Nepal | August 11, 2020

Human rights monitoring panel formed in all districts

Government urged to protect migrant workers and students during lockout

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, April 30

Joint Human Rights Situation Monitoring committees have been formed in all 77 districts of the country to carry out monitoring of human rights situation during the adverse situation created by COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee comprises representatives from the National Human Rights Commission, Nepal Bar Association, Federation of Nepali Journalists and NGO Federation of Nepal.

Issuing a press release today, the rights body said high level, central level and provincial level committees had been formed.

According to the NHRC, the committees were monitoring the overall rights situation with special focus on the actions taken by the government to combat COVID-19, arrangement of medical treatment for COVID-19 and regular patients, consumer rights, freedom of expression, access to the judicial administration and citizens’ duties, among others.

The NHRC said the committee had already started functioning and would submit its report to the government along with suggestions. The rights bodies have repeatedly called upon the government to ensure that human right is at the centre of their emergency response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Even as cases of COVID-19 are increasing at an alarming rate, the government has yet to take effective measures aligned with human rights standards to safeguard people, particularly the vulnerable and marginalised, read the release.

Meanwhile, the NHRC has called on the government to ensure protection of the rights of jailbirds, students and migrant workers. It had conducted monitoring of the human rights situation of detainees and prisoners in detention centres and the prisons in Kathmandu and Lalitpur earlier this week.

The monitoring team led by NHRC member Sudip Pathak found prisons and detention centres not implementing mandatory social distancing due to lack of adequate space.

The Sundhara-based Central jail is crammed with 3,164 detainees and prisoners against its capacity of 1,250. However, there was access to sanitation facility, health check-up, sanitiser, water supply and other measures against the spread of COVID-19.

“Though no case of COVID-19 has been detected in prisons so far, they are highly vulnerable to infection in all 72 prisons across the country due to their dilapidated infrastructure and poor sanitation,” the NHRC said.

It warned many Nepali migrants were facing problem of livelihood as they had been rendered jobless due to COVID-19 and were prone to the pandemic.

“Nepali trainees and students in various countries, including Bangladesh and Qatar, have been stranded and are facing difficulties. The NHRC has received complaints through telephone, email and information disseminated by mass media. Thus, we draw the attention of the government, especially the ministries of foreign affairs, health and population, and labour, employment and social security to resolve these problems in a human rights-friendly manner,” it said.


A version of this article appears in e-paper on May 1, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Isolation ward set up

RAJBIRAJ, AUGUST 9 With the rise of COVID infection, Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality has brought an isolation ward with 100 beds into operation in the rural municipality of Saptari district. As many as 28 infected people are receiving treatment in the new isolation ward set up at Public Hig Read More...

‘Ruling party lawmakers against provincial govt’

HETAUDA, AUGUST 9 Bagmati Province Chief Minister Dormani Poudel today claimed that lawmakers of the Provincial Assembly from his party were hatching a conspiracy against his government. Inaugurating Fifth Makawanpur District Assembly meeting of District Coordination Committee in Hetauda, CM P Read More...

CIAA books Nepal Water Supply Corporation employee with bribe in Dhading

KATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has detained a government employee with a bribe of over Rs 1 million from Dhunibensi  Municipality-8 in Dhading district. The arrested, identified as engineer Santosh Sah, Chief of Nepal Water Supply Corporation, Butw Read More...

DC shooting leaves 1 dead, some 20 injured

WASHINGTON: A dispute that erupted into gun fire during a large outdoor party in Washington, DC, early Sunday left one person dead and some 20 others injured, including an off-duty officer “struggling for her life,” according to police. Christopher Brown, 17, died in the shooting that occurre Read More...

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

BRIDGEWATER: President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden cash-strapped state Read More...

Department of Immigration, visa services

Department of Immigration halts visa services after a staffer tests positive for Covid-19

KATHMANDU: Department of Immigration (DoI) has halted its services from Monday until further notice after one of its employees was diagnosed with Covid-19. As there has been a steady rise in coronavirus-infection cases in many parts of the country, government offices have been conducting PCR test Read More...

Indonesia volcano spews huge ash cloud in second eruption in 3 days

JAKARTA: An Indonesian volcano spewed a giant ash cloud 5 km (3.1 miles) into the sky on Monday in its second eruption in three days, emitting a thunderous noise and turning the sky dark, authorities and witnesses said. The eruption of Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra comes after more th Read More...

Yemen's UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains

SANAA: Houses in Yemen's UNESCO-listed Old City of Sanaa are collapsing under heavy rains, as months of floods and storms assail a country already reeling from war, food shortages and disease. The distinctive brown and white mud brick houses of Sanaa's historic neighbourhoods, which date from b Read More...