Nepal

[Joint Statement] Nepal: Ensure safety of returning migrant workers
12 June 2020 2:26 pm

Nepal: Ensure safety of returning migrant workers (Bangkok/Kathmandu, 12 June 2020) – Inadequate quarantine facilities and mismanagement of Nepal’s migrant workers returning from India could lead to a human rights crisis, rights groups said. In a joint statement, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and seven of its member organisations urge the [ Read more ]

Nepal: COVID-19 not an excuse to silence dissent
11 June 2020 5:31 pm

In response to the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations outside of the Prime Minister Oli’s official residence in Kathmandu on 9 June 2020 against Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: What was clearly a peaceful demonstration adhering to physical distancing protocols turned violent when police cracked down on protestors, [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Nepal: End impunity for caste-based discrimination and killings
9 June 2020 6:18 pm

Nepal: End impunity for caste-based discrimination and killings (Bangkok/Kathmandu, 09 June 2020) – The recent killings and attacks against the Dalits exemplify the deep-rooted caste-based discrimination and impunity in Nepal and it must end, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and seven of its member organisations in Nepal, said. The attack against [ Read more ]

[Case Study] Joint Land Ownership: Equal Ownership and Equal Rights of Men and Women
13 December 2019 5:51 pm

FORUM-ASIA organised its second Global Advocacy Learning Programme (GALP) on Human Rights and Development in Thailand on 27 October – 2 November 2018. Below is a case study written by one of the participants of the GALP in 2018. More information on GALP can be found here. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this [ Read more ]

Nepal: Amendment Bill of National Human Rights Commission Act will weaken the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal
24 May 2019 6:01 pm

Nepal: Amendment Bill of National Human Rights Commission Act will weaken the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (Kathmandu/Bangkok, 24 May 2019) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) expresses its deep concern over a proposed bill to amend the National Human Rights Commission Act 2012 (NHRC Act 2012). The Government of [ Read more ]

‘If you are grounded and assure you are very close to the issues at the grassroots, you can identify the root causes of human rights violation.’ – Interview with Lubha Raj Neupane, Executive Director of Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC)
5 April 2019 4:22 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Lubha Raj Neupane, Executive Director of Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), a movement-based organisation from Nepal and new member of FORUM-ASIA. Lubha has been an advocate for the rights of women and children for a long time, and believes that women’s rights and social justice are prerequisites for peace and sustainable development in [ Read more ]

‘Civil and political rights, such as freedom of expression and association, cannot be fully realised unless you have economic, social and cultural rights safeguarded.’ – Interview with Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhakal, Newly Elected Executive Committee Member of FORUM-ASIA
9 January 2019 11:42 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhakal, one of the newly elected Executive Committee Members of FORUM-ASIA and the Chairperson of Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Nepal. As a human rights defender, Suresh shared with us his experiences with the land rights movement, difficulties faced by the landless and smallholder farmers, and the [ Read more ]

Discussion Session on Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Nepal: Looking at the Problems in Legislation and Practice
7 January 2019 3:04 pm

Discussion Session on Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Nepal: Looking at the Problems in Legislation and Practice   17 January 2019 Kathmandu, Nepal *** According to the World Press Freedom Index, Nepal ranks second in South Asia in 2018, which positioned them at 106 among 180 countries worldwide in regards to press freedom. [ Read more ]

From Our Member Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), Nepal – Dr. Indira Shrestha Nominated as Chairperson of INSEC
19 November 2018 2:43 pm

[19 November 2018] Informal Sector Service Centre INSEC executive committee meeting on November 16, 2018 has nominated Dr. Indira Shrestha, executive committee member, as the chairperson of INSEC. Executive committee meeting also approved the resignation of chairperson Mr. Subodh Raj Pyakurel. Mr. Pyakurel had resigned after his appointment as the vice-chairperson of the Planning Commission [ Read more ]

The 11th ANNI Regional Consultation from 6-7 March 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal
6 March 2018 10:06 am

From 6-7 March 2018, the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) is holding its yearly Regional Consultation in Kathmandu, Nepal. The 11th Regional Consultation is co-hosted with FORUM-ASIA, which holds the Secretariat of ANNI, and local member INSEC. Throughout the two-day meeting issues scheduled to be discussed are: reviewing the action points [ Read more ]