British Minister calls NHRC to end impunity

Kathmandu, July 18:

Visiting British Minister Lord Malloch-Brown today called the National Human Rights Commission to put an end to the culture of impunity.

The British minister made the call during a meeting with NHRC commissioners and chairman Kedar Nath Upadhyaya.

Brown, who looks after the affairs of Asia, Africa and the United Nations, said protection of human rights plays a major role in successful resolution of any conflict.

“Sustainable peace cannot be established in the country without putting an end to impunity,” a press release issued by NHRC secretary Bishal Khanal quoted Brown.

With the abolition of monarchy, the nation is being run on the basis of consensus politics, Upadhyaya, adding that the rights body was serious about ending the culture of impunity.

Upadhyaya said the constitutional body would urge the government to implement NHRC’s recommendations through the Constituent Assembly.

During the discussion, NHRC commissioner Gauri Pradhan said that killing and violence have been posing a threat to the rule of law.

Minister Lord Malloch-Brown also called on Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. The two discussed the present political scenario.

In his meeting with PM Koirala, Brown is learnt to have said that consensus politics will take

the peace process to a logical conclusion.

Brown also met CPN-Maoist chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal at the Maoist parliamentary party

office. The two discussed ties between Nepal and the United Kingdom.

Brown also met Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal. The two discussed security issues.

The British minister also inaugurated British Council’s online resource centre. The online resource centre has e-brary (electronic library), which has over 9000 titles and more than 300 leading academic and professional publishers. It also has Infotrac, which contains nearly two million full text articles. The database also contains some 200 top business and management journals.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Brown said the new online setup had created a new platform to enhance the objectives of British Council.

He also said the centre would promote knowledge through different programmes aimed at exchanging cultures between Nepal and the UK.

A statement released today said the new IT-based learning centre was aimed at teachers, young professionals and youths studying different courses at British Council and those seeking access to employment opportunities in the UK.

Earlier, upon his arrival in Kathmandu, Brown said he is here to know about political situation in Nepal after the CA election.

“I look forward to discussion with a range of people during my visit including the Prime Minister, political party leaders, the National Human Rights Commissioners, senior government officials and members of civil society.”