Human rights defenders express concern

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 6:

The meeting of the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders has expressed concern over the grave human rights situation and disrespect for the rule of law in the country. It has protested the “unconstitutional and undemocratic royal move.” It called on the authorities concerned to solve the ongoing crisis by holding a “political dialogue” and reinstate democracy. A joint statement by NCHR signed by human rights activists such as Subodh Pyakurel, Gopal Krishna Sivakoti, Gauri Pradhan said that the state is hell-bent on destroying the country’s democratic system. It further accused the state of going against the Paris principle and international humanitarian law. “The state is systematically dismantling the structures of democratic polity and constitutional bodies. We demand that the state stop all undemocratic and irresponsible acts with immediate effect,” the statement demanded.