Ensure People’s Property and Housing Rights: Commission

  December 2, 2020 By: INSEC

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has drawn the attention of the government to ensure the right to property and housing of the people by publishing a press release on December 1.

The commission has drawn the attention of the government to the fact that the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA) has forcibly and indiscriminately demolished houses in the name of road expansion in Balaju, Baneshwor, Khokana, and other areas of the Kathmandu Valley.

In the statement issued by the commission, the government has reminded that the right to property and housing of the people should be ensured.

In addition, no compensation has been provided for their destroyed property so far and no alternative accommodation has been provided to them, according to a statement from the commission’s monitoring.

The commission has stated that this act has violated the rights of the individual including housing and property rights.

According to the commission, peaceful protests and relay fasts have been taking place by the locals at different times to protect their rights.

Stating that it would be contrary to Articles 25 and 37 of the Constitution as the responsibility for the protection of the rights of citizens rests with the state bodies, the Commission has stated in a statement that it is against the 1966 International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

This is also against the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966, ILO Convention no. 169 and the United Nations Directive on Internal Displacement 1998 Directive on Internal Displacement.

Similarly, Loknath Bastola, Deputy Secretary and Assistant Spokesperson of the Commission urged the Government of Nepal to ensure the right to housing and property by displacing the houses of the people against the order of the Supreme Court.

Deepak Prasad Ghimire