Recommending Human Rights Commission to Transcend Ad Hoc Approaches

INSEC expresses it contentment and relief over the resolution of concerns regarding  classification of the status of Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). The recent clarification affirms that the Commission will continue to maintain its ‘A’ category status, as originally designated under the National Human Rights Act of 2068, predating the current Constitution of Nepal. This reaffirmation of status affirms the Commission’s autonomy and adherence to the Paris Principles (1993). Consequently, INSEC strongly urges the government to expedite the process of enacting a new legal framework, in line with the aforementioned principles.

It is essential to emphasize that had the Commission been downgraded to a ‘B’ category status, it would have limited the government’s obligation to implement its recommendations. This could have potentially compounded the human rights situation within Nepal. Furthermore, a downgrading of the Commission’s international status could have detrimental consequences for state agencies in terms of international grants and participation in global human rights forums. The impact on Nepal’s representation and standing in international human rights discussions could have been far-reaching.

In light of this potential challenge, it is incumbent upon the Nepal government, Parliament, political parties, and the National Human Rights Commission to earnestly consider the implications and take proactive steps toward formulating new legislation related to the Commission.

With the classification matter resolved, the Commission now has an opportunity to enhance its efforts in safeguarding and advancing human rights. This can be achieved through increased collaboration with civil society and human rights organizations. It is crucial for the Commission to transcend any ad hoc mentality that may have arisen during the classification dispute and instead foster a robust environment of cooperation with human rights and civil society organizations, not only at the operational level but also at the policy level.

The Commission must also remain committed to upholding high standards of discipline and responsible conduct to safeguard its reputation. Maintaining the trust and respect of stakeholders and the public is of paramount importance.

The National Human Rights Commission, established through the collective efforts of Nepal’s human rights and civil organizations, is expected to continue its mission with strength, autonomy, competence, sensitivity, effectiveness, and a dedication to the protection and promotion of human rights. We remain open to collaborate with the Commission in realizing its original vision and the founding objectives of the Commission.


Dr. Kundan Aryal