Setting priorities right
In its World Report 2014, the Human Rights Watch urged the newly-elected Constituent Assembly of Nepal to take immediate steps to implement the 2006 peace agreement and provide justice to the victims of serious human rights violations that occurred during the civil war. “The three-year political deadlock before the November 2013 elections for a new Constituent Assembly has stalled efforts to enact legislation or policies to ensure protection of rights, including reforms in flawed citizenship laws, that have left 2.1 million people effectively stateless,” the report states.
“Ensuring justice for conflict-related abuses should be a top priority for the new Nepali government,” said Brad Adams, Asia Director of the Human Rights Watch.
The report also mentioned the rape of a female migrant worker returning from Saudi Arabia in December 2012 by an airport police constable that sparked widespread protests. Women’s groups sought a review of Nepal’s migration policies, including revocation of an August 2012 decree banning women under 30 from travelling to the Gulf countries for work. The ban was imposed to protect Nepali domestic workers from physical or sexual abuse, but rights groups fear that it will push women to migrate through informal channels and increase the risk of abuse.