Kathmandu, February 19
Former chief justice Sushila Karki released the Informal Sector Service Centre ‘Yearbook 2018’, with the recommendation that the government and concerned stakeholders address the issues raised therein.
INSEC has said that the recommendations received from the United Nations’ Universal periodic review ought to be followed and implemented and the government should be responsible for implementing the Supreme Court verdict, the National Human Rights Commission’s recommendations, initiate legal action against the guilty for human rights violation to end impunity, ratify the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court and expedite the rehabilitation process of earthquake survivors.
INSEC has also said in its report that the convention on Rights of migrant workers and their families needs to be ratified and effective plans have to be made to implement fundamental rights such as education and health and the National Human Rights Action Plan. The government has to also effectively enforce a transparent and accountable action plan by involving local, provincial and federal governments to ensure attainment of sustainable development goals.
“In the past, due to lack of policies, opportunities and lack of prioritisation with regard to raising the living standard of people, especially the backward community,a significant number of unemployed youths were compelled to go for foreign employment and join risky jobs,” the report said, adding, “Going back to our difficult past it is hoped now that the new government will build a peaceful and prosperous democratic Nepal.” The report also said the election result has brought hope among the people that a stable government will be in place.
In the Yearbook launch programme former CJ Karki did not comment on the new government, bur said she is waiting and watching. She criticised the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s Political and Human Rights Expert Sushil Pyakurel said the democratic pillars should be strong for the sake of good governance in the country.
Analyst Prakash Bhattrai spoke on the Yearbook’s weak points and plus points. INSEC Chair Subodh Raj Pyakurel and Executive director Bijay Raj Gautam briefed about the overall human rights situation in the year 2017 in the programme.
A version of this article appears in print on February 20, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.