

Oli says govt wants to create civilised society: Says media should not cross limit, by Rupak D, Sharma (ht 05/02/2020) [Please start by replacing the politicians who constantly cross limit!]

Ganga Maya knocks on UN’s door for justice (ht 05/02/2020), Ganga Maya seeks justice with UN Resident Coordinator (rep 05/02/2020)

Law ministry starts drafting transitional justice law amendment without victims onboard: Activist says bill being prepared in the darkrooms cannot be expected to deliver, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/02/2020) [Nepalese understanding of justice: The perpetrators are involved in leading roles, but the representatives of the victims are excluded!], Sushil Pyakurel: The longer the transitional justice process, the more complex it will become: The human rights activist on his resignation as president’s advisor and the transitional justice process (interview) (kp 04/02/2020)

Early marriages common in Rolpa, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 04/02/2020)

Unable to trust adults, rescued children end up back on the streets: While on the streets, children are often physically and sexually abused and end up addicted to drugs, which can cause them to relapse once rescued, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 04/02/2020), Mean streets: Make sure that the children enjoy their rights in practice (kp 05/02/2020)

Minor raped in Bara (ht 04/02/2020)

Cops involved in killing CPN leader to face action: Police had fired nine shots to kill Kumar Poudel on the banks of the Lakhandehi River in Lalbandi, Sarlahi, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 04/02/2020)

Victims of police torture deprived of justice (ht 04/02/2020)

Citizens still deprived of fundamental rights in lack of regulations, by Ashok Dahal (rep 03/02/2020)

Student’s arrest from university library prompts questions over intent: The student, who was released after 24 hours in custody, had in his possession a book by an Indian politician which police said was only read by “terrorists”, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 03/02/2020) [????]

Nepal: Stalled Justice, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR 03/02/2020)

National Human Rights Commission appointees should be independent and competent: The commission is in danger of ending its term in disrepute, largely over its role in relation to transitional justice, by Mohna Ansari (kp 02/02/2020)

Children at high risk of sexual exploitation in Nepal: Report (ht 02/02/2020) [see ECPAT International report]

Dharan SSP booked for rape, suspended (ht 01/02/2020)

54-yr-old man arrested on the charge of raping 4-yr-old girl, by Madan Thakur (rep 01/02/2020)

Government drafts action plan to eliminate child labour: Many children have been found to be employed in informal sectorsr (ht 01/02/2020)

Freedom of expression is under attack and transitional justice stalled in Nepal, rights group says: Amnesty International in its global report has painted a bleak picture of Nepal’s human rights situation and pointed at government’s regressive ways to restrict freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/01/2020) [see AI report on Nepal], Shrinking democratic space raises AI’s concern: Nepal government resorted to methods to curtail the freedom of expression in 2019 (ht), Amnesty concerned over shrinking freedoms in Nepal (rep 31/01/2020)

Bid to enact restrictive laws opposed; FNJ calls for redrafting controversial Media Council Bill (ht 31/01/2020), FNJ: Licensing exam for journalists against constitutional spirit (rep 31/01/2020)

What is the controversy over Agni Sapkota as Speaker all about? Ever since the ruling Nepal Communist Party selected Sapkota as its candidate for Speaker of the House, rights activists and conflict victims have protested the decision, by Mohan Guragain (kp 30/01/2020)

Preventing medical negligence: Medical negligence needs a serious and speedy attention from the government to provide justice to the victims and guarantee non-recurrence, by Udayan Regmi (rep 30/01/2020)

Media for change: Nepali media has to work more boldly and inquiringly toward nourishing Nepal’s production-centric economy, neutralizing fatalism that resides deeper in the public psyche, by Mohan Nepali (rep 30/01/2020)

Supreme Court refrains from squashing Sapkota’s election as Speaker: Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla refused to issue an interim order but instructed the Home Ministry and police to present a progress report on the case within 30 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/01/2020) [Someone accused of such a capital crime is not qualified for public office as long as his innocence has not been proven in court!], SC rejects stay order against speaker, calls for detailed murder probe report (rep 29/01/2020)

Civil servants spreading awareness against chhaupadi in Bajura (ht 29/01/2020)

Respect the press: The media played a vital role in Nepal’s transition to a republic (kp 29/01/2020)

Children of conflict victims deprived of scholarship provided by the state: Conflict victims demand an amendment to the act and removal of the age and number limit for the scholarship, by Amrita Anmol (kp 28/01/2020) [Those responsible for the killings are not deprived of anything but are promoted to highest positions!]

Conflict victims still hopeful, but not sure about getting justice (rep 28/01/2020), Message of impunity (rep 28/01/2020)

Activists continue protest against Sapkota’s election as HoR speaker, 12 arrested (ht 28/01/2020), Sapkota’s challenges: The ruling party should have reconsidered Sapkota’s candidacy as Speaker given his murky past and that his case is sub-judice in court (ht 28/01/2020) [Sapkota's nomination was made deliberately, despite all the unsolved crime accusations!], Activists protesting speaker appointment arrested (rep 28/01/2020))

NA committee endorses Media Council Bill (ht 28/01/2020), House panel removes Rs 1m fine for journalists, by Ashok Dahal (rep 28/01/2020), Amend further: Media Council Bill (rep 29/01/2020)

Conflict victims threaten to ask UN to intervene in TJ process (rep 27/01/2020)

Sapkota becomes Speaker amid concerns from conflict victims and rights watchdogs: The House elected the former Maoist leader unopposed, hours after a court hearing on a writ against him was stalled, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/01/2020) [R.I.P. democracy, human rights and rule of law!], Sapkota elected HoR speaker unopposed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/01/2020)), Speaker election hearing put off till today (ht 27/01/2020)

Local levels told to establish fund for GBV victims (ht 27/0/2020)

Women’s concerns won’t be addressed unless they are at the decision-making level, interview with Binda Pandey, NCP (kp 27/01/2020)

Awareness drive launched to end chhaupadi (ht 26/01/2020)

International rights bodies warn Nepal’s conflict victims could seek justice in foreign courts: Recent appointments to transitional justice commissions and nomination of a person accused of killing as Speaker undermined transitional justice, the rights orgsanisations say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/01/2020), Recent Nepal steps undermine TJ process: Int’l rights bodies (rep 26/01/2020) [see statement by ICJ, AI, HRW and TRIAL]

NCP urged to reconsider Sapkota’s nomination (kp 26/01/2020)

Who will save Nepalis awaiting execution in foreign lands? As a country that has done away with the death penalty, it is up to the Nepal government to make all efforts to rescue its citizens from being executed abroad, rights activists say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/01/2020)

Petition at Supreme Court demands Agni Sapkota’s arrest: The petition, filed by advocate Dinesh Tripathi, also asks that Sapkota’s nomination for Speaker of the House be dismissed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/01/2020), President’s advisor resigns over Sapkota’s nomination as House Speaker: Sushil Pyakurel, one of the petitioners in the murder case against Sapkota, resigned after being asked to withdraw the case by ruling party members, by Anil Giri (kp 25/01/2020), President’s political advisor Sushil Pyakurel quits (ht 25/01/2020)

Bill of surveillance: Special Service Bill provides unrestricted right to the government to collect information via supervision and interception of communication of any person or organization. This is dangerous, by Roshani Giri and Harihar Khadka (rep 25/01/2020)

Prakash Osti runs into controversy for his nod to transitional justice nominations: Osti represented National Human Rights Commission in the committee that nominated officials on Saturday at political parties’ behest, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/01/2020) [It should not be called controversy but total disqualification! This looks like party political bondage of the NHRC representative!]

Police, local reps destroy chhau huts in Dadeldhura district (ht 24/01/2020), 241 chhaugoths demolished in Dailekh (rep 24/01/2020)

For most transgender women, sex work remains the only way to make a living: Faced with discriminatory hiring practices, most transgender individuals are unable to get jobs and resort to sex work, which comes with its own hazards, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 24/01/2020)

Civil society vows to protest until Sapkota’s nomination for Speaker is dismissed: Agni Sapkota, who is accused of murder, is certain to become Speaker of the House as he is running unopposed, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/01/2020)

Nationalists unite: Oli’s ramblings could very well have come from Trump’s mouth: Self-aggrandisation and cracking down on enemies—Trump and Oli share not the best of traits, by Deepak Thapa (kp 23/01/2020)

Lack of laws affects implementation of fundamental rights (ht 23/01/2020)

Nepal, China to hand over nationals illegally crossing mutual border, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 23/01/2020) [As was to be expected, this means that in future Tibetans fleeing from the Chinese occupying forces in their home country will be handed over to the Chinese occupying power.]

Mockery of press freedom: The year 2019 saw more incidents related to press freedom violation than in the past seven years, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 23/01/2020)

Govt urged to rectify controversial IT Bill (ht 22/01/2020)

Patriarchy stronger than monarchy, says Tumbahangphe after quitting (ht 21/01/2020)

Underage mothers regret early marriage, by Mukti Narayan Neupane (rep 21/01/2020)

Women urge for 'brainwashing' along with strict measures against Chhaupadi, by Jagat Khadka (rep 20/01/2020)

Conflict victims and human rights activists cry foul over Agni Sapkota for Speaker: Sapkota, who faces a murder charge for an insurgency-era killing, has been proposed for House Speaker by the ruling party, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/01/2020) [The NCP proves once again that it protects and encourages potential murderers. People who take responsibility for the murder of 5000 people decide on this. The NCP's commitment to peace, justice, the rule of law and social inclusion proves to be a sheer mockery!],
Justice as elusive as ever: The government has been leading the conflict victims in circles (kp 20/01/2020), Pipe dream: It’s unfortunate that the political leadership just wants to put to rest Nepal’s transitional justice process (ht 20/01/2020), NCP nominates Sapkota for speaker’s post, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 20/01/2020), NCP picks Agni Sapkota for speaker (rep 20/01/2020), An insult of conflict victims: Rights activists, lawyers (rep 20/01/2020), Proposing a murder accused for Speaker is mocking public opinion: The ruling party’s decision to propose Agni Sapkota is doing Parliament no good. In fact, it is self-destructive (kp 21/01/2020), ‘How can someone responsible for murdering my husband be elected speaker?’, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 22/01/2020)

Conflict victims condemn parties for bulldozing decision on transitional justice appointments: After an agreement between ruling and opposition forces, recommendation committee picks 10 individuals, all with affiliation to political parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/01/2020) [Those who share responsibility for so many crimes will never provide justice! Dahal, Deuba, Ex-King Gyanendra and the top brass of the army had highest responsibility!], Mockery of justice (rep 19/01/2020), CVCP objects to nomination of TJ bodies’ office bearers (ht 20/01/2020))

Shamans join hands to end Chhau practice, by DB Budha (rep 19/01/2020)

Dahal says he will take responsibility for insurgency deaths but his actions don’t match his words: Victims say he is delaying the justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/01/2020), How a photo has come to symbolise long wait for justice: Muktinath Adhikari, a teacher and a member of Amnesty International Nepal, was killed in Lamjung 18 years ago by the Maoists (kp 18/01/2020)

NCP and NC inch closer to revising TJ law: A meeting between Oli, Dahal and Deuba scheduled for Friday evening has been deferred until Saturday morning (rep 18/01/2020) [TJ cannot be provided by those who are resposible and partly even have admitted to be responsible!]

Implementation status of women’s rights dismal: HRW (ht 18/01/2020)

Puppy love marriages destroying young lives (ht 17/01/2020)

Tipping point on menstrual banishment in Nepal: It is when local women take the lead to end the practice that it is most effective, by Marty Logan (nt 17/01/2020)

AI urges Parliament to amend draconian bills (ht 17/01/2020), Amnesty Int’l urges parliament to amend disputed bills (rep 17/01/2020)

Nepal failed to ensure justice for conflict victims, as the government continued to stifle freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch says: The rights body’s World Report 2020 has also taken note of draconian legislation and controversial decisions that the Oli administration has made in the past year (kp 16/01/2020) [see HRW report on Nepal], Nepal turning into land of injustice: Rights watchdog (ht 16/01/2020), HRW raps govt over failures in transitional justice, freedom of expression (rep 16/01/2020)

Transitional Justice Deadlock, by Mukti Rijal (rn 16/01/2020), Justice still eludes conflict victims a decade after peace accord, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 16/01/2020)

Dahal ready to own up 5,000 deaths during insurgency: Says state killed 12,000 people (ht 16/01/2020) [It does not matter who is responsible for more killings! They all have to stand trial for this: Maoists, politicians, army leaders, ex-king etc.], Dahal says he’s responsible for killing 5,000, not 17,000 (rep 16/01/2020) [If you admit that you are resposible for the killing of 5,000 people you should resign from all offices immediately!!], Law enforcement bodies should act on Dahal’s public confession, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 17/01/20101)

Young girls taking one step at a time to fight menstrual banishment: Although complete eradication of the practice seems like a far cry at the moment, various anti-Chhaupadi campaigns launched by young women have paved a way to fight against the practice, by Tularam Pandey (kp 15/01/2020)

Widows in Nepal still need to fight for their property right: Despite legal provisions that ensure widows’ rights to the property of their husbands, implementation has been impeded by societal norms and customs, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 15/01/2020)

Peace minus justice: The promises made under the Comprehensive Peace Accord have been thrown to the winds, by Daman Nath Dhungana (kp 15/01/2020)

Conflict victims decry government’s consultations as a sham: The consultations were not aimed at ensuring justice but simply at showing the world that feedback was collected, victims say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/01/2020), Consultations held with stakeholders amid rift among victims (ht 14/01/2020)

Police intervene rally demanding justice for Nirmala Pant: Security personnel used force on women rights activists who were protesting in front of the Kanchanpur District Court seeking justice for Nirmala Pant, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 14/01/2020)

Most homeless people suffer from mental health problems, but there’s little help for them: The stigma against mental illness has meant that people with psychosocial problems are often neglected and abandoned, ending up on the streets, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 13/01/2020)

Child marriage, child labour still remain major challenges in Rolpa: The local level had made efforts from running awareness campaigns to introducing mid-day meals in government schools in a bid to ensure child rights, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 13/01/2010)

Government rescues hundreds of children every year but does little for their care: Children are usually put up in transit homes before they are either handed over to other shelters or their families, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 12/01/2020)

Two rape cases reported in valley, suspects held (ht 12/01/2020)

Around 40 percent of pregnant women undergo unsafe delivery in Jajarkot: Although the government has been running the Safe Motherhood Programme as part of its bid to ensure safe births in remote areas, only a few people are getting benefits from the programme, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 12/01/2020)

Closing the border isn’t an option: There is no reason why Rohingyas will not be able to successfully integrate into Nepali society, by Maximillian Morch (kp 12/01/2020)

Organisations gear up for protest against IT bill saying it will curb freedom of expression: Even within the ruling party, some leaders have been raising voices against the bill, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/01/2020)

Youth crushed to death by tipper for protesting illegal extraction of riverbed materials in Dhanusa: Twenty-four-year-old Dilip Kumar Mahato was struck and dragged by the tipper driver, say police, by Santosh Singh (kp 11/01/2020) [Not only the direct murderers are responsible, but also the idle and disinterested government and administration!]

Conflict victims say their hope on Pradeep Gyawali might have been misplaced: Gyawali, who had appeared sympathetic to the cause of conflict victims, is also moving ahead on transitional justice without taking victims into confidence, by Binod Gjhimire (kp 09/01/2020)

Nepal’s arrest and deportation of 122 Chinese raise legal and ethical questions: The Chinese were deported despite Nepal Police’s failure to establish any criminal charges against them—and to a country that practices capital punishment, by Anil Giri (kp 09/01/2020)

School teacher held on charge of beating and injuring student: The victim’s family lodged a complaint with the police on Sunday and urged authorities to take strong against the guilty, by Sanju Poudel (kp 07/01/2020)

At a community school in Salyan, there are no teachers: The municipal office reportedly transferred the last remaining teacher of the school to another institution, citing low enrolment numbers, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 07/01/2020)

Children left behind are the hidden costs of labour migration: Labour migration leads to transnational families which are often dysfunctional, causing adverse psychological impacts on children and adolescents at home, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 07/01/2020)

MPs demand court nod for tapping personal phone calls (rep 07/01/2020), Internet service providers open to criminal liability under new IT bill (rep 07/01/2020)

Transitional justice: This time around, the government must not go back on its promise (kp 06/01/2020), NHRC’s threat to withdraw its member from ex-CJ-led panel (ht 06/01/2020), Amend the TRC Act: It makes no sense in appointing members in the TRC and CIEDP without amending the TRC Act in line with the Supreme Court verdict (ht 06/01/2020), Victims want a say in TJ Act amendment (ht 07/01/2020), Consultations to be held in all 7 provinces to expedite TJ process (rep 07/01/2020)

Adults with Down syndrome don’t just need sympathy—they need jobs: A job can provide people with Down syndrome with not just an income but also a sense of belonging and identity, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 05/01/2020)

Law Ministry aims to get Transitional Justice Act amended from ongoing session of Parliament: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, also the law minister now, who has made commitments from various platforms including the United Nations, is taking the lead for amendments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/01/2020), TRC, CIEDP office bearers to be named soon: Conflict victims, rights activists say justice won’t be served without amending TRC Act (ht

For Nepali women seeking work in the Gulf, new routes and old risks: Despite restrictions from traveling to the Gulf countries, desperate Nepali women are falling into traps of trafficking agents who are exploiting new routes to take them out of the country, by Parbat Portel (kp 04/01/2020)

'We don't follow Chhaupadi', by Dhan Bahadur Budha (kp 04/01/2020)

572 India-bound girls, women missing (ht 04/01/2020)

The current government is breathing down our necks: The Information Technology Bill will asphyxiate freedom of speech and expression, by Sushrey Nepal (kp 03/01/2020)

Nepalgunj prison inmates end agitation following agreement (ht 03/01/2020)

As the government pushes ahead with IT Bill, rights watchdog expresses concern: The bill in its current form infringes on the fundamental freedom of expression, says the National Human Rights Commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/1/2020)

Child marriage continues unabated in Dang: Activists advocating against child marriage say most children succumb to family pressure and there’s no help forthcoming from authorities (kp 02/01/2020)

Probe panel formed to look into activities of children’s homes (ht 01/01/2020)

Without proper sanitation facilities, girls keep missing school during menstruation: While menstrual taboos already lead girls to miss school, a lack of water and sanitation at schools only pushes them to stay away, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 31/12/2019)

Attacked and violated: From Chhaupadi death to incidents of sexual exploitation to cases of acid attacks, there was no let-up in incidents of violence against girls and women in 2019, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 31/12/2019)

Curtailing civil liberties in Nepal, one legislation at a time: The KP Sharma Oli-led government has been repeatedly criticised for trying to curb dissent through its laws and policies, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 31/12/2019)

Pushpa Kamal Dahal calls the press “bourgeois media”, and the Nepali internet isn’t taking any of it: Dahal’s disdain towards critical voices in the press and social media receives flak and ridicule, b y Bhrikuti Rai (kp 31/12/2019)

Rape accused godman freed on bail (ht 31/12/2019) [??]

Sugarcane farmers march to Kathmandu as their dues keep on piling: There are around 15,000 farmers engaged in commercial sugarcane farming in Sarlahi alone, by Krishana Prasain  (kp 30/12/2019), House panel tells government to make sugar mills pay farmers their money: Protesting cane growers from Sarlahi say they have not been paid for five years, by Krishana Prasain (kp 31/12/2019), Sugarcane farmers high and dry as mills delay payment since years, by Rajesh Khanal (rep 31/12/2019), ‘If I lose my land, I will hang myself’: Owed more than Rs1 billion by sugar mills, sugarcane farmers are afraid their creditors will begin seizing their land, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/01/2020), Arrest absconding mill operator: Govt (ht 01/01/2020), NHRC demands justice for farmers: Says state should not deviate from its duty to protect its citizens (ht 01/01/2020)

House panel passes controversial IT Bill disregarding dozens of amendment proposals: In an attempt to regulate the cyberspace, the government has given itself enormous new powers to curb online content, experts say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 30/12/2019), HoR panel passes ‘restrictive’ IT Bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/12/2019), Government tables bill that will allow intelligence agencies to listen in to private conversations: Provisions in the bill contradict the spirit of the constitutional rights to freedom of expression and privacy, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/12/2019), Shades of Panchayat: The KP Sharma Oli administration is putting the squeeze on freedom of speech (kp 31/12/2019), Draconian bill: The parliamentary panel should have held wider consultations with the stakeholders before endorsing it with majority vote (ht 31/12/2019)

Polluted air spikes respiratory illness: The govt standard for unhealthy air is way above WHO’s, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 29/12/2019)) [And the government is doing nothing!]

Battle against Chhaupadi in Karnali: Govt gets aggressive, but people’s blind belief too strong (rep 29/12/2019)

National conference on sexual harassment held (ht 29/12/2019)

Catch the momentum (rep 29/12/2019)

NHRC stresses enacting rights friendly laws: House panel, PAs told to issue directives against rights violations (ht 28/12/2019)

Addressing The Issue Of Gender Violence, by Indu Pant Ghimire and Saurav Raj Pant (rn 28/12/2019)

Government and police fail to abide by human rights commission’s recommendation: The commission two months ago had recommended action against police officials involved in extrajudicial killing of Kumar Paudel, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/12/2019)

Breaking the chain: Human trafficking under the guise of labour migration has become one of the most severe problems faced by Nepali migrant workers in recent times, by Anurag Devkota (kp 26/12/2019)

New bill ensures reproductive rights of inmates (kp 26/12/2019)

Quake victims waiting for housing grant (ht 26/12/2019)

Suffering in silence: The deep-seated stigma against menstruation and disability has led to biased and prejudice understanding of the issue and triggered discriminatory practices at the cost of their wellbeing, by Obindra B. Chand and Romi Giri (rep 26/12/2019)

No help at home for women migrants who come back with babies: When women migrants get pregnant out of wedlock, they are generally evicted from their destination countries and come back to stigma at home, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 25/12/2019)

Dahal defers proposal to make party secretariat more inclusive: The proposal, tabled by two women standing committee members, envisions turning the all-male nine-member secretariat into a 15-member inclusive body, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/12/2019) [This reflects the arrogance of the male Bahun elite that dominates all political parties and tries to uphold the non-inclusive state at any cost!]

Govt to act tough against those who encourage Chhaupadi (ht 25/12/2019)

NHRC urges govt to ensure fundamental rights of citizens (ht 25/12/2019)

Call for survivor-friendly approach to investigate human trafficking cases: Experts urge adopting Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviews approach for better dealing with survivors and investigating such cases, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/12/2019)

Bangladeshis are being trafficked into Nepal, but most cases go unreported: The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu receives two to three cases of labour trafficking every month, by Eliha Shrestha (kp 24/12/2019)

Female jailbirds stage protest (ht 21/12/2019), Probe into Naike starts, two inmates transferred (ht 22/12/2019)

Growing inequalities: A painful reality of the 21st Century: What could be more depressing than realising that irrespective of one’s ability, the outcome is still guided by gender, ethnicity, and parents' wealth?, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 20/12/2019)

A rural municipality in Salyan launches campaign against child marriage: The campaign is being launched in view of the increasing incidents of child marriage across the district, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 20/12/2019)

Sexual violence case involving faculty member settled in school (ht 20/12/2019) [???? Such cases cannot be settled but must be puniushed!]

Birgunj High Court seeks suggestions from lawyers to transfer Aftab Alam’s case away from his hometown: Government attorney appealed for a transfer of the case following threats from the lawmaker who has been charged with mass murder, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/12/2019)

Dahal’s proposal to set up mechanism for transitional justice raises alarm: Conflict victims and human rights defenders say it is wrong to have a political body that influences the commissions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/12/2019)

Saving daughters: Karnali Province deserves praise for initiating the bold step to save daughters, an idea never thought out by the Centre (ht 19/12/2019)

A crisis centre provides relief to victims of violence in Janakpur: The centre was built nine years after the state said it would set up such centres in several other districts, by Shahiman Rai (kp 18/12/2019)

Government tables bill allowing intelligence agencies to intercept personal conversation: Rights defenders and main opposition object to the bill, saying it infringes upon people’s right to privacy and individual freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/12/2019) [Is Nepal more and more turning into an the authoritarian control state?], New bill lets govt snoop on citizens: Comes under fire from rights activists, lawyers and NC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/12/2019), Big Brother is listening: The government has once again shown its tendency towards authoritarianism. It must stop (kp 18/12/2019), Ensure privacy right: It would be in the interest of the government not to push the bill through the Parliament on the strength of its near two-thirds majority (ht 18/12/2019)

Scores of Nepali migrant workers go missing every year in foreign lands: Most missing persons are either in jail and cannot contact their families or have chosen to voluntarily break contact after starting new families, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 17/12/2019)

One year since the sexual abuse exposé: It would be a disservice to all if we forget the survivors of Lalitpur Madhyamik Vidhyalaya and the victims in so many other schools, by Monika Niroula (kp 17/12/2019)

Jailbirds reeling under drinking water, sanitation woes in Syangja (ht 17/12/2019)

Ending the stigma of menstruation: How many girls must die before we realize that Chhaupadi in all its forms must stop? Three-month jail time or Rs 3,000 fine is not enough to stop this brutal practice, by Sakun Gajurel (rep 16/12/2019)

The government must ensure it establishes the consumer court expeditiously: Consumer courts enable consumers to make the best choices based on their interests and prevent them from being mistreated (kp 16/12/2019)

Rape cases on the rise, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 16/12/2019)

Prison capacity increased to 15,466: Jails across Nepal are cramped with over 23, (ht 16/12/2019)

Women deliver: Let them handle GBV, by Chanda Chaudhary (ht 16/12/2019)

Police inspector among three killed in Dhanusha blast: No one has claimed responsibility for the midnight blast, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 15/12/2019)

CDOs instructed to form anti-chhaupadi mechanisms, intensify campaigns (rep 15/12/2019)

“They turned me into a living corpse”: For victims of the Maoist insurgency, no justice and no peace: Over 13 years after the peace agreement, transitional justice process has largely been held hostage to partisan interests, with both the political parties and Army playing for time, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/12/2019)

Amend act on human trafficking: NHRC (ht 14/12/2019)

Evidence to prosecute Dr Rohit Kumar Jha for attempt to rape insufficient (ht 14/12/2019)

Families are sites of love and affection but also violence and discrimination: A new report by UN Women points to the dual role of families in Nepal, where 26 percent of women face domestic violence, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 13/12/2019)

Let’s talk about the queer: Bringing LGBTIQ discussions to the mainstream at WOW festival, as the community struggles for social acceptance, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp13/12/2019)

High pollution level taking toll on public health, says NHRC (ht 13/12/2019)

‘Big sisters’ work to rescue Nepali child brides (ht 13/12/2019)

Everything you need to know about Chhaupadi, the taboo ritual of banishing women to period huts: Legal actions and social campaigns have failed to make people in Nepal’s remote western regions understand the urgency of abolishing the deadly tradition, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 12/12/2019)

Exploitation continues unabated at Kathmandu’s dance bars and dohori restaurants: As such informal entertainment venues are not regulated by the government, there is ample room for labour exploitation and physical and sexual harassment, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 12/12/2019)

Rape incidents up in Saptari (ht 12/12/2019), Three, including ward chair, held for attempt to rape (ht 12/12/2019)

South Asian states urged to end culture of impunity (rep 12/12/2019)

Female deputy speakers of various provinces complain of being given rights, but no responsibilit: The task of the deputy speaker is to run the house in the speaker’s absence but the position doesn’t allow one to take decisions independently, by Pratiksha Kafle (kp 11/12/2019)

Nepal moves up in Human Development Index but still lags behind in South Asia. Nepal’s human development index of 0.579 indicates that people are living longer, are more educated and have greater incomes, according to the Human Development Report, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/12/2019) [see UNDP report on Nepal], Lack of health facilities deprives Nepalis of medical care: Concerned government agencies are responsible for inequalities in human development, experts say, by Arjun Poudel [kp], Gender inequality continues to plague Nepal: The country has made progress in areas such as life expectancy but there is still a long way to go before it attains gender equality (kp 12/12/2019), Ending inequalities: Most of the countries in South Asia are way ahead of Nepal, making it more and more difficult to catch up with them (ht 12/12/2019)

Overall human rights situation dismal: NHRC (ht 11/12/2019)

Abused and forced to flee: How unchecked superstition displaced a family in Dolakha: Belief in superstition and the abuse of human rights that comes with it is widespread in this mountainous district of about 200,000 people, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 11/12/2019)

Nagarik reporter injured in police assault, by Rajan Shah (rep 11/12/2019), Criminal case filed against police over assault on Nagarik journalist (rep 18/12/2019)

Police want to be friends with the community but they act more like foes: Time and again, police quickly resort to baton charges and physical violence to deal with protests, even when unnecessary, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/12/2019)

LGBT community seeks an end to discrimination (ht 11/12/2019)

Nepali women say they are not just ‘cheli’ but individuals in their own right: Many have protested the media’s use of the word ‘cheli’ to refer to women athletes, arguing that it is patronising and demeaning, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 10/12/2019)

Violence against differently-abled women goes largely unreported, by Anjali Subedi (rep 10/12/2019)

‘Protecting human rights a challenge’ (ht 09/12/2019)

What should NHRC do? While NHRC has to do the regular job of protecting and promoting human rights, it also has to ensure that those people who grossly violated human rights are punished, by Mohna Ansari (rep 09/12/2019)

Time to think out of the box: If we had tackled this problem from women’s health perspectives rather than cultural taboos, perhaps the woman who died in Chhaupadi shed would be among us today, by Mukesh  Adhikari (rep 09/12/2019) [Chhaupadi is an archaic and perverse tradition that has its origin in the morbid delusion of superiority of a deeply patriarchal way of thinking. This crime against women must be eradicated if women's health is to be protected.]

Continued political interference is weakening crucial constitutional bodies: Though such commissions are envisioned as independent agencies, parties have not allowed them to function independently, experts say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/12/2019)

Madhesi inclusion in judiciary still a far cry (ht 08/12/2019)

Brick kiln workers’ health at risk, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 08/12/2019)

Pact to enhance quality of services for kids inked (ht 07/12/2019)

‘Collective effort needed to curb rape’ (ht 06/12/2019)

Banke District Prison in sorry state (ht 06/12/2019)

Victims of domestic violence must make the decision to take back control of their lives: The national mission to end domestic violence must be taken to every family, school, workplace, courtroom, cabinet and police station, by Madhuri Rana Singh (kp 05/12/2019)

Children feature most in media coverage on human trafficking (ht 05/12/2019)

NHRC concerned about status of its recommendation on differently-abled (ht 04/12/2019)

Menstruation huts become death traps: 17 die in sheds in ten years , by Prakash Singh (ht) [If men cannot stay in the house together with menstruating women, then men must leave the house and stay in sheds!!], Banishing women to “period huts” is a national shame: Young girls and women losing their precious lives to a deadly superstition is distressing (kp 05/12/2019)) [It's not only a shame, it's a grave crime!], For greater activism: The local school is a good place for intervention, where an appropriate curriculum could help create awareness among the students (ht 05/12/2019) [related to chhaupadi crime], Police arrest brother-in-law of Parbati Budha who died in a menstruation hut in Achham: This is the first arrest since the country criminalised Chhaupadi in August 2017, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/12/2019)

Transitional justice: Truth is its foundation; Transitional justice is a challenge by which we test ourselves, our vision of the future and the kind of society we want to build out of the rubble of the decade of conflict, by Mohna Ansari (ht 04/12/2019)

Lessons from Sri Lanka: Provision of postal vote is something Nepal can immediately learn from Sri Lanka. In Nepal, thousands of security personnel and election staff cannot vote during the elections, by Krishna M. Pradhan (rep 04/12/2019)

Banished from home, Achham woman dies in menstrual hut, by Prakash Singh (ht 03/12/2019)

State fails to allocate adequate budget to rebuild quake-ravaged public schools: The current delay means students will have to wait a few more years to shift from makeshift structures, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/12/2019)

Domestic violence up in Lamjung (ht 03/12/2019)

Right to Information Act: Most ministries fail to update their information (ht 03/12/2019)

High-profile culprits skip police custody on medical grounds (ht 03/12/2019)

CVCP calls for parliamentary panel’s meeting (ht 02/12/2019)

Man arrested for 'raping' distant granddaughter (rep 02/12/2019) [What is a 'distant' granddaughter? And why is 'raped written with quotation marks?]

Parliamentary panel proposes reducing fine against journalists to as low as Re 1 (rep 02/12/2019) [As long as the threat of punishment is not completely rejected, journalists remain offenders!]

Kathmandu’s Newars watch cautiously after government hints at reviving the Guthi Bill: Although officials said the new land bill will include suggestions from indigenous communities, local leaders say no one has reached out to them yet, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/12/2019)

Most traffickers are relatives of victims, officials say: Police in the past four fiscal years have rescued 2,333 trafficked persons, statistics show, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 01/12/2019)

International concern: Delay in transitional justice process (rep 01/12/2019)

NVC seeks action against 258 employees (kp 01/12/2019) [How can the Nepalese state dare to force all civil servants to wear the Hindu caste clothes in office?]

Rape-accused godman admits himself to hospital fearing arrest: Sunsari police say he will be arrested once discharged, by Santosh Kafle (ht 30/11/2019), Rape-accused Siddhababa in ICU (ht 02/12/2019), Rape accused 'godman' taken from ICU of nursing home to court for remand (ht 03/12/2019), Siddhababa’s remand extended by seven days (ht 07/12/2019), Giri to be in judicial custody for 7 more days, by Amar Khadka (rep 07/12/2019), Siddhababa’s remand extended by three days (ht 14/12/2019)

‘Domestic violence prevalent among poor families’, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 30/11/2019)

Conflict victims demand government to dissolve the recommendation and start afresh selection process: They claim the government is inviting international intervention by politicising the transitional justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/11/2019), TJ appointments process hits snags (rep 30/11/2019)

Butwal Sub-metropolis implements programme to end incidents of sexual abuse in schools: Under the programme, every school is supposed to assign a focal person for resolving complaints filed by students, by Amrita Anmol (kp 28/11/2019)

In Achham, domestic abuse is driving women to depression: Every week, the Bayalpata Hospital, which has a dedicated mental health bureau, sees over a hundred women suffering from depression, doctors say, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 28/11/2019)

Sanibheri Municipality takes strict measures to curb child marriage: Underage couples and their guardians will be barred from receiving government services and facilities, by Hari Gautam (kp 28/11/2019)

Rights groups’ statement shows the world is watching Nepal’s transitional justice process, experts say: The statement from four prominent human rights organisations is stronger than ones issued in the past, indicating the international community may be gradually losing faith in Nepal’s system, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/11/2019) [see joint statement by ICJ, AI, HRW and TRIAL], International rights watchdogs concerned about justice for victims (ht 27/11/2019)

NHRC decision too little, too late: Conflict victims, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 27/11/2019)

NCP student wing cadres thrash college chief: ANNFSU targets Tri-Chandra College principal for hiking fees (ht 26/11/2019)

Officials stress need for ending all forms of violence against women, by Mukti Prasad Neupane (rep 26/11/2019)

Mediciti doctor held for rape bid (ht 26/11/2019)

Detainee’s death in police custody suspicious (ht 26/11/2019)

Couple ostracised for practising witchcraft (ht 26/11/2019)

Child rights march: Partnership for progress, by Janes Immanuel Ginting and Pratistha Koirala (ht 26/11/2019)

Protect Tibetans: Tibetan community in Nepal has raised serious concerns over the treaty that could be used to persecute them under Chinese pressure (ht 26/11/2019)

Free education by law: Nepal’s constitution and compulsory education act are more progressive than UN Conventions and other constitutions in terms of ensuring education as a human right, by Jivesh Jha (rep 25/11/2019)

The transitional justice process has failed to envision the pains of women who were sexually abused during the insurgency: As the state has excluded rape in the interim relief process and in transitional justice, many victims still await closure, by Chandra Bhadra (kp 24/11/2019)

Panel moves to recommend TJ officials amid widespread criticism (rep 24/11/2019)

Raut’s party holds mass rally in capital against ‘discrimination’ (rep 24/11/2019)

With new legislation in the works, Nepal’s civil society organisations fear tighter control: The KP Sharma Oli administration has been repeatedly criticised by national and international rights bodies for trying to curb dissent through laws and policies, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 23/11/2019)

Our songs from the forest: Finding freedom from menstrual taboos in the lap of nature, by Uma Bista (kp 23/11/2019)

FNJ to hold demonstration for protection of press freedom (ht 23/11/2019)

Govt to take care of four rape victims (ht 22/11/2019)

Using numbers to fight gender-based violence: On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on 25 November, let us pledge to help end gender-based violence,  by Lisa Honan (nt 22/11/2019)

Carefree Kumari: Bhaktapur’s 9-year-old living goddess has a childhood, too, by Shriluna Shrestha (nt 22/11/2019)

Justice still eludes conflict victims: NHRC (ht 21/11/2019), Reimagining the peace pact: Some aspects of the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement need to be revived and updated, by Mohna Ansari (kp 21/11/2019), Peace and injustice: Thirteen years of Comprehensive Peace Accord (rep 21/11/2019), Waiting for justice: Thirteen years after signing of CPA, justice eludes the conflict victims, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (rep 21/11/2019), Conflict victims decry apathy of government and parties towards transitional justice: Thirteen years after the peace deal, victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency continue to wait for justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/11/2019), Dahal for appointing new faces to TRC (ht 22/11/2019) [The leader of one of the outstanding human rights violating forces at the time of the conflict must not have any say in the composition and work of the two commissions!], Conflict victims still struggling for justice (rep 22/11/2019)

Nepal reaffirms commitment to eliminating forced labour, human trafficking and child labour: Nepal’s objectives are in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 21/11/2019)

Cases of missing children on the rise in Nepal (rep 21/11/2019), Number of missing girls two times more than boys: Report (ht 21/11/2019)

Child marriage cases on the rise but police complaints scarce, say child activists: According to a recent survey, 46.9 percent of total marriages in the country are still child marriages, by Durgalal KC (kp 21/11/2019)

Children at juvenile reform centre living in poor condition: The facility in Thanabharyang, Hetauda, lacks teachers, rooms and toilets, among others, by Pratap Bista (kp 21/11/2019)

Dalit family struggles to obtain citizenship (ht 21/11/2019)

Alleging political intervention, applicants for transitional justice commissions are withdrawing their names: Since the recommendation committee has become a rubber stamp for the political parties, no independent decision is forthcoming, rights activists and victims say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/11/2019), Stakeholders prepare for consultations on TJ bill (rep 20/11/2019)

Seven trafficking victims, including four minor girls rescued (ht 20/11/2019)

After deal between parties, selection panel publishes list of probable candidates for transitional justice bodies: Conflict victims object to political interference, saying they won’t accept the officials selected without following the due process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/11/2019), Victims decry selection of candidates for TJ bodies, by Rohan S. Nepal (ht 19/11/2019)

Supreme Court sentences ‘Pooja Bohara’ rape accused to 11 yrs, six months in jail, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 19/11/2019)

Overcrowded Rolpa District Prison in dilapidated condition: There have been numerous attempts to demolish the old prison and construct a new one, but lack of appropriate land plot has put the plan on hold, say prison officials, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 19/11/2019)

Panel proposes Bhatta for TRC head, Mallick for CIEDP chief (ht 18/11/2019)

Women go abroad for work and return duped and abused: There is no data on women who go abroad for employment, but the trend is on the rise in Rupandehi, according to an association of women migrants, by Amrita Anmol (kp 17/11/2019)

In Rajapur, police consistently fail to investigate cases involving marginalised communities: Police have refused to look into a number of recent cases involving Tharus and Dalits, despite their families alleging foul play, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 16/11/2019)

Under the guise of humanitarian aid, high-profile paedophiles are abusing Nepali children: Loose laws, illiteracy and poverty, along with an unsuspicious welcome of foreigners, have turned Nepal into a haven for Western paedophiles, by Janakraj Sapkota (kp 16/11/2019), Predators on the prowl: Child molesters often enter gullible poor countries as aid workers (kp 18/11/2019)

Bhimphedi inmates excited about a new library inside the prison: The setting up of the new library has not only excited voracious readers but also worked for the benefit of inmates who are pursuing education, by Pratap Bista (kp 16/11/2019)

Parties close to consensus on chairperson for Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Both ruling and opposition parties are positive about appointing Ganesh Datta Bhatta, associate professor at Nepal Law Campus, ruling party leaders say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/11/2019)

Human Rights Watch criticises the government’s move to undermine citizen’s rights to organise: The current administration has been repeatedly criticised by national and international rights bodies for trying to curb dissent through laws and policies, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 15/11/2019) [see report by HRW]

Clarion call to enforce fair recruitment to protect human rights of migrant workers: The International Conference on Protection of Rights of the Migrant Workers concluded with a 21-point Kathmandu Declarations, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 15/11/2019), NHRC international conference concludes (ht 15/11/2019)

Children of daily wage earners face abuse (ht 15/11/2019)

Protect victims: Although relocation of the vulnerable with changed identity has been suggested, is this feasible in a small country like ours? (ht 15/11/2019)

Constitutional Council meeting postponed yet again without making appointments: Delay in appointments to crucial commissions weakens institutions, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/11/2019), PM plans to fill constitutional bodies positions after by-polls (rep 14/11/2019)

Police arrest 50-year-old woman for alleged human trafficking: The then minor victim was trafficked to India in 2012 and thrown into prostitution, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 14/11/2019)

‘Beti Bachau-Beti Padhau’ campaign fails to take off this year in the absence of employees: Under the scheme, which is often referred to as a pet project of Chief Minister of Province-2, Lal Babu Raut, every newborn girl is to be insured across all eight districts in the province, by Santosh Singh (kp 14/11/2019)

Durbar Marg rape case accused sent to prison: Main accused sentenced to five years and two months in jail (ht 14/11/2019)

National Reconstruction Authority spent just 65 percent of its budget last fiscal year: Officials blame the use of existing government mechanisms to channel the funds for subpar spending, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/11/2019) [??]

Families of air crash victims say they are being pressured to withdraw their case: 22 Nepalis were killed when US-Bangla flight BS 211 from Dhaka crashed while landing at Kathmandu airport, by Sangam Prasain (kp 13/11/2019)

How Nepali songs are blurring the lines between entertainment and sexism: Sexist euphemisms are ingrained in many contemporary Nepali songs, yet we love them, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 13/11/2019)

Brahmins and Chhetris continue to dominate entry into civil service: Despite reservation policies for marginalised groups, Brahmins and Chhetris have not just maintained their dominance but have increased their presence in civil service, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/11/2019)

FNJ to launch special mission for press freedom from January (ht 11/11/2019)

School keeps deaf students of different grades in same class: Teachers at Tribhuvan Jana Secondary School in Salyan say that they lack resources to run separate classes for the deaf students, by Biplav Maharjan (kp 11/11/2019)

New education policy ignores nearly all recommendations made by a high-level education commission: The policy serves the interests of the private sector, which had lobbied against the commission’s recommendations, commission members say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/11/2019), The government has undermined education: A core value for a country to develop, the federal govenrment must make amends (kp 11/11/2019)

14-year-old girl found dead in suspicious circumstances: Family members claim the victim was abducted, raped and subsequently murdered, by Kamal Panthi (kp 10/11/2019)

Priests to check birth registration and citizenship certificates of brides and grooms prior to solemnising their weddings: The priests will work with the local government, police, women’s groups, child clubs and students to end child marriage in Rukum (West), by Hari Gautam (kp 10/11/2019)

New leadership in INSEC (ht 10/11/2019)

Journalists urged to respect code (ht 10/11/2019)

Recommendation committee fails to pick candidates leaving TJ bodies in the lurch (ht 09/11/2019)

Bill seeks to transfer mgm't of prisons to provinces, by Ashok Dahal (rep 09/11/2019)

Woman accused of witchcraft, tortured (ht 08/11/2019)

NHRC to hold international conference on migrant workers (ht 08/11/2019)

Communicable disease a real hazard for jail inmates: Home ministry report (rep 07/11/2019)

Nepal Police appears unwilling to take action against officials involved in extrajudicial killing: The human rights commission had asked that criminal charges be filed against officers implicated in the killing but police say they have yet to receive any official communication in that regard, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/11/2019)

Nationwide campaign launched to end violence against women: Flagged off from Province 1, the drive will be run throughout the year for long-term effectiveness, by Binu Timsina (kp 05/11/2019)

Man dunking wife’s face in hot curry shocks even folks used to VAW, by Anjali Subedi (rep 05/11/2019)

Why media must be free: Nepal would do better by adhering to the principles of freedom, diversity and equality in media actions, by Mohan Nepali (rep 05/11/2019)

Aiming for a better future, by prioritising the young: Nepal has no idea how to prepare its children for the future. But it needs to learn before it is too late, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 05/11/2019)

Dr KC launches 17th hunger strike in Dadeldhura HQ Bagkhor (ht 05/11/2019), Dr KC starts 17th hunger strike, by Pushkar Bhandari (rep 05/11/2019), Protest rally in Dadeldhura in support of Dr KC, by Pushkar Bhandari (rep 08/11/2019), Rally held to express solidarity with Dr Govinda KC (ht 09/11/2019), Dr Govinda KC admitted to Dadeldhura Hospital (ht 10/11/2019)

Butwal’s women leaders burdened with gender-based discrimination in governance: Women leaders stress the need to condemn gender-based discrimination from all quarters, by Amrita Anmol (kp 04/11/2019)

Children working on road project implemented by Nepal Army, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 04/11/2019)

Nepal yet again fails to report to the UN on status of judicial action on the killings of journalists: We are waiting for updates from the Home Ministry, Communication Ministry says (kp 03/11/2019)

In Rautahat, people from Dalit communities continue to face ostracisation during Chhath celebrations: On a recent ground trip, the Post found that the people from separate castes were celebrating the festival in separate spaces, by Shiva Puri (kp 03/11/2019)

Assailant of Hetauda acid attack arrested after more than six years: The perpetrator had thrown acid on a 19-year-old girl for rebuffing his romantic advances, by Subash Bidari (kp 02/11/2019)

Filing complaints with the police is filled with hassles: Nepal Police’s behaviour with people seeking help from the authorities has frequently come under the scanner, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 02/11/2019)

Ministry starts process to amend bill on transitional justice law: Law and Justice Ministry will gather suggestions from the concerned parties to finalise the amendment bill, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/11/2019)

Nepalgunj prison inmates complain of misconduct: The inmates have submitted a demand note to the local administration accusing the jailer of bribery, by Madhu Shahi (kp 02/11/2019)

Chargesheet filed against Mahara for rape attempt: District attorney office has sought five to seven-and-a-half years jail term for the former House Speaker, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 01/11/2019), Rape attempt case filed against Mahara: Prosecution seeks up to 7 years 6 months jail (rep 01/11/2019), Attempt to rape case filed against Mahara: His trial hearing has been scheduled for today (ht 01/11/2019), Mahara, in court statement, denies ever entering the woman’s apartment: The former Speaker of the House finally gave his statement on Friday after he was formally charged with attempted rape, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/11/2019) [Mysteriously, he did not remember this before?]

Man dies after police fire on a group defying curfew in Krishnanagar: Local administration imposed indefinite curfew after a clash between Hindu and Muslim communities over the route of idol procession, by Manoj Paudel (kp 01/11/2019), One dies in Krishnanagar when police open fire, indefinite curfew imposed (rep 01/11/2019), Krishnanagar is returning to normalcy as two sides sign 10-point deal (rep 01/11/2019) [No politician or administrator is qualified to decide this judicial case!!], A 10-point agreement signed between the agitating parties and local administration in Kapilvastu: The situation remained peaceful throughout Friday; administration yet to lift curfew, by Manoj Paudel (kp 02/11/2019)

“I thought I would die”: Despite laws on domestic violence, archaic and insensitive treatment by police and the justice system force women in Nepal to remain trapped in cycles of abuse, even when they muster the courage to report them; In the majority of domestic violence cases, police push for reconciliation, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 01/11/2019)

VTEN's arrest is only a symbol of a larger malaise: ‘Moral order’ is such an amorphous idea that anything undesirable to the authorities can be slotted into it, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 01/11/2019)

Squatters, who received plots to build houses, are deprived of land titles: Around 500 landless squatters had received space to build in Salyan district, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 01/11/2019)

Student leader from ruling party arraigned on rape charge: Indra Hang Rai of All Nepal National Free Students Union is accused of assaulting an 18-year-old girl, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 31/10/2019), Three youth leaders of NCP, Nepali Congress arrested on rape charges (ht 31/10/2019)

Artists decry the growing tendency to arrest musicians for their lyrical content as autocratic censorship: In the wake of singer Durgesh Thapa and rapper VTEN’s arrest, Nepali artists say that the police’s actions are alarming and people need to resist them, by Timothy Aryal (kp 28/10/2019)

Passengers protest at airport after Oli’s return from Baku delayed their flight by nearly an hour: Pilots were asked to stop engines of Shree Airlines flight because of disturbance caused at VIP lounge where Oli was being welcomed, officials say (kp 28/10/2019) [This unbelievable political arrogance continues unabated! Visit Nepal Year should be renamed into Travel Godlike Policians Year! After the democratisation only the names of the gods have changed! Nepal is probably the only country in which internationally insignificant politicians regularly frustrate domestic and foreign travellers!]

Democratic nations should protect all free speech: If a state fundamentally guarantees freedom of expression then it also guarantees a right to offend, by Atit Babu Rijal (kp 27/10/2019)

Even with a murder conviction, lawmakers might still be able to hold on to their seats: Lawmakers are suspended when they are convicted but they do not lose their seats unless their crime involves ‘moral turpitude’, but no one is certain what that means, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/10/2019)

‘Enough evidence to corroborate accusation against Mahara’: Office of the Attorney General will decide whether or not to file charge sheet against Mahara (ht 26/10/2019)

Police arrest four suspected Chand party members for burning PM Oli’s effigy: The four persons have been held on charges of disturbing public peace, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 26/10/2019) [??]

Rapper’s arrest is latest in government’s attempt to crack down on free expression: Samir Ghising’s detention comes just days after another singer, Durgesh Thapa, was called for questioning by the police for the same reason, by Samuel Chhetri and Bhrikuti Rai (kp 25/10/2019)

ven as lawmakers are accused of heinous crimes, Parliament remains without disciplinary committee: The Speaker, who is responsible for forming such committees, himself remains in judicial custody after being accused of rape, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/10/2019)

For four years, commissions mandated to empower marginalised communities have remained largely vacant: While five commissions—Madhesi, Dalit, Tharu, Muslim, and Inclusion—have chairpersons but no members, two others—Women and Indigenous Nationalities—don’t even have chairpersons, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/10/2019)

The crimes Alam has been accused of are grave, but his party has little to say: Nepali Congress leaders continue to insist that an individual’s crimes do not reflect on the party, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/10/2019) [The cover of criminals in their ranks has system in many Nepali parties!]

Killing of Chand party cadre Kumar Paudel was extrajudicial, human rights commission says: The National Human Rights Commission has concluded that Paudel was killed after he was arrested and has recommended criminal charges against three police officers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/10/2019), Police killed CPN leader Paudel in cold blood: NHRC (ht 22/10/2019), NHRC rejects police encounter claim in Paudel death, calls for suspending 3 (rep 22/10/2019), Begin thorough probe: The government should start a thorough investigation, and there must be no attempt by the state to influence the outcome (ht 23/10/2019)

Govt, parties ‘have put TJ on backburner’, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 22/10/2019), Big 2 parties agree to revise controversial TJ law (rep 22/10/2019)

Unearthing of the grisly mass murder in Alam case has Nepalis pointing fingers at a failed system: The onus to strengthen the system lies on politicians and the people in power, but analysts say recent incidents show how they have used the system in service of their own interests, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/10/2019)

Janajati, Madhesi forces seek to revive identity-based movement: The KP Sharma Oli administration has undermined the rights and privileges of marginalised communities, leaders say, by Anil Giri (kp 21/10/2019)

‘Discontinuing chhaupadi isn't just about destroying period huts; it's about ending the stigma of menstruation.’ Former Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada discusses her one-night stay at a chhau goth in Babala, Achham, to experience the ancient practice of the outlawed Chhaupadi, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 21/10/2019)

Inter-caste marriage leaves girl in a lurch (ht 20/10/2019)

Mahara’s three days in judicial custody already over, but police are yet to file a chargesheet: The former House Speaker, who is facing rape charges, has been in hospital and refused to record his statement, citing health condition, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/10/2019)

ASI arrested on rape charge in Dharan (ht 20/10/2019)

Rautahat blast injured start coming in police contact after Alam’s arrest, by Madan Thakur (rep 20/10/2019)

Some basic rights still a struggle for LGBTI in Nepal, by Priyanka Adhikari (rep 20/10/2019)

A discrimination case riles up Dalit activists in Morang district: A Dalit rights group has demanded the authorities launch a fair investigation, by Binu Timsina (kp 19/10/2019)

Supreme Court directs information commission to respond to writ regarding Lal Commission report: The report includes findings from investigations into deadly violence in 2015 that killed nearly 50 people, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/10/2019), NIC gets three months to decide on Lal panel report (ht 18/10/2019)

Police in Banke arrest a sub-inspector over an attempt to rape charge: The official was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by a woman police trainee earlier this week, by Madhu Shahi (kp 18/10/2019)

Nepali citizens detained during Xi Jinping’s visit for Tibetan signage on clothes and accessories: All citizens have a right to political opinion and the right to criticise and protest Nepal’s foreign policy, irrespective of the country’s formal position, say rights activists, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 18/10/2019)

Crime and punishment: The legal actions taken by the police against politicians can help bring an end to criminalisation of politics (ht 18/10/2019)

Bid to combat human trafficking gets a boost (ht 18/10/2019)

Parties continue to look the other way while their leaders get arrested for crimes: Three lawmakers were arrested in the past two weeks and none has been censured or suspended by their parties, by , by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/10/2019) [This has to do with the fact that politicians and parties consider themselves to be above the law, just as the monarchy did before!]

Hospitals are implanting hormonal birth control on mentally impaired women: Rights activists say that such implants are a violation of women’s rights and legal provisions and do not address the core problem of violence against women, by Arjun Poudel (kpn 17/10/2019)

Cases of polygamy unchecked in several districts of Province 5: Lack of stringent laws and loopholes in existing legal provisions create an encouraging environment for polygamy, by Amrita Anmol (kp 17/10/2019)

Child marriage on rise, young mothers regret early marriage, by Manju Upreti (rep 17/10/2019)

Free Kamalaris are becoming self-reliant in Dang: The Freed Kamalari Development Forum, an organisation formed by former kamalaris, has been providing monetary assistance and income-generating skill training to freed kamalaris to make them financially independent, by Durgalal KC (kp 16/10/2019)

Teacher thrashes student (ht 16/10/2019)

Members charged with a crime should be removed forthwith: The criminalisation of politics is a threat to the basic structure of the constitution, but the current regulation allows lawbreakers to continue as lawmakers (kp 16/10/2019)

Health Ministry to monitor hospitals to curb sex-selective abortions: Newborn data of the Paropakar Maternity and Women's Hospital shows a wide gap between the number of boys and girls, by Arjun Poudel (kp 15/10/2019)

Lawmaker Yadav demands fair investigation into acid attack, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 15/10/2019)

Crime and impunity: Arrest of Mohammand Aftab Alam (rep 15/10/2019)

Congress lawmaker Mohammad Aftab Alam arrested in relation to 2008 Rautahat blast: The politician faces charges of burning those injured in the explosion alive in a brick kiln, by Shiva Puri (kp 14/10/2019)

In Achham, postpartum mothers continue to face ostracism: While the district has introduced several safe motherhood programmes, they have largely been ineffective, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 14/10/2019)

Make Example, Not Exception, by P. Kharel (rn 14/10/2019)

11 Tibetan refugees among 22 held (ht 13/10/2019)

Parties agree on transitional justice officials but recommendation committee disagrees: Political consensus may be necessary but the committee's independence should not be undermined, taskforce members say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/10/2019)

Nepal, China to discuss extradition treaty: An agreement on the treaty, however, is unlikely, during Xi Jinping’s visit, officials say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/10/2019) [What about the security of Tibetan refugees in Nepal?], Fears Over a Nepal-China Extradition Treaty: Agreement Could Threaten Tibetan Refugees, Activists, Journalists in Nepal, by Meenakshi Ganguly (HRW 11/10/2019), China may ‘misuse MLAT against Tibetan refugees’ (ht 15/10/2019)

#Metoo Hits Nepal’s Government: Accusation Against Senior Political Figure, by Meenakshi Ganguly (HRW 11/102019)

Police arrest Krishna Bahadur Mahara over rape allegations: Police took Mahara into custody after the Kathmandu District Court earlier on Sunday issued an arrest warrant against him following a formal complaint by the accuser on Friday (kp 07/10/2019)

With a complaint formally registered against Mahara, all eyes are now on the police and the government: As the country prepares for Dashain holidays, there are fears about the investigation’s progress and about the complainant’s safety, by Bhrikuti Rai, Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/10/2019)

Politicians’ silence on the Mahara case speaks volumes about their beliefs: Analysts say politicians pay lip service to women’s rights but don’t speak out about cases involving one of their own, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 05/10/2019), Dashain holidays could delay investigation into Mahara rape charges: Though police say investigation is underway, they refuse to share the progress, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 05/10/2019), National Human Rights Commission seeks progress report from police on Mahara rape charges: Though police say the woman's conflicting statements have made it difficult for them to pursue the case, criminal lawyers say the investigating agency can take the investigation forward as she had already called police on the night of the incident (kp 05/10/2019)

Impunity in sex crime: UN, Australia, EU nations concerned (ht 05/10/2019)

Journalists’ group demands action against those issuing threats to journalist Shiwakoti: The Federation of Nepali Journalists says threatening journalists for doing their job is against press freedom (kp 05/10/2019)

Rights-protecting bodies are supposed to keep the executive in check: The National Women Commission not having a chairperson since 2017 is a sign of institutional erosion (kp 04/10/2019)

Prioritise Transitional Justice, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 04/10/2019)

Girl found murdered after rape (rep 04/10/2019)

Failure to ensure justice in Mahara case could cost Nepal dearly in the international arena: As Nepal is party to many international human rights conventions, it is required to ensure justice for victims of gender-based violence, or face international censure, by Anil Giri (kp 04/10/2019), Weekly meet cancelled to duck Mahara issue? (ht 04/10/2019), Rights groups seek probe into rape case (ht 04/10/2019), Journo who broke ‘rape news’ gets threats, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 04/10/2019)

The Mahara case once again exposes the Nepal Police’s shortcomings: Repeated failings in high-profile cases are slowly eroding the public’s trust in the capacity of Nepal Police to conduct impartial investigations, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 04/10/2019)

A constitutional body that could’ve played a significant role in the case against Mahara has been scuttled: Without a chairperson for four years, the National Women Commission, mandated to deal with cases of gender-based violence, cannot even issue a statement, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/10/2019)

Human Rights Watch calls on Nepal government to make public Lal commission report: The commission, which investigated deadly violence involving police and protesters in 2015, submitted its report in December 2017 (kp 03/10/2019) [see statement by Human Rights Watch], Govt told to release report on 2015 Tarai violence (ht 03/10/2019)

How a Dalit woman fell victim to caste-discrimination in Pokhara, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 03/10/2019)

Ignorance and poverty driving parents in Humla to send their children to children’s homes in Capital: 40 children were rescued from several children’s homes in Kathmandu and handed over to their families in Humla in the past three months, by Chhapal Lama (kp 03/10/2019)

While the entire country takes a four-day holiday, Nepal’s courts go on a two-week break: The decision to take a 15-day holiday is especially concerning given that thousands of cases remain pending at the courts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/10/2019)

NHRC concerned about curbs on free speech (ht 02/10/2019)

Online violence against women in Nepal on the rise: Nearly 70 percent of the 353 cases filed at the cybercrime bureau in the last two months were online abuse directed towards women, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 01/10/2019)

Women victims of conflict era in Rupandehi demand identity card: Since the government has not addressed many of the issues faced by conflict victims, many widows say they are facing an uncertain future, by Amrita Anmol (kp 0/10/2019)

Parliament Sectt staffer accuses Mahara of rape (ht 01/10/2019), Speaker Mahara accused of sexually harassing female employee (rep 01/10/2019), Speaker Mahara offers 'temporary resignation' following accusation of rape (ht 01/10/2019), PM advises Speaker Mahara to step down from his post, by Tapendra Karki (rep 01/10/2019), House Speaker Mahara resigns amid sexual harassment accusations, by Tapendra Karki (rep 01/10/2019), Why the rape charges against Speaker is a litmus test for police, the ruling party and government: Although Krishna Bahadur Mahara has tendered his resignation, the government and ruling party have yet to take a concrete position while the police still haven’t pursued a criminal case, by Anil Giri (kp 02/10/2019), Speaker Mahara resigns following rape allegations: The incident cannot be allowed to become yet another unsolved case (kp 02/10/2019), Women, human rights activists remain mum in Mahara rape case (ht 03/10/2019)

Stop attacks: The ruling party must keep its cadres under control, and the police should take action against those involved in physically intimidating the NC leader and others (ht 0/10/2019)

Governments have no right to dictate what the citizenry can think: The current government is notorious for its attempts to muzzle the free press (kp 30/09/2019)

Bid to attack Minendra Rijal of NC: Main opposition party blames NCP cadres for the incident (ht 30/09/2019)

Authorities rescue children from different childcare homes in poor conditions: The majority of the rescued children are from Karnali zone, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/09/2019)

Anti-corruption campaigner Gyanendra Shahi attacked in Chitwan: Shahi was one among the passengers who criticised Minister of Tourism Yogesh Bhattarai for causing a delay to a Kathmandu-bound Buddha Air flight in Nepalgunj earlier this month, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (kp 29/09/2019), Attack on government critic signals drive to crush dissent: The brutal beating of Gyanendra Shahi is a symptom of the ruling party’s intolerance for any kind of criticism, analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 30/09/2019), Attack on Shahi a severe blow to freedom of expression’ (ht 30/09/2019), Contemptible act: The ruling party cannot use its cadres to intimidate the people criticising the government for its failure to deliver goods and services (ht 30/09/2019)

A majority of Musahar children in a Rautahat village don’t go to school: On school days, children from the impoverished community are seen running and playing in the village, by Shiva Puri (kp 28/09/2019)

For Chepang locals, government services are 80 km away: Officials say they don’t have enough staff to open office near the village, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 28/09/2019)

Press Council wants to monitor journalists’ social media use because it wants them to be ‘role models’: Amendments to the Journalist Code of Conduct could stifle journalists’ freedom of expression on social media, rights advocates say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 27/09/2019)

Dahal owns up to insurgency-era mistakes and pledges to deliver transitional justice: The major parties—Nepali Congress and Nepal Communist Party—are on the same page when it comes to an early conclusion to the drawn-out transitional justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

The unending horror of gender-based violence: Unless we question the very fabric of our social norms and destroy them one by one, nothing will ever change, by Pooja Pant (kp 26/09/2019)

Married as children, women in Bajhang are abused, abandoned and killing themselves: The majority of marriages in the district are still between underage children, which often leads to polygamy and gender-based violence, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 26/09/2019)

Call to form local and provincial bodies to fight human trafficking: Once limited to some districts, human trafficking has now become a nationwide menace, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 26/09/2019)

Beauty pageants for children: Exploitation or harmless entertainment? Such beauty pageants are slowly gaining momentum in Nepal, but what purpose these events serve is yet to be decided, by Arjun Bhattarai (kp 26/09/2019)

In Bardiya, even elected Dalit representatives face caste-based bigotry: Untouchability and caste discrimination may have taken a backseat in public places and platforms, but it is still prevalent on an individual level, say Dalits, by Kamal Panthi (kp 25/09/2019)

Child labour still prevalent in Pokhara: Nearly 400 children were employed as workers in Pokhara in the last fiscal year 2018/19, data shows, by Bina Thapa (kp 25/09/2019)

Government forms new team to re-examine Nirmala’s DNA sample (ht 25/09/2019)

Police are failing rape victims, new human rights commission report says: Nepal’s criminal justice system continues to make access to justice complicated and challenging for victims of rape, according to the report, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 24/09/2019),
More than 1,300 rape cases filed in seven months: NHRC report (ht 24/09/2019)

Around 1,600 children deprived of citizenship: Lack of citizenship certificates has put the lives of many youths on hold in Nawalparasi (West), by Nabin Paudel (kp 24/09/2019)

We need a culture of dialogues in Nepal: A remnant of the feudal past, people are always willing to dole out speeches but never willing to listen, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 24/09/2019)

Human rights education: For harmony in society, by Samjhana Sharma (ht 24/09/2019)

Dahal hints at withdrawing ‘fake’ cases related to Tikapur incident: Tharu activists have long argued that the Tikapur violence was a spontaneous political event and should be treated as such, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/09/2019) [??]

NHRC concerned about deteriorating rights situation (ht 22/09/2019)

Less than a year later, Nepal’s men of #MeToo are back to work: When women came forward to share stories of sexual harassment, there was hope that powerful men were finally going to be held accountable. But today, it’s business as usual, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 21/09/2019)

Man accused of abusing step-daughter released on bail of three lakh rupees (ht 20/09/2019)

As country celebrates the constitution, marginalised groups await amendments: For Madhesis, Tharus, and indigenous groups, the constitution is still a contested document, but the government doesn’t seem too bothered, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 20/09/2019)

Migrant workers returning home without salary and justice from Qatar: Amnesty International: Workers’ exploitation continues despite Qatar’s promise to improve the foreign labour force’s condition, says the latest report, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 20/09/2019) [see AI report of 19/09/2019]

Prejudice in the rights community: Human rights activists should join forces and fight violations regardless of the victims' backgrounds, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (kp 19/09/2019)

Hey men, women don’t want to be told to be like a woman: Nepali women still grapple with sexist language and expressions that most men easily dismiss, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 18/09/2019)

Indian girls trafficked for sex trade rescued, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 18/09/2019)

Bus conductor held from Suvakamana Chowk for raping 11-year-old girl, by Ujjwal Satyal (kp 17/09/2019)

Anup Raj Sharma: We could not be bold enough to pressurise the government: The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission on the weaknesses of the commission, interview with the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/09/2019)

FNJ condemns arrest of nine journos, including secretary (ht 17/09/2019), IFJ condemns arrest of nine journalists (ht 18/09/2019)

NCP ‘resorting to fear-mongering’: Dahal’s appeal to youths to ‘counter’ forces that are trying to fail the system condemned by civil society (ht 17/09/2019)

Government ready to amend transitional justice Act as per international standard: Law minister: Conflict victims say they are ready to support the process if Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal fulfils his commitments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/09/2019)

Women's battle for citizenship continues: The new proposals regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill still treat women as second-class citizens (kp 16/09/2019)

Politics of the Dolpo festival: The violation of the political rights of Dolpo in 2014 is still fresh in the minds of many, by Tashi Tewa (kp 16/09/2019)

Violence against children on the rise, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 16/09/2019)

TRC used as tool to exact revenge: Dahal (ht 16/09/2019) [The unbelievable statement of a person who obviously used the Maoist uprising for his own personal political and economic rise and who is not interested in the fate of his former fighters nor in that of the victims of the uprising and their families!]

New penal code fails minor rape victims: Lawyers, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 14/09/2019)

Committee formed to select transitional justice officials decides to step up efforts: Government is preparing to start consultations with victims to amend the transitional justice act, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/09/2019)

Students say colleges cutting their hair to discipline them is equivalent to harassment: ‘We cut hair at Rs50, while other shops charge around Rs100 to Rs200. It is actually more profitable to students,’ one college principal said, defending his institution’s practice, by Arjun Bhattarai (kp 13/09/2019)

Citizenship debate has reached another low, rights activists say: New provisions in the citizenship amendment bill could further limit equal citizenship rights for women, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 12/09/2019), Lawmakers continue to debate marital naturalisation in Parliament (ht 12/09/2019) [Women and men should be legally treated absolutely equally, regardless of whether they are foreigners or not! Nepal is not the property of men!]

To forgive or not to forgive: Failure of the government to adhere to the Supreme Court verdict in relation to amnesty could further agonize the victims, setting the ground for vengeance and violence, by Deepak Joshi Pokhrel and Rajendra Senchurey (rep 12/09/2019)

Inmates kept in custody in Humla and Mugu for lack of prisons: The accused, remanded into custody, have to stay in police custody until the court’s final hearing, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 12/09/2019)

Despite reservations, parties have their way on transitional justice appointments: Conflict victims say they won’t accept the new teams chosen at the behest of political parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/09/2019) [This is the safest way to secured injustice!]

Recruiting agencies ‘using migrant workers to siphon off US dollar abroad’: Country's foreign exchange reserve depleted by Rs64 billion in the last fiscal year compared to the preceding year, according to the central bank, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/09/2019) [But it is also true that nobody can go abroad with $500 in cash! Everybody knows this. The Nepali citizen Khadka Prasad Sharma Oli recently went to Singapur twice for expensive health treatment. Has he been checked and arrested at TIA? All citizens are equal before the law!]

Fair or not, some say it’s time to talk about skin colour discrimination: Like racism, colourism is largely overlooked and dismissed in Nepal. Some Nepalis say society should start addressing it head on, by June Karkee (kp 10/09/2019), Interethnic representation is fraught with pitfalls: If artists cannot be careful about avoiding exoticising characters, they are better off representing their own, by Pramod Mishra (kp 12/09/2019)

Nepali women are being trafficked to China and sold as wives॥ Bride-buying is becoming increasingly prevalent in China, where men far outnumber women, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 09/09/2019)

Lawmakers demand death penalty for acid attackers, lawyers oppose (ht 09/09/2019), From public harassment to acid attack, legal loopholes emboldening assailants, by Priyanka Adhikari (rep 12/09/2019)

Dahal at odds with govt over Kailali lynchings: By siding with the Tharu people, Dahal has put himself at odds with many of his NCP colleagues who see the Kailali massacre as the most gruesome crime post-Maoist insurgency (rep 09/09/2019)

Discrimination against Dalits still rife, continue to be left out of decision making processes: Marginalisation of members of Dalit communities still persists even though several laws and constitution bar discrimination, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/09/2019)

Human rights body to pull out of committee formed to select transitional justice commission officials: Rights body is recalling Prakash Osti from the committee, saying it does not want to be part of the process that has been heavily politicised, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/09/2019), Panel set to publicize list of TJ bodies candidates this week (rep 09/09/2019)

Health rights a far cry sans regulations: It hasn’t been possible to implement the Health Act, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 08/09/2019)

Freed haliyas stage rally in Dadeldhura, by Baburam Shrestha (ht 08/09/2019), 11 years on, many Haliyas struggle for their rights, by Bira Gadal (rep 08/09/2019)

Amendment to Media Council Bill fails to address concerns: Journalists have demanded that the recommendation committee for the proposed media council be accountable to Parliament, not the government, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/09/2019)

A teenage girl was attacked with acid after her father told a man to stop pursuing her: Muskan Khatun, a ninth grader, suffered burns on her face, chest and hands, and is receiving treatment in Kathmandu, by Bhusan Yadav and Shankar Acharya (kp 07/09/2019) [The government must also be made responsible for not enacting the August 2017 order of the SC to regulate sale and distribution of acids!!],  Hetauda acid attacker still at large: Six years since the incident, police are still struggling to arrest the assailant, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/09/2019), Enact law pronto: The government should enact law to regulate the sale and distribution of acids to prevent women and girls from acid attacks (ht 10/09/2019),

Kin suspect woman murdered over dowry (ht 07/09/2019)

Conflict victims may ‘snub’ TJ process over commissioner appointments (rep07/09/2019)

Bote community in Makwanpur denied licence renewal for fishing: The Bote people fish in the local rivers and rivulets, especially in the Rapti river, which falls inside the Parsa National Park, by Pratap Bista (kp 07/09/2019)  [???? This is the economic survival basis of this small group! At the same time, members of the ruling social groups destroy the nature of the country in many places for the mere sake of profit!]

Can House panel cross-examine SC verdicts? No, say legal experts as unwarranted interference in judicial process will erode judicial independence (ht 07/09/2019)

Will the new commissions go the way of the transitional justice bodies? There is no alternative to making appointments in such commissions transparent and fair, by Mohna Ansari (kp 06/09/2019)

Bhattarai urges Dalits to renounce Hinduism (rep 06/09/2019)

Government to launch mobile app to deliver services digitally: IT experts say use of mobile SIM card registration data for applicant identification problematic; raise concern over cyber threat and misuse of digital information by the state, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/05/2019)

Human trafficking still a major challenge for the country: Despite legal protections and law enforcing agencies in action, Nepali girls, women and children are still vulnerable to human trafficking, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/09/2019),
Over 500 women missing from Nepalgunj border (ht 05/09/2019), Clear-cut laws are needed to fight human trafficking: While the individuals concerned are doing their best to stop it, the laws defining what constitutes human trafficking remain narrow (kp 06/09/2019)

Rift surfaces in committee to select transitional justice commission officials: Committee members are at odds over the selection criteria, chairman fails to rise to the occasion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/09/2019)

Ensure media freedom : The media council should be an autonomous body, free from state control and headed by someone familiar with the media (ht 05/09/2019)

Sit-in staged for journo’s release (ht 05/09/2019)

TJ appointment meeting cancelled at the eleventh hour (rep 04/09/2019)

Lawmakers urge government to remove proposed fine on mediapersons: MP Bimala Rai Paudel has sought licence system for journalists to maintain professional standards, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 03/09/2019), Parties one on rejecting fines for journalists (rep 03/09/2019)

Does blackface have a place in Nepali comedy? Probably not: Stereotypical Madhesi portrayals in popular culture are a big hit, but for the Madhesi community, they are racist and offensive, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 02/09/2019)

No regulation to implement acts related to fundamental rights, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/09/2019)

Where are the disappeared? (rep 01/09/2019)

Guest house owner arrested for raping teenage employee: Thousands of women working in entertainment sector face exploitation (ht 01/09/2019)

Haliya families demand ID card (ht 01/09/2019)

Police rough up a Madhesi man yet again. This time, it’s on video: A viral video from Janakpur shows police pushing and pulling on a Madhesi man, prompting outrage on social media, by Samuel Chhetri (kp 31/08/2019)

Bride trafficking racket busted, four Chinese nationals among 10 arrested: The Chinese men mobilised their Nepali associates to lure unwary girls and women into fake marriages with them (ht 31/08/2019)

Former minister, four others held on charge of human trafficking (ht 31/08/2019)

On the International Day of the Disappeared, one family in Kanchanpur talks about the misery of being torn apart: According to the data available at the district administration office, 53 people have disappeared in the district over the decade-long insurgency period, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 30/08/2019), A day for the victims, and for the future of transitional justice: This day should serve as an occasion to remember the need to continue working towards completing the transitional justice process, by Navaraj Pudasaini (kp 30/08/2019), Victims’ woes unaddressed: CIEDP collected 3,212 complaints but couldn’t probe any, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 30/08/2019), Insurgency victims in Rolpa await return of missing kin, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 30/08/2019)

Implement NHRC’s recommendations, MoFAGA tells local bodies (ht 30/08/2019)

Suicide is preventable: Mental health should be respected as a fundamental right (kp 30/08/2019)

Voices of women unheard in Dolpa local units: Because of male-dominated local units, plans and policies of the local units are not in favour of women in Dolpa, by Chandani Khatayat (kp 29/08/2019)

OHCHR criticizes Nepal over child labor abuse (rep 29/08/2019) [see Torture and forced child labour: UN experts find Nepal violated human rights, by OHCHR including full text of the UN document]

Naturalised citizenship: ‘Law for foreign women married to Nepali men shouldn’t end’ (ht 28/09/2019) [Okay, but most important is that there ist absolutely no difference between the legal tratment of women and men! The current citizensip law clearly violates the fundamental rights of the Nepali citizens!]

Police intensify crack down on sex workers: 121 persons, including 25 transgender, arrested in the last one month, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 29/08/2019)

UN asks Nepal government to bring anti-torture law at par with international standard: The existing provision in criminal code is flexible, legal experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/08/2019) [It is not only the unchanged and continued practice of torture and targeted injuries up to killings by the security forces. Numerous other laws and practices also violate internationally recognized human rights statutes, although Nepal has been a member of the UN Human Rights Council since the beginning of 2018!], Nepal violated human rights: UNHRC (ht 28/08/2019)

Citizenship in limbo: Sub-panel fails to forge consensus on naturalised citizenship, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 28/08/2019)

Make media houses women-friendly: Stakeholders (ht 28/08/2019)

Derailing justice: Transitional justice has taken up a lot of resources. It cannot be allowed to get derailed into an industry that supports interests of conflict spoilers, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 27/08/2019)

SC orders compensation for wrongfully convicted cop: Another cop confesses to stealing service revolvers for which his colleague was sentenced to four years, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/08/2019)

Female workers subjected to forced labour (ht 26/08/2019)

The Right To Environment, by Jivesh Jha (rn 26/08/2019)

Parties’ undue intervention could call credibility of transitional justice process into question: Conflict victims and rights activists say politicians must correct their past mistakes and appoint officials in an impartial and transparent manner, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/08/2019)

Scaring the media, again (rep 25/08/2019)

Nepal is attempting to cripple the National Human Rights Commission: The government’s introduction of the Amendment Bill is putting human rights, one of the pillars of democracy, at risk, by Chun Bahadur Gurung (rep 25/08/2019)

Dalit women representatives in Pokhara say they continue to face discrimination: The representatives say they are disrespected by colleagues and are often relegated to the sidelines, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 25/08/2019)

Forced eviction from public land unlawful: Activists, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/08/2019)

End gender discrimination in citizenship bill: NHRC (ht 24/08/2019)

Conflict victims oppose plan to amend transitional justice act based on a draft they rejected a year ago: As the political parties do not appear serious about ensuring justice, their actions will only promote impunity, conflict victims say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/08/2019), CVCP flays partys’ plan ‘to divide spoils of appointment’ in TJ bodies (ht 23/08/2019), TJ appointments get messy as one nominee declines offer (rep 23/08/2019)

Nine arrested for trying to settle rape case (ht 23/08/2019)

Transitional justice in jeopardy: Keep aside vested interests, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (ht 22/08/2019)

Revised Advertisement Bill: Media owners may end behind bars for a year, by Ashok Dahal (rep 22/08/2019)

Nine minors rescued from a children’s home in Bafal, three arrested: The children were living in dismal conditions, surviving only on rice and salt, authorities say, by Shuvam Dhungana and Bhrikuti Rai (kp 22/08/2019)

Govt unable to control thriving human trafficking (ht 22/08/2019)

Rautahat prison bursting at the seams (ht 21/08/2019)

Bimala Tamang's kin prepare to move apex court, by Sonam Thapa (rep 21/08/2019)

Parties finalising names for two transitional justice bodies this week: Nepal Communist Party will take leadership of the truth commission while Nepali Congress will get the one on disappearances, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/08/2019) [Still active leaders of both parties had political responsibility at that time and are not qualified for this task!], Costs of justice delayed: If the voices of the victims are ignored and justice process is put on hold like this, Nepal’s TJ process is surely going to attract universal jurisdiction, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (rep 20/08/2019), Former attorney general Raman Shrestha is parties’ pick for truth commission: While Shrestha himself says he will not take up the position, conflict victims too are against the parties’ decision, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/08/2019) [?????], NCP’s choice for TRC chair turns down offer (ht 22/08/2019)

‘Women humanitarians risking their lives to help others’ (ht 20/08/2019)

NA offers to set up Maina memorial, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 19/08/2019) [This is a blatant mockery against the background that criminals from the security forces, including in the murder case of Maina Sunuwar, are protected and promoted unchanged by the army leadership and politicians!], Do not obstruct justice (rep 20/08/2019)

Celebrating #Womenhumanitarians: In the aftermath of disasters, women’s specific humanitarian needs are often not adequately identified nor responded to. Women and other minorities face further marginalization during disasters, by Indu Ghimire and Valerie Julliand (rep 19/08/2019)

Nine persons, including NEFIN president, injured in baton charge (ht 18/08/2019)

Case against Chhaupadi: Chhaupadi is rooted in ignorance and unfounded fears, another reason why it must be completely eradicated, by Shiva Kumar Pokharel (rep 18/08/2019)

Man on the lam after ‘thrashing Dalit woman’ arrested, by Ganesh Bishu and Govinda KC (rep 18/08/2019)

Head of Bal Mandir, nation’s oldest non-profit for children, arrested on charges of child trafficking: The director of the organisation has been accused of abetting a British national in unlawfully procuring a Nepali child and assisting in obtaining fraudulent documents to claim the baby, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 16/08/2019)

Pudasaini death mystery:TV host Lamichhane among three arrested, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 16/08/2019), Five-day custody for Rabi Lamichhane, 2 others, by Tilakram Rimal (ht 17/08/2019), Lamichhane fans clash with police, seven policemen injured (rep 17/08/2019), Police lathi-charge Lamichhane supporters; use tear gas to control situation, by Kamal Subedi (rep 17/08/2019)

Concerted efforts stressed to combat human trafficking (ht 16/08/2019)

Overcrowding of Saptari Prison puts inmates at risk of contagious diseases: Six inmates have died in the Rajbiraj-based prison in the last one and a half years, prison officials say, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 16/08/2019)

Worldwide women’s activist: Bandana Rana has risen from local campaigner to a policy-making role on gender rights at the UN, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt 16/08/2019)

Journalists are being arrested for their political beliefs, in eerie reminder of Panchayat days: At least two journalists are in detention on suspicion of their affiliation with the Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/08/2019)

Neglected for giving birth to a baby girl: If there is something our society as a whole must fight together it is this (rep 15/08/2019)

Need for presenting progress of Nepali women stressed (ht (ht 15/08/2019), Civil society, gender rights activists call on govt to present consolidated reports (rep 15/08/2019)

Nepal falls behind in combating human trafficking, says NHRC (ht 15/08/2019)

Two arrested for raping women (ht 15/08/2019)

Police use force on protesters (ht 14/08/2019)

Bill proposed to end child labour in informal sector (ht 14/08/2019)

Geneva Conventions instrumental in reducing suffering, says Welch (ht 13/08/2019), Jail term till death proposed for grave violations, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/08/2019)

Zero VAW cases in Manang (ht 13/08/2019)

She eloped when she was 16. Now she’s serving time for child marriage: The law on child marriage is so vague, it often ends up criminalising victims rather than perpetrators, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 12/08/2019)

Two trafficking suspects held, woman rescued (ht 12/08/2019)

Police baton-charge SRC agitators (ht 12/08/2019)

Government is working on Mass Media Bill with harsher provisions for media sector: The draft bill, currently at the Law Ministry, proposes fines up to Rs 10 million and jail terms up to 15 years or both, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/08/2019)

Ethnic communities to hold a protest rally on World Indigenous Peoples' Day: The indigenous nationalities say the state is still reluctant to address their concerns of identify and inclusion, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/08/2019), Indigenous movement, once a champion for the rights of indigenous people, is losing steam: Activists fighting on behalf of the indigenous population themselves are not hopeful about sustaining their efforts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/08/2019

Trafficking in persons: Nepal must focus on prevention efforts and victims' protection, by Dev Datta Joshi (kp 09/08/2019)

Road to unfreedom: The government's actions show it wants to turn the country into a police state (kp 08/08/2019)

Cases of domestic violence unchecked in Baitadi: Eighty-six cases of domestic violence were filed at the District Police Office in the fiscal year 2018-19, by Tripti Shahi (kp 08/08/2019)

Calls from the police shake up human rights activists: At least three rights activists received calls from the police asking for their professional affiliation, without saying why, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/08/2019)

Nearly 1.5 million Nepali at risk of human trafficking, report says: Aspiring migrant workers, Nepali working abroad, child labour, workers in the entertainment sector and missing persons are more vulnerable human trafficking, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/08/2019), Human traffickers, in a change of tricks, are now waiting across the border: Despite decades of surveillance and awareness programmes, hundreds of women continue to be trafficked across the open Nepal-India border every year, by Madhu Shahi (kp 06/08/2019)

States are beginning to play a direct role in supporting press freedom: The declining state of freedom of expression in the subcontinent needs more exposure, by Achyut Wagle (kp 06/08/2019)

AWC urges NHRC to conduct fair investigation (ht 05/08/2019), No credible basis to conclude Paudel was killed in encounter: Rights groups (rep 05/08/2019)

Costs of delay: International pressure on transitional justice (rep 05/08/2019)

More rape victims seek police help (ht 04/08/2019)

‘Implement sexual and reproductive health rights’ (ht 04/08/2019)

Recommendation committee to consult with victims before picking transitional justice leadership: The move comes in place following concern from various international human rights bodies urging the government to take action, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/08/2019)

NHRC investigation challenges govt claim on Kumar Paudel ‘encounter’ (rep 03/08/2019)

A new film bill draws sharp criticism from Nepali entertainment industry: The proposed bill gives sweeping authority to film censor board and adds unnecessary hassles, filmmakers say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 03/08/2019)

In some colleges, students say teachers are going through their phones: While students decry invasion of privacy, teachers and staff say that they only do it for the protection of their students, by Sneha Dahal (kp 03/08/2019)

Prachanda and the spectre of The Hague: Transitional justice should not be aimed only at hounding and punishing Prachanda for all war-era crimes. But his own party comrades may not be with him on this, by Dinesh Kafle (kp 02/08/2019)

Gender stereotypes: Hamper social inclusion, by Bina Jha (ht 02/08/2019)

Data collection and privacy issues: We need to start talking about who is gathering our personal information and how they are using it, by Jagat Bahadur Kunwar (kp 02/08/2019)

Locals risk their lives to cross rain-swollen Mahakali river: Villagers have to cross the river as they rely heavily on Indian markets across the border for everyday commodities, by Manoj Badu (kp 01/08/2019)

How I suffered violence: Women are still being character-assassinated. How many more suffering women does it take to change Nepali society’s mindset toward domestic abuse?, by Ushma Rebel (rep 01/08/2019)

TJ process prolonged as victims insist on no impunity: Political parties wrangle over appointments to commissions (rep 31/07/2019) [The perpetrator side must not be represented in the commissions, i.e. please no representatives of the political parties, the army and the former monarchy!]

In absence of consumer court, businesses keep getting away with selling substandard products: Although dozens of restaurants and companies are found selling contaminated and low quality food, lengthy administrative process results in little action, by Rajesh Khanal and Krishana Prasain (kp 31/07/2019), Consumers have rights: The government must do everything in its power to establish consumer courts in the country (kp 01/08/2019)

Child marriage still prevalent in areas declared child friendly in Sudurpaschim: Fourteen girls under the age of 20 became mothers in the area in the last three years, health workers say, by Tripti Shahi (kp 31/07/2019)

Four international rights groups criticise government inaction on transitional justice: Nepali government officials say they are working sincerely to conclude the process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/07/2019) [see common statement by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, TRIAL International and International Commission of Jurists; same statement in Nepali], ‘I’ll become global hero if dragged to The Hague’ (ht 30/07/2019) [What bullshit nonsense! Dahal is obviously trying to acquit himself of his co-responsibility for crimes from the time of the uprising!], There are no heroes in The Hague: By throwing an open challenge to be taken to the International Criminal Court, Dahal has also trivialised the hallowed institution (kp 31/07/2019), Govt told to start fresh appointment process‘: Authorities flippant on fulfilling obligations’, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 30/07/2019), Rights bodies urge govt to halt ongoing commissioner appointment process: The process cannot be halted, says the recommendation committee (rep 30/07/2019), Amend the act: The government should not be seen as trying to protect the perpetrators of rights violations during the conflict era; it is time justice is delivered to the victims (ht 31/07/2019)

Dispute over forming panel to investigate Tarai deaths obstructs House, again: Speaker Mahara feels trapped by the positions taken by the ruling and opposition MPs, his advisors says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/07/2019)

Postpartum mothers in Joshibunga carry the weight of old traditions: In many parts of Nepal, new mothers are considered “untouchable” until the eleventh day of delivery, by Tripti Shahi (kp 30/07/2019)

Incidents of child marriage on the rise (ht 30/07/2019)

Women, children go missing from Kailali (ht 30/07/2019)

Chepang women picket Dhading District Administration Office over illegal sand mining: Illegal mine operators have been extracting sand from river and streams in collusion with representatives of rural municipality, locals say, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 30/07/2019)

Ruling party’s repeated failures to ensure representation call its commitment to inclusion into question: The recent selection of the top leadership in its district and metropolis committees has shown a distinct failure to be inclusive, which is mandated by law, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/07/2019)

Badi women can’t detach themselves from social stigma: From propositions of sex to straight out sexual favours from strange men, Badi women bear the burden of their surnames, by Rupa Gahatraj (kp 29/07/2019)

Tracing Disappeared Persons, by Jaya Chor Chapagain (rn 28/07/2019)

National human rights body asks prime minister’s office—again—to report on the status of Nirmala Pant case: The rights watchdog had made 24-point recommendations in January for a fair and credible probe into the 13year-old’s rape and murder, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/07/2019), NHRC asks govt about action on report (ht 27/07/2019)

NHRC for lifting curbs  on women aspiring to work abroad (ht 27/07/2019)

Women workers in construction sector continue to experience exploitation on several fronts: The workers are formally organising against unequal pay, workplace safety, and workplace harassment, and this is helping them protect their rights, recent study concludes, by Chandan Kumar Mandal(kp 26/07/2019)

How government bureaucracy killed a new mother: Goma Osti needed an airlift from Nuwakot to Kathmandu after postpartum complications. But a labyrinthine bureaucracy delayed her treatment by four hours—and took her life, by Arjun Poudel (kp 26/07/2019)

The government should protect intellectual property, not hide behind it: It should make all data easily accessible, not limit its usage by adding unnecessary watermarks, by Deepak Thapa (kp 25/07/2019)

NHRC urges govt to end caste-based discrimination (kp 24/07/2019) [see NHRC report of 18/07/2019, in Nepali]

Police reluctant to register FIR of trafficking victims, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 24/07/2019

People are furious after Home Minister says Nirmala Pant’s rape and murder isn’t a “new phenomenon”: The remark comes just days before the one-year mark of the gruesome incident whose investigation is still incomplete, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 24/07/2019) [It is an outstanding task of the govt, especially of the home minister, to end this phenomenon once and for all. If you are incompetent to do this, Mr Thapa, then you should resign and stop such nonsense talk! This is a political issue in every respect!], Walk the talk (rep 25/07/2019), YouTube videos on Nirmala Pant leave more questions than answers: The 13-year-old’s rape and murder has created a cottage industry of YouTube channels  that churn out sensational crime videos, adding more confusion than clarity, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 25/07/2019), 367 days of injustice (rep

Human rights body summons police involved in killing of Chand cadreHome Ministry has defended the killing, saying security personnel opened fire  in self-defence, but family members tell another story, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/07/2019) [Just as the security forces killed thousands of persons during the times of insurgency only in self-defence??]

Around 50,000 quake-affected families to be removed from government list of beneficiaries: They didn’t sign housing grant agreements within deadline, rebuilding authority says; Lack of  land titles, disability and old age may have kept some people from signing agreements, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/07/2019)

Selective abortion rampant in Siraha, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 23/07/2019)

Debate on external voting rages on, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/07/2019)

‘Innocent people should not be framed in Nirmala’s rape and murder case’, interview with Durga Devi, mother of murdered Nirmala Panta (ht 22/07/2019)

TRC, CIEDP nominations next month, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/07/2019) [Take your time and wait until all the victims and perpetrators have died a natural death. This is likely to happen sooner to the victims and their families due to the circumstances of their lives!]

Despite protests, Public Service Commission continues exams to hire staff for the local level: Protesters have said the vacancy notice is against the principle of inclusion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/07/2019)

Govt told to ensure safe migration, protect rights of women migrants (ht 20/07/2019)

Transitional justice without leaders as parties disagree on candidates: Transitional justice without leaders as parties disagree on candidates, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/07/2019) [And only politically nominated male Bahuns can lead these commissions?]

Early marriage rampant in a village in Mugu, despite being declared child marriage-free four years ago: Mothers as young as 16 struggle to build a comfortable life for themselves and their children, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 20/07/2019)

Chinese company refuses to send Nepalis home without compensation for losses: Thirty-three out of the 44 women want to return to Nepal, but their company has demanded that  the Nepali employment agency pay them upwards of $600 per woman, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 20/07/2019) [Is this the way of cooperation and trust that China wants?]

Conflict victims demand halt to TJ bodies appointment process (rep 19/07/2019)

‘People refuse to rent me a room when I tell them my surname’: New study says despite laws in place, caste-based discrimination is rampant across the country, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/07/2019)

Thousands of domestic violence cases are registered every year, but almost none go to court: Nepal’s law itself favours mediation over prosecution, as domestic violence is regarded to be a family affair, lawyers say, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 19/07/2019)

19 yrs on, freed Kamaiyas still wait for own land, by Pushparaj Joshi (rep 19/07/2019) [The problem began when the late Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala simply declared them free without caring about the fate of these people. All subsequent governments have also shown no interest in it!]

Overcrowding of inmates inside Taplejung’s district prison: The prison currently holds five times its capacity for inmates, by Ananda Gautam (kp 18/07/2019)

Rise against discrimination: How many Dalits possess land in cities? How many Dalit students are enrolled in top-notch private schools and colleges? How many Dalit politicians are there in higher ranks?, by Sangita Chalise (rep 18/07/2019)

Victims of  pollution to be compensated (ht 18/07/2019)

Recruiting for PSC vacancies gets thorny as protests turn aggressive, by Ashok Dahal (kp 18/07/2019)

Anticipating criticism, government puts Mass Communication Bill on hold: After facing public reproach for Media Council Bill and IT Bill, the Oli administration  appears wary of inviting any more criticism, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/07/2019)

For rape survivors, police are not always their friends: Nepal’s police force is heavily male and woefully undertrained when it comes to dealing with survivors of sexual violence, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 17/07/2019), Humiliated again: The police should help victims of sexual assault get justice, not shame them further (kp 18/07/2019)

Women construction workers: Organising for change: More and more women construction workers are joining unions as they help with claiming compensation; Women still earn almost 30 percent  less than men for  the same work, by Feyzi Ismail (kp 17/07/2019)

NHRC for lifting travel ban on female migrant workers (rep 17/07/2019)

Child marriages resulting in divorces in Rukum, by Lokendra Khanal (rep 17/07/2019)

Hundreds protest against FPSC’s job notice (ht 17/07/2019)

Transitional justice: Restructuring of selection panel demanded, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 17/07/2019)

Teachers and officials of prison schools call for better study environment, by Arjun Poudel (kp 16/07/2019)

Waterlogging in district prison (rep 16/07/2019)

Bungal declared first ‘Chhaupadi free’ municipality in Farwest: Bungal’s Mayor Dhan Bahadur Bista says the declaration came after a long, persistent effort from the municipality and various non-governmental organisations, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 15/07/2019)

Anti-child marriage campaigners work amid challenges in Banke, by Rupa Gahatraj (kp 12/07/2019)

Nepali women take to media to expose abuse: Upset by impunity, more women share testimonies of harassment from their own pasts, by Reeti K.C. (nt 12/07/2019)

Chand cadre, police constable die in shootout, by Alisha Shrestha (kp 11/07/2019), CPN cadre, cop killed in exchange of fire (ht), Two including cop killed in incident with armed Chand cadre, by Akson Rai (rep 11/07/2019), Another Chand cadre’s killing raises questions about government’s stance—and style—against the outfit: Killings of citizens, regardless of which party they belong to, cannot be justified,  rights defenders and security experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/07/2019)

The dismissal of gender equality: Although the government does have social inclusion provisions, they are largely ignored or purposefully ridiculed, by Deepak Thapa (kp 11/07/2019)

A year-old child is paying the price of his brother’s eloping with a Dalit: It’s been eight years since Nepal was declared ‘untouchability free’, but caste-based discrimination is still practiced widely in the country, by Pramita Dhakal (kp 11/07/2019)

Police killed a Madhesi man. Home minister blamed it on the man: Opposition obstructs House after ruling party refuses to form  a panel to look into deaths of Saroj Mahato and Kumar Paudel, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/07/2019), Ruling party stands firm against forming probe committee, opposition obstructs House: Opposition lawmakers refuse to buy government’s argument on deaths of Chand party member and Madhesi man in police action, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/07/2019)

10 years on, freed Kamaiyas still wait for rehabilitation : Only 34 percent of Rs317.2 million budget allocated for their rehabilitation has been spent so far, by Nirmala Khadayat (kp 10/07/2019), Settle them pronto: It is the duty of the government to provide shelter, food, health and education to the freed kamaiyas and haliyas (ht 10/07/2019)

Teenager dies under 'mysterious circumstances' (rep 10/07/2019)

Appoint TRC, CIEDP officials after act  amendment, says accountability watchdog (ht 10/07/2019)

Tradition defies the law: Parliament has criminalised Chhaupadi, but the practice still exists due to prevalent social norms, by Labhesh Thapa (kp 09/07/2019) [This reflects the cultural mania determined by men in the patriarchal Hindu state that discriminates against women!]

‘Government money too less to build houses’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/07/2019)

Woman arrested on the charge of killing her husband, by Tanka Chhetri (rep 08/07/2019)

Undue delay in Badarmude rape case (rep 08/07/2019)

Priest accused of sexually abusing schoolgirls in Janakpurdham (ht 08/07/2019)

Government’s apathy renders constitutional commissions ineffective: Dalit, Tharu, Muslim, Madhesi and Inclusion commissions  not a priority right now, an aide to prime minister says, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/07/2019) [This state belongs to the small minority of male Bahuns only! They will do everything to keep all other groups excluded!]

Victim’s family accuse police of inaction (ht 07/07/2019)

Physically punishing students is ineffective, harmful, and illegal but teachers continue to do it: Many school teachers, and even parents, still believe that physically disciplining students is sometimes necessary, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/07/2019) Thrashed student dies, teachers, principal arrested (ht 11/07/2019), Ninth grader dies after severe beating by teachers: Four teachers in police custody (rep 11/07/2019)

With parties still divided on Citizenship Amendment Bill, parliamentary sub-committee fails to make headway: The primary bone of contention remains the provision related to obtaining  naturalised citizenship through marriage, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 06/07/2019) [The main problem is the male superiority delusion of the patriarchal high-caste political elite and their misguided national identity thinking!]

Govt halts Dalai Lama birthday celebration: Diplomats from western countries express serious concerns, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 06/07/2019) [Nepal's Hindu politicians wold never stop celebrations for Hindu religious leaders from in the same way hegemonial India! This is disrespect to the millions of Nepalese citizens who are traders of Tibetan Buddhist beliefs!]

Conflict victims still awaiting justice, by Sonam Lama (rep 05/07/2019)

Girl who escaped child marriage becomes social activist, by Sujata Lama (kp 04/07/2019)

In yet another protectionist move, Oli administration prepares to limit foreign film screenings: A new law will mandate showing Nepali films exclusively for half a year, and limiting  foreign movies—predominantly Bollywood—to 185 days, by Timothy Aryal and Anil Giri (kp 03/07/2019)

Rolpa conflict victims worried about the secrecy of their complaints, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 03/07/2019)

Child soldier issue may reach ICC, warn activists (ht 03/07/2019)

Doctors take exception to new law that allows late-term abortions in special cases: A new provision allows abortions in cases of rape,incest or danger to health at up to 28 weeks, by Arjun Poudel (kp 03/07/2019)

Amid controversy over Bollywood awards, government plans another international event for this year: The international media summit, to take place in the fall, will reportedly cost Rs 200 to 300 million, by Anil Giri (kp 02/07/2019) [Respect freedom of opinion and press freedom first!]

Insurgency’s over but police continue to stop and interrogate people on streets: City residents say they regularly get accosted by police, particularly  at night, asking why they’re out until late., by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 02/07/2019) [Yes, and police must also learn to be polite! Citizens are not under orders and have a right to explanation!]

One killed, several  hurt as police open fire at protesters in Sarlahi: People of Ishwarpur Municipality were protesting against illegal sand mine after a 12-year-old boy died falling into a 30-feet pit, by Ajit Tiwari and Om Prakash Thakur (kp 01/07/2019), Killing of Tarai man brings age-old question to the fore: when can police fire a live bullet?The country’s law enforcement agency fails to exercise restraint during protests in Madhes, rights activists say, by Tika R. Pradhan and Om Prakash Thakur (kp 02/07/2019)  [It's not only the citizens' right to life, the question is also when will the police stop torture and beating and respect the fundamental rights of the people?]

‘NHRC Bill provisions will affect transitional justice’, in terview with HRC Chairperson Anup Raj Sharma (ht 01/07/2019)

Allow LGBTIQ people to join govt jobs, say lawmakers, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 01/07/2019)

Martyrs’ families complain of discrimination (ht 30/06/2019), Police initiate action against its staff amid further erosion of its credibility, by Sujeeta Pradhan (rep 30/06/2019)

Bill to amend NHRC Act in accordance with constitutional provisions: Minister (ht 29/06/2019) [???]

‘Unfair citizenship laws put children at risk of becoming stateless’ (ht 29/06/2019)

Missing children: Girls more vulnerable as human traffickers find it easy to lure them, by Sujita Pradhan (rep 29/06/2019)

Two minor girls raped in Nijgadh Municipality (ht 27/06/2019)

Tarai communities more prone to abuse and torture in police custody, report says: Advocacy Forum says marginalised communities and women are more likely to be abused and tortured in detention, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/06/2019) [See statement by Advocacy Forum - Nepal], Torture in detention up by five per cent: Report (ht 26/06/2019), Citizens in uniform: Differential treatment by the police towards people from the Tarai community is condemnable (kp 27/06/2019)

In the name of merit: It needs emphasising that merit isn’t inherited with the DNA of a person despite claims to the contrary, by CK Lal (kp 26/06/2019)

No justice in sight for rape, murder victim Nirmala, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 26/06/2019)

Locals implement innovative idea to campaign against early marriage: Siraha folk wedding invitation cards that have the age of both bride and bridegroom, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 25/06/2019)

Two girls gang-raped (rep 25/06/2019)

Political violence: Missing the gender lens, by Susan Risal (ht 25/06/2019)

‘Govt invoking reasonable restriction provision to curtail press freedom’: Deteriorating press freedom in Nepal has drawn the attention of international press bodies (ht 25/06/2019)

Fresh bout of political instability: Former Maoists are frightened as a fair investigation into conflict-era cases would send many among them behind bars, by Achyut Wagle (kp 25/06/2019)

Man labelled Dalai Lama’s agent, deported to US: Immigration officials at TIA did so because a man with his name was on China’s most wanted list, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht 25/06/2019) [???], China asked Nepal to ban a Tibetan official from entering the country. Nepali officials got the wrong man: Home Ministry officials said the Chinese side directly communicates with the Department of Immigration, whose top official has sole authority to make decisions, by Anil Giri and Tsering D. Gurung (kp 27/06/2019) [Does the Nepalese government blindly obey all instructions of the Chinese? In any case, the unlawfully rejected person shall be entitled to a public apology from the Nepalese Government and an adequate compensation payment.]

House committee to question Home Ministry over killing of Chand party leader: Lawmakers are concerned over whether Kumar Paudel’s killing in Lalbandi was extrajudicial, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/06/2019), Lawmakers are unconvinced Chand party member was killed in ‘encounter’: Home minister reiterates police version but commits  to forming a probe committee, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/06/2019)

Women no more banished to menstruation sheds in Hima, by DB Budha (rep 25/06/2019)

From a fierce reporter to a minister who wants to muzzle the press: Gokul Baskota, who started his career writing for left-leaning publications, is now one of the prime minister’s most trusted ministers, and a spokesperson for the government, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 24/06/2019)

Appointments in TJ bodies hang in the balance, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 24/06/2019), Committee failsagain to recommend TJ commissioners (rep 24/06/2019)

Rape cases increase in Karnali State (rep 24/06/2019)

Growing child trafficking cases worry Kalikot parents: Eight  trafficked children were rescued from Kathmandu before they were reunited with their families on Friday, by Tularam Pandey (kp 23/06/2019)

How schools are becoming easy  target to fulfil petty party interests: The trend has increased as Netra Bikram Chand-led outfit  intensifies anti-government activities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/06/2019)

Nepal’s government has been quietly facilitating urban refugee resettlement: Despite the lack of a resettlement policy, successive governments have  assisted the resettlement of 139 urban refugees since 2013, by Anil Giri (kp 22/06/2019)

Nepal fails to meet minimum standards for elimination of trafficking: US report, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 22/06/2019) [see report section on Nepal], Trafficking of Nepali women, girls continues  unabated, says report (ht 23/06/2019)

Steps yet to be taken to ensure justice for war-era victims of sexual violence: Two rights bodies file petitions at UN committee to build pressure on the government of Nepal, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/06/2019)

Dhading’s centuries-old temple where women are still barred, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 21/06/2019

People with disability: Do we care?, by Srijana Kattel (ht 21/06/2019)

40 Gorkha-bound Chepang children rescued from Chitwan: The children were being taken to Gorkha without any documents by a man who is currently detained for investigation, by Pramita Dhakal (kp 21/06/2019)

Chepang students in Dhirang suffer in the absence of secondary schoolAspiring students from Dhirang and surrounding villages receive no support to pursue higher studies, by Pratap Bista (kp 21/06/2019)

Why do we encourage women to give up their careers?We, as a society, never question the added responsibility we so often place on women, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 21/06/2019)

As monsoon nears, open drains and uncovered manholes pose even bigger risks: Heavy rains tend to flood the Valley’s streets, obscuring open drains and manholes  from motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/06/2019), Gaping lack of concern: The yearly occurring injuries and deaths due to open manholes and drains can easily be avoided (kp 21/06/2019)

The refugee situation in Nepal can be better: The country has been friendly to refugees, but there is still much room for improvement, by Evan Jones (kp 20/06/2019), Hope to see you soon: The resettlement of Bhutanese refugees gave them a good life, but it also separated families, by Buddha Mani Dhakal (kp 20/06/2019)

CBS report brings to fore huge gender pay gap: Nepali women earn 29 per cent less than equally educated men, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 20/06/2019)

Team formed to monitor human rights violation (ht 20/06/2019)

FNJ’s protest against Media Council Bill enters third phase (ht 19/06/2019)

Two women gang-raped, one accused held (ht 19/06/2019)

Mayor thrashed during meeting (ht 19/06/2019)

Mayor calls off son’s wedding with minor girl after complaint: Dhanusha police says 16 underage marriages were stopped in the past 10 months as more people are reporting child marriage cases, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp 18/06/2019)

City authority says it will auction off goods confiscated from street vendorsKathmandu Metropolitan City has seized goods worth Rs 1.5 million in four months, by Anup Ojha (kp 18/06/2019), Street trade and social justice: The government must adopt clear rules for responsible vending (kp 19/06/2019)

Family confines 14-year-old disabled boy at home: The family cannot afford to take Madan to Kathmandu for treatment, by Nabin Paudel (kp 18/06/2019)

Without personal means and support from government, mother of acid attack survivor struggles to foot medical bills: Kamala Khadka can expect financial aid only after a final verdict on her daughter’s case, by Nayak Paudel (kp 17/06/2019)

Violence against girls: Let’s talk about it, by Kokila KC (ht 17/06/2019)

Opaque government: Government cannot use security as a reason to reduce transparency (kp 17/06/2019)

Police arrest mastermind of human trafficking racket in the Capital: The 40-year-old was involved in smuggling Nepalis into Libya, promising them lucrative jobs in European countries, by Nayak Paudel (kp 16/06/2019)

Slim chance of Supreme Court reviewing its 2015 ruling on transitional justice, official says: The landmark verdict struck down a dozen provisions, directing government to provide  no amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights violations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/06/2019)

Children in storm-affected districts unable to go to school, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal and Pushpa Raj Joshi (rep 16/06/2019)

Students at a Janakpur basic school go to school—not to study but to teachTwo months since the start of the academic session, students at Shree Basic School have yet to get textbooks and hence they teach their juniors, by Santosh Singh (kp 16/06/2019)

Ills of the Guthi Bill: The biggest blunder is disqualifying indigenous people from their rightful ownership of community structures, by Sanyukta Shrestha (kp 16/06/2019)

Windstorm victims protest after their names went missing from the beneficiary list: Protesters claim people’s representatives removed their names for political reasons as they supported a different political party, by Pawan Yadav (kp 16/06/2019)

Government limits access to Singha Durbar amid criticism for being intolerant. Home Ministry’s measures to keep the seat of government  out of bounds to public and journalists draw flak, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/06/2019)

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), Comedian Gautam released on general date, by Nayak Paudel (kp 17/06/2019)

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), Pro