Kathmandu, Nepal, October 2, 2019: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reminded the Nepal government about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-1948, and the constitutional provisions that have guaranteed the right to freedom of expression, assemble peaceably, and the right to reside in any parts of the country.
Referring to the recent incidents like attempt to attack the Nepali Congress leader Dr. Minendra Rijal while attending a program in Tanahun and violent attack on Gyanendra Shahi in Chitwan, the NHRC, has said that these acts have posed threat to citizens’ fundamental rights to freedom of movement and freedom of expression.
Issuing a statement, the NHRC has expressed such a concern over the deteriorating condition of freedom of movement and freedom of expression in the country. The NHRC has made the statement echoing the concerns of the main opposition party Nepali Congress, civil society members and other right bodies.
The NHRC observes that these incidents have violated the fundamental rights of citizens but the government has yet to express its commitment towards guaranteeing the fundamental rights of the people, reads the statement.
The NHRC urges the government to create an environment that would protest the citizens’ fundamental rights to freedom of movement and freedom of expression.
The government should not attempt to hijack the fundamental rights of citizens under any pretexts, reads the statement adding that lack of seriousness on part of the government on freedom of movement and freedom of expression is not good for any country.