NHRC in bid to blacklist rights violatorsThe National Human Rights Commission is preparing to blacklist people guilty of serious human rights violations for barring them from traveling abroad and enjoying state benefits.
The National Human Rights Commission is preparing to blacklist people guilty of serious human rights violations for barring them from traveling abroad and enjoying state benefits.
The commission is working on the procedure and guidelines as mandated by the Constitution of Nepal and the Human Rights Act-1997. Though the NHRC enjoyed the power to blacklist the culprits, it had failed to implement the provision in the lack of guidelines.
Individuals found guilty of human rights violations by NHRC probe will have their names made public. Commission spokesperson Mohna Ansari said those blacklisted will be barred from travelling abroad and denied social security and other state benefits.
“The blacklisting process will begin once the guidelines are approved,” Ansari told the Post. The human rights watchdog is preparing to use the tool at a time when the government seems reluctant to implement the commission’s recommendations.
According to the NHRC, only 14 percent of its recommendations, most of them related to compensation for the victims, have been implemented.
Between 2000 and 2013, the NHRC recommended 735 cases of rights violation for action but only 103 of them were fully implemented. Though the government is legally obliged to implement the recommendations, they go unaddressed when those named for action enjoy political patronage.
The government only this year tabled the NHRC report in Parliament for discussion though this has to be done every year. The government had flouted the constitutional requirement by not tabling the report for deliberation, right since the rights watchdog was established in 2000.
Successive governments in the past 16 years had been ignoring the clause that requires the prime minister to table the annual report after the NHRC submits it to the President. Article 294 of the constitution says the commission submits its annual report to the President, who forwards it to Parliament through the PM.
The 118 recommendations made in the past three years have been incorporated in three reports tabled in Parliament.