Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Writ filed for appointments in NHRC

A writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court Tuesday demanding immediate appointment of the officials of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The petition was filed jointly by advocates Shyam Babu Kafley, Basudev Bajgain, Om Prakash Aryal and Ashwasthama Bhakta Kharel asking for orders to appoint the NHRC chairman and commissioners at the earliest.

The Prime Minister, who is also the chairman of the Constitutional Council as stated in Article 149 in the interim constitution, Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers and the Constitutional Council have been made defendants in the writ.

The petitioners stated that delay in appointment of the NHRC officials had had a negative impact on protection and promotion of human rights in the country.

The NHRC remains without commissioners since nine months when all commissioners and the chairman resigned under the pressure of the reinstated House of Representatives. Hearing on the writ is scheduled for Wednesday.

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