Nepal | October 23, 2020

NHRC concerned about curbs on free speech

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:


The National Human Rights Commission has expressed concern about deteriorating condition of freedom of movement and freedom of expression in the country.

Incidents of preventing Nepali Congress leader Minendra Rijal from attending a programme in Tanahun and attack on Gyanendra Shahi in Chitwan recently have posed threat to citizens’ right to freedom of movement and freedom of expression, the rights body said.

The National Human Rights Commission reminded the government that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-1948, and the constitution had guaranteed the right to freedom of expression, assemble peaceably, and the right to reside in any parts of the country.

“The NHRC observes that these incidents have violated the fundamental rights of citizens, but the government has yet to express its commitment towards guaranteeing these rights in future,” read a press release issued by the rights body today. The government’s apathy to bring to book the perpetrators of these incidents has raised serious question on its commitment to good governance and human rights in the country.

“Lack of seriousness on part of the government on freedom of movement and freedom of expression is not good for any country. Therefore, the NHRC urges the government to create an environment where citizens can enjoy their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, movement and expression without fear,” the release stated.

The National Human Rights Commission has also called on the government not to ‘hijack the fundamental rights of citizens under any pretexts. “The NHRC requests the government to bear all expenses incurred during for the treatment of Shahi and initiate action against the guilty, by conducting a fair investigation into the incident.

A version of this article appears in print on October 02, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 41.19 million, death toll at 1,130,036

LONDON: More than 41.19 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,130,036​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December Read More...

Bale starts for Spurs in comfortable 3-0 win over LASK

LONDON: Gareth Bale started for Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in seven years and helped them to a 3-0 win over Austria’s LASK in their first match of the Europa League group phase on Thursday. Lucas Moura opened the scoring after 18 minutes and Bale’s square pass was turned Read More...

Free COVID treatment people’s right: Deuba

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 22 The main opposition Nepali Congress today condemned the government’s decision to charge people for COVID-19 test and treatment. NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba issued a press release demanding repeal of the government’s decision. Deuba urged the government to provide Read More...

‘NHRC report a positive step towards justice’

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 22 A recent report published by the National Human Rights Commission that features details of human rights violations committed by 286 persons in the last two decades is a step towards ensuring accountability and combating impunity for human rights abuses in Nepal, said Asian N Read More...

Media houses asked to provide salary, facilities to working journalists

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 22 The Federation of Nepali Journalists has demanded that all the media houses immediately release due payments, including regular remuneration and Dashain allowance to working journalists and employees. Issuing a statement here today, FNJ General Secretary Ramesh Bista made Read More...

Special security strategy for festivals

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 22 The Metropolitan Police Office, Ranipokhari, has enforced a special security strategy in Kathmandu valley, bearing in mind potential criminal and unlawful activities during the festive season. According to MPO, the new security arrangements were put in place to make secur Read More...

NA to organise symbolic Phulpati Badhai today

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 22 The Nepali Army is going to organise Phulpati Badhai ceremony tomorrow at Sainik Manch in Tundikhel, Kathmandu. The day marks the seventh day of the 10-day Dashain festival. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the supreme commander-in-chief of Nepali Army, will grace the e Read More...

Manang Village, Marshyangdi river, Gangapurna lake

Hotels in Manang reopen

LAMJUNG, OCTOBER 22 The hotels that closed for the past many months due to coronavirus have resumed operation at Manang Disyang Rural Municipality, Manang. Hotels in Pisang, Ngawal, Humde, Bhakra, Tankigaun, Tankimanang, Gharu and Khangsar of the rural municipality opened on October 14. Tou Read More...