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Impunity and Rule of Law PDF Print E-mail

FOHRID has identified various issues that need to be intervened with priority under impunity and rule of law theme. Overall objective of this theme is combating impunity for promotion of accountability, and strengthening the notion of rule of law. Enabling non-state actors to combat impunity so as to strengthen rule of law and organize, enable and forward concerted efforts of rights-holders seeking accountability is necessary to combat impunity and promote accountability in Nepal. We cannot significantly improve human rights situation till we prevent torture and impunity, and work for criminalizing disappearance and torture as well as replace existing Torture Compensation Act, 1996. We need to formulate and enforce new Bill Relating to Prohibition of Torture in line with the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and build public campaign for accession and domestication of Optional Protocol of CAT.

The Supreme Court has made landmark decisions on some cases relating to impunity and victim's justice. But these decisions have not been implemented effectively till now. Therefore, it is necessary to carry out campaign for implementation of impunity related verdicts of the Supreme Court. At the same time, it is necessary to file cases (FIR/PIL) on behalf of victims of serious crimes under international law including torture to ensure their access to justice. Dealing with past violence and prosecute perpetrators / emblematic cases of human rights violation, work to formulate a new legislation against impunity, and amendment of existing laws that encourage impunity, alongwith reform in criminal justice and penal system is necessary to end impunity and promote accountability. Ending impunity and promotion of rule of law is possible when we carry out sensitization on international human rights instruments including CAT, Convention Against Enforced Disappearance, Rome Statute of ICC, and reform and formulate new legislation accordingly; build public campaign for accession to Rome Statute and it's domestication in Nepal; combat child recruitment in armed groups and impunity; and address equal representation of women in the judiciary. FOHRID has implemented number of activities covering various specific areas and issues under this theme.

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Press Release

Impunity aggravated by promotion of those alleged of serious human rights violation, failure to prosecute and case withdrawal in Nepal 11 October 2012, Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal government has failed to bring into justice system and prosecute those who are alleged of inv... Read more
International Justice Day-2012, FOHRID Urges Government of Nepal to ratify the Rome Statute of ICC 16 July, 2012, Kathmandu, Nepal Every year on 17 July the world celebrates International Justice Day (IJD) to commemorate the adoption ... Read more
Nepal: Criminalize torture and end impunity June 25, 2012, Kathmandu,Nepal We are observing June 26, 2012, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The expressio... Read more
Appeal for immediate accession/ratification of the OP-ICESCR by Nepal Government 07 May 2012 (2069 Baishakh 22), Kathmandu, Nepal Nepal Government should immediately accede/ratify to the Optional Protocol to the Inte... Read more
Nepal must strengthen prosecution against impunity 12 January 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal. UK authorities arrested Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama on 3rd January 2013 from Sussex for his alle... Read more
Appeal to Nepal government to become accountable to respect and protect people's right to life 28 January 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal   Similar to the previous years, people in terai faced severe cold wave this winter also, ... Read more

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