Grant quake survivors' right, stresses NHRC

KATHMANDU:  The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has stated that the grant promised by the government to the earthquake survivors is a right of the survivors, not just a state obligation.

In a report made public today, the human-rights watchdog stressed that giving the grant once would not solve problems of the survivors and urged the government to focus on education, health and employment opportunities for them.

The report was released by NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma amid a programme at Hariharbhawan of Lalitpur, on Wednesday.

The report was a compilation of complaints it received since its establishment on May 26, 2000 and status of their implementation, according to a statement issued by the Commission today.

The NHRC had studied 738 complaints regarding human rights exploitation and their follow-ups, implementation of recommendations and their present conditions to prepare the report.


As per the NHRC records, 14.3 per cent of its recommendations on rights of the quake survivors were implemented whereas the government records show it was 30 per cent.

According to NHRC Spokesperson Mohna Ansari, the report was a result of on-site investigations conducted so far by the Commission.

This report includes murder cases, incidents of caste discrimination, violence against women, economic or social discriminations among others.

The NHRC had studied the incidents at different levels through interaction programmes, interviews and data from government offices for the assessment of the situation.

Meanwhile, the report has advocates for re-establishment of the human rights exploitation victims in the society with the government’s effort as per the Constitution and formulation of laws for the same.