Tarai Human Rights Defenders (THRD) Alliance has said Prime Minister KP Oli’s move to summon NHRC members for questioning and seeking clarification over its independent activities was an absolute breach of jurisdiction provided by the constitution and was also against the Paris principles on National Human Rights Institutions.
In a statement on Wednesday, the rights watchdog argued that ‘the constitution has guaranteed the NHRC autonomy and independence to oversee the human rights issues in the country and draw the government’s attention to improve the rule of law.’
On April 3, 2016, PM Oli had summoned NHRC Chair Anup Raj Sharma, Commissioner Mohna Ansari and other members and sought clarification about Ansari’s statement during the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session of Nepal in Geneva in March.
In her two-minute long speech during the 31st Session of Human Rights Council on March 16, Ansari had presented the real situation of human rights in Nepal and urged the government of Nepal to accept the UPR recommendations.
The issues raised during the session included gender discrimination on citizenship provisions in the new constitution, proper investigation into the killings in the Tarai region during six-month long protests and delayed rehabilitation to earthquake victims, the statement said.
The THRD Alliance statement defended that the issues mentioned in the UPR session were based on different periodic reports and recommendations made by the constitutional body.