DPM Thapa meets UN Human Rights chief in Geneva

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa on Thursday met with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, at the latter's office in Palais Wilson, Geneva, and exchanged views on the overall situation of human rights in Nepal.

On the occasion, views were exchanged on the recent promulgation of the new Constitution and the efforts of Nepal in implementing human rights obligations and commitments, according to the Geneva-based Permanent Mission of Nepal.

Thapa gifted a copy of Nepal's Constitution to the UN human rights chief on the occasion.

"The Deputy Prime Minister shared Nepal’s commitment to further promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all the citizens with equality, equity and justice," the Mission said in a statement.

DPM Thapa highlighted the salient features of Nepal's Constitution, presenting it as democratic and inclusive in nature.

The incorporation in the Constitution of a large number of human rights issues at an ambitious level makes its implementation a challenging task, he said and added that the Government of Nepal is fully committed to take up these challenges, according to the statement.

Thapa also asked for the assistance from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) towards strengthening the capacities of the various national human rights institutions envisaged by the Constitution.

In response, the High Commissioner welcomed the promulgation of an inclusive and democratic Constitution by the Constituent Assembly with adequate provisions of human rights and fundamental freedom, and wished for successful implementation of the Constitution.

According to the statement, he said the OHCHR would extend all possible support to strengthen the constitutionally provisioned human rights institutions.

"The High Commissioner also welcomed the recent election of the first female President in Nepal."