Press Release


– Statement on the occasion of International Human Rights Day

10 December 2019 London— On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the International Solidarity For Nepal (INSOFN) would like to congratulate all human rights defenders and call for youths to stand up for human rights.

We have come a long way to internalise human rights as a way of life, but much remains to complect. We call upon the international community to work unitedly to fight with global challenges like climate change, migration, displacement and inequalities. We call upon governments to focus on providing quality education and free or affordable health services to all of their citizens. We also call upon the governments to develop a culture of peace and non-violence.

In the case of Nepal, we call upon Nepali authorities to comply with Supreme Court rulings and international standards while appointing new commissioners to the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CEIDP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The tenure of the Commissioners in both the Commissions ended in February 2019, but the government has failed to appoint new Commissioners so far.

We would like to remind that if Nepali authorities fail to address conflict era crimes against humanity properly.

We also call upon the Government of Nepal to expedite the investigation of rape and murder of Nirmala Pant more than a year ago and other victims of sexual violence against women.

We call upon Nepali authorities to ensure that victims of gender-based and sexual violence, including rape, are protected and provided free legal and other assistance ensuring their safety. We demand that the state give protection to the victims when the alleged perpetrators are people enjoying the power and so-called prestige.

https://www.insofn.org/blog/human-rights-day-2019


– On the Arrest of Ex-Speaker of Nepal

London, October 6 – The International Solidarity For Nepal (INSOFN) welcomes the arrest of former Speaker of Nepal’s lower house of parliament, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, and calls upon the government of Nepal to conduct an investigation without any political bias in line with international norms.

We also call upon the Government of Nepal to expedite the investigation of rape and murder of Nirmala Pant more than a year ago and other victims of sexual violence against women.

We also call upon Nepali authorities to ensure that victims of gender-based and sexual violence including rape are protected and provided free legal and other assistance ensuring their safety. As we have seen in the context of alleged rape by Mr. Mahara, the victim was forced to retract her statement within 72 hours of the incident. We, hence, demand that the state provide protection of the victims when the alleged perpetrators are people enjoying power and so-called prestige.

We also express solidarity with the United Nations in Nepal and other Western embassies in Kathmandu that have called for employing a victim-centric approach while dealing with cases of gender-based violence.

We also encourage the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal to take a proactive role and ensure that investigation and prosecution of alleged perpetrator/s take place in accordance with the Constitution of Nepal and international practices.

We would also like to draw the attention of Nepali authorities towards their obligation under international law, as indicated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.