News Archive

MARCH, 2024


  • Eight-point agreement reached between cooperative victims and govt, all protest programs suspended On Thursday, the victim side and the government negotiation team formed a high-powered committee at Singha Durbar and reached an eight-point agreement including the immediate return of the fund of depositors, and the victim side decided to suspend all the protest programs.
  • New law to be drafted to address demands of Swargadwari Guthi victims : The agreement was inked on Wednesday between the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation and the Swargadwari Guthi (Trust) Victim Farmers’ Struggle Committee.
  • Political upheaval at the Labour Ministry continues to hurt Nepali workers : : With approximately 15 per cent of Nepalis working abroad, lack of reform and institutional memory has serious consequences – including death.
  • Nepal launches milestone action plan on business and human rights: Nepal government has launched the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, a milestone in promoting responsible business and strengthening human rights standards in Nepal. The action plan is a part of the government’s strategy to promote economic development while safeguarding the rights of its citizens and the environment. With the launch of the programme, Nepal has become the second country in South Asia and the 41st globally to adopt such a strategic framework adopting human rights in business. The five-year plan will conclude in 2028.
  • Aayog request to the government to bring the perpetrators of the caste discrimination incident to the legal scope : : The National Human Rights Commission has requested the government to thoroughly investigate the cases of caste discrimination and bring the culprits to justice. Today, the 59th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is being celebrated with the main slogan ‘Let us all be responsible for eradicating untouchability and caste discrimination’. On the occasion of the day, the commission published a press release and urged the three levels of government to ensure an environment free of caste discrimination by eradicating incidents related to caste discrimination and untouchability in the society. In addition, the commission has also requested political parties, non-governmental organizations and citizens to be fully committed to the task of ending discrimination in the society.
  • Nepal reported 70,000 new TB patients last fiscal year: : The country reported almost 70,000 new patients of tuberculosis (TB) in the fiscal year 2079/080 BS. According to the National Tuberculosis Center, only 37,447 patients received treatment of the total 70,000 new patients reported in the year 2079/080 BS. TB claims 18,000 lives in the country every year.
  • Nepali nationals recruited in Russian army face fatal consequences : : Nepalis recruited into the Russian army are often deployed at the forefront of the battle, says a returnee mercenary, adding, “If you refuse to advance, you risk being shot by your own commander.” According to Sirjan Bahadur Singh from Kanchanpur, who enlisted in the Russian army, the commanders overseeing Nepalis in the Russian army are Russians.
  • Domestic violence to daughter from mother
  • It is said that mother’s love for children is selfless and profound. Ranju (name changed) also considered her father to be the same. She got married at the age of 17 against her mother’s wishes. However, his marriage did not last long. Divorced to raise two children by herself.
  • The in-charge of the health post was arrested on charges of caste discrimination against Anami in Mugu: The district police office arrested In charge of the health post on Monday on charges of caste discrimination. Police Inspector Prakash Singh Karki, Information Officer of the District Police Office, informed that in charge Suraj Kumar Shahi of the health post was arrested on the charge of caste discrimination against Anami Tulsa Vishwakarma working at Soru Rural Municipality-9 Khanayan health post.                                                        



  • Nepal’s chance on transitional justice : :The new left-led coalition in Kathmandu could pave the way for progress on finally addressing conflict atrocities, but first the government’s proposed bill in Parliament needs some important changes to ensure justice for victims. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has held several meetings with opposition leader K P Oli of the UML over the past few months because he knew that the bill could not be passed without UML support.
  • Rights groups urge Nepal to revise transitional justice law for accountability: : Human Rights Watch and Advocacy Forum-Nepal have called for significant amendments to Nepal’s proposed transitional justice law. The 50-page report published on Tuesday highlights the importance of revisions to ensure justice for survivors and victims of the country’s civil war. Despite improvements in the bill, concerns remain over its ability to address serious crimes and provide reparations.
  • Govt’s common resolution places top priority to conclude transitional justice issues, curb corruption: : The ruling alliance on Tuesday unveiled its Common Minimum Policy, Priorities and Resolution, pledging to conclude transitional justice and investigate the corruption of any era in the past.  The document was unveiled at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers in Singha Durbar, in the presence of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the top leaders of the parties in the ruling alliance. 

October 2023

Human Rights

Senior Citizen Rights

Child Rights

  • What is online child protection? (3rd October 2023)
    Internet service providers (ISPs) should aim to limit access to such content while minimising the availability of illegal and harmful content for the safety of children on online platforms. It is mentioned in the guidelines issued by the Nepal Telecommunication Authority that it is the responsibility of the ISPs to provide the necessary information and technology to children and parents to protect them from the potential risks of the Internet.
  • Genetics Uncover Childhood Cancer Insights (8th October 2023)
    With an overall survival rate of more than 85% five years after diagnosis, the number of children cancer survivors in the United States is rising. However, survivors may still be more susceptible to a number of illnesses, such as second cancers.
  • Study Links Mental Health to Autism Traits (14th October 2023)
    The study was published in Autism. “Our findings suggest that different aspects of a child’s development may affect each other over time,” explained Einat Waizbard-Bartov, a doctoral researcher in developmental psychology at the UC Davis MIND Institute and the lead author of the paper. “Core autism traits and mental health challenges likely interact throughout development.”
  • Mindfulness app benefits children’s mental health (16th October 2023)
    The findings suggest that remote, app-based mindfulness interventions, which could potentially reach a larger number of children than school-based approaches, could offer mental health benefits, the researchers say.
  • Concluding peace process in focus as leaders meet Guterres (30th October 2023)
    UML chief Oli accuses Prime Minister Dahal of delaying the peace process with his decision to ‘glorify violence’.

Women Rights

Gender Equality

Sexual Assault

September 2023

Human Rights

Transitional Justice

Women Rights

  • Essential feminist authors (2nd September 2023)
  • Pregnant women bearing brunt due to lack of access to health facility (3rd September 2023)
    People of Gurdum village in Dhading district have been deprived of medical treatment for want of a health facility. As a result, pregnant women have been hit hard in particular. The village is inaccessible by a road network while the nearby health facility is at Naubise, around a three-hour walk uphill from the village. “It is a huge success for us to save mothers and newborns at home. There are not skilled birth attendants in the village. No one knows about a birthing center,” said a local Bir Bahadur Tamang.
  • Teej festival furthers women’s equal access: Former President Bhandari (18th September 2023)
    Former President Bidya Devi Bhandari has expressed the belief that the Haritalika Teej festival will vigorously further women’s equal access. She said this in a message of best wishes given on the occasion of the Haritalika Teej today. The former President said that such festivals will contribute to making the social, cultural unity and family relations more cordial by vigorously furthering the women’s equal access in all sectors of society.
  • Teenage girls sold in India rescued through minister’s initiative (24th September 2023)
    Two teenage girls who had fallen victim to human trafficking and were sold in India have been successfully rescued, with the proactive efforts of Women, Children, and Senior Citizens Minister Surendraraj Acharya.
  • Ensure reproductive right (27th September 2023)
    The government’s apathy to providing quality health services puts the achievements thus far at risk. Nepal’s health sector is at a critical juncture with public health infrastructures on the verge of running out of contraceptive tools that give women the right to make reproductive choices. This picture is alarming as it can lead to unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and an increase in maternal and child mortality. Unfortunately, the country is already failing its maternal health commitments, with151 women dying in every 100,000 live births, according to a 2021 report on maternal mortality by the National Statistics Office. The scarcity of contraceptives would be a major setback for a country with decades of well-targeted investments in maternal health, if timely intervention is not made.

Child Rights

  • 13-year-old girl gives birth to a son in Morang (2nd September 2023)
    A 13-year-old girl has given birth to a son at Nobel Teaching Hospital in Biratnagar. Morang Police Spokesperson DSP Ranjan Kumar Dahal said that the girl’s parents took her to the hospital for treatment on Tuesday. During the treatment, it was found that the girl was pregnant. The girl, who allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy, gave birth to a healthy son on Wednesday morning. It is said that she underwent a ‘normal delivery’. DSP Dahal said that the newborn weighed 2.7 kilograms, He added, “From the preliminary investigation, it has been revealed that there was sexual intercourse between the two minors last December. We have started investigating the incident by keeping the newborn under the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.” DSP Dahal said that the court extended the remand after parents of the girl filed a rape case against the boy. Although they had consensual sexual intercourse, the law considers it rape as the age of the girl is below 18.
  • In ‘macho’ Mexico, stage set for first female president (9th September 2023)
    Many women in Mexico, who make up 52 percent of the population, hope the government that takes office in October 2024 will empower them as never before.
  • Juvenile delinquency: Legal and practical gaps (15th September 2023)
    Some children are held for crimes they did not even commit, and they do not know how to get out.
  • SC issues mandamus to resolve ‘juvenile cases’ within 120 days (15th September 2023)
    The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a mandamus to ensure the prompt resolution of juvenile cases within 120 days in accordance with the law. The SC has directed the district court to expedite the resolution of cases after juvenile cases have been unnecessarily delayed in juvenile correctional houses during judicial custody for preliminary investigation. This decision was made by the full bench of Justices Prakashman Singh Raut, Sapana Pradhan Malla, and Til Prasad Shrestha while addressing a writ petition related to habeas corpus. Article 20 (9) of the Constitution and the Children’s Act stipulate that cases should be resolved within 120 days from the date of registration. However, cases that are not resolved within the stipulated time result in children being detained in juvenile correction homes for extended periods.
  • 26,000 children in Karnali Province yet to have their birth registration (16th September 2023)
    As many as 26,000 children have not been registered during their birth in Karnali Province. According to the National Census, 2021, there were 204,638 children below the age of five in the Province. As per the census, 25,990 children were yet to have registered births. Among 87.3 percent registered births, the number of girl children remains higher by 0.7 per cent, according to the census. Lack of awareness is said to be the top cause behind non-registration, the stakeholders said.
  • Nine inmates escape from child reform center in Banke (22nd September 2023)
    At least nine inmates have escaped from a child reform center in Banke, according to police. DSP Narayan Dangi said that police personnel have been deployed to search for the children who escaped the reform center after a clash erupted there claiming the life of a teenager. “Ten children were injured in the clash, and one succumbed to the injuries while undergoing treatment,” said DSP Dangi. The deceased has been identified as Sulav KC from Kanchan Rural Municipality-4 in Rupandehi.
  • One dead, 10 injured as clash erupts in Banke juvenile correction home (22nd September 2023)
    A 21-year-old youth died and 10 others were injured in a clash that occurred at Jayandu juvenile correction home at Duduwa Rural Municipality-6 in Banke district.
  • NHRC to probe repeated incidents of clashes in juvenile correctional homes (27th September 2023)
    Recent weeks have seen a surge in clashes among juveniles residing in correctional homes across various districts in Nepal, with the unfortunate consequence of two fatalities. These incidents have prompted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to initiate investigations and closely monitor the situation within juvenile correctional facilities.

Human Trafficking

  • Nepal Republic Media honoured for supporting campaign against human trafficking (6th September 2023)
    Nepal Republic Media has been honoured for its support in the campaign against human trafficking.On the occasion of the 17th National Day against Human Trafficking, Nepal Republic Media was honoured at a program organised in the capital on Wednesday. Director Shova Gyawali accepted the certificate on behalf of Nepal Republic Media. Gyawali was honoured by the Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Surendra Raj Acharya, who was also the chief guest of the event.
  • ‘All should be united to prevent human trafficking’ (7th September 2023)
    Stakeholders have laid emphasis that all should join hands to prevent and end human trafficking as it is a heinous crime. They said so at an interaction organised by All Nepal Women’s Association on the occasion of 17th National Day against Human Trafficking here on Wednesday. On the occasion, Chairperson of Shakti Samuha, Charimaya Gurung, said political parties should not protect criminals involved in human trafficking. She pointed out the need of bringing those involved in such a heinous crime under the ambit of law. Similarly, social campaigner Gauri Pradhan shared that not only the women, men are also becoming the victim of human trafficking in recent periods.
  • Human trafficking: Over 1,600 persons rescued in five years (17th September 2023)
    One thousand six hundred and seventy-nine persons who had fallen prey to human trafficking have been rescued from various countries, including Nepal, in the last five years.

Caste Based Discrimination

Sexual Assault

  • Office Chief Bhandari arrested on charge of rape (5th Septembet 2023)
    Chief of Statistics Office, Chitwan, Yagyamurti Bhandari has been arrested on charge of raping a lady office assistant for three years. Superintendent of Police (SP) Rameshwor Karki of District Police Office, Chitwan, said Bhandari was arrested based on a complaint filed by the survivor’s brother. Police have advanced a probe into the case by taking approval from the District Court for Bhandari’s stay in custody.
  • Three arrested on charge of gang-rape (21st September 2023)
    Police have arrested three people on charges of gang-raping a young woman. The arrested suspects, aged between 22 and 28, hail from Bhageshwar Rural Municipality-3 in Dadeldhura. An additional 18-year-old youth, believed to be an accomplice in the gang rape, remains at large, and police are actively pursuing him. Authorities have reported that the arrests were made in connection with the sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman at different times and locations. According to the Dadeldhura police, the complaint filed alleges that the incidents occurred on April 18 and April 25.
  • Hearing on rape case against cricketer Sandeep Lamichane at Kathmandu District Court today (24th September 2023)
    The highly anticipated hearing on the minor rape case involving cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane is set to resume today at the Kathmandu District Court. This development comes after the case was adjourned last week due to a shortage of judges, leading to its rescheduling for today.

August 2023

Human Rights

Transitional Justice

  • Nepal non-committal to UN on revising transitional justice amendment bill (10th August 2023)
    The government has refused to commit to the United Nations on revising the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act amendment bill. Responding to the concerns from the United Nations special rapporteurs on various thematic groups, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers replied that as the bill is under the Parliament’s consideration, it is beyond the government’s authority to commit to any changes in it.
  • Legality of transitional justice bodies comes under question (19th August 2023)
    On July 4, the government extended the terms of the two transitional justice commissions that were expiring after two weeks by six months. Since it was not possible to immediately amend the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act because a bill seeking revision to the Act remains stuck in Parliament, the government used the authority to remove difficulties delegated by the law for the term extensions. Section 42 of the Act authorises the government to remove difficulties.

Child Rights

  • New HIV drug formulation may help improve treatment outcomes for children worldwide: Study (3rd August 2023)
    The study, which was published in The Lancet HIV, found that combining three medications – dolutegravir, abacavir, and lamivudine – in a single fixed dose combination (FDC) formulation is safe, well tolerated, and effective for treating children with HIV. Dosing was also reasonable based on the concentrations of each medicine in the blood.
  • Bipana Sharma: A young champion of Child rights (5th August 2023)
    One of Bipana Sharma’s earliest memories is seeing girls of her age working while she was going to school. She remembers asking her father who was supposed to send them to school. To this she got a terse reply: ‘Sarkarko kaam ho’ (it’s the government’s job).“I was just a little girl then and I thought ‘sarkar’ was a person,” says Sharma, who is now 23. She later found out the meaning of the word. Indeed, the government must ensure all children get the opportunity to go to school. But that was not happening in  Sharma’s hometown of Sunwal, Parasi. The situation was far worse in fact. Girls barely in their early teens were getting married off or worse, getting trafficked.So Sharma decided to set things right. In 2010, at the tender age of 11, she founded Ekta Child Club Sunwal. Getting children in her community to join the club was difficult. “Most parents wouldn’t consent to the idea,” says Sharma. She visited every house in her neighbourhood, convincing adults to allow their children to be part of the club. At length the club managed to get 40 members. It was the beginning of Sharma’s journey in child rights activism.“You need the mass if you want to be heard and make a change,” says Sharma. Survival, development, protection and participation were the four things the club wanted for all children. Sharma and her club friends were a hardy bunch, determined to address the social ills afflicting their peers. Their primary area of work was putting a stop to child marriage.
  • Madhesh struggles with rising cases of missing children (15th August 2023)
    Ever since her nine-year-old daughter went missing four months ago, Tetari Kumari Mahato has been having sleepless nights. The 35-year-old mother, a resident of ward 6 of Garuda Municipality, has been eagerly waiting for any news about her daughter, who went missing on May 3. It was noon and Tetari had been catching a nap while her daughter was out playing with her friends. “My husband had gone to the market,” she said. “When I woke up, I didn’t see my daughter in the house, but I didn’t go looking for her because it was still early and I thought she would be back by dinnertime.” But the girl did not return. The next day, the family filed a missing person’s complaint with the police’s Women and Children’s Service Centre. Terari’s husband, Ram Prabesh Mahato, visited their relatives’ homes looking for his daughter.The father of six also advertised at the local radio station, but has yet to hear any news about her.
  • Divorce rate rising in Salyan where child marriage continues unabated (22nd August 2023)
    Lack of awareness, mentorship and financial constraints contribute to early marriages leading to divorces, say experts.
  • Special newborn care unit to be set up in all district hospitals across the country (29th August 2023)
    The Ministry of Health and Population has decided to set up a ‘special newborn care unit’ in all district hospitals throughout the country in a bid to lessen newborn deaths. For that, concerned agencies under the Health Ministry have started training all doctors, nurses and paramedics serving in district hospitals of Nuwakot, Dhading, Sindhupalchok and Makawanpur. “The training will help health workers identify the problems in the newborn babies and initiate necessary treatment immediately,” said Joshi. “We hope for an improvement in the ongoing death rate of newborn babies.”The government had targeted to reduce the under-five mortality rate to 27 and infant mortality rate to 20 in every 1,000 live births by 2022.Eighty-five percent of all deaths among children under five in Nepal take place before a child’s first birthday, with 64 percent occurring during the child’s first month, according to the study.

Women Rights

  • Breastfeeding Week: exclusive breastfeeding recommended in first 6 months of birth (1st August 2023)
    This year it is observed with the theme of “Let’s make breastfeeding and work, work!”Mothers, majorly those working ones, face challenges to breastfeed their children regularly due to compulsion to get back to  work. The Ministry of Health and Population says it is the responsibility of all to create and ease a situation at the workforce so that mothers could continue breastfeeding their babies.
  • World Breastfeeding Week: A better work environment for nursing parents (3rd August 2023)
    This year’s celebrations underscore the urgency to enhance supportive environments for breastfeeding in workplaces. The achievement of such an environment is not a solitary task; it requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders.
  • A rethink on women’s representation (10th August 2023)
    The fundamental goal of representation of women in politics is that “women bring to politics a different set of values, experiences and expertise”
  • Illegal abortions continue killing women (15th August 2023)
    Last Thursday, a 35-year-old woman from Dhangadhi of Kailali district died while undergoing an abortion at a local clinic. The clinic, named ‘Marie Stopes Community Clinic’, which used medication to terminate the pregnancy of the woman, turned out to be illegally operated.“We are still investigating the case,” Kuldip Chand, deputy superintendent of police at District Police Office Kailali, told the Post over the phone from Dhangadhi. “The clinic operator is in judicial custody and his wife is absconding.” Abortion was legalised in Nepal in 2002, a milestone for women’s reproductive rights, their empowerment, and their right to bodily autonomy. With legalisation, persecution and jail terms for women who terminated unwanted pregnancies ended and unsafe abortions decreased significantly.
  • Violence against women in politics (16th August 2023)
    By breaking down barriers and fostering an enabling environment, women can take their rightful place as catalysts for change in various fields, including in politics and decision-making.
  • Single women’s population rising markedly in Nepal (21st August 2023)
    The number of single women after marriage rose to 7.3 percent in 2021 from 1.5 percent in 2011, a report of the 12th National Census by the National Statistics Office has shown.
  • Pregnancy related complications claim two women’s lives everyday in Nepal (21st August 2023)
    Although Nepal has made good progress in terms of developing progressive policy frameworks and providing essential basic services such as education and health care, the 2021 census shows that more needs to be done especially when it comes to maternal mortality.Maternal mortality is a global crisis. While globally, a woman dies every two minutes due to pregnancy related complications, in Nepal, two women die every day due to the same reason.
  • Mobile app to promote maternal and neonatal health (28th August 2023)
    In a bid to promote maternal and neonatal health, the Ministry of Health and Population on Sunday launched ‘Mero Poshan Sathi’, a mobile app designed to help people make informed decisions about their health and nutrition behaviour.


  • Gender identity is changing (20th August 2023)
    There exists clear evidence in society today to show that the way people live their lives is changing and this includes the major aspect of human life—gender identity. It can be argued that gender identity is a social construct as more and more people begin to question the norms and roles humanity has almost always thought we must play based on our body’s biological structure. There are two main topics when it comes to discussing the change in gender identity, ie the feminine identity and the masculine identity, however, as more and more people in the USA and Europe are beginning to identify as “non-binary”, the world sees the dawn of a new era. A world full of transgender and transsexual identities, a society that is becoming more accepting of homosexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality, demisexuality, asexuality and aromanticism.

July 2023

Human Rights

  • Government brings controversial bill to withdraw cases sub judice in court (17th July 2023)
    Despite criticism from various quarters, the government on Sunday presented a bill in Parliament that allows it to withdraw sub judice cases. The Bill to Amend Some Nepal Acts has a provision that says “cases sub judice in any court against anyone from a party or a group which conducted violent protests in the past but is carrying out its activities peacefully now, based on the constitution and the law, can be withdrawn”.
  • Failing on money laundering (18th July 2023)
    For the last 15 years, Nepal has faced the constant risk of slipping into the FATF’s grey or black list.
  • Advocacy Forum demands justice to Nirmala Pant (26th July 2023)
    Advocacy Forum (AF)-Nepal has expressed its concern over the impunity in the Nirmala Panta case. The brutal rape and murder case of Nirmala Pant of Kanchanpur is yet to be resolved even though five years have elapsed since the incident happened. Issuing a press statement today, the AF said, “The State fails to deliver justice to the victim.” The AF demands an impartial, independent and immediate investigation into the case and punishment of the perpetrators as per the law and asserts that failing to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators will further entrench impunity in the country. “AF stands together with family members, human rights defenders and lawyers involved in the case who have been continuously demanding truth and justice in the case,” the statement reads.

Transitional Justice

Women Rights

Child Rights

Caste Based Discrimination

Human Trafficking

Rape Case

Lgbtq Rights

  • Schools and LGBTQI+ children (3rd July 2023)
    Recent research conducted by Save the Children highlights the escalating stigma and discrimination within schools, perpetuated by negative social norms surrounding the LGBTQI+ community. The prevailing heteronormative school culture often disregards the rights and well-being of children with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, expressions and sex characteristics. Inadequate safeguarding measures, limited understanding and superficial inclusion of LGBTQI+ topics in school curricula contribute to the unsafe practices targeting LGBTQI+ children.

Loan Shark Victims

June 2023

Human Rights Violence

  • Journalism should be accountable towards human rights (21st June 2023)
  • Executive Chairperson of National News Agency (RSS), Dharmendra Jha, has said that journalism should be pro-people and accountable towards human rights. Concluding a two-day orientation for RSS media workers in Birgunj, Parsa today, he said that journalists have an important role to connect RSS to the local people. The orientation was organised by the Madhes Province Mass Media Authority based in Janakpurdham in collaboration with the RSS.
  • Lack of human resources affecting work: Minister Saud (21st June 2023)
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, NP Saud, has said passport distribution and other activities of the ministry have been affected due to lack of human resources. In a meeting of the International Relations Committee and Tourism Committee held on Wednesday, Minister Saud mentioned that service delivery of foreign ministries is being affected due to less number of quotas of employees in Ministry’s structures within the country and abroad.
  • Lawmakers demand formulation of laws related to fundamental rights (21st June 2023)
  • Lawmakers have demanded formulation of laws for implementation of fundamental rights including right to employment, food security and housing.
  • During deliberations on the budget headings of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development under the Appropriation Bill-2080 at the House of Representatives today, they mentioned that it was the matter of concern that laws required to realise the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution have not been formulated even eight years after promulgation of the Constitution.

Transitional Justice

Citizenship Bill

  • Presidential seal on citizenship bill courts controversy (1st June 2023)
  • Over eight months after the federal parliament endorsed the amendment bill on the Citizenship Act for the second time, President Ramchandra Paudel on Wednesday authenticated the bill—the same one that his predecessor twice refused to authenticate.
  • Parties stall House over citizenship bill’s authentication (5th June 2023)
  • Sunday’s House of Representatives meeting got tense after the opposition’s continuous protests obstructed proceedings.
  • As soon as the House Speaker Dev Raj Ghimire convened the meeting, lawmakers from opposition parties—the CPN-UML, the Rastriya Swatantra Party and the Rastriya Prajatantra Party—stood from their seats to protest the President’s validation of the citizenship bill last week. The Speaker’s repeated requests had no impact on the lawmakers who soon started chanting slogans.
  • Citizenship bill should be in Parliament again: Chairman Oli (5th June 2023)
  • Leader of the main opposition party, CPN (UML), KP Sharma Oli, has said the citizenship bill should be tabled at the Parliament again. Addressing today’s meeting of the House of Representatives, Chair Oli said the citizenship bill passed by the Parliament and authenticated by the President at the request of the cabinet was not in line with rule and the bill should be tabled before the Parliament again.
  • Citizenship should be obtained without any hassles: PM Dahal (5th June 2023)
  • Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that all are agreed that the Nepali citizen should get the citizenship without any hassles and the non-citizen being barred from getting one, keeping the larger interest of the state of Nepal at the centre.
  • NRNs’ inputs to be incorporated in Citizenship Procedures: PM Dahal (5th June 2023)
  • Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said works related to preparing the Procedures and Regulations on Citizenship have begun with the authentication of the Citizenship Bill.
  • In a meeting with a delegation led by the Non Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) vice-chair RK Sharma today, the PM expressed commitment that the NRNs’ suggestions would be internalised in course of preparing the citizenship-related procedures and regulations.
  • Supreme Court seeks documents on citizenship bill authentication (9th June 2023)
  • The Supreme Court on Friday gave continuity to an interlocutory interim order issued against the new amendments to the Citizenship Act and ordered the defendants to present copies of decisions regarding the authentication.
  • A division bench of Justices Prakash Singh Raut and Sushma Lata Mathema ordered the government to present a copy of the decision of the Cabinet that recommended the President for authentication from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and a copy of the decision to authenticate the bill by President Ramchandra Paudel from Sheetal Niwas.
  • Petition filed against local unit chief over citizenship issue (13th June 2023)
  • A writ petition has been filed against Gambu Sherpa, the chairman of Khiji Demba Rural Municipality in Okhaldhunga district, demanding that his position be scrapped over the citizenship issue.
  • Bhupendra Basnet, who contested the local poll against Sherpa in May last year, filed the petition at the Okhaldhunga bench of the Biratnagar High Court claiming that Sherpa failed to reacquire Nepali citizenship after relinquishing his green card of the USA.
  • Sherpa, who stayed in the USA for 17 years, contested and won the local poll on the Janata Samajwadi Party ticket.
  • He claimed that he fulfilled due legal process to compete in the local elections as per the legal provisions of the country.
  • Misinformed lawmakers, misleading debates (13th June 2023)
  • It is impossible to understate the significance of a parliament in democratic countries. Today’s democratic societies rely heavily on the parliament as a forum for free and open discussion and policy-making. Citizens’ interests are to be represented by elected representatives, who also take part in the legislative process, pass laws, and supervise the executive. In order to support the data-driven and evidence-based approach to planning and policy making, the parliament also acts as a venue for expressing differing opinions and engaging in debates supported by reliable data and evidence.
  • NHRC urges govt to issue citizenship (20th June 2023)
  • The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the concerned authorities to provide citizenship certificates to those demanding the same while sitting on a dharna at Maitighar Mandala.
  • Continuing injustice (22nd June 2023)
  • When President Ramchandra Paudel authenticated the amendment to the Citizenship Act, those who had long been denied their rightful claim to citizenship were euphoric. At long last, they would be able to call Nepal home. But that was not to be. Not long after the President authenticated the bill to amend the Act, his move was challenged with a writ at the Supreme Court.The use of a judicial process to stall the implementation of the amended Citizenship Act and thereby deprive citizenship to its rightful claimants exposes the deep mistrust among inhabitants of this country. A citizenship is not something to be obtained through the benevolence of a few powerful sections of the population that are insecure about the identity of others. Rather, it is a fundamental right that comes embedded with an individual’s very being. More so in a democratic state that gains its legitimacy by the very fact that it does not discriminate against those who have genuine claims as its members.
  • Top court clears way for implementation of Citizenship Act amendments (23rd June 2023)
  • The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the implementation of new amendments to the Citizenship Act that were authenticated by President Ramchandra Paudel. A division bench of justices Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Kumar Regmi decided not to give continuity to the interlocutory interim order earlier issued by the single bench of Justice Manoj Sharma. However, the court is yet to issue a final verdict.
  • Noncooperation for family members to get citizenship card punishable (25th June 2023)
  • Noncooperation for a family member to acquire a citizenship certificate is subjected to punishment, according to the Nepal Citizenship (First Amendment) Act, 2079 BS. This is punishable by three months in prison, and Rs 10,000 in fines. In this case, the respective district office can direct the persons to cooperate with the family members to get a citizenship card. In violation of this direction is subjected to punishment. This is expected to help people acquire a citizenship certificate.
  • The Act has provisioned the grant of a Nepali citizenship certificate to non-resident Nepali people along with their access to social, cultural and economic rights.

Fake Bhutanese Refugees

  • Hearing on whether to remand the defendants in fake Bhutanese refugee scam continues (9th June 2023)
    Lawyers of the defendants of the fake Bhutanese refugee scam have demanded that they should be released on either a general date or on bail as they denied their involvement in the scam. Countering the allegations against them by the government attorneys, the lawyers have claimed that the accused cannot be punished on the issue for which there is no legal basis. Hearing is underway to decide whether the defendants could be released on a general date, on bail or be sent to prison for further legal proceedings. Defending Sanu Bhandari, senior advocate and former attorney general Raman Shrestha claimed that the chargesheet against Bhandari cannot be registered as a case of fraud because there is no legal basis to identify Nepalis as Bhutanese.

Sexual Violence

  • Police arrest five people, including two minors, for attempted rape of minors
  • (6th June 2023)
    Police have arrested five people including two minors for allegedly attempting to rape two minor girls in Dang. According to the police, two minors, both aged 16, Dilshan Ahmad, 18, of Gadhwa Rural Municipality-6, Suhail Khan, 20, of Gadhwa-5 and 30-year-old Jadib Ali Nau, a permanent resident of Maithawa in Shivaraj Municipality, who currently lives in Gadhwa Rural Municipality-6, have been arrested on charge of attempting to rape two girls aged 12 and 14.
  • Top court orders relief for conflict-era victims of torture and sexual violence (28th June 2023)
    The Supreme Court has directed the government to include the victims of torture and sexual violence from the decade-long Maoist insurgency in its interim relief programme. Passing verdicts in two different writ petitions that challenged the ‘discriminatory provisions’ in the working procedure for relief distribution, a division of justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Hari Prasad Phuyal on Monday concluded that the victims of the insurgency-era torture and sexual violence should not be excluded from the relief package.

Child Rights

  • National Children Council should not be scrapped: Chairman Karki (22nd June 2023)
    Chairperson of the Parliamentary Women and Social Affairs Committee, Roshan Karki, has said that the National Children Council should not be scrapped. During a discussion on ‘Council’s status, necessity, and relevance’ in today’s meeting of the Committee, Chairperson Karki mentioned that it was necessary to promote the Council, which is active in the protection of child rights. “If required the Committee is committed to recommending to the government in writing for the development of the Council in coordination with the line Ministry,” she said.
  • Children’s fund established in Tikapur (25th June 2023)
    The Tikapur municipality of Kailali has established a children’s fund for the protection of children and their rights and well-being. The fund will be used to provide emergency rescue and support services to children in the event of disaster and epidemic. The Children’s Welfare Association Tikapur has contributed Rs 100,000 to the fund, while the municipality has collected Rs 70,000. The head of the Women, Children and Social Welfare Unit of the municipality, Sangeeta Shah, says that the municipality will increase the amount in the fund in the coming days. Those who work in the field of children can also deposit money in the fund.
  • Facilities for child development teachers be addressed (27th June 2023)
    Minister for Education, Science and Technology Ashok Kumar Rai has assured that concerns related to increasing facilities for child education teachers and staffers in the community schools will be addressed once the Federal Education Act comes into effect. Minister Rai said so while responding to the queries raised by parliamentarians’ on the Ministry’s upcoming fiscal year’s budget under the Appropriation Bill-2080 BS here today. A four-member talks committee has been formed to resolve these issues. Stating that the vocation and technical education reform programmes were being implemented at present, he shared that technical training and training for teachers were also put in place to enhance quality of education as well as to produce skilled human resources in the teaching sector.

Child Abuse

  • Nepal not doing enough to tackle online child abuse (9th June 2023)
    Seven months ago, a woman in her mid-twenties sexually abused her nine-year-old sister. She also took pictures, made abusive videos by stripping the sister naked and sent it to her boyfriend, via Gmail. In the same week, while she was sending explicit content through email, the police cyber bureau in Bhotahity received an AI-generated notification about child pornographic content from Google, which actively scans images that pass through Gmail accounts to see if they match child pornography.

Women Rights

  • Women of Gorkha, Chitwan pursuing economic independence through farming (9th June 2023)
    Prithvi Maya Gurung of Betini, Shahid Lakhan Rural Municipality-2 in Gorkha district is engaged in floriculture, and is doing excellent at the business.’Lagansheel Koshish Mahila Krishak Samuha’, a women farmers’ group led by herself at Betini earned Rs 17,000 in two months by selling flowers. The flowers have been grown at the flower garden started by the group five months ago. The group of 19 women has cultivated flower plants in one ropani of land that has been taken on lease for five years for Rs 5,000 annually. The women have taken a training course on flower gardening, watering, constructing tunnels, and preparing nursery beds for flower seedling.
  • ‘Deputy-Mayor with Mothers’ Groups’, a program for women launches in Myagdi (10th June 2023)
    Beni Municipality of Myagdi district has run a ‘Deputy-Mayor with Mothers’ Groups’ programme to make women self-reliant. According to Deputy-Mayor of the Municipality, Jyoti Lamichhane, the programme was run to socially empower women which would ultimately make them financially capable, independent and self-reliant.

Violence against Women

  • ‘VAW should end’: Minister Acharya (2nd June 2023)
    Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizen Surendra Raj Acharya has called for ending all sorts of discrimination and violence against women (VAW). Visiting his hometown Kapilvastu for the first time after swearing in as the minister, Minister Acharya said that the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen is working to make women self-reliant.
  • Two women allegedly killed for dowry in Sarlahi (11th June 2023)
    Two women have been allegedly killed for dowry in Sarlahi, the district in Madhesh Province. Pharadawa of Haripur municipality-3 and Laxmipur of Haripur-6 report two cases of dowry-related deaths recently, according to police. Abdul Shah Fakir of Pharhadawa allegedly murdered his spouse Ida Khatun, around 23 years of age accusing her of not meeting his expectation for a dowry, District Police Office Sarlahi Chief Superintendent of Police, Naresh Raj Subedi said. Phakir was reportedly torturing her mentally, emotionally and physically for not convincing her parents to gift him cash of Rs 100 thousand. Following his torture, Ida went to her parent’s home and returned sometime back after the two families sat for discussions, according to police.
  • First Nat’l Conference on women shelters concludes (27th June 2023)
    The first three-day National Conference on women shelters for gender based violence (GBV) survivors concluded on Tuesday with the Kathmandu Declaration. The conference was organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens, national network of home shelters and Saathi. The Kathmandu Declaration has made the firm commitment to expand a national network as a common platform while ensuring common goals of the women’s shelter homes.
  • HoR Session: Lawmakers draw government’s attention towards VAW, natural disasters (25th June 2023)
    In a session of the House of Representatives (HoR) today, lawmakers raised concerns over increasing cases of violence against women (VAW) and the cases of floods and landslides nationwide. They urged the government to come up with prompt actions to address these issues. They have demanded stern action against those engaged in the offences against women. Seeking time in the lower house meeting today, Pratiksha Tiwari drew the government’s attention to the killings of women in Kavrepalanchowk and Bhojpur in recent days. Poverty, lack of women empowerment, and lack of awareness about laws are among those factors contributing to rising incidences of women violence, according to the lawmaker.

Caste Based Discrimination

Cyber Crimes


  • British High Commission organises special event to mark Pride Month (11th June 2023)
    The British High Commission and British Council hosted a special event in Delhi on Sunday to mark Pride Month and celebrate the LGBT+ community around the world. The evening’s celebration at the British Council Delhi includes grassroots champions in India, such as Inside Out Delhi and the Humsafar Trust, members of the LGBT+ community in the city, and supporters from all walks of life. The event also featured an art exhibition by celebrated British queer artist Howard Hodgkin, who worked with renowned Indian architect Charles Correa to design the iconic black and white mural that adorns the front of the British Council building.
  • Pride parade in Kathmandu (10th June 2023)
    Campaigners from the LGBTIQ+ community took out the 5th Annual Nepal Pride Parade on Saturday. They marched from Shanti Batika at Ratnapark to Narayan Chaur in Kathmandu, waving rainbow flags in the parade that is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June. The campaigners carried placards with different messages–Shade never makes anybody less gay, Be proud of what you are and Intersex people can be of any gender among others. The parade is organised by Queer Youth Group—a youth-led queer organisation—in collaboration with Queer Rights Collective—an informal collective of queer folks—and Campaign for Change, an intersex rights organisation.

May 2023

Human Rights

Citizenship Bill

  • New President can authenticate citizenship bill, legal experts say (7th May 2023)
    – Lawyers’ representatives have suggested that President Ramchandra Paudel can authenticate the bill to amend the Citizenship Act which former President Bidya Devi Bhandari had repeatedly refused to endorse.“As Parliament has already endorsed the bill twice, it cannot go back again,” Gopal Krishna Ghimire, chairperson of the Bar Association, told the Post. “We suggested that the President has every authority to authenticate the bill.”
  • Dahal commits to getting to the root of fake refugee scam (7th May 2023)
    – The prime minister hints of undue pressure to spare politicians named in fake refugee documentation.The unfolding scam over the creation of fake Bhutanese refugees has shaken the highest echelons of Nepali politics.
    – On Saturday, CPN-UML chair KP Sharma Oli met Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, in his second such meeting in three days, to discuss ongoing investigation into the issue.The government hopes that when the Parliament session resumes on Sunday and lawmakers prominently raise the issue of fake refugees, investigators will get a morale boost to press ahead with their probes without any bias, a senior CPN (Maoist Centre) leader told the Post.
  • Confusion persists over President’s role in Citizenship Bill (9th May 2023)
    – Experts say ex-President Bhandari flouted the constitution by sitting on the bill passed twice by Parliament. The first meeting of the budget session of the House of Representatives on Sunday saw lawmakers divided on the Citizenship Bill. Lawmakers from CPN-UML, the main opposition, said that the existing bill, which was rejected by the former President, cannot be endorsed now. They pressed for the registration of a fresh bill in Parliament.
  • Concerns grow over Nepal’s global image after Bhutanese refugee scam (9th May 2023)
    – Nepal Police are investigating the scam that apparently involves top former home ministry officials, including a former home secretary. They are also looking into the possibility of the scam going well beyond the walls of the home ministry and involving other high-profile leaders and bureaucrats.

Fake Bhutanese Refugee

Child Rights

  • Get them out of there (4th May 2023)
    – Many children from remote Nepal—driven by poverty, social exclusion and lack of quality education—are obliged to live in foster/children’s homes scattered throughout the country. A recent report by the Post revealed that children from Karnali residing in such homes in the national capital as well as some other big cities were victims of frauds who had cajoled their families into giving them up by promising them they would get care, food and education. In many cases, the owners of foster homes didn’t even feed the children properly, let alone send them to school.
  • Comprehensive sexuality education in Nepal (22nd May 2023)
    – It is a game changer in reducing child marriage, gender-based violence and teen pregnancy.Nepal is witnessing positive generational changes, with society and the economy undergoing significant transformation as the country moves to middle-income status. These changes will affect all aspects of people’s lives. They will, however, both rely on and impact younger generations more than any other part of the population of Nepal.

Women Rights

Human Trafficking

Sexual Assault

Gender Inequality

  • End all types of VAW: DPM Shrestha (7th May 2023)
    – “The government leaves no stone unturned in delivering justice to the survivors by taking action against the culprits of VAW,” DPM and Home Minister asserted, saying such seminars gave him added motivation to put an end to the VAW.
  • Rights of sexual and gender minorities still overshadowed (18th May 2023)
    – At a programme organised by Mitini Nepal here on Wednesday on the occasion of International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Minister Acharya opined that the rights of sexual and gender minorities are still under shadow though their movement started two decades ago. “There is a condition where the people from the sexual and gender minorities community have to live with discriminatory behaviour. The Ministry is committed to protect and ensure rights of minorities”, he shared.

April 2023

Human Rights

  • Rights organisation demands revocation of decision to provide money to disqualified Maoist combatants (13th April 2023)
    – A team of the rights organisation, including founder-chairman Krishna Pahadi, chairman Ramkrishna Baral, adviser Govind Khanal and the organisation’s Kathmandu branch chairman Bhagwan Pudasaini, on Thursday, met with the Speaker Devraj Ghimire and drew his attention to the issues including the completion of the transitional justice process.
  • Civil society activists stage ‘human rights march’ (19th April 2023)
    – Loan shark victims and stakeholders staged a ‘human rights march’ from Shanti Batika in Ratnapark to the federal parliament building in New Baneshwor on Wednesday.Various rights activists had also participated in Wednesday’s demonstration. The participants had displayed placards and banners calling out the government and the police. They also demanded the resignation of Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha.
  • Mismatches in labour market (25th April 2023)
    – A World Bank study on labour migration shows that approximately 2.69 million Nepalis work abroad, including 733,000 in India. As per the latest data released by Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank, the number of workers that left the country during the first eight months of the current fiscal year (till mid-March) is 544,230; out of which 351,761 took new approvals and 192,559 renewed their old permits to work abroad.
    – According to World Bank data, 12.2 percent or 2.06 million (out of 16.93 million) Nepali people between the ages of 15-64 years are unemployed. The partially employed population is estimated to be 21 percent. The number of Nepalis migrating to third countries without a formal work approval, seasonal migrant workers going to India, and youths leaving for higher studies abroad is also significant.
    – Also, the data of the Bilateral Migration Matrix largely substantiates the claim of Nepali industrialists that they are forced to rely heavily on foreign workers to keep their factories and businesses running. In 2021, for example, 487,564 foreign migrant workers came to work in Nepal. Among them were 426,941 Indians, 27,502 Bhutanese and 19,428 Chinese. They sent home $1.7 billion in remittance in the same year.
  • Dalit freedom hinges on religious reform (27th April 2023)
    – The incompatibility between caste rituals and anti-caste laws has caused inevitable friction in Nepali society. Despite dramatic political and legal changes in recent years, freedom eludes Nepali Dalits. Caste hatred penetrates and permeates every fibre of Nepali culture. Members of the “lower caste” or “unclean caste” that do not honour the traditional caste system are likely to be verbally abused and physically assaulted, if not killed. Over 70 percent of the Dalits rent properties in Kathmandu, Butwal, Dhangadi and other towns by faking their surnames; few landlords would accept them if their true caste identities were revealed.
  • Security Council condemns Taliban ban on Afghan women working for UN (28th April 2023)
    – The Taliban says it respects women’s rights in accordance with its strict interpretation of Islamic law and that its decisions on female aid workers are an “internal issue.” The UN Security Council unanimously condemned on Thursday a Taliban administration ban on Afghan women working for the United Nations in Afghanistan and called on Taliban leaders to “swiftly reverse” a crackdown on the rights of women and girls. “We will not stand for the Taliban’s oppression of women and girls,” Deputy US Ambassador to the United Nations, Robert Wood, told the council. “These decisions are indefensible. They are not seen anywhere else in the world.”
  • Saving National Human Rights Commission (30th April 2023)
    – The decision to downgrade the NHRC’s status raises questions over our commitment to human rights. As a member of the UN, Nepal is obligated under the Paris Principles to have an inclusive, independent and autonomous Human Rights Commission. The commission should inculcate pluralism, independence, and effectiveness in operation and functioning. However, in recent years, there have been disputes regarding the procedures and legality of the appointment of NHRC officials.The ordinance allowed the Constitutional Council to implement decisions based on the majority, removing unanimous consent. This allowed the council to appoint the members of the Human Rights Commission through majority voting, rendering the past quorum threshold moot.

Transitional Justice

  • Oli objects to PM on fast-track passage of transitional justice bill (9th April 2023)
    – The main opposition CPN-UML has taken a stance against endorsing the bill to amend the transitional justice law through a fast-track process in Parliament, even as the ruling coalition wants to pass it without any further delay.Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Sher Bahadur Deuba, president of Nepali Congress, the largest parliamentary party, held talks with the leader of the opposition KP Sharma Oli at the Speaker’s office in Singha Durbar on Saturday.
  • Top leaders agree to ensure transitional justice bill is just and acceptable for all (11th April 2023)
    – Top leaders of the three major political parties have agreed to ensure that the bills including transitional justice are just and acceptable for all sides. A meeting held at the Speaker’s residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday also decided to have further discussions on the issues and processes, according to the Speaker’s secretariat.The leaders also agreed to finalise the political parties’ representation and leadership of the parliamentary committees in consensus.Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Speaker Dev Raj Ghimire, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, among other leaders were present at the meeting.
  • Will UML help the coalition on transitional justice bill? (11th April 2023)
    – In the last week of January, the prime minister’s chief advisor Haribol Gajurel told the Post that Pushpa Kamal Dahal wanted to become prime minister for a third time mainly with the aim of concluding the protracted peace process.But with the prime minister opting to sail along with the Nepali Congress on board, the UML, which has always been ‘non-cooperative’ towards the Maoists and the Congress on issues of the peace process, has now opposed Dahal’s proposal to fast-track the passage of the amendment bill on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Act.

Women’s Rights

  • When women write about women, it is based on reality, not assumption (20th April 2023)
    – Uma Subedi, author of ‘Toda’ and ‘Iti’, talks about the need for diverse and creative stories to ensure Nepali literature’s growth. Uma Sudedi is an emerging name in Nepali literature. She’s a poet, lyricist, storyteller, editor, vocalist, and fiction writer. In 2010, she published her first book—a Ghazal collection called ‘Tapkara Anjulima’. In 2011, she published a second book, a well-received poetry collection titled ‘Tirsanakachhalharu’. However, it was ‘Toda’, her fiction debut, that established her as a household name. She released her second work of fiction, ‘Iti’, in 2016 and a collection of short stories titled ‘Sayau Putali’ in 2018. Subedi is currently working on her third novel. Subedi tells the Post about her recent reads, her views on the abundance of social-realism in Nepali literature and how bringing in fresher and more creative genres can attract young readers into reading Nepali books.
  • Taliban recognition not a focus of Afghanistan meeting, says UN (21st April 2023)
    – Earlier this month the Taliban began enforcing a ban on Afghan women working for the United Nations after stopping most women working for humanitarian aid groups in December.A UN-convened meeting on Afghanistan next month will not focus on the possible international recognition of the Taliban administration, a UN spokesperson stressed on Thursday after comments by the deputy UN chief sparked concern and confusion. “The Doha conference on the 1st and 2nd of May is not focusing on recognition and we don’t want there to be any confusion about that,” said deputy UN spokesperson Farhan Haq. “The point of discussion … is to build a more unified consensus on the challenges at hand.”
  • Code of conduct: Only for women? (24th April 2023)–style/2023/04/24/code-of-conduct-only-for-women
    – It is important for the state to realise that restrictive borders and policing the so-called ‘dignity of Nepali women’ is not the solution to existing problems. Crossing Nepal’s border alone, either by road or air, as a Nepali woman is often, if not always, an unpleasant experience. Questions asked by border security or immigration officers are downright derogatory, reflecting the patriarchal mindset of the state vested with the power to decide a woman’s mobility. In the name of protecting Nepali women and their ‘bodies’, we often get harassed by the same forces that are meant to safeguard us.
  • Karnali doctors receive training on safe abortion (24th April 2023)
    – The Karnali Provincial Hospital organised the training in a bid to reduce abortion-related deaths.In a bid to reduce maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion practices, the Karnali Provincial Hospital organised a training for doctors from April 9-18.According to the 2021 census of Nepal, around172 women die per 100,000 live births in the Karnali province.“The number of women and teenage girls who die due to unsafe abortions in Karnali is markedly high. Unsafe abortion practices are still prevalent in the region mostly due to a lack of awareness coupled with lack of access to well-equipped hospitals in remote areas,” said Sakuntala Sapkota, senior nursing officer of the hospital. “Illiteracy and the desire for a male child also contribute to unsafe abortion practices in Karnali.”
  • Want to encourage girls to fulfil their dreams (25th April 2023)
    – Nabanita Bhattacharjee, who represented Tripura at Femina Miss India 2023, has a dream to see girls of her state achieving big in their lives. Speaking to ANI, Nabanita said, “I want to inspire and uplift women of Tripura to pursue their passion and fulfil their dreams. Nabanita Bhattacharjee, who represented Tripura at Femina Miss India 2023, has a dream to see girls of her state achieving big in their lives. Speaking to ANI, Nabanita said, “I want to inspire and uplift women of Tripura to pursue their passion and fulfil their dreams.

Sexual Assault

  • Rights group condemn harassment of women (4th April 2023)
    – Pakistan human rights groups have condemned violence and harassment against women from minority communities in the country despite amendments in its law, which assures safety of women in workplaces and public spaces and also extends to private spaces such as homes. The rights group said that laws such as the Protection against Harassment of Women Act 2010, which assures them safety in workplaces, private spaces and public spaces, such as streets, buses, markets and parks under section 509 of PPC and also against sexual harassment do not take into consideration the rights of women from minority communities.Naveed Walter, president of HRFP said when the Christian, Hindu or other minority women are harassed, more factors like abductions, forced conversion and forced marriages have been seen.
  • District court orders arrest of judge accused in marital rape (6th April 2023) 
    – Judge Bhuwan Giri’s wife has also charged him with domestic violence.The Kapilvastu District Court has issued an arrest warrant against Judge Bhuwan Giri, who is now working at the Judicial Council in Kathmandu. A month ago, Giri’s wife had registered a complaint at the Kapilvastu District Police Office against the judge, accusing the latter of marital rape, following which the district court on Monday issued the arrest warrant.Giri, who was assigned to serve as district judge at the Kapilvastu District Court last June, was transferred to the Judicial Council in Kathmandu a month ago.“We registered the complaint against Giri, and an investigation is underway,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Prem Bahadur Basnet.
  • Minor girl allegedly raped, murdered in Karachi (6th April 2023)
    – A minor girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Karachi’s Surjani Town area on Wednesday, ARY News reported. According to the police, the girl’s body was found in a manhole near the Surjani Town area. According to details, a six-year-old girl was missing from Karachi’s  Surjani area on Tuesday. Her body was found in the manhole near her house a day later. The police officials declared the death as an ‘accident’ after which the girl’s body was shifted to the hospital for a medico-legal process. The police surgeon confirmed that the girl was sexually assaulted before she was killed, according to ARY News.The victim’s family demanded the immediate arrest of the rapist-cum-murderer. Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons. Meanwhile, Nikkei Asia recently reported that a young woman out for an evening walk with a friend was beaten and sexually assaulted at gunpoint by two men in Fatima Jinnah Park, the largest park in the capital. The attack on February 2 sparked an uproar on social media and protests by women’s advocacy groups. A rape case in Islamabad and the killing of the alleged assailants by the police have provoked renewed scrutiny of the rights of Pakistani women and flaws in the nation’s justice system.
  • Court asks police to produce doctor who examined girl allegedly raped by Lamichhane (10th April 2023)
    – Court issued the order after finding that the statement produced in the court wasn’t from the doctor who had physically examined the minor.The Kathmandu District Court, on Sunday, directed the police to produce the doctor who carried out a test on “Gaushala 26”, the minor who was allegedly raped by cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane.Thereafter, the national cricketer moved the Supreme Court requesting an order that he be allowed to travel abroad, for playing. The court on February 27 lifted Lamichhane’s travel ban. He then travelled to the United Arab Emirates to play in the ICC World Cup League 2.
  •  Rape-accused judge Bhuwan Giri sent to Kapilvastu for further investigation (11 April 2023)
    – Giri, who has been accused of marital rape by his second wife, was arrested from Kathmandu on Tuesday. Judge Bhuwan Giri, who was arrested on rape charges, has been sent to District Police Office in Kapilvastu for further investigation. Giri, who was arrested from Pabitranagar in Gongbu on Tuesday afternoon, was sent to Bhairahawa on a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport later in the evening.
  • Taliban’s ban on women working criticised (29th April 2023)
    – The UN Security Council unanimously condemned the Taliban’s ban on Afghan women working for the United Nations in Afghanistan and called to “swiftly reverse” a crackdown on the rights of women and girls, reported UN News.

Human Trafficking

  • Man arrested on charge of human trafficking (19th april 2023)
    – The 44-year-old hotel operator was taken into police custody on Monday. Police arrested a man on charges of human trafficking on Monday. Forty-four-year-old Numa Raj Bhusal, who runs the Lamahi-based B and B Hotel, was taken into police custody on Monday.  The hotel operator has been accused of taking two women hostage and forcing them into prostitution.

LGBTQ Rights

  • Nepal’s queer community watching India with interest (19th April 2023)
    – The Supreme Court of Nepal in 2007 ordered the government to recognise same-sex marriages, but there’s no law yet. Last week, the Indian government made its opposition to same-sex marriage be known by urging the country’s Supreme Court to reject petitions filed by same-sex couples. The Supreme Court on Tuesday started final hearings on the issue even as the government and religious leaders have taken strong exception to same-sex unions. The hearing is taking place after 18 same-sex couples petitioned the court to allow same sex marriages in the country.



  • There was a slim number of people getting vaccinated with a booster shot in Kanchanpur.
  • Recorded infections could just be the tip of the iceberg, with active case hunts yet to start.
  • The Ministry of Health and Population has requested those showing symptoms of coronavirus infection to stay in isolation.
  • There has been a gradual rise in the number of breakthrough Covid-19 cases across Nepal for the first time in several months.
  • Health ministry says any cold, cough and fever case could be a Covid infection unless it is proven otherwise.
  • It was confirmed in 10 of 24 swab samples of the infected on which whole-genome sequencing was carried out.
  • As Nepal’s earlier experiences have shown, we have little to fall back on in case things go out of hand.
  • The new variant of coronavirus ‘Omicron XBB 1.16’, which has been detected for the first time in Nepal, is reported to be more infectious.
  • Sudurpaschim Province has a small number of people who have been administered the booster shots.
  • Money for paying lab technicians across Nepal to carry out polymerase chain reaction tests has also been slashed.
  • Hesitancy is contributing to poor vaccine coverage compared to vaccine /availability.
  • Seasonal influenza cases have also been rising and most symptoms of the two diseases overlap.
  • The Ministry of Health and Population has urged one and all to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in view of the increasing CoronaVirus infection.
  • Mock drills are being conducted today across the nation today at hospitals to evaluate Covid-19 preparedness.
  • With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, people have once again resorted to wearing face masks.
  • People mask up again in Kerala.
  • While infections grow, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, a vital expert panel, is no longer in existence.
  • The Ministry of Health and Population has appealed to all to stay aware and alert in view of the growing cases of coronavirus infection.
  • By ignoring safety protocols, people are putting the health of elderly and those without immunity at risk, doctors warn.
  • Report shows that at least four percent of the children aged between 12 and 23 months have received no immunisation.
  • EU member states Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Greece and Italy donated the vaccine doses through the COVAX facility.
  • Deteriorating air quality in Kathmandu Valley could exacerbate severity, deaths from coronavirus infection, doctors warn.
  • The Chinese government has provided hundreds of billions of anti-pandemic materials to 153 countries.

March 2023

Human Rights

Transitional Justice

  • Bandi rallying global support for transitional justice process, but victims unconvinced (3rd march 2023)
    – As he pushes the agenda of legal amendments, stakeholders suspect he is complicit in Prime Minister Dahal’s bid to wrap up the process without punishing perpetrators. There is common perception among human rights activists and conflict victims that Bandi is working as Dahal’s close confidant.
  • National Human Rights Commission urges government to conclude transitional justice soon (7th March 2023)
    – The commission said it is concerned as some issues are unresolved even after 16 years of a peace accord.The National Human Rights Commission has urged the government and concerned sides to conclude the transitional justice at the earliest. “The commission urges the government and all related sides to amend the act on transitional justice in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order, past recommendations by the commissions and international norms and take the issue to a conclusion soon,” reads the statement issued by Tikaram Pokharel, spokesperson for the commission.
  • ‘Hasty’ push for transitional justice bill concerns human rights body (17th March 2023)
    – The commission says the bill registered without necessary amendments and discussions among stakeholders is unlikely to deliver justice to the conflict victims. The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday said it was concerned over the registration of a bill related to transitional justice in the Parliament. In a statement on Thursday, the commission said the bill registered without necessary amendments and discussions among stakeholders is unlikely to deliver justice to the conflict victims.
  • Transitional justice is not revenge (18th March 2023)
    – We need to know the truth about what happened during the Maoist conflict that ran from 1996 to 2006. The government has reopened the “Transitional Justice (TJ) season” by tabling a new amendment in Parliament. For some, it is Groundhog Day again, a situation where past events keep recurring. The same amendment as last year with the same shortcomings, like trying to redefine the international definition of serious crimes, and inventing a new distinction between serious and not-so-serious murders. Again, those who claim to be protecting the interests and rights of the victims claim that the time is short; we have delayed TJ for 17 years, so there is no time for meaningful consultation.
  • A prolonged transitional justice process (19th March 2023) 
    – Lack of proper law is among several reasons obstructing the process, a major component of the peace accord.Like the previous one, the present bill too has met with strong criticism for various reasons including the provisions to shield the perpetrators. Lack of a proper law is among several reasons obstructing the transitional justice process, one of the major components of the peace process that brought the Maoists into mainstream politics.
  • Bill on transitional justice introduced in House (19th March 2023)
    – A Bill on the Commission on Enforced Disappeared and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (third amendment)-2079 BS was presented in a session of the House of Representatives Today’s.The Bill aims to replace the Act related to the twin commissions meant for dealing with transitional justice.
  • Disputed bill to revise transitional justice law lands in House (20th March 2023)
    – Plans to endorse the bill through a fast-track process, but the opposition insists on a detailed discussion. “The peace process hasn’t been completed because the transitional justice process remains incomplete.”
  • Rights organisations say transitional justice amendment bill disregards domestic and international legal standards (24th March 2023)
    – Demand its revision after a proper consultation before House endorsement. Human Rights organisations have expressed objections to the bill presented by the government to amend Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act saying that the legislation does not fully meet the country’s domestic law or international legal obligations and will not provide justice for victims if adopted in its current form.

Women’s Right

  • The women connecting Nepal (4th March 2023)
    – From Mechi to Mahakali (and rivers in between) women engineers overcome hurdles to make Nepal more accessible.Today, Giri is among 21 trainee engineers working on the Motorable Local Roads Bridge (MLRB) Program that aims to connect Nepal’s roads with bridges across the country’s mainly north-south rivers.
  • Iran’s Khamenei calls girls’ poisoning ‘unforgivable’ after public anger (6th March 2023)
    – Over 1,000 girls have suffered poisoning since November, according to officials, with some politicians blaming religious groups opposed to girls’ education. The poisonings have come at a critical time for Iran’s clerical rulers after months of protests since the death of a young woman held by police for flouting hijab rules.
  • ‘Women are breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings’ (7th March 2023)
    – Shreyana Shrestha, mega campaign manager, and Kemika Acharya, head of key accounts, at Daraz Nepal on how Nepali society perceives female entrepreneurs.
  • Women who beat their own path (8th March 2023)–style/2023/03/08/women-who-beat-their-own-path
    – From women’s suffrage that began in the 18th century to the #metoo struggles of the 21st century, women have long had to fight for their rights. March 8, is International Women’s Day. From women’s suffrage that began in the 18th century to the #metoo struggles of the 21st, it is certain that women have had to fight for their rights throughout the centuries. However, despite many hardships and hurdles along the way, women in Nepal and elsewhere have come a long way. This Women’s Day, The Post celebrates four women who have contributed significantly to their profession and Nepali society.
  • UN warns of aid cuts over Taliban crackdown on women’s rights (9th March 2023)
    – The Taliban administration says it respects women’s rights in accordance with its strict interpretation of Islamic law.
  • The feminine superpower (9th March 2023)
    – Deepak S Rana’s new work is a Nepali historical fiction that delves into the country’s enigmatic history, eclectic traditions, and unique socio-cultural fabrics. Dakini: The Himalayan Quartet’ is a compilation of Rana’s four novels, ‘The Bending Reed’, ‘The Silent Flute’, ‘Dakini: The Tears of the Tulku’ and ‘Mind Warriors’. If you are into historical fiction and enjoy reading about tantra, mysticism and magic, this spiritual espionage might be just the one for you.”My novel’s protagonist is a Dakini. The heroine is a strong woman who was briefly introduced in the first three novels. We get to see the true manifestation of her powers in this book,” says author Rana, who revealed that the book to be a mix of fact and fiction. “I call this book a ‘faction’. You will enter a realm full of allusions and references to Tibetan scriptures, folklore, and mythologies in the book. There will also be a lot of fantasy and fiction to spice up the reading,” Rana says.
  • Women survivors silenced (16th March 2023)
    – The transitional justice mechanisms cannot make the survivors of sexual violence invisible. One of the most glaring issues in the ongoing discussions on transitional justice in Nepal is the invisibilisation of the survivors of sexual violence during the Maoist insurgency. As with most conflicts, the Maoist insurgency also witnessed many cases of sexual violence, including rape and murder after rape. And invariably, women constitute a majority of the survivors.

Sexual Violence

  • Don’t stay silent about harassment and overcharging in public transport (7th March 2023)
    – Dial 103 to complain. In the past seven months, traffic police have fined 189 vehicle operators for misbehaviour with passengers.
  • Long fight against culture of rape and impunity (9th March 2023)
    – Women know the battle for justice won’t be easily won but refuse to give up. They vow to speak up louder. In Nepal, as in the world over, March is celebrated as Women’s History Month wherein women are celebrated for their contributions to history, culture and society at large.ournalist Sangeeta Lama, also a human rights activist, says the display of affection for men accused of raping minors and the hysteric level of support for such men is indicative of a shift in mass opinion. “The division of opinion following the verdicts in the two cases shows an unequal split between the groups that endorse the courts’ decisions and those vehemently against them—with the scales heavily tilted towards the supporters’ camp,” said Lama. Actor Purna Bikram Shah, better known as Paul Shah, was released from Tanahun prison on February 27 after the Pokhara High Court acquitted him of child sex abuse charges. A 17-year-old singer had filed complaints in February 2022 accusing Shah of raping her in Tanahun and Nawalparasi (East) districts.The singer accused Shah of raping her with a false promise of marriage. She filed the case in Tanahun days after the controversy arose. She, however, changed her statement later. Lamichhane has been accused of raping a 17-year-old minor on August 21 last year. An investigation is underway against him under Section 219 of the Criminal Code 2074. If the crime against him stands, he will be imprisoned for 10 to 12 years. Lamichhane was released on bail on January 13 by the Patan High Court. On February 27, the Supreme Court lifted the travel ban on the national cricketer. In a hearing the same day, a division bench of justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Kumar Chudal ruled in favour of the petition filed by Lamichhane, allowing him to travel abroad.
  • Women taking the lead (30th March 2023)
    – ‘Nirvik Nari’ featured four panel discussions, all emphasising women’s participation in various fields like health, technology, media and sports. On March 29, the third edition of ‘Nirvik Nari’ took place at Hotel Yak and Yeti in Durbarmarg, Kathmandu. The function was organised by Ncell and backed by The Kathmandu Post’s sister publication—the monthly magazine—Nari.

Child Right

  •  The voices of children and young people must be heard (15th March 2023)
    – Dr Dereje Wordofa, president of SOS Children Village International, on the organsation’s attempts to provide child care and the need for intervention at various levels to tackle gender-based violence, child marriage, and abuse of children. In this interview with the Post’s Mimamsha Dhungel, Wordofa talks about SOS Children Village International’s attempts to provide child care, protection and advocacy and the need for intervention at various levels to tackle gender-based violence, child marriage and abuse of children.

Gender Equality

  • Evolving gender equations (7th March 2023)
    – Women should speak up for justice notwithstanding concerns of family reputation or social pressure. Times are changing, and the rules governing gender equality are evolving. However, there are some unanswered questions: Do women in Nepal today have access to freedom as guaranteed by the constitution and the laws? To what extent is freedom restricted in relation to women’s rights? What context proves that gender equality is practised among Nepalese women society? Women in rural areas are content with two meals per day and a few sets of less expensive clothing their parents supply to hide their bodies.



  • The drugs, which are used in the treatment of severe Covid infection, were brought from India to smuggle to China.
  • As health workers refused to give shelf life-extended jabs to children aged 5 to 11, many are still deprived of shots.
  • The Biden administration is preparing to relax COVID-19 testing restrictions for travellers from China as soon as Friday.
  • People from priority groups and those aged above 55 will be administered the vaccine on March 22-24 in Kathmandu.
  • Coronavirus Infection has been detected in Sudurpaschim Province again.
  • The risk of corona virus has started to increase again in Nepal.
  • The Ministry of Health and Population has asked all to receive a booster dose of the vaccine for the control and prevention of COVID-19.
  • Ramping up testing, enforcing public health measures and booster shots stressed to reduce the infection’s severity.
  • The Ministry of Health and Population has urged one and all not to neglect COVID-19 infection by considering it just a cough. Pregnant women make up 9% of reproductive-aged women with Covid-19, and millions of babies will be exposed to maternal infection during foetal development over the next five years.

February 2023

Human Rights

  • Iran imprisons couple shown dancing at Tehran’s Freedom Tower in viral video (1st February 2023)
    A young couple who posted a video of themselves dancing romantically in the streets of Tehran have been sentenced to several years in prison, according to human rights activists and Iranian authorities.
  • Police support sought for Dalit related issues (2nd February 2023)
    The National Dalit Commission (NDC) has sought effective support from Nepal Police regarding Dalit-related cases.The support was sought by a delegation from the NDC led by Chairman Devraj Bishwokarma that met with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dhiraj Pratap Singh and other senior police officers at the Nepal Police Headquarters on Wednesday.


  • Nepal’s social protection system reinforcing inequality: HRW (2nd February 2023)
    The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the newly-elected government of Nepal to prioritise coverage for all children and add coverage for millions of informal-sector workers as it considers changes to the existing system. “Governments have an obligation to protect everyone’s rights to social security and an adequate standard of living.

Child Right

  • How child marriages lead to risky health behaviours ? (3rd February 2023)
    Although the negative effects of child marriage have been studied in a variety of domains, evidence on the relationship between child marriage and health behaviors over the life course is limited. So the question still remains if there is a relationship between childhood marriage and adult tobacco use, one of the most prevalent dangerous health behaviours!

Rape Case

  • Insurgency-era victims of sexual crimes still unheard (25th February 2023)
    Ramila’s elder sister had gone underground a year earlier after joining the Maoist party at the height of the insurgency. But other members of the family didn’t have any link with the party. But the security personnel wouldn’t agree. After showering kicks and punches on all family members indiscriminately, they took Ramila along. With a blindfold and tying her hands behind her back, she was taken on a truck. An eighth grader at a local school, she was just 14 then.The security personnel started molesting her from the time she boarded the army truck. “They started touching my sensitive parts, which only increased until the journey ended,” she told the Post.
  • Gaushala 26: How can the PM who honours rape-accused dare to deliver justice to survivors? (27th Februrary 2023)
    Gaushala 26’s life has not been easy lately. Her self-esteem ever since cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane returned to play cricket for Nepal has taken a massive hit. The press is not the victim in all this. They are just doing their job. The real victim is Gaushala 26, which is the code name given to the person who filed the case against Lamichhane. And, she feels a few recent incidents are further victimising her.
  • Actor Paul Shah released from Tanahun prison (27th February 2023)
    Actor Purna Bikram Shah, also known as Paul Shah, was released from Tanahun prison on Monday after the Pokhara High Court acquitted him of child sex abuse charges. The district court, however, had said the rape charge against him could not be established. With this order, Shah, who is serving time in Tanahun prison, will be released.
  • Court lifts foreign travel ban on cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane (28th February 2023)
    On Monday, the Supreme Court lifted the travel ban on rape-accused national cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane. As the defendant is a star cricketer of national as well as international stature and he needs to participate in such games, the court has now revoked the previous order to bar him from such visits.The apex court also upheld the Patan High Court’s decision to release Lamichhane on bail. A division bench of judges Dhruva Raj Nanda and Ramesh Dahal on January 12 ordered the release of the suspended cricketer on bail with conditions.


  • Pakistan says mosque bomber wore police uniform, breached security on motorbike (1st February 2023)
    The bombing was the deadliest in a decade to hit Peshawar, a northwestern city that has suffered decades of Islamist militant violence and is located near the restive Pashtun tribal lands bordering Afghanistan.The suicide bomber who killed more than 100 people at a mosque in a police compound in the Pakistan city of Peshawar this week wore a police uniform and entered the high security area on a motorbike, a provincial police chief said on Thursday.



  • Those who have not yet taken booster shots can get the jabs and the second booster shots will be administered to people of a specified age group and high-risk populations.
  • Minister for Health and Population Padam Giri has directed the prompt management of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines in view of the continued threat of the disease.
  • Pfizer’s new vaccine (bivalent vaccine) for Omicron, will arrive in Nepal in the week following February 13.
  • Covid-19 exposed a deep divide in how people perceive pandemics, science and vaccination.
  • Experts urge authorities concerned to launch an awareness drive to boost vaccine uptake.
  • Nepal will be receiving the first consignment of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines on February 13.
  • Demand for Covid-19 vaccines has dropped, but AstraZeneca has “blockbuster” projects in development that are set to make billions of dollars, according to its Chief Financial Officer, Aradhana Sarin.
  • Extracts from wild plants restrain COVID virus.
  • The first batch ofPfizer’s new vaccine, Bivalent, which is said to work in controlling Omicron, has arrived in Kathmandu.
  • Germany has provided 345,000 doses of vaccine against coronavirus in the first phase under the COVAX facility to Nepal.
  • In December, China abruptly ended President Xi Jinping’s signature zero-Covid policy following historic protests, unleashing the coronavirus across its 1.4 billion population.
  • All health workers, pregnant women, those having compromised immunity and people suffering from chronic diseases are also listed for Pfizer’s bivalent Covid vaccine in the first phase.
  • Influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory infection have become common in recent years. Hundreds of youths leaving the country seek booster doses every day. Officials say Covid jabs are being given from seven health centres in Kathmandu.

January 2023

Human Rights

  • 120 journalists affected in 45 press freedom violations in a year (3rd January 2023)
    In the past year, 2022, 45 incidents of press freedom violations occurred in Nepal, where 120 journalists were directly affected, according to a report.Compared to the previous year, the number of violations has declined, but the number of affected journalists increased, which the report mentioned as a worrying trend.The Freedom Forum has categorized the press freedom violations as arrest/ detention, attack/ manhandling, obstruction/ vandalism, threat to life, and misbehaviour.As per province, Bagmati Province has the highest number of journalists affected, 44; which is followed by Madhes Province with 42. The Gandaki and Lumbini Provinces each have the number of journalists affected at 11. The last year recorded the least number of journalists affected in Province-1 as it witnessed only two incidents of violations. The Karnali Province and Sudurpaschim Province had the journalists affected 7 and 3 respectively, the annual report revealed.
  • Short of justices, Supreme Court’s work further slows (5th January 2023)
    High courts have a 59.33 percent case clearance rate, district courts come second at 54.56 percent, while the apex court is last at 17 percent.The output of the Supreme Court that was earlier limited owing to months-long protests against the then Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana, who has since retired, hasn’t improved much due to a shortage of justices.
  • Nepal has failed to ensure justice to conflict victims: Human Rights Watch (12th January 2023)
    The international human rights watchdog says the continuing impunity for conflict-era violations is matched by impunity for ongoing abuses by law enforcement and security forces.The government of Nepal is yet to pursue justice for conflict-era rights abuses or continuing abuses by security forces, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday in an annual report.The government has not investigated cases of torture, enforced disappearance, or extrajudicial killing; has blocked conflict-related cases from proceeding in the regular courts; and has failed to credibly investigate or prosecute continuing allegations of abuse by the security forces, the international human rights watchdog said in its World Report 2023.
  • Such a long wait for justice (17th January 2023)
    Twenty-one frustrating years have passed since the family of Muktinath Adhikari, murdered by the Maoists, began to seek justice. And yet, there is no sign that justice will be served anytime soon. Adhikari, a teacher at the Panini Sanskrit High School in Lamjung, was dragged out of the classroom, taken to a hill nearby, and shot dead on January 16, 2002. The state has failed to show any sincerity and sensitivity for an effective investigation into the murder. The District Police Office, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) have failed to act on the family’s requests for investigation.In the past 16 years after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed, conflicting parties have reconciled and enjoyed state power. Meanwhile, thousands of civilian victims are struggling for justice. Victims continue to suffer as their economic, social and cultural rights have been violated all these years. Victims are dying for want of treatment, medicine and care. Some are suffering from mental trauma, but the government remains indifferent.
  • UN warns Taliban of Afghanistan’s further isolation (22nd January 2023)
    A United Nations (UN) delegation has warned the Taliban that Afghanistan    would be further isolated if it isolates its women, Afghanistan-based news agency     Khaama Press reported.The Taliban was called by UN legal experts to prioritize protecting the rights of women and girls under any circumstance. The international community was also urged to support Afghan women during these critical times. A United Nations (UN) delegation has warned the Taliban that Afghanistan    would be further isolated if it isolates its women, Afghanistan-based news agency     Khaama Press reported.The Taliban was called by UN legal experts to prioritize protecting the rights of women and girls under any circumstance. The international community was also urged to support Afghan women during these critical times.
  • ‘It’s a murder, not suicide’ ( 26th January 2023)
    Prem Prasad Acharya died a difficult death. On Tuesday, he set himself on fire in front of the Parliament building at New Baneshwar, Kathmandu. Videos circulating on social media after the incident showed Acharya running to the middle of the road while Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal was just leaving the Parliament with a motorcade, before he set himself on fire. Acharya was rushed to the Kirtipur-based burns hospital but it was too late. He was pronounced dead early in the morning on Wednesday. Before setting himself on fire, Acharya, 37, who hails from Ilam, had written a long note on Facebook, describing his struggle—particularly about how he failed in his goals due to the state’s failure to monitor illegal activities of big corporate houses and other assorted frauds.Acharya’s death has sparked a conversation about the duties of the Nepali state towards its citizens, especially towards those who despite their genuine efforts cannot succeed either in landing good jobs or in entrepreneurship. And about what the state should do to ensure that they would not resort to extreme steps like the one Acharya took on Tuesday. Acharya’s death reflects the abject failure of the state on multiple fronts—this has been the refrain among the public and even some prominent political leaders.

Child Rights

Women Rights

  • 444 women, girls from west Nepal go missing (1st January 2023)
    Some 444 women and girls who reached various nations from Western Nepal in     connection to jobs have gone missing. The data is based on the applications submitted at the Maiti Nepal, Nepalgunj chapter in 2022 with the requests for their search.
  • Forest guards beat up three women for entering forest to collect grass (3rd January 2023) Forest guards beat up three women for entering forest to collect grass
    The local women had entered Madhuban Forest in Kolhabi Municipality-8 in Bara on Sunday to collect grass when five forest guards assaulted them.30-year-old Harka Maya Khadka, 28-year-old Hem Kumari Shrestha and 33-year-old Sita Shrestha have accused five forest guards of manhandling them and beating them.On Monday, the victims’ families and locals protested outside the District Police Office and the District Administration Office in Kalaiya demanding action against the guards.
  • Afghan women fight for education (5th January 2023)
    True to their ideological moorings, the Taliban on December 20 last year announced that they would ban university education for women, which until then was continuing in segregated classrooms. Long before this announcement, secondary education for girls had stopped. According to UNICEF, some 850,000 girls have been prevented from attending secondary education since the Taliban took over Kabul.While schools shut their doors, women were not allowed to join office and work, and were not expected to be seen sharing public spaces with men. It is important to look back to see how Afghan women have been fighting this obscurantist regime for their rights. In September 2021, women’s protests against Taliban government policies took place in Herat, and soon spread to other cities. Journalists were assaulted for covering this protest. The Taliban threatened them and even used violence in some cases. Subsequently, the Ministry of the Interior issued a notice banning demonstrations without prior permission.Some of these women have resorted to other ways to keep their network alive, and are organising protests using WhatsApp and Facebook. These women mostly operate from safe houses, take on false identities, and keep their plans confined to a close-knit group. They regularly delete their chats and photos, and change their numbers. But some of them have not been successful in keeping their identities secret from the Taliban. In February, two women activists disappeared, and 24 others were arrested. On May 7, the Hijab, mandating full covering of the body except the eyes, was enforced by the Taliban. Yet, Afghan women have been brave to protest, and are not prepared to abandon their demand for education.
  • It’s especially important for women to read (26th January 2023)
    Sumitra Manandhar Gurung, who has been leading women empowerment programmes for decades, talks about her reading habits and the general importance of reading.In this interview with the Post, Manandhar shares her fondness for reading and talks about how only a few people have the habit of reading.

Transitional Justice

Human Trafficking

  • Man arrested on charges of trafficking four Nepali women to Kuwait
    (27th January 2023)
    They were allegedly sold for 900 dinar for two years and were made to work without pay for 20 hours daily.Police have arrested a man allegedly involved in trafficking four Nepali women to Kuwait from Kathmandu on Monday.Police deployed by the Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau nabbed Prakash Dhimal, from Chabahil, Kathmandu, after one of the victims who was rescued by the Nepali Embassy in Kuwait filed a complaint at the bureau.

Rape Case

  • Sandeep Lamichhane’s hearing adjourned again (5th January 2023)
    The appeal of the former captain of the Nepali cricket team Sandeep  Lamichhane in the Patan High Court has been adjourned. On appeal against the said order, the payment has been adjourned. The case was assigned to the bench of two judges Rajyalakshmi Bajracharya and Narishwar Bhandari. The payee was fixed twice before.


  • Mental Health in LGBTQIA+ Youth (9th January 2023)
    Up to one in every five youngsters suffers from a mental health issue, and suicide is the second highest cause of mortality among young people aged 10 to 24 as per the data provided by the nepal police. The hazards are significantly higher for children and teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or queer ( LGBTIQA+).However, because of prejudice and other prejudices, you may have more unfavourable mental health effects. Knowing what barriers you may experience as a member of the LGBTIQA+ community, as well as how to discover and engage with LGBTIQA+-inclusive providers, will help you achieve better results.LGBTIQA+ people must deal with stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as societal prejudice against mental health conditions. Family support is especially important in influencing the likelihood of suicide. Someone who was rejected by their family after coming out to them was more than eight times more likely to attempt suicide than someone who was accepted by their family after revealing their sexual orientation.



  • The number of cases in China and India are rising consistently, Nepal has to gear up for possible outbreak response and prevention again.
  • The Health Ministry expects a surge in coronavirus cases somewhere between January-end and second week of February.
  • The Health Ministry projects a new surge in Covid cases from January-end.
  • The World Health Organization on Friday urged China’s health officials to regularly share specific and real-time information on the Covid situation.
  • Amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in China, the possible introduction of the BF.7 variant has created fear in Nepal.
  • Nepal decided to request the Gavi for fresh supplies of vaccines bearing in mind increasing risk of COVID-19 infection.
  • Around 500,000 doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in stock are set to expire this month while thousands of children above 5 years are yet to be jabbed.
  • Passengers arriving in Nepal from the international sector should mandatorily present the Covid-19 vaccine certificate or Covid-19 PCR negative report.
  • The Ministry of Health has requested for an additional 1.5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s bivalent vaccine with the COVAX facility.
  • It’s impossible to predict what happens next, infectious disease doctors say. Young children, in particular, are still at risk for respiratory viruses.
  • The coronavirus remains a global health emergency, the World Health Organization chief.

December 2022

Human Rights

  • The misery of migrant workers (4th December 2022)
    Our workers are needlessly losing lives in Qatar due to dehumanising working conditions. While the world enjoys the World Cup this winter, scores of migrant workers who lost their lives in Qatar in the past 10 years are coming to light. Many of those deaths remain uninvestigated as they are simply marked as “deaths due to natural causes.”Many who survived the unfavourable working/living conditions and exploitation have suffered long-term health problems or have returned home with no safety nets. Others still working in Qatar remain silent due to the fear of retribution from their employers or worse, losing their livelihoods. Unemployment and inflation are rampant in their home countries, and migrant workers have no choice but to continue working in Qatar. 
  • Landless squatters stage protest against govt move (6th December 2022) 
    Scores of people living in the squatter settlement along the banks of Bagmati River in Thapathali today joined a protest march against the government’s recent crackdown.Different organisations such as Samyukta Rastriya Sukumbasi Morcha and Mahila Ekata Samaj joined their cause and shouted slogans against the government and urged it to protect the rights of a landless citizens.The protesters in the peaceful march displayed placards that read, ‘secure the right to housing’, ‘ensure human rights’, ‘open doors for talks’, ‘how long shall we live in fear?’, ‘stop spreading fear of being landless’ and ‘land rights now’, among others.
  • Vice President’s concern about the ongoing human rights violations (8th December 2022)
  • Human Rights Day: Are we doing enough? (9th December 2022)
    In Nepal, we are proud to partner with the government and civil society in protecting and upholding human rights. Nepal’s Constitution contains many protections for human rights, and while perhaps not yet fully realised, the Government of Nepal is an inspiring example in the region of its continued efforts to strengthen and protect the rights of its people.We are happy to say that USAID’s development work with the Government of Nepal and local partners has led to greater access to healthcare and education, stronger democratic processes and social inclusion, and more opportunities for economic development.

Women Rights

  • Combating violence against women in politics (13th December 2022)
    Violence against women (VAW)—a form of severe human rights violation—has remained pervasive around the world, leaving women and girls in distress and affecting their potential.Unequal power relations result in domination, which is also a manifestation of VAW. This is perceptible around us, be it on the streets or in Parliament. When women engage in politics as voters, activists, and lawmakers, they face a threat and subjugation, primarily because of their gender. Women politicians, though, have been defying norms that otherwise expect them to remain passive. But violence has often been used to reinforce political structure(s) favouring patriarchy and to suppress women politicians from voicing their opinions freely and independently.

Gender Based Violence

  • Call to eliminate gender-based violence (2nd December 2022)
    The United Nations in Nepal and International Development Partners marked 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign in Dhangadhi Sub-metropolitan Office together with the Ministry of Social Development of Sudurpaschim Province and representatives from embassies, development partners, civil society, and women’s movement.
    In the course of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the local level in Dadeldhura district is organising various events aimed at raising awareness on women empowerment to eliminate VAW.In ward no 3, women were imparted training on women rights, human rights and fundamental rights. Rally and interaction programmes are being organised.
    Speaking at an interaction organized on the occasion of the 16-day campaign against violence against women (VAW) jointly by the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens, and the Forum for Women,Law and Development (FWLD), she said that as enforcement of laws and efforts by the government have not been able to stop GBV, social awakening was required.
    Pointing out the need to change the nature of programs being implemented to prevent VAW, Minister Regmi said the political parties should also get actively involved in running awareness campaigns  against VAW.
    • 16 Day of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (3rd December 2022)
    • GBV prevention fund established in only 115 local levels (4th December 2022)
      Among the 753 local levels across the country only 115 municipalities have established the gender-based violence prevention fund.This was shared at a policy dialogue organised on the occasion of the 16-day campaign against Violence Against Women in the capital city today. The event was hosted jointly by Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Forum of Women, Law and Development and UN Women.
    • Minister Uma Regmi pledges to do needful to control GBV (8th December 2022)
      Minister of Women, Children, and Senior Citizens Uma Regmi said her ministry was committed to doing everything to control gender-based violence.Speaking at a programme on the problems of gender-based violence organised by Koshish Nepal, a national mental health organisation and Forum for Women, Law and Development here today, Minister Regmi said patriarchy was at the root of gender-based violence and even educated men were responsible for committing gender-based violence against their spouses and daughters. ” I have only a few weeks to serve as minister, but I am committed to implementing the suggestions of stakeholders,” she added.
    • Social awareness needed to control GBV (10th December 2022)
      Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizen, Uma Regmi, has argued that Nepali society would not be free from violence against women unless the mentality of individual, family and community is changed. Social awareness is essential to wipe out the gender based violence (GBV) prevalent in the society.
    • Authorities pledge to end sexual harassment, GBV at workplace (12th December 2022)
      Chief District Officer of Kathmandu Ghanashyam Bhusal Adhikari vowed to hold discussions on sexual and gender-based violence at the workplace among the chiefs of public offices.Similarly, National Women Commission’s Chairperson Kamala Kumari Parajuli said that orientation programme on sexual and gender-based violence was not implemented by all agencies. Parajuli shared that the Commission was finding it inconvenient to monitor GBV related complaints since many of the complaints were sent by the same office repeatedly without disclosing names.According to her, it was becoming difficult to deal with sexual and GBV cases since many of them would go unreported and such cases lacked proper documentation. She urged devising a mechanism in all offices, private or public, to monitor both complainant and complaints

Child Rights

Online Violence

  • Most women journalists face online violence: Study (1st December 2022)
    Facebook Messenger is the most commonly used platform for online abuse, according to the report prepared by Media Advocacy Group.An overwhelming majority of women journalists in Nepal have faced online violence, a new study shows.The research conducted among 281 women journalists by the Media Advocacy Group (MAG) has revealed that 88.6 percent faced online violence in their lifetime. Of them, 53 percent faced violence by people from their own profession.

Sexual Assault

  • Sexual violence increased during Covid, UNFPA says (7th December 2022)
    The United Nations Population Fund with the support of the European Union had implemented the two-year project in various cities and municipalities across Nepal.There has been an increase in sexual violence during the time of Covid, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said revealing the outcome of the One Door Crisis Management Center project.“10,499 victims of sexual violence in the areas where the project was implemented received facilities such as counselling, shelter facilities, and justice initiatives,” the statement read. “92 percent of them were women and girls.”
  • 2 arrested on rape charges in Morang (19th December 2022)
    Nepal Police arrested two men on the charge of raping two girls who were returning home from school in Sundarharaicha municipality in Morang. Nepal Police said it arrested Sachin Timsina, 20, and Pratap Tamang, 21.The girls who went to school on December 16 returned home only the next day. When the relatives inquired, they revealed that they had been raped.The police arrested Timsina and Tamang on the basis of a complaint filed by the girl’s parents on Sunday evening.

Domestic Violence

  • Doctor accused of domestic violence and demanding dowry arrested (15th December2022)
    Neha Chaudhary has accused Pankaj Chaudhary, her husband of nine months, of physical and mental abuse for not bringing enough dowry.She accused Pankaj of beating her repeatedly and forcing her maternal family to cough up a huge amount of money as dowry. She claimed that her husband tortured her accusing her of not bringing enough dowries.Pankaj and Neha married nine months ago after being in a relationship for about two years. A month ago, Neha took to social media to claim that she had been a victim of domestic violence. She posted some photos of her injuries online.

Human Trafficking

  • 3 tiers of govt to stop human trafficking (27th December 2022)
    Mayor of Biratnagar Metropolitan City, Nagesh Koirala, has talked about the need of coordination among all the three tiers of the government for prevention and control of human trafficking.He also stressed on the need of coordination among the organisations working in the women and children’s sector.Officiating Chief District Officer of Morang, Sharad Pokharel said prevention and control of human trafficking has become challenging due to the open border. Coordinator of Maiti Nepal, Morang, Binod Pokharel, presented a report about the situation of January to December 2022. During the period, 136 people were saved from being trafficked, he shared. Coordinator Pokharel added that out of 47 people, who were lost during the period, only 11 were found. A person was rescued and a case was filed against a person for his/her connection to human trafficking during the period. A total of 105 cases of domestic violence were recorded, he mentioned.

LGBTQ Rights

  • Bill protecting same-sex, interracial unions set for passage (8th December 2022)
    US President Joe Biden backs the bill and said he will “promptly and proudly” sign it into law.That ruling included a concurring opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas that suggested same-sex marriage should also be reconsidered.
  • Biden signs gay marriage law (14th December 2022)
    A celebratory crowd of thousands bundled up on a chilly Tuesday afternoon to watch President Joe Biden sign gay marriage legislation into law, a joyful ceremony that was tempered by the backdrop of an ongoing conservative backlash over gender issues. And the White House played a recording of Biden’s television interview from a decade ago, when he caused a political furor by unexpectedly disclosing his support for gay marriage.Lawmakers from both parties attended Tuesday’s ceremony, reflecting the growing acceptance of same-sex unions, once among the country’s most contentious issues.


November 2022



  • So far, 76.5 percent of the total population in Nepal has received two doses of Covid vaccine and around 27.5 percent has taken booster shots.
  • According to a study, children whose mothers test positive for COVID-19 have lower severe symptoms than their parents, if they become infected with the virus at all.
  • Not everyone receives the same amount of protection from vaccination.
  • Pfizer’s updated covid 19 boosters, significantly revved up adults’ virus-fighting antibodies.
  • Residence clash with Chinese authorities over Covid rules.
  • A large number of vaccines against COVID-19 have got stuck in the store due to the lack of eagerness on the part of the people to get vaccinated for the third time.
  • Covid 19 causes long term physical and mental problems.
  • Repeat Covid is riskier than the first infection.
  • When the election atmosphere is gaining momentum at home, health  professionals are worried about the public health issue bearing in mind the risk of infectious diseases, majorly  COVID-19. 
  • It might be a matter of serious concern for patients of diabetes who have also suffered from COVID-19. The infection may result in long-term health issues, which includes a higher risk for heart diseases.
  • China on Sunday announced its first new death from COVID-19.
  • COVAX to supply 1.5 million Covid bivalent doses to Nepal shortly
  • Health Ministry officials say the vaccine doses will be used as first and second booster shots.

Human Rights Violence

Chhath’s essence is equality but Dalits still left out

For Dalits in Bara, the four-day festival was a stark reminder of the discrimination they have been subjected to for decades.While the Chhath songs call for equality and impartiality, the lived experiences of those from the Dalit communities are wholly different. Caste-based discrimination is rife in Nepal—from the mountains to the Terai—and never is the bias more visible than during religious festivals.

Foul play

The abuse Qatar employed while completing World Cup projects will be etched in public memory.Qatar, a country long flagged for its mistreatment of migrant workers, is again in the spotlight for emptying apartment blocks housing thousands of foreign labourers, most likely to make space for football fans coming for the World Cup.Had the international community been serious about making Qatar accountable for its atrocious treatment of migrant workers, they could have done a lot more to build pressure on Doha.

Disable people facing challenges in Nepal

People with disabilities in Nepal are facing numerous challenges in their day to day lives as enough attention is not given towards catering their special needs. People with disabilities lag behind in education and employment, while they also face discrimination due to their condition putting them at a higher risk of violence and abuse.A recent study, ‘Disability Inclusive Development in Nepal: Situational Analysis’ published in the year 2020, shows that disability is significantly linked with poverty. It has been seen that households of people with disabilities are poorer and suffer from many economic challenges.The study also showed the COVID 19 pandemic impacted people with disabilities significantly as they faced many barriers in protecting themselves from the impacts of COVID -19. Food insecurity and income reduction were the major problems faced by disable people in the pandemic.

Child Rights

Childhood Traumas

A recent study revealed that these experiences have a significant impact on our health risks as adults.Obesity and chronic pain are physical conditions that are affected, but post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, substance misuse, and depression show the most correlation with physical conditions.Our well-being and health later in life are significantly influenced by the social situations in which we are raised.

 Sexual Assault

Sandeep Lamichane (Rape Case)

The office of public prosecutor has registered a case against suspended Captain of the Nepali National Cricket Team, Sandeep Lamichhane, at the District Court, Kathmandu on Sunday.Lamichhane, who has been in police custody since he was arrested following a FIR filed against him, has been denying the charge of raping the teenager girl. He had given statement that he is innocent and did not rape the girl. He was arrested from the Tribhuvan International Airport on October 6 on the charge and remains in judicial custody since then.

A single bench of judge Madhav Prasad Ghimire at the Kathmandu District Court recorded statements of both the parties on Tuesday.“Lawyers from both sides recorded their statements. The court is likely to decide whether to free him on bail, without bail or to keep him in custody,” said Achyut Neupane, chief of the district attorney’s office, in Kathmandu.

The debate on the case against cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane, who is accused of raping a 17-year-old minor, has ended. Today, the lawyers of the district attorney‘s office argued in court. According to the court officials, the order will be issued shortly after the counterargument is over.

Women Rights

Nepali women packing a punch

Nepal occupies a respectable 16th position among the 133 countries regarding the proportion of elected seats held by women. During the Covid-19 pandemic, they distinguished themselves with their excellent handling of the crisis compared to the federal and provincial governments. The constitution has ensured that the local units include women, Dalits and backward classes and communities. It says there must be at least one woman representative and one Dalit woman representative in each ward.

 Election Violence

  • Bodies of Bajura election violence victims yet to be collected by families (22nd November2022)

    Bodies of two persons killed during the election violence in the Bajura district of Sudurpaschim on Sunday have not been collected by their families yet.The deceased were identified as Sanjeev Aidi and Chetan Aidi of Triveni-7. They were killed when security personnel opened fire after tension at a polling station.Three persons including police constable Krishna Kunwar were injured in the clash that occurred at the polling station. The injured are locals Parshuram Padhyaya and Khadak Aidi.

Gender Based Violence

     The activism is an annual international campaign that begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs through December 10 marking International Human Rights Day.Also speaking at the event, Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Sunita Dangol, asserted that violence of any kind was a social crime and said that it was imperative to take the campaign to the ward level to minimize gender-based violence. Necessity of life skills training for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) has been emphasised so as to support their livelihood.Different organisations including ABC Nepal and other individuals under the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence held discussions to explore ways for making the target group self-reliant.The organisation has launched gender-based violence prevention and response project in Biratnagar, Okhaldhunga and Udaipur and 23 people are receiving service from it.ABC Nepal Shelter Chief Srijana Bhandari briefed about activities carried out under the project.

October 2022

Human Rights Violence

Human Rights

Gender and Inclusive Policy

  • The Policy aims to contribute towards strengthening democracy by making all phases and procedures of elections gender-friendly and inclusive.The Commission would be active in protection, development, empowerment of the women of all castes, region, communities and those socially and economically backward and to ensure opportunities and access for them to minimise the gender-based violence during election period.

Child Rights

Why are today’s girls so anxious and depressed?

  • Girls are growing with a rising number of external pressures, making their transition into teen and adulthood far more psychologically disturbing than it used to be. Research shows sharp spikes in depression and anxiety among girls in recent years, at rates notably higher than boys.

What is it about this moment in time that makes life so much more emotionally challenging for teenage girls?

  • There is so much focus on performance and competition. Our children are missing that important part of childhood, those in-between years, ages 7 to 13, when they should be doing things like hanging out with their friends and lying in the grass to chat about whatever. We’ve replaced that with a fast-moving culture and have also added social media.And then we have to layer upon that the stark reality that girls routinely face added threats like sexual harassment, rape and violence against women by virtue of being female.

Still, the solution to this problem isn’t something parents can or should handle on their own, right?

  • There are so many different ways to bring in the wider community. Too many parents think they are alone in dealing with this, but we are not alone, and we shouldn’t be thinking this is all on us. Talk therapy can help; there is very good evidence.When they feel safe, the stress machinery in their brains is less likely to get engaged, and they have a better chance of getting through their teen years without depression or anxiety.

Child Grant should be expanded

  • As political leaders begin their campaign for the upcoming elections, they should recognise that voters are still waiting for a government that will deliver its commitments to provide a similar benefit to Nepal’s children. An expanded child benefit is even more urgently needed after the Covid-19 pandemic reversed achievements in reducing child poverty.

Sexual Assault

Sandeep Lamichane (Rape Case)

  • Police have arrested suspended Nepal national cricket team skipper Sandeep Lamichhane accused of raping a minor girl from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Thursday. Lamichhane was detained upon landing at Tribhuvan International Airport from Qatar Airways this morning. Earlier today, the cricketer had taken to one of his social media pages to announce his return and his subsequent ‘submission’ before the authorities. As in previous times, he maintained that he is not guilty. He returned to Nepal almost a month after an arrest warrant was issued against him. Though he expressed his desire to turn himself in, police apprehended him upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Due to the opening of the court from today after Dashain holiday, Lamichhane is going to be taken to the court for an extension. Cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane’s lawyer has claimed that the girl who accused Lamichhane of raping her is not a minor. She said to the journalist, “It seems that she has two birth certificates. It seems that she is trying to trap Sandeep in a deliberate manner. We will submit the proof that she made her birth certificate by changing her birthdate. Sandeep is innocent.

Mental Health

Transforming Mental Health in Nepal

  • We need to focus on preventive, positive, and community mental health to address mental health conditions.Each year, October 10 is marked as World Mental Health Day. Just like the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to have conversations on mental health and contribution to the cause of mental health. Mental health is not the elephant in the room. It is a herd. It’s in each of our rooms, workplace. Hence, let’s say yes to
  • Mental health curriculum and outcome
  • Tele-health and access to health
  • Insurance support
  • NGO, INGO sector at the mental and primary health care level
  • Clinical expertise and clinical support at all levels, from preventive, and secondary to rehabilitation

Transitional Justice

Transitional justice bodies get terms extension without chairs and members

  • Though the commissions have got the extension of their terms, they will continue to remain defunct in the lack of the office bearers.The conflict victims and human rights defenders had been objecting to the appointment process of the leadership in both the commissions saying it was politically appointed.Seven years since their formation, the two transitional justice commissions haven’t been able to make any concrete headway in providing justice to the victims.The truth commission has received 63,792 complaints since its formation in February 2015 while the disappearance commission has received 3,223 complaints of enforced disappearances at the hands of state security forces and the Maoists.After a preliminary investigation, the commission has identified 2,484 cases as genuine.

Human Rights

Young Nepalis are leaving the country for foreign employment in record numbers.

  • Nepal goes to the polls on November 20 to choose the members of the House of Representatives and the seven provincial assemblies. Voting is a fundamental duty, and all Nepalis have an equal opportunity to make their voices heard in a democracy. But for Nepali, his foreign job is more important than hiking to the voting booth to drop a piece of paper in the ballot box.Young Nepalis are leaving the country for foreign employment in record numbers, government statistics show. The push factors are strong.Nearly 46,700 individuals received labour permits during the period mid-September to October 10. Government officials say that the figure may rise as the country’s economy is not showing signs of improvement.Nepalis are travelling abroad en masse due to limited job opportunities at home caused by prolonged political instability. According to Subedi, there is no prospect of earning a decent income in Nepal. “Inflation is high, there are few employment opportunities, and the salaries are extremely low. The cost of living is high,” said Subedi. “To fulfil all your family needs, you need to go abroad. Who cares about elections? All that matters for us is our job.” 

Women’s Right

Women violence during election

  • Inter-generation Women Forum has drawn the attention of the government and the Election Commission towards possible incidences of violence against women, including the domestic violence, during the elections period.The concern of the Forum is that the pre-voting activities of political parties are generally not women-friendly and cases of women violence are highly likely during the victory celebrations and post-election feasts and gatherings.

Women tortured in custody

  • The victim says officers physically abused her to extract confession.A 33-year-old woman, who was detained for investigation into a murder case, was allegedly tortured in police custody in Siraha district.Jabachhi has said the security personnel tortured her severely in custody, forcing her to confess the involvement of herself and her family in the incident.Incidents of torture and death in custody are frequently reported in Nepal, especially in the Terai. The incidents, however, are rarely investigated and the rate of conviction is dismal.



  • President Bhandari tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Long Covid at 12 months persists at 18 months.
  • Europe is likely to enter another Covid wave.
  • Covid cases are decreasing compared to before.
  • President Bhandari was discharged from the hospital.
  • Covid 19 is still a global health emergency.
  • It finds that pregnancy-related deaths have spiked nearly 80% since 2018, with COVID-19 being a factor.
  • Doctors warn infections could rise precipitously in the coming days as temperatures dip.
  • The new sub-variant of Omicron, XBB, confirmed in Nepal.
  • The sudden emergence and rapid spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) omicron variant has raised questions about its animal reservoir.

September 2022



  • White House to encourage COVID booster flu shots this fall.
  • Covid death cases keep falling nearly every year.
  • Shape of the coronavirus affects its transmission.
  • Corona infection has been confirmed in 105 more people in the last 24 hours in Kathmandu Valley.
  • 9 vaccines are approved for use in Nepal.
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • COVID-19 vaccination data
  • Covid infection may increase incidence of heart attacks.
  • Mugu is declared as the fully vaccinated district.
  • 60 immunocompromised health workers to get second booster shots.
  • Vaccines lower long term covid 19 effects.

Human Rights

Transitional Justice

Key Points of Transitional Justice

  • Bill Amendment on Transitional Justice Law

According to the victims and right activists the current bill provides a loophole to define all murders as non cruel and grant amnesty for all murders. 19 lawmakers have 17 amendments to the bill to amend the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act 2014, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on August 23. Conflict victims say the bill has not listed war crimes and crimes against humanity under serious human rights violations.

Government has drafted a bill to amend relevant law. The government has prepared a bill with a provision to calculate its life. Officials at the Law Ministry say the bill was prepared to address the lack of legal clarity over the tenure of the House of Representatives. The bill also says the tenure of the previous lower house will be deemed to have automatically ended from the day the newly elected House holds its first meeting.

  • Bill to Amend the TRC and CIEDP

Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Govinda Prasad Sharma (Koirala) has said that there should be no delay in passing the Bill designed to amend the Commission for the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act. Speaking at the meeting of the Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Federal Parliament on Saturday, Minister Koirala mentioned that the victims have suffered a lot and said that it would be appropriate to pass it through the Parliament immediately to deliver them justice. He said, “There were many effects when we delayed this issue. The victims suffered a lot. In fact, we are not able to compensate for them. Now, in the case of human rights violation, as long as the victims want, as long as the victims have consent, they can go to reconciliation. Therefore, the government and all the parties should be in one place. I have not known that all political parties have different ideologies on this. So we need to solve this issue as soon as possible.”

Human Trafficking

Key Points of Human Trafficking

  • Human Trafficking

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that human trafficking is a disgrace to the civilized society and a crime against humanity thatb also affects the image of the country in an international level. Prime Minister Deuba said that the government was committed to fulfilling the commitments made by the country at the national and international forum in the fight against human trafficking and transportation. He also rmphasized that all three levels of government, from the center to the provincial and local levels, need to work in coordination with each other to make the campaign against human trafficking effective. He said that the government is committed to amending existing laws and formulating new laws related to human trafficking to make them more effective in view of the changing nature of the crime.

Child Rights

Key Points of Child Rights

  • Child Marriage

Myagdi, a hill district in west Nepal, underage marriage, marriage before the age of 20, according to law is a common practice, especially in the districts of rural belts. Although the governmental and non-governmental agencies have spent thousands of rupees to prevent illegal marriage, this method still has not worked. According to the district health authority, nearly 20 percent of pregnancies reported over the last years were underage.

  • Budhiganga declared as child marriage free zone

         Budhiganga Municipality-4 of Bajura has declared itself a child marriage free     zone. Various governmental and non-governmental organisations working in the field   of child rights in the district had been conducting public awareness programmes in     the village to prevent child marriage.

  • Child Violence

A case of child abuse is registered in Jumla. The child mother has registered the case in Jumla Police for child abuse in the treatment of a six years old boy. The boy had abdominal pain and despite repeated requests for treatment of their son to Doctor Shah, he did not agree. Jumla has objceted through a press release saying that Dr.Shah’s discriminatory behaviour in  medical treatment of child Shah. It is regrettable that Dr.Shah committed such an offence in a sensitive place like the emergency room of the hospital, which encourages child violence.

Sexual Assault

Key Points of Sexual Assault

  • Rape Case (Sandeep Lamichahne)

           Sandeep Lamichahne, Nepal Cricket Captain, faces a rape charge from a minor. According to the complaint, Lamichahne took the girl to different places in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur on 21st August. It is mentioned that the girl was repeatedly raped by Lamichane that same night. She claimed that Lamichahne raped her in room number 305 of a hotel located on Kathmandu-9.Police thoroughly investigating on alleged rape case against Sandeep Lamichhane and is seeking permission to issue arrest warrent against Lamichane. The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is involved in discussion after a rape complaint was filed against the captain of the national team, Sandeep Lamichane. He is currently leading the national team and a CAN meeting will be held regarding whether to keep him on the team or suspend him.

  • Rape Case (Paul Shah)

The Nawalpur District Court has acquitted actor Paul Shah of a rape charge but convicted him of child sexual abuse. Accordingly, the court sent him to jail for 2.5 years and ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 1 million to the survivor. In addition, he has to pay a fine of Rs 25,000. Paul Shah was accused of repeatedly raping a minor, who is also an aspiring singer, in different districts of the country. The alleged survivor’s father had filed separate complaints in Tanahun and Nawalpur districts. Meanwhile, Shah is also facing a similar charge in the Tanahun district and the verdict is pending.

  • Niharika Case Update

After being released from jail Shivraj Shrestha has appeared before court. According to Niharika’s demand, the court ordered DNA test of both of them as per NIharika, Shrestha raped her and the child was born. According to Shrestha, they were in love and had consensual sex at the same time. Dhanusha district court has already acquitted Shrestha in the crime of coercion.

  • Women found dead in half naked state in Dhanusha

A woman was found dead in a half-naked state at Yadukuha of Sahidnagar Municipality-3, Dhanusha on Tuesday.The body of a 26-year-old Babityadevi Das was found near a bamboo bush in the village this morning, police said. Babitadevi was the wife of a local Arun Das.According to police, the woman had gone to watch a cultural program held in the village on Monday night.

Locals of the village suspect she was murdered after rape.DSP and Police Spokesperson Pradip Bahadur Chettri of Dhanusha said that police are further investigating the case.

Right of LGBTQI+

  • Violence against LGBTQI+ people continues (15th September 2022)
  • Violence Against LGBTQl+
    Safety of sexual minorities in question after two members of the queer community were beaten up on suspicions of stealing babies in Siraha on Saturday.Members of the LGBTIQ+ community, 43-year-old Munni and 47-year-old Chanda, residents of Kalyanpur Municipality in Siraha and Hansapur Municipality of Dhanusha respectively, say the locals of Laxmipur Chowk in Bishnupur Rural Municipality-5, Siraha physically abused the two on suspicions of stealing a newborn.For queer community members, violence against the LGBTIQ+ community remains a distressing reality.

August 2022

Transitional Justice

Key Points of Transitional Justice

  • UN Concern

        The diplomats expressed concerns over some of the provisions and urged both Deuba and Dahal that some qualifiers and more explanations are needed for cases of serious human rights violations.The amended bill has provisions that the transitional justice commissions will make recommendations to the Attorney General’s Office to start prosecution of cases of serious human rights violations.Criminal cases from the decade-long insurgency that are sub judice at the district and high courts will be transferred to the Special Court.

  • Transitional Justice Amendment Bill

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has furnished a 12-point suggestion to the government on the bill relating to transitional justice. And the suggestion on TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and CIEDP (Commission for investigation of Enforced Disappeared Person) was made public on Sunday. Conflict victims and rights activists have expressed concerns about some of the provisions and demanded a review. According to Prem Suwal “ Disappeared Persons Investigation, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Third Amendment) Bill,2019 has not come to give justice to the victims. Advocates have objected, saying attempts have been made to bring the bill related to transitional justice giving additional pain to conflict victims rather than providing justice and it will not provide justice to victims so that the bill should not be passed by the parliment.

  • Transitional Justice Law

          During the demonstration, conflict victims and civil society members said that the current bill drafted to amend the law favours the perpetrators and is unacceptable.civil society members joined the protesting conflict victims, who have been holding a series of demonstrations demanding that the government and the political parties should not endorse the bill without a revision.

Human Rights

Key Points of Human Rights

  • Protest Burma Execution

          Nepali rights activists took to the streets of Kathmandu against the execution  of Phyo Zeya Thaw, Kyaw Min Yu (Ko Jimmy), Hla Myo Aung, and Aung Thura Zaw by the Burmese military junta. The four democracy activists including a former lawmaker Thaw were accused of committing ‘terror acts’ and were sentenced to death in a closed-door trial in a move much criticised by rights activists, and organisations internationally including from the United Nations Security Council.In Nepal, National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice (Human Rights Alliance) has strongly condemned the Burma Junta Military Government’s brutal torture of freedom fighters and their fight to restore liberties, and democracy.

  • DNA Test To Be Conducted

The High Court, Janakpur, has ordered a DNA test of the child of Niharika Rajput from Jaleswar in Mahottari and also of Shiva Raj Shrestha. This case was tracked after Niharika tried committing suicide infront of President Office in Kathmandu.

Rights of LGBTQI+

Key Points of Rights of LGBTQI+

  • LGBTQI+ Rights

LGBTQI+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex persons. During the visit of Jessica Sterns, the US special envoy to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ Stern not only met the government officials but also attended the pride parade organised by the Blue Diamond Society. According to Jessica Stern, Nepal is ahead of many countries in the world because it explicitly recognises gender and sexual minorities in the constitution.But in Nepal, as in every country in the planet including in the US, there is always a discrepancy between the promise of the law and its implementation. Also Stern, heard people say that things are changing in Nepal, and that they feel hopeful for the future and the change for LGBTQI+ community is coming.  Stern came here in part to learn how the US government can support LGBTIQ+ people in Nepal to make sure that they can live their best lives. Unfortunately, she heard from them that there is a long way to go. Us government is always interested in supporting the LGBTIQ+ community here and the Nepali people in general.

Women’s Rights

Key Points of Women’s Rights

  • Safety of Women

          Women face real threats to their safety in public spaces from current or former partners. One in six months women (17%) compared to one in 15 men (7%) have been stalked since the age of 15. And 75% of them were stalked by someone they knew. Women are participating in running in record numbers in Australia. As with many sport and recreational activities, they commonly use public spaces for running. However, several barriers hinder women’s ability to run safely. Ultimately, a collective onus of responsibility is needed to encourage women’s safe participation in running. 

According to crime data against women for the fiscal year 2077/78 in Nepal, rape attemps in Provience 1 are 167, Madhes 115, Bagmati 88, Gandaki 56, Lumbini 134, Karnali 46, and Sudarpaschim 89. This leads to a question if women are really safe in Nepal. Also any women around the world has faced sexual harresment or are raped bt someone (whether a stranger or someone they have known and trusted for awhile) they feel like it is their fault of something like that happens to them. Not only are they affected physically but mentally as well.


  • Transitional Justice in Nepal.
  • Protest to amend the Transitional Justice bill.
  • Nepal has strong laws for LGBTQI+ groups but there is a gap in implementation.
  • Victims and civil society members said the current bill drafted to amend the law favours the perpetrators and is unacceptable.
  • Bill to amend law fails to take cognisance of the use of children in insurgency, right activists say.
  •  Conflict victims and right activists have expressed concerns about some of the provisions and demanded a review.
  • Bill will not give justice to victims.
  • Are Women really safe in Nepal?
  • Niharika son’s and Shivraj DNA test to be conducted.
  • Demand to correct Transitional Justice Bill.
  • To ensure necessary changes in the bill to amend the transitional justice act.
  • Conflict victims and right activists write to the UN Secy General, alerating him of multiple flaws in the transitional justice amendment bill.
  • Conflict victims, right activists seek intervention.


Sinovac syringes being used to administer Pfizer doses to children (1st August 2022)

‘Living with Covid’: Where the pandemic could go next (1st August 2022)

895 new cases, active cases near 5,000 (1st August 2022)

17 hospitals designated for COVID-19 patients across country (1st August 2022)

Around six lakh of COVID-19 vaccines wasted (1st August 2022)

Half of COVID patients in Sudurpaschim are India returnees (2nd August 2022)

Of 16 deaths from COVID in last fortnight, 12 were unvaccinated (2nd August 2022)

Nepal achieves vaccination target ( 3rd August 2022)

EDITORIAL: Stop being careless (4th August 2022)

Nepal recorded 760 news cases in past 24 hours (4th August 2022)

Amid Covid surge, officials project a peak by August-end urging all to be cautious (4th August 2022)

Nepal shows sign of fourth wave of infection (4th August 2022)

Rupandehi lacks testing kits amid ‘alarming’ rise in cases (5th August 2022)

‘Increasing coronavirus cases signal fourth wave’ (5th August 2022)

178 thousands people fully vaccinated in Baitadi (6th August 2022)

COVID-19 fund established in Baitadi (7th August 2022)

More than 1 million people vaccinated in Karnali Province (8th August 2022)

Indian tourists infected with coronavirus barred from entering Nepal (9th August 2022)

Humla records coronavirus cases in eight months (9th August 2022)

Schools shut due to increasing COVID in Bhojpur (10th August 2022)

75 percent of those succumbed to COVID are unvaccinated-MoHP (10th August 2022)

If you haven’t, go get a booster shot against Covid. Here’s why and how to get it in Nepal (10th August 2022)

COVID-19 on upward trend in Karnali Province (11th August 2022)

Health Ministry asks COVAX to resume supply of Pfizer doses (12th August 2022)

Viral fever spikes amid rising COVID cases (12th August 2022)

Second phase vaccination for children aged 5-12 from Aug 21(13th August 2022)

Government mulls second booster shots for elderly and comorbid people (13th August 2022)

BA.5 subvariant responsible for most of new Covid infections (14th August 2022)

COVID-19 in Nepal (15th August 2022)

Children in Baitadi schools to be inoculated with Pfizer vaccines (17th August 2022)

Nepal to wait for world health body’s expert recommendation to start second boosters ( 17th August 2022)

Cases of viral fever go up in Khotang, infected health workers compelled to render services (17th August 2022)

US health agency puts Nepal on its ‘high risk’ list (18th August 2022)

COVID cases rising in far-west (18th August 2022)

“I would recommend undergoing tests for Covid even if you have symptoms of seasonal flu” (18th August 2022)

The challenging journey to reach Nepal’s communities with vaccines (19th August 2022)

Over 38,000 children to be vaccinated against COVID in Tanahun (20th August 2022)

Isolation center established due to growing COVID cases ( 20th August 2022)

Covid vaccination: Second phase for children aged 5-11 begins (21st August 2022)

Amid rising COVID cases, people still continue avoiding precautions  (21 st August 2022)

Vaccination for children aged 5-12 kicks off (22nd August 2022)

Pfizer: Updated COVID vaccine booster (23rd August 2022)

Pfizer COVID shots 73% effective in children (24th August 2022)

Sarlahi children begin receiving Pfizer vaccine (24th August 2022)

444 new cases, three deaths in 24 hours (25th August 2022) 

Health officials urge parents to get children vaccinated against COVID-19, claim Pfizer is not effective (26th August 2022)

Pandemics and misinformation (28th August 2022)

9 Vaccines Approved for Use in Nepal (29th August 2022)

Nepal braces for a fourth wave (29th August 2022)

As Covid abates, Nepal sees dengue outbreak (30th August 2022)

Nepal sees 257 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours (30th August 2022)

कोरोना उपचारका लागि १७ अस्पताल, कुन कुनमा पाइन्छ सेवा ? (१६ साउन २०७९)

एमाले बरिष्ठ उपाध्यक्ष पोखरेललाई कोरोना संक्रमण, निमोनियाको समेत लक्षण (१६ श्रावण २०७९)

तपाईंलाई कोरोना संक्रमण भयो ? यी १७ सरकारी अस्पतालमा पाइन्छ निःशुल्क उपचार (१६ श्रावण २०७९)

कोरोना संक्रमण बढ्दो, नेपालमा आज मात्रै थपिए ९१५ संक्रमित (१८ श्रावण २०७९)

२४ घण्टामा ९ सय १५ जनामा कोरोना सङ्क्रमण ( १८ श्रावण २०७९)

प्याकेटका मासु कोरोना भाइरसको श्रोत : अनुसन्धान (२२ श्रावण २०७९)

अछाममा एकजनामा कोरोना संक्रमण पुष्टि (२२ साउन २०७९) 

बालबालिकालाई विद्यालयमै ‘फाइजर भ्याक्सिन’ (१ भदौ २०७९)

५० प्रतिशत कोरोना सङ्क्रमितमा लक्षण देखिँदैन (१ भदौ २०७९)

बुस्टर डोज नलगाउनेलाई वडाको सेवासुबिधामा रोक ( १ भदौ २०७९)


  • Covid cases are increasing day by day.
  • Vaccination target has been achieved in Nepal.
  • Nepal shows the 4th wave of infections.
  • People are getting fully vaccinated in Baitadi and Karnali.
  • Lack of testing kits in Rupandehi.
  • Hospitals are designed for covid 19 across the country.
  • Out of 16 covid deaths, 12 were unvaccinated.
  • Half of covid patients in Sudurpaschim are India returnees.
  • It is time to follow safety protocol due to corona.
  • Coronavirus cases are recorded in Humla after eight months.
  • Complementary treatment for coronavirus is provided in 17 different government hospitals.
  • Coronavirus can be found in frozen meat and fish for 30 days.
  • The vice president of CPN UML Ishwor Pokhrel has tested corona positive.
  • Children in Baitadi schools to be vaccinated with Pfizer.
  • Nepal is on the high risk list for covid.
  • Citizens who haven’t had booster shots won’t be able to get ward facilities.
  • Covid cases are rising in different regions in Nepal.
  • People are continuing to avoid coronavirus precautions.
  • Second phase of vaccinations begins of childrens aged group from 5-11.
  • Isolation centre has been established due to rise in covid cases.
  • Covid vaccination campaign for 5-12 kicks off and it covers Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Khotang,Okhaldhunga, Panchthar, Sankhwuasabha, Solukhumbu, Taplejung, Terathum and so on.
  • Vaccines approved for use in Nepal.

July 2022


Over 2.2 million paediatric doses of Covid-19 vaccine arrive from COVAX ( 2nd July 2022)

Covid resurgence and cholera outbreak pose ‘increasing challenge’ to public health ( 4th July 2022)

Nepal reports 90 new Covid-19 cases  ( 5th July 2022)

Nepal reports 113 new Covid-19 cases ( 6th July 2022)

Rising new cases could be an indication of a new coronavirus surge ( 7th July 2022)

Coronavirus explainer: Here’s everything you should know about COVID reinfections ( 7th July 2022)

Nepal reports 98 new Covid-19 cases ( 8th July 2022)

With no active vaccination campaign, over 1 million doses of Covid vaccines going to waste (8th July 2022)

Citing low booster uptake, Nepal may not seek immediate supply of Pfizer doses ( 11th July 2022)

Nepal reports 121 new Covid-19 cases ( 10th July 2022)    

Nepal reports 168 new Covid-19 cases ( 11th July 2022)

Government failure to estimate actual population size hits Covid vaccination programme (12th July 2022)

Nepal records 177 COVID cases in 24 hrs (12th July 2022)

Adults with blood cancer respond to booster dose ( 11th July 2022)

People seen flouting COVID safety protocols ( 12th July 2022)

New coronavirus sub variants BA.5 and BA.2.75 cause alarm (13th July 2022)

What is the Covid BA.5 variant and why is it reinfecting so many people? (14th July 2022)

Pandemic behind ‘largest backslide in childhood vaccination in a generation’: UN ( 15th July 2022)

Corona spreads in Morang Prison, one dies, 18 hospitalized (15th July 2022)

25 million kids missed routine vaccinations because of COVID (15th July 2022)

Nepal on the brink of another Covid wave as infections rise ( 16th July 2022)

Nepal records first Covid-19 death in 73 days ( 17th July 2022)

Why COVID-19 booster shots are essential? (17th July 2022)

Second dose of COVID-19 shots to be administered to kids between 5 to 12 years in 27 districts (18th July 2022)

COVID-19 cases spreading in Gulmi ( 18th July 2022)

Latest COVID surge leading to another health emergency in Nepal (18th July 2022)

Nawalparasi local administration urges people to compulsorily wear facemasks ( 18th July 2022)

Covid vaccination for 5-11 year olds affected by syringe shortage (19th July 2022)

Create public awareness against COVID-19′ (19th July 2022)

Covid Nepal: New variants’ infection is on the rise. It’s time to follow protocols again (19th July 2022)

This is why COVID-19 graph is rising in Nepal ( 19th July 2022)

Novel coronavirus manipulates cells to replicate ( 19th July 2022)

Corona positivity rate over 10% after five months (19th July 2022)

As coronavirus infections rise suddenly, authorities step up booster vaccination (20th July 2022)

Pandemic effects on periods ( 20th July 2022)

Pandemic effects on periods (20th July 2022)

High blood pressure may double risk of severe COVID (21st July 2022)

MoHP urges people not to drop guard as COVID cases spike (23rd July 2022)

Corona virus seen in people, returning from India (24th July 2022)

Nepal records 568 COVID-19 cases on Monday (25th July 2022)

Booster jabs for 12–17-year-olds being rolled out from today (25th July 2022)

Govt urged to issue ‘white paper’ on COVID-19 (25th July 2022)

Why does Nepal waste vaccines? (25th July 2022)

For some people, Covid-19 causes long-term effects, taking both physical and mental toll (27th July 2022)

Coronavirus infection increasing in Sudurpaschim Province (27th July 2022)

Complacency puts vulnerable population at higher risk of Covid infection (28th July 2022)

Newly developed vaccine patch can fight variants more effectively: Researchers (28th July 2022)

Reinfection, severe outcome more common with BA.5 variant; virus spike protein toxic to heart cells (29th July 2022)

एकै दिन थप १७७ जनामा कोरोना संक्रमण पुष्टि (२०७९ असार २८ गते)

बढ्दै कोरोना संक्रमण, एकैदिन थपिए ५३ संक्रमित (१९ असार २०७९)

नेपालमा आज थपिए ४० जना कोरोना संक्रमित ( २० असार २०७९)

खोपको सर्वसुलभ पहुँचका लागि अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय समुदायलाई नेपालको अनुरोध (असार २३ २०७९)

ललितपुर महानगरका प्रमुख महर्जनलाई कोरोना सङ्क्रमण (२४ असार २०७९)

सीमा क्षेत्रमा बढ्दै कोरोना संक्रमण (२४ असार २०७९)

काभ्रेमा पाँचजनामा कोरोना सङ्क्रमण (२७ असार २०७९)

डोटी जिल्ला पूर्णखोप सुनिश्चितता तथा दिगोपना घोषणा ( २७ असार २०७९ )

बाँकेमा पुनः तीन जनामा कोरोना सङ्क्रमण (१७ असार २०७९)

बुटवल कोभिड विरुद्धको पूर्ण खोप सुनिश्चित उपमहानगर घोषण (१७ असार २०७९)


  • Another covid wave hits Nepal.
  • Covid cases are increasing day by day.
  • A million doses of covid vaccine are going to waste because of no active vaccination campaign.
  • Corona spreads in different districts of Nepal.
  • Nepal records first covid death after May.
  • Shortage of covid vaccination of second dose for 5-11 years old children in Kathmandu and other districts.
  • Covid safety protocols should be implemented.
  • Public awareness against covid should be done.
  • The rise of covid in borders.
  • Coronavirus sub variants BA.5 and BA.2.75 cause alarm.
  • Government to issue white paper on covid-19.
  • Face Masks should be compulsory.
  • Booster jab from age 12-11 is being rolled out.
  • The importance of covid 19 shots.

June 2022


Another COVID wave in Nepal? (June 7 2022)

Nepal reports 15 new Covid-19 cases (June 12 2022)

Nepal reports seven new Covid-19 cases (June 14 2022)

COVID-19 in Nepal ( June 12 2022)

Pfizer doses for children arriving next week, to be rolled out on June 23
(June 13 2022)

Nepal reports 28 new Covid-19 cases (June 21 2022)

Vaccine against COVID-19 to be provided to children aged 5 to 11 years from June 23 (June 20 2022)

Two lakh children to get vaccine from tomorrow ( June 22 2022)

First phase of vaccination for 5–11-year-olds begins (June 24 2022)

Nepal reports 43 new Covid-19 cases ( June 24 2022)

COVID vaccines saved 20M lives in 1st year, scientists say (June2022)

Nepal reports 27 new Covid-19 cases ( June 25 2022)

Nepal reports 29 new Covid-19 cases (June 26 2022)
Nepal reports 41 new Covid-19 cases (June 27 2022)

Covid cases rise more than two-fold in last two weeks ( June 27 2022)

36 new cases, 20 recoveries in 24 hours ( June 27 2022)

फेरि बढ्न सक्छ कोरोना (२४ जेष्ठ २०७९)

भारतबाट फर्किएकामा देखिन थाल्यो कोरोना सङ्क्रमण (२१ जेष्ठ २०७९)

कोरोना संक्रमितलाई फोक्सोमा रगत जम्ने समस्याः अध्ययन (१९ जेष्ठ २०७९)

कोरोना बिमा भुक्तानी दिन अदालतको आदेश (१६ जेष्ठ २०७९)

कोरोनापछि ब्युँतिएको पर्यटन (२९ जेठ २०७९)

कोरोना बिमाको रकम भुक्तानी गर्न आदेश ( १७ जेठ २०७९)

थप ३४ जनामा कोरोना संक्रमण, १५ डिस्चार्ज (०३ असार २०७९ )

पछिल्लो २४ घन्टामा १२ जना कोरोना संक्रमित थपिए  (३१ जेठ २०७९)

थप २९ जनामा कोरोना संक्रमण पुष्टि ( १२ असार २०७९)


  • Covid cases are increasing in Nepal.
  • CDC will no longer require air passenger travelling from foriegn country to United States to show a negative Covid 19 viral test.
  • Pfizer dose for children is arriving on June 23.
  • 12 people were tested covid positive in the last 24 hours.
  • Covid vaccine to be provided to children aged 5-11 from June 23.
  • Studies say that corona positive people are most likely to have blood clots in their lungs.
  • Tourism sector in our country is recovering from Covid 19.
  • Court orders for the payment of corona insurance.
  • Pfizer dose has arrived and the first phase of vaccination for 5-11 years old begins.
  • Covid has increased more than two fold in the last two weeks.

May 2022


Over 3 million Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses to be rolled out after local elections  (9th May 2022)

Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5 (13th May 2022)

National COVID-19 EPI Dashboard (22nd May 2022)

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Updates, COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Update for Children Ages 5 – 11 (27th May 2022)

Health Ministry preparing to roll out Covid jabs for children aged 5–11 years (28th May 2022)

April 2022

Nepal records 14 COVID-19 cases on Friday (29 April 2022)

Nepal logs 21 new Covid-19 cases (25 April 2022)

Ministry set to launch nationwide Covid-19 booster campaign (20 April 2022)

Ministry of Health urges all to follow health safety protocols (21 April 2022)

New Covid surge in India a cause for concern in Nepal (19 April 2022)

Omicron-specific Sinopharm, Sinovac Covid vaccine candidates cleared for clinical trial (18 April 2022)

COVID vaccine availability increased in last one year (16 April 2022)

As local elections draw closer, Covid vaccination rate declines further (14 April 2022)

Poorer nations shun AstraZeneca Covid vaccine: Document (14 April 2022)

Managerial efficiency in question as thousands of Covid-19 vaccine doses are set to expire (11 April 2022)

Booster dose to be given within three months of vaccination against COVID-19 (3 April 2022)

Those who received second Covid jab three months ago to get booster shot (2 April 2022)

कोरोनाविरुद्धको पूर्ण खोप लगाएको ३ महिनाभित्र बुस्टर डोज लगाउन मिल्ने (22 April 2022)

अनुदानमा आउन लागेको एक करोड खोप किन अस्वीकार गर्‍यो सरकारले ? (17 April 2022)

निर्वाचन आयोगको जोड सम्पूर्ण नेपाली नागरिकलाई पूर्ण खोप (12 April 2022)

पूर्ण खोप लगाएको ३ महिनामै अब बुस्टर डोज (3 April 2022)

लक्षित जनसङ्ख्याको १८ प्रतिशतले मात्र पूर्ण खोप पाउन बाँकी (1 April 2022)

April Highlights:

  • Increasing COVID cases in India a cause of concern for Nepal
  • The Ministry of Health has warned people to continue taking precautions and safety measures
  • Government has launched campaign for booster dose distribution all over the country
  • Most of the targeted groups have received second dose of COVID vaccine
  • Despite elections COVID vaccine rate is not improved

March 2022

Nepal receives over 556,640 doses of Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccine (29 March 2022)

As uptake of Covid-19 vaccines drops, Pfizer doses to be supplied on demand (27 March 2022)

As Nepal’s own Covid vaccination deadline nears, several local units have stopped providing jabs (25 March 2022)

Rich countries getting new COVID vaccine before poorer ones (24 March 2022)

5-11-year-olds likely to get jabs from COVAX (23 March 2022)

Unequal vaccine distribution (23 March 2022)

93 percent of target group vaccinated against COVID-19 (20 March 2022) 

Another COVID wave looms, govt dithering on jabs (19 March 2022)

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces risk of Omicron infection among children: CDC (12 March 2022)

Government asks all 753 local units to speed up Covid vaccination (11 March 2022)

Nepal’s booster shot pace dismal, despite drive starting weeks before WHO advisory (10 March 2022)

Death toll surpasses 6 million for pandemic now in 3rd year (8 march 2022)

Death toll nears 6 million as pandemic enters its 3rd year (7 March 2022)

Covid-19 vaccination to all unlikely before local elections (7 March 2022)

COVAX to supply 1.5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on March 25 (7 March 2022)

Nepal buying jabs for kids despite sub-par results (4 March 2022)

‘All citizens should be vaccinated against COVID -19 by local level elections’ (3 March 2022)

Nepal ranked fourth in South-East Asia in vaccination drive (2 March 2022)

All citizens should be vaccinated against COVID-19 before elections: National Assembly Chair Timilisina (2 March 2022)

घट्न थाले खोप लगाउने (27 March 2022)

९३.१ प्रतिशतले लगाए कोराना भाइरसविरुद्धको खोप (24 March 2022)

खोप लगाउने धेरै भएकाले कोभिड भइहाले निको हुने सम्भावना बढी (20 March 2022)

नेपालमा तीन करोड ९२ लाख मात्र खोप लगाइयो (19 March 2022)

कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप सहजै उपलब्ध (11 March 2022)

८८ लाख कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप अझै आवश्यक (1 March 2022)

निर्वाचन तयारीका लागि २६ बुँदे निर्देशन: आयोगले खोज्यो पूर्ण खोपको सुनिश्चितता (1 March 2022)

March Highlights:

  • The Election Commission asking for full vaccination of all voters before the local elections
  • COVID vaccination for all not projected to be achieved before the local elections
  • Nepal ranked fourth in South East Asia vaccination drive
  • Nepal’s booster dose shot dismal despite an early start
  • Unequal vaccine distribution throughout different regions of Nepal

February 2022

Nepal asks Int’l community to make vaccines accessible to all (27 Feb 2022)

Government signs non-disclosure deal to buy 8.4 million Pfizer doses for 5-11 year olds (26 Feb 2022)

Covid booster uptake remains low (24 Feb 2022)

COVAX to provide Nepal 9.2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine  (22 Feb 2022)

Lalitpur metropolis administering Covid-19 vaccine booster dose from today (21 Feb 2022)

Phase III trials of Chinese mRNA Covid vaccine in Nepal cancelled (21 Feb 2022)

Short AstraZeneca shelf life complicates Covid vaccine rollout to world’s poorest (16 Feb 2022)

Ministry says it rejected millions of COVAX-offered Covid shots with short shelf life (16 Feb 2022)

Vaccine mishandling led to wastage of over 50,000 doses: Report (16 Feb 2022)

Musahar people lag behind in vaccination (14 Feb 2022)

Over 69,000 vaccinated against COVID-19 in Jumla (13 Feb 2022)

People reluctant to visit vaccination centres in Rukum Purba (7 Feb 2022)

Vaccination drive halted in some districts since November (6 Feb 2022)

Over 1.6 million vaccinated against COVID-19 in Sudurpaschim (4 Feb 2022)

Half of Nepal’s population is fully vaccinated (3 Feb 2022)

कोरोनाविरुद्धको पूर्ण खोपयुक्त पालिका बनाउने अभियानमा चाँगुनारायण

२४ घण्टामा आठ लाख ७३ हजार भन्दा बढीले लगाए कोरोना भाइरस विरुद्धको खोप

बागमती प्रदेशमा ९६ प्रतिशतले कोरोना सङ्क्रमणविरुद्ध खोप लगाए

हुम्लामा ७१ प्रतिशतभन्दा बढीले लगाए कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप

सरकारले १८ वर्ष माथिका सबैलाई कोरोना विरुद्धको खोप दिने

सरकारी सेवा सुविधा विरलै पुग्ने बस्तीका सबैले लगाए कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप

दैलेखमा एक लाख २० हजारले लगाए कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप

February Highlights:

  • Vaccine booster dose administration continued in various parts of the country but booster uptake still low
  • Vaccine mishandling led to wastage of a big stock of vaccines
  • Musahar people left behind in vaccination
  • People reluctant to visit vaccination centers in Rukum purba
  • The number of vaccinated people consistently increasing throughout the country
  • The short shell life of Astrazeneca creating problems
  • Vaccine wastage and improper management of distribution becoming a problem

January 2022

Japan provides aid to Nepal to strengthen vaccine cold chain system

Over 3.2 million take COVID-19 shots in Lumbini province (31 Jan 2022)

Over 3.8 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine are in stock. 2.1 million doses to arrive soon

AstraZeneca to be administered as second dose and booster

Vaccination drive snags in Lumbini due to shortage of syringes, vaccines

Nepal’s Vero Cell stock not enough for second doses and boosters

1.3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines donated by France, Italy arrive in Nepal today (26 Jan 2022)

World Bank-financed Moderna vaccines arrive in Nepal to protect children and youth from COVID 19 (25 Jan 2022)

‘People of Lumbini to be vaccinated by March 14’ (25 Jan 2022)

Over 1.6 million Moderna doses have arrived on Monday

Four million Moderna doses arriving on Monday and Tuesday

50 per cent Madhes Pradesh population fully vaccinated against coronavirus

Vaccine cards are a must for boosters, but many have already lost theirs

Nepal not to accept vaccines with short shelf life (20 Jan 2022)

Up to 1.5 million vaccine doses missing, claims health secretary (19 Jan 2022)

People were called for boosters. And they were returned without one

Nepal starts giving COVID-19 vaccine booster shots (17 Jan 2022)

Booster shots to be provided to frontline workers starting Sunday

Authorities fail to boost vaccination rate even as coronavirus cases surge

Nepal receives 1,184,000 doses of Vero Cell vaccine bought through COVAX

Vaccination card mandatory to use public amenities from January 21

Third dose of COVID vaccine for vulnerable postponed (5 Jan 2022)

लुम्बिनी प्रदेशमा ३३ लाखभन्दा बढीले लगाए कोरोना खोप

धनगढीमा घरमै कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप

पछिल्लो २४ घण्टामा साढे पाँच लाख बढीले लगाए कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप

कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप लगाउन घरदैलोमै स्वास्थ्यकर्मी

उपल्लो डोल्पाका सर्वसाधारणले कोरोनाविरुद्धको खोप नपाउने

January Highlights:

  • Vaccine distribution not equal throughout the country
  • The number of vaccinated people increasing throughout the country
  • Vaccine import is continuing in Nepal
  • Booster dose administration began in Nepal
  • Over a million vaccine doses missing in Nepal
  • Nepal’s verocell stock not enough for booster dose for all
  • Improper management causing problems for vaccine distribution in many places

December 2021

Curtailing civil liberties in Nepal, one legislation at a time

Truth Commission wraps up 29 war-era cases of atrocities, victims unhappy

Global alliance to wait for court decision before deciding on rights watchdog’s status

Dhanusha attorney office says no need to probe Musahar’s custodial death

Travesty of justice in Nepal

Government failed its people during pandemic, rights organisations say

Nepal must raise Rohingya crisis issue, say human rights activists

High courts intervene after police refuse to register conflict-era disappearance complaints

Transitional justice is once again being used as a tool for political one-upmanship, conflict victims say

Govt urged to ratify UN convention on statelessness

Call to amend laws discriminating people with psychological disability

NHRC takes stock of situation of freed haliyas in Bajura

NHRC laments non-cooperation of government

Human rights still a far cry for many

‘Nepal must deliver on promise of social justice’

मानवअधिकार उल्लङ्घनका घटनामा कमी

सूचनाको हक नागरिक अधिकार

श्रमिकका अधिकार कागजमै सीमित

मानवअधिकार आयोगको वार्षिक प्रतिवेदन राष्ट्रपतिसमक्ष पेश

अपाङ्गता भएका व्यक्तिको अधिकारसम्बन्धी ऐन कार्यान्वयन हुन्छ : मन्त्री रेग्मी

नागरिकलाई न्याय, साझा दायित्व

‘वन नियमावली मस्यौदामा उपभोक्ता अधिकार खोसियो’

बेपत्ता पारिएका व्यक्तिका परिवारले न्याय पाउन् : यादव

‘न्याय क्षेत्रमा बिचौलियाको बिगबिगी’

‘लास पायौं, न्याय पाएनौं’

November 2021

Amnesty Nepal calls for urgent, concerted action to prevent custodial deaths

Transitional justice bodies spar over who should look into which cases

Conflict victims losing patience—and lives—in wait for justice

National Human Rights Commission demands end to impunity through justice delivery

Transitional justice has failed former child soldiers

Where is peace without justice?

Human Rights Watch criticises the government’s move to undermine citizen’s rights to organize

International rights groups call for an end to Nepal Supreme Court crisis

Call to end violence against women

UN human rights expert to visit Nepal to assess poverty

15 years on, peace pact irrelevant for victims

Nine lawyers hurt in police action

Conflict victims condemn govt for failing to amend act

सबै प्रकारका मानवअधिकार हननका घटना बाहिर ल्याउन आग्रह

साइबर सुरक्षा र मानव अधिकार

सामाजिक सुरक्षा सामाजिक न्यायको अनिवार्य सर्त हो

द्वन्द्वपीडितले न्याय नपाएको गुनासाे

न्याय खोज्दै रुकुमदेखि बागलुङ

अधिकार खोसिँदा पालिकालाई झमेला

October 2021

Writ filed at Supreme Court demanding order to justices to resume hearings

Justice seekers hit by judicial deadlock

Dalit representatives complain of social discrimination

Despite laws in place, justice still out of reach for Dalits in Nepal

National Human Rights Commission’s probe finds yet another case of extrajudicial killing

To pile pressure for action, human rights commission lists 286 violators

A long and arduous walk for justice

The pursuit of justice

Rohingya refugees who once saw Nepal as ‘promised land’ now stare at uncertain future

NHRC starts monitoring disaster-hit areas

Govt to reveal facts on death in detention centre

NHRC calls for impartial investigation into Motipur incident

‘एक वर्षमा ११७ दलित मानव अधिकार हननका घटना’

उद्धार, राहत र पुन:स्थापनामा तीव्रता दिन मानव अधिकार आयोगको आग्रह

संविधान संशोधन नभएसम्म मधेसको अधिकार सुनिश्चित हुँदैन अध्यक्ष ठाकुर

न्याय माग्दै हिरासतभित्रै आमरण अनशन

न्याय माग्‍नेलाई तितरबितर पार्दै प्रहरी

न्याय खोज्दै माइतीघरमा रिले अनशनमा बसेकालाई मध्यरातमा मानव सेवा आश्रम लगियो

न्याय माग्दा धरपकड

न्याय खोज्दै नेपालगन्जबाट २० दिन हिँडेर काठमाडौं

September 2021

Women and activists see red over pink tax

Nepal’s response to Covid-19 failed to ensure people’s right to health, report says

Eminent feminist, rights activist and writer Kamla Bhasin dies at 75

NHRC urges govt not to violate citizens’ right to stage peaceful protests

Nepal to wrap up evacuation of its citizens from Afghanistan on September 18

Kathmandu mayor says garbage collection will resume today

Kathmandu schools are reopening next week but many parents and experts are worried

At least nine people dead in separate incidents of floods and landslides

Tourism industry is in trouble, but government’s response is tepid

Parbat landslides kill at least 11 people, power outage throughout district

Three die in separate landslides in Pokhara

Body of boy lost in sewer found after 5 days

Pile of trash!

‘राज्यका सबै निकायमा महिलाको समानुपातिक सहभागिता आवश्यक’

आजदेखि काठमाडौंमा मेला, महोत्सव, जुलुस गर्न रोक

विद्युत महसुल समायोजन गर्दै आयोग, मङ्सिरबाट वृद्धि गर्ने तयारी

महाकाली नदीमा झोलुङ्गे पुल निर्माणकार्य अघि बढाउन माग

कोरोना बीमाको भुक्तानी प्रक्रिया थालिने

अशक्त नागरिकको घरमै नागरिकता वितरण

मानव बेचबिखन तथा ओसारपसार नियन्त्रणमा कैलाली प्रहरी सर्वोत्कृष्ट

राजधानीमै डेरामा जातीय विभेद : दीपा र करुणाले पाएनन् न्याय

न्याय खोज्न नेपालगन्जदेखि सिंहदरबारसम्म पैदल

August 2021

Nepal agrees to decriminalise abortion

Ensure security of Afghans and other citizens: AWC

Report about untouchability to be tabled in HoR

Govt urged to save Nepalis stranded in Afghanistan

Woman held for trafficking 25 victims

Civil society group urges Nepal to summon emergency meeting of SAARC to discuss Afghan crisis

Jajarkot: Ward chair arrested for assaulting youth

People-to-people at India-Nepal border

‘Utilise amount collected as pollution control fee’

On Afghanistan, Nepal to pursue a neutral position at present, officials say

‘Time is running out’: Desperation grows among Nepalis stuck in Afghanistan

18 years on, justice still a far cry for people killed by Nepali Army in Doramba

Social media: activism or amusement?

Government’s talk of expediting transitional justice process fails to convince conflict victims

As more universities are in the pipeline experts ask if Nepal needs so many

Rape cases increased by 18.19pc last fiscal

Case filed against SSB personnel accused of involvement in Darchula incident, Indian side denies involvement

Failure to probe migrant workers’ deaths leaves families in despair

The Economics of Increasing Minimum Wage

MCC ratification uncertain as ruling alliance struggles to make a position

जयसिंह धामी बेपत्ता छानबिन समितिले प्रतिवेदन बुझायो, कार्यान्वयन गर्न निर्देशन

अपाङ्गमैत्री कानुनको प्रभावकारी कार्यान्वयनमा जोड

अझै पन्छिएन कर्णाली करिडोरको पहिरो, यातायात ठप्प, यात्रुलाई सास्ती

समान अधिकार माग्दै लन्डनमा भूतपूर्व गोर्खाले थाले आमरण अनशन

July 2021 

Stakeholders discuss ways to complete remaining tasks of peace process

Policy to deny entry to unjabbed workers is discriminatory, rights groups say

Rights commission tells global body ‘court will test legality of key appointments’

Cases of missing person go up during Covid-19 pandemic, police records show

Transitional justice bodies get new term but conflict victims have little hope

Government promotes police officer involved in extrajudicial killings

SC tells police to book ex-minister Shrestha

Nepal’s caste struggle

‘A’ status of rights commission under threat due to controversial appointments

Nepal must work on human rights

Crime Victim Protection Act issued

Two transitional justice commissions getting another term extension

Hearing on House dissolution case concludes with amici curiae divided

As internet becomes more essential, complaints of poor service increase

Repatriating Nepal’s stolen artefacts

Casteism is likely to continue in Nepal, and it’s unfortunate

Chitwan woman, reportedly abducted, found dead after 9 days

म्याग्दीमा पहिरोले गुर्जा खोला थुनियो, तटीय क्षेत्रमा सतर्कता अपनाउन आग्रह

नहरमा डुबेर चितवनमा दुईको मृत्यु

सुर्खेतका बाढीपीडित ७ वर्षदेखि त्रिपालमै

महाकालीमा तुईन काट्ने एसएसबी विरुद्ध भारतीय प्रहरीमा उजुरी

तनहुँ जलविद्युत आयोजनाको थप दुई सुरुङमार्ग सम्पन्न

सडक पहिरोमा परिणत, आवतजावतमा सास्ती

प्रहरीद्वारा हुम्लामा गाँजा नष्ट

कर्णालीमा सय प्रतिशत रोपाइँ – भोकमरीको चपेटामा नपर्ने सङ्केत

महोत्तरीमा बालकको शव भेटियो, बाबुआमा पक्राउ

शिक्षकको आन्दोलनले विद्यार्थीले परीक्षा दिन पाएनन्

June 2021

‘Destruction caused by floodwaters in Melamchi bazaar’

‘At least 15 feared missing in Melamchi flood’

‘Ten feared killed in Sindhupalchowk flood’

‘Govt urged to provide relief to underprivileged, needy people’

‘No safe space’

‘As destinations require vaccination, foreign employment takes another hit’

‘Nepal has not seen a single conviction for torture and custodial deaths in the past three years’

‘Right to bodily autonomy under threat, say activists’

‘KMC unveils Rs 18.95 bn budget for next fiscal’

‘A reconstituted bench to hear petitions against House dissolution’

‘Scars of the Maoist conflict’

‘Discrimination cases got worse during pandemic, Dalit rights advocates say’

‘Ujwal Thapa, who ignited a movement of alternative politics, dies at 44’

‘Three men arrested on charge of sexually assaulting two Raute girls’

‘Flood devastation in Melamchi not only because of rains’

‘All eyes on Chief Justice Rana, as crisis deepens in the judiciary’

‘Uncertainty reigns over education sector with no signs of the pandemic ending soon’

‘Election Commission’s selective way of decisions comes into question’

‘Judiciary in the dock as justices come into question’

‘France provides medical support to Nepal to fight against COVID-19’

बाढी र पहिरोबाट मुलुकभर २७ जनाको मृत्यु,२६ वेपत्ता

पर्सामा बाढीले चार घर भत्कायो, दर्जनौं घर डुबानमा, हुलाकी सडकमा समेत क्षति

छुवाछूत घटनाका दोषीलाई संरक्षण नगर्न आग्रह

पहिरोले बिरामी बाटोमै अलपत्र

May 2021

‘Human Rights Watch calls on Nepal government to act urgently to avert a looming Covid-19 crisis’

‘National Human Rights Commission tells government that Covid-19 patients are being deprived of their right to health’

‘Campaigners join global call for lawful postings at Human Rights Commission’

‘NHRC for effective health services for COVID patients’

‘NHRC urges govt to handle health crisis effectively’

‘Child marriage – when will it be over?’

‘An oath of office when people are gasping for breath as well as answers’

‘Youths using social media for better utilisation of resources amid COVID crisis’

‘Chief justice in dock for attending council meet’

‘Oli’s virus ‘situation under control’ remark meets with criticism’

‘Lawmakers get second dose of vaccine while citizens are still waiting for theirs’

‘Political instability an excuse to delay justice, conflict victims say’

‘Pandemic further pushes already 14-month long academic session’

‘Data discrepancy amid virus crisis could spell disaster’

कोभिड: कोरोनाभाइरस महामारीले हाम्रा सपनालाई कसरी प्रभावित गरिरहेको छ?

भारतीय कामदारलाई उड्न अनुमति, नेपालीलाई छैन

६६ जिल्लाका आधारभूत विद्यालयमा इन्टरनेट जडान गरिने

मूल्य नपाउँदा खेतबारीमा नै कुहिन थाल्यो तरकारी

April 2021

‘AI paints dismal picture of human rights in Nepal’

‘UN experts concerned about independence, integrity of NHRC’

‘National Human Rights Commission says schoolchildren at risk of virus infections’

‘Shocked at dog’s killing, hundreds take to streets’

‘Justice eludes rape victims in six South Asian countries, including Nepal’

‘Animals are killed brutally time and again, but perpetrators are hardly booked’

‘How rigid provisions are hobbling Nepal’s political process’

‘NHRC urges govt to pay heed to children’s health’

‘Politics in the midst of a pandemic as people suffer’

‘Face-to-face learning has stopped but schools continuing in-person exams’

‘Oli counts success of the government while Covid-19 gradually grips the country’

स्वास्थ्य प्रणालीले थेग्नै नसक्ने गरी संक्रमण बढ्याे : स्वास्थ्य मन्त्रालय

ओलीनिकटलाई महत्त्वपूर्ण समिति

छुवाछूतको भाइरस !

आजको सन्दर्भमा सामाजिक न्याय

March 2021

‘Nepal’s Human Rights Commission’s integrity in jeopardy, three international human rights groups say’

‘Global bodies’ statements against country’s sovereignty, says NHRC’

‘Jurisdictions of human rights protection ambiguous: NHRC’

‘Nepal among countries that failed to provide fair treatment to prisoners during pandemic, Amnesty International says’

‘Break the cycle of impunity for rape: Repeal statute of limitations’

‘Judiciary in the spotlight as political process is halted’

‘Democracy should promote social justice’

‘Political instability an excuse to delay justice, conflict victims say’

‘Social media is ‘dangerous’ to women journalists in Nepal’

नेपाल मानव अधिकार तथा सान्ति समाजको कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न

सरकार अविचलित निष्ठाका साथ अघि बढ्छ : प्रधानमन्त्री ओली

February 2021

 ‘Nepal committed to promoting, protecting human rights, says Minister Gyawali’

‘As World Cup draws closer, Nepalis continue to die in Qatar’

‘New rule for under-40 women’s foreign travel draws ire as patriarchal and preposterous’

‘Nepal failed to stand up for democratic values while reacting to military coup in Myanmar, analysts say’

‘Special provisions for security of human rights defenders’

‘Nepal needs to amend human trafficking laws to fully enforce Palermo Protocol, experts say’

‘Prez Bhandari issues ordinance to extend terms of TRC, CIEDP and their commissioners’s

‘Smash rape culture’

‘NHRC to monitor probe into Baitadi rape, murder’

‘NHRC urges govt to save Ganga Maya’

‘Tenure of two transitional justice bodies to be extended but this is not enough, stakeholders say’

‘To reclaim democracy, citizens hold Tundikhel march’

‘NHRC calls for justice to social boycott survivors’

‘Eliminating gender based violence’

‘Nepal Plans to Limit Women’s Travel for Work, Again’

‘समावेशी विकासको औचित्य: आर्थिक स्रोतको न्यायोचित वितरण र सामाजिक एकताका लागि समावेशी विकासका अवधारणा कार्यान्वयन गर्न राज्यका निकाय क्रियाशील हुनुपर्छ’

‘अहिंस्रक प्रतिरोध: अहिंसात्मक बाटोमा हिँड्न झन् बढी साहस चाहिन्छ । यो साहस उसैमा हुन सक्छ, जसलाई आफू सत्यको पथमा छु भन्ने लाग्छ’

‘संघीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्रलाई कसैले तलमाथि पार्ने नसोचे हुन्छ : प्रधानमन्त्री ओली’

‘मानवाधिकार उल्लङ्घनका गम्भीर घटनाका दोषीलाई आममाफी हुँदैन’

January 2021

Impunity continued in Nepal in 2020, Human Rights Watch says

Govt urged to implement NHRC recommendations

NHRC urges govt to ensure implementation of its past recommendations

Nepal has made little progress on transitional justice, Amnesty International Nepal says

‘No blanket amnesty in cases of serious rights violation’

Visit visa misuse amounting to human trafficking leaves Nepal officials in a fix

Save Ganga Maya, ensure justice for her, says NHRC

Religious minorities, marginalised people more vulnerable to humanitarian crisis

‘Pandemic hits all sectors, vulnerable groups’

Suicide cases on the rise in Dhading

Under Biden, hope for Nepali migrants in US

Lawyers spell out flaws in PM’s move

संयुक्त राष्ट्रसङ्घमा नेपालको मानवअधिकार समीक्षा: सङ्क्रमणकालीन न्याय र दण्डहीनताबारे गम्भीर प्रश्न

द्वन्द्वका बेला मानवअधिकार उल्लंघनका गम्भीर विषयहरुमा पूर्ण रुपमा आममाफी हुँदैन: परराष्ट्र मन्त्री ज्ञवाली

मानव अधिकार सुनिश्चित गर्न नेपाल सरकार दृढ छ : परराष्ट्रमन्त्री ज्ञवाली

सामान्यीकरण : बढ्दो जातीय हिंसा तथा अपराधको कारण

भ्रष्टाचार र मानव अधिकार

राष्ट्रिय मानव अधिकार आयोगद्वारा सरकारको ध्यानाकर्षण

December 2020

‘Chhau sheds destroyed in Achham’

Government failed its people during pandemic, rights organisations say

‘Rights violation rampant in Nepal, says AHRC’

‘No amnesty for human rights violations’

Country’s poor human rights situation continues: NHRC

Nepal’s human rights situation didn’t improve as expected, reports commission

Human Rights National Magna Meet conclude

Call to protect rights of migrant workers, their families

Transitional justice is once again being used as a tool for political one-upmanship, conflict victims say

National Women Commission remains defunct as the cases of violence against women continues

Ordinance amends law on rape but fails to recognise rape of boy child and sexual minorities

“१२ औँ मानवअधिकार राष्ट्रिय महाभेला बुधबारबाट सुरु हुने”

“१२ औं मानवअधिकार राष्ट्रिय महाभेला बुधबारबाट सुरु हुने”

आज ७२औ विश्व मानव अधिकार दिवस

November 2020

Rape Cases Surge in Nepal, Activists Question Death Penalty

Nepal stalls on war crime probes – Rights groups say failure to prosecute risks more abuses in future

‘Fourteen years on, victims of the armed conflict are still awaiting justice’

Failure to prosecute perpetrators promoting fresh abuses, warn rights groups

Rights bodies accuse Nepal of stalling justice for conflict-era crimes

If the human rights commission is not independent, questions can be raised on intl platforms

Rape cases up in Dashain

Ain’t we women: Multiple marginalisations of Dalit women in Nepal

शान्ति सम्झौताको संक्रमणकालीन न्यायको मर्मलाई कार्यान्वयनमा ल्याउन इन्सेकको माग

October 2020

To pile pressure for action, human rights commission lists 286 violators

National Human Rights Commission’s probe finds yet another case of extrajudicial killing

Amid poor human rights record, Nepal presents rosy picture in its Universal Periodic Review report

National Human Rights Commission calls on government not to run away from its duty to treat Covid-19 patients

Women’s empowerment only path to justice, peace, progress: Prez Bhandari

Why Dr KC’s demands matter even more today as country battles the pandemic

‘The commission is completely under the shadow of patriarchy’

Victims of crimes continue to be at the receiving end of panchayat justice

Overcrowded prisons pose challenge for keeping inmates safe

राष्ट्रसंघीय मानव अधिकार परिषद्‍मा नेपाल फेरि निर्वाचित

राष्ट्र संघ मानव अधिकार परिषदको सदस्यमा नेपाल फेरि चुनियो, नेपाललाई १५० मत

राष्ट्रसङ्घीय मानव अधिकार परिषद्‍को सदस्य नेपाल किन अरू देशको नाम लिएर बोल्दैन?

गरिबी अन्त्य र समृद्धि स्थापना गर्ने सरकारको ध्येय : प्रधानमन्त्री ओली

नेकपा मानव अधिकारको हिमायती हो : महासचिव पौडेल

September 2020

Amid no progress, pandemic could become an excuse to delay justice to the conflict-era victims

UN rapporteurs concerned over proposed citizenship law

Rigmarole of transitional justice in Nepal: Hopes and fears

Government committed to ending hunger, says Prime Minister Oli

Climate change existential threat to humanity: Oli

Chief Justice committed to implementing constitution

Harsh laws are prepared but not always implemented effectively, past records show

Distribution of school book on Nepal’s borders and territory halted after Cabinet decision

In attempts to protect their colleagues, police don’t register first information reports against them

बोक्सीको आरोप: ‘तराईतिर दशैँको बेला बोक्सी सक्रिय हुन्छन् भन्ने अन्धविश्वास छ’

संविधानलाई कानूनी दस्तावेज मात्र नभएर जनताको जीवन पद्धतिका रूपमा लिनुपर्छ : प्रधानन्यायाधीश

मानव अधिकार परिसदमा नेपालको पु:न उम्मेद्वारी

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