Monday, November 05, 2007

NHRC urges government to defend human rights
Citing the human rights situation in the country, Chief of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Kedar Nath Upadhaya and other officials on Sunday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala at his official residence in Baluwatar.
Demanding that the concerned parties be responsible in defending and preserving human rights as per the Comprehensive Peace Accord signed by the government and Maoists, NHRC stressed immediate action over its recommendations said an NHRC statement.
Stating that human rights defenders have been facing security intervention, and the government is failing to maintain the security situation, NHRC requested the PM in the statement to ensure people's fundamental rights to live and be involved in their profession.
Admitting that preservation of human rights is a pillar of peace, security and development in the country, NHRC further demanded that the government to give priority in this regard, said the NHRC in its memorandum.
Besides this, the NHRC chief also urged the government to help the commission work in the human rights sector as a free, sovereign and impartial institution under the Paris Principle, added the NHRC statement.
During an interaction with NHRC officials, the PM gave his commitment to help the commission in every respect from the government's side.

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