Tarai human rights situation 'sensitive': NHRC

KATHMANDU: A National Human Rights Commission monitoring found that human rights situation in some Tarai districts, hit by months-long political protests, was 'worrisome and sensitive'.

The constitutional human rights watchdog said a recent monitoring in Siraha, Saptari, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi and Rautahat districts found that people were deprived of their basic human rights.

The monitoring team had included NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma, its members and secretary, NHRC spokesperson Mohna Ansari said in a statement today.

"It was found that members of the public were fined while paying taxes as the government offices were closed for a long and police were not doing investigations into significant cases," the statement said, "The psychological and financial condition of families of those died and injured in the agitation was pitiful."

The NHRC once again has urged the government to assure free and effective treatment to injured of the clashes during the agitation.

According to Ansari, the NHRC monitoring team had held interactions with government officials, security officials, political leaders, civil society representatives, human rights activists, journalists and members of the public.