Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2023  Annual Review Pre-Publication Completed

  December 20, 2022

INSEC held an annual review program before the publication of the Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2023 in Birgunj on December 20.

In the program, INSEC District Representative K.C. Lamichhane presented the events recorded in the Parsa district from January 2022 until now.

There were 64 Human Rights related incidents recorded. Out of which, 24 were the cases of rape of girls under 18 years of age, 2 cases of sexual abuse, 5 cases of trafficking, 2 cases of alleged witchcraft, 12 cases of polygamy, 9 cases of rape of women over 18 years of age, 3 cases of sexual abuse, 1 case of beating, 3 cases of sexual abuse and 3 cases of killing in the line of duty.

Chief District Officer of Parsa, Umesh Dhakal, said that many cases of rape and other incidents have been observed and said that emphasis should be placed on reducing this type of crime through legal action and awareness. He said that they are aware of the fulfillment of the promises made by the state for the citizens and suggested that attention should be paid to the management of the offices under the provincial government. He said that it is necessary to pay attention to the protection of Consumer Rights and said that for that, attention should be paid to capacity building at the local level. He said that INSEC has been publishing the annual book based on facts and it will accurately depict the human rights situation in the country.

At the event, Dipendra Chauhan, Central Secretary of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, said that the yearbook played a role in building good governance and a prosperous society. He also requested INSEC to manage the issue of violation of Economic and Social Rights in the database.

Govinda Devkota, the current general secretary of the Community Radio Broadcasting Association, said that INSEC’s campaign has contributed to creating an environment where every citizen should get the rights to food, health, and education from the state. He complained that the state agencies are not responsible and accountable for creating an environment for the enjoyment of human rights.

At the program, the President of the Nepal Journalist Federation Parsa Anup Tiwari said that the report made public by INSEC depicts where the society is going. He said that we should also be concerned about the misuse of legal provisions.

Similarly, Ashmohini Chowdhury questioned why girls are not punished like boys in rape and expressed that both parties should be punished.

The review conference held under the chairmanship of Human Rights Watch Group Parsa Coordinator Tawere Ahmed met with various queries and interests of media persons.

Krishna Chandra Lamichhane