Be firm on habeas corpus cases: UN rights chief tells CJ

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 25:

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, today meet Chief Justice, Hari Prasad Sharma, and discussed human rights situation in the country and the judiciary’s role in protecting people’s rights.

According to a highly-placed Supreme Court source, Louise expressed concern over the role of apex court regarding human rights protection through habeas corpus cases. She was worried about its role in habeas corpus orders while releasing people from illegal detention by the security agencies.

She advised Chief Justice Sharma to be firm and strongly intervene on such issues in order to protect the rights of individuals during the conflict. Sharma, however, told Louise that the apex court and other courts are playing a vital role in this regard. Louise wanted to know whether the security agencies were obeying court orders.