Govt breaching statute provision on purpose, says House committeeSushil Kumar Shrestha, chairman of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee of Parliament, has lambasted the government for disregarding annual report of the National Human Rights Commission in a clear breach of constitution.
Sushil Kumar Shrestha, chairman of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee of Parliament, has lambasted the government for disregarding annual report of the National Human Rights Commission in a clear breach of constitution.
Presenting a committee’s report on Monday, Shrestha told Parliament that the government has been breaching the constitutional provision and Parliament regulation “on purpose”.
“We have been presenting an incomplete report since we have not been able to incorporate the issues raised by national rights body,” said Shrestha, “The government never deemed it necessary to discuss the NHRC report.
It is a shame that the government, which is supposed to maintain law and order has been breaching the constitution and Parliament regulation for years.”
The government has been ignoring the recommendations made by the constitutional body ever since its establishment in 2000.
In the 16-year history of the national rights watchdog, no NHRC report has ever made it to Parliament for discussion.
Article 294 of the constitution states that the constitutional body submits its annual reports to the President, who will forward it to Parliament through the prime minister for discussion.
The commission has
recommended action against more than 738 rights violators. However, the government has implemented less than 14 percent of the recommendations, mostly related to compensation.
The government has not taken action against any official or individual who violated human rights in the country.
“Parliament rule also stipulates that the NHRC report be discussed and implemented,” said Shrestha, “The government has made mockery of the rule of law by violating the constitution and other rules.”
The government has been ignoring the agendas of human rights despite repeated requests from the committee.