Nepal’s Human Rights Review Completed in the 37th Session of the Third Cycle of the UPR
The review of human rights of Nepal under the 37th session of the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has been completed through a virtual medium in Geneva, Switzerland on January 21.
The Government of Nepal and the NGO coalition submitted a report to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on October 12 for a review of the overall human rights situation in the UN Human Rights Council.
The report covers all human rights issues for a period of four and a half years from 2016 to 2020.
In the third cycle, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Nepal, Pradeep Gyawali, presented on the basic issues mentioned in the report.
Based on the report submitted by the government and the report submitted by the non-governmental organizations, more than 75 member states of the United Nations have made various recommendations.
Representatives of those countries have also commented on issues related to transitional justice and issues related to enforced disappearances, amnesty, impunity.
They also gave suggestions regarding Witness Protection, Racial Discrimination, Strict Laws against Rape, Human Trafficking, Freedom of Expression, Harmful Practices, Social Security, Human Rights Defenders, Reproductive Health, Inclusive Education, Disability, and National Human Rights Commission in accordance with the Paris Principles. Impact on (Senior Citizens, Women, Children, Dalits), criminalization of torture, refugee issues, poverty alleviation and economic prosperity, citizenship, education, health, food, and the right to housing.
In addition, recommendations have been received for ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Forced Disappearances, and the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Family Members.
On the occasion, Chief Secretary of the Government of Nepal, Shankar Das Bairagi expressed his commitment to work on the suggestions received and take necessary action.
Addressing the suggestions and comments, Foreign Minister Gyawali said that the rights of the citizens would be ensured.
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