List of 286 Human Rights Violators Revealed

  October 16, 2020 By: INSEC

The National Human Rights Commission has made public the names of 286 human rights violators from the implementation status report of the recommendations made in the last 20 years.

This data was made public on October 15 based on the 1,195 recommendations made by the Commission during this period.

The report made public by the chairperson of the commission Anup Raj Sharma includes 940 recommendations related to the armed conflict and 255 recommendations unrelated to the armed conflict.

Of the recommended complaints, the highest were related to killings and the lowest was related to refugee rights, informed Sharma.

The report identifies 11 bodies as human rights violators by naming 11 bodies in 34 different recommendations from the commission.

They include a Joint Security Force, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Civil Service Government bodies, the then CPN (Maoist), and resistance groups.

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Human rights activist Tulasi Thapa’s name has also been included in the list of human rights violator number 239.

Former Chairperson of the Commission, Kedar Nath Upadhyaya, said that the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations was not satisfactory despite the continuous efforts of the Government of Nepal, Supreme Court, Parliamentary Committee, Civil Society, United Nations Mechanism, and the Commission.

“The tendency to end the issue of victims’ lives, freedoms, equality and dignity, mostly through monetary compensation, has curtailed the victim’s right to full justice on the one hand, and increased impunity on the other,”- mentioned in the report.

According to the report, out of the total recommendations of the commission, 163 have been fully implemented and 445 recommendations have been partially implemented. The remaining 587 recommendations have not yet been implemented.

On the basis of the percentage, it is 13.64%, 37.24% and 49.12% respectively. Even from these statistics, the implementation of the recommendations of the commission does not appear to be satisfactory.

The report states that various persons have been identified as human rights violators by the commission on the basis of their involvement in human rights violations.

Among those identified are 16 civil servants, including the Secretary to the Government of Nepal, and 98 Nepal Police personnel. Similarly, there are 85 members of the Nepal Army and eight members of the Armed Police Force of Nepal.

Likewise, the then CPN (Maoist) has 65 members, four teachers, and two doctors. There are also informants, retaliation groups, service house operators and prisoners, as well as seven others and a human rights activist.

The report states that only 30 of them have been prosecuted so far. The report states that no action has been taken against the remaining 256 people.

In order to implement the recommendations of the Commission, an inter-ministerial implementation task force has been formed among various bodies of the Government of Nepal and its coordination has been requested by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Council of Ministers in an effective manner.

Regarding the compensation for the incidents recommended by the Commission, it has been requested to disclose the amount of compensation as per the recommendation and to discuss the annual reports of the Commission in the Federal Parliament and the Province Assemblies.

The commission has also urged the political parties to implement the human rights commitments mentioned in the philosophy of the political parties.

The report also urges the thematic parliamentary committees to give necessary instructions to the Government of Nepal regarding the respect, protection, and fulfilment of human rights by ending impunity.

A press note issued by the Secretary and Spokesperson of the Commission, Ved Bhattarai, states that the report also urges the human rights organizations and civil society to continuously advocate and lobby for the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations.

Earlier, while talking to INSEC, the chairperson of the commission Anup Raj Sharma and member Prakash Wasti had said that the names of human rights violators would be made public.


Deepak Prasad Ghimire