of Nepal is risking the lives of the detainees and disappeared
The New Delhi based Asian Centre for Human Rights in a press release
on the occasion of the 10th Annual Session of the Asia-Pacific
Forum of National Human Rights Institutions being held in Mongolia
from today accused the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal
of monitoring the emails of its international consultants on behalf
of the government of Nepal and legitimizing criminal acts of the
Royal Nepal Army.
is in possession of email communications from the international
consultant/s currently posted with the NHRC of Nepal about the monitoring
of their email communications and subsequent action taken by the
NHRC. ACHR has also been informed about the lack of security relating
to the data and communication submitted to the NHRC as it has virtually
turned into another spook agency of the government of Nepal.”
– stated Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.
The recommendations of the
NHRC of Nepal are biased. While NHRC recommended monetary compensation
for the victims of the killings by the Maoists at Baragdawa of Somni
VDC in Nawalparasi district on 15
April 2005, it failed to recommend compensation for the victims
who were killed by the vigilantes at Kapilavastu in February 2005.
It also failed to establish criminal responsibility for the Kapilavastu
The current NHRC members
have been visiting the detention centers and have met the detainees
including those who are listed as “disappeared” because of the denial
of their detention by the Royal Nepal Army (RNA).
ACHR has claimed that it
has received hand-written letter from a detainee who is listed as
disappeared and met by a current member of the NHRC. The concerned
detainee has reported about torture and extrajudicial execution
of detainees and expressed fear about his execution after the International
Committee of the Red Cross stopped its visit to the prisons because
of conditions imposed by the RNA contrary to the mandate of the
ICRC. However, the NHRC refused to divulge the details of the detainee
and thereby legitimising continued disappearance and criminal acts
of the RNA.
ACHR withheld the name of
the detainee because of the fear of retribution and sought the intervention
of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights based in
Asian Centre for Human Rights
expressed concerns about the failure of the NHRC to state its position
with regard to both the Royal Proclamation and Emergency and stated
that NHRC of Nepal "stands as the most discredited National
Human Rights Institutions in the Asia Pacific region."
ACHR urged the NHRC to ensure
transparency and importantly, to make public the names of detainees,
it met in the custody of the Royal Nepal Army and other security
the list of detainees the NHRC delegation met so far in the custody
of the Royal Nepal Army and other security forces shall be the first
step if the NHRC seeks us to believe that it is not a spook agency
of the government or a rubber stamp for legalising criminal acts
of the RNA” – stated Mr Chakma.