Dedicated Establishing Rights of Victims, Not for Positions: Pyakurel

  June 24, 2024 By: INSEC

Sushil Pyakurel, the founding Chairperson of the Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC), established in 1988 and former commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission, rejected the position of Ambassador nominated by the government of Nepal. He expressed his dedication to establishing the rights of victims, stating, ‘I am dedicated to establishing the rights of victims, not seeking positions.’ On June 21, the cabinet nominated Pyakurel as Ambassador to South Korea. However, on June 23, he issued a press release, citing his belief in proper methods and procedures, and refused the position because the nomination lacked general information and is a field outside his expertise. Pyakurel, one of the founders of the Nepal National Teachers Association in 1979, is also the founder of the Human Rights Protection Forum, the oldest human rights organization in Nepal.

Pyakurel also served as the founding Secretary General of the South Asia Forum of Human Rights and has been a board member of Forum Asia, an Asia-Pacific regional human rights organization based in Bangkok. Furthermore, he was the Former Secretary General of the National Election Observation Committee (NEOC) Nepal and is associated with the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), an election monitoring organization. He has also been elected as a member of the Bureau of South Asian for Human Rights (SAHR).

In 2010, Pyakurel was honored with the Gwangju Human Rights Award by the May 18 Foundation of South Korea, in recognition of his contributions to Nepal’s human rights movement. He used the prize money to support the Prakash Human Rights Award endowment, established by INSEC. His contributions to justice for victims through the investigation of incidents during the armed conflict are commendable.

After the House of Representatives elected CPN-Maoist leader and MP Agni Prasad Sapkota, who was facing charges of human rights violations as Speaker, he resigned from his position as human rights advisor of the President due to dissatisfaction with political parties.

A case against Sapkota for the killing of Arjun Lama of Kavre in 2005 is currently under consideration in the Supreme Court. On April 8, 2016, Pyakurel filed a writ in the Supreme Court stating that the court’s order in the same case had not been implemented, but a decision on the writ is still pending.

Pyakurel resigned from his advisory role, emphasizing the constitutional vision to strengthen Nepal’s federal democratic republic, uphold democratic values, ensure legitimacy, and enforce legal supremacy. His decision stemmed from a realization of the need for more active participation beyond formal governmental affairs. Since then, Pyakurel has always been active in the field of human rights and social justice.

My Republica has published an editorial appreciating his decision to decline the ambassadorial nomination due to non-compliance with rules and procedures. Similarly, Professor Dr. Khadga KC wrote a status on Facebook praising his decision.

Dr. Kundan Aryal, the Chairperson of INSEC, stated that Pyakurel’s refusal of the ambassadorial position, expressing disagreement with the method and process, elevates the human rights campaign. He emphasized that such incidents compel the government to reconsider its decisions carefully.



INSEC, Bagmati Province