Kathmandu, June 19
The National Human Rights Commission has formed a rapid response team to carry out speedy monitoring of the incidents of human rights violation across the country.
A press release issued by the rights body today stated that the rapid response team had started its work. The team led by the director of Law, Investigation and Monitoring Department of the NHRC will conduct monitoring of human rights violations in the country, including Kathmandu valley, and report promptly to the rights body.
“We would like to request all concerned agencies and stakeholders to cooperate with the team for protection and promotion of human rights,” the release said. According to the NHRC, the recent incidents of human rights violation in the country prompted it to form the team for speedy monitoring and reporting of such cases.
“The NHRC is concerned about the recent government attempts to curtail freedom of expression, cultural and social rights of citizens, state of impunity, extrajudicial detention, torture, rearrest of released detainees, gun-fighting, murder, blast, extortion and use of excessive force in peaceful demonstrations,” it said.
The rights body reminded that it was the duty of every citizen to abide by the law while demanding their rights. “It is also equally important for the concerned authorities to hold dialogues with disgruntled groups. Unfortunately, holding protests even for minor issues and using force on the demonstrators by the state have become a common phenomenon in recent times. The NHRC is of the opinion that this tendency will pose a threat to the culture of human rights,” the rights body stated.
A version of this article appears in print on June 20, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.