Kathmandu, August 31
National Human Rights Commission Chairperson Anup Raj Sharma today said the commission would not make any compromise on ensuring human rights to every citizen.
Expressing grief over the loss of lives and properties in the Kailali incident, Sharma stressed the need to maintain law and order in the country.
Talking to a group of Tharu lawmakers at the NHRC office in Kathmandu, he said the government needs to ensure security in the country.
During the meeting, the lawmakers drew NHRC’s attention toward mobilization of army in various districts. According to them, human rights situation in the riot-hit districts is worsening every day as the government has mobilized army imposed curfew in the districts.
They said Tharu women were manhandled, youths were forced to flee their villages and many were framed or charged falsely while the local administration remained a mute spectator when the houses of Tharu people, including lawmakers, were vandalised or set ablaze.
Accusing the administration of not handling the situation wisely, the lawmakers urged NHRC to call an all-party meeting to peacefully resolve the crisis. In response, Sharma acknowledged that people should be allowed to assemble peacefully, raise their concerns, and live fearlessly.
NHRC also said teams have been deployed to the riot-hit districts to inspect the human rights situation there.
According to NHRC officials, a team of human rights activists led by NHRC member Sudip Pathak has been deployed in Kailali. Another team led by member Mohana Ansari has been deployed in Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu and Dang.
Similarly, a team headed by NHRC member Govinda Sharma is all set to leave for Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, and Illam on Tuesday.
A version of this article appears in print on September 01, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.