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Human Rights Activists Demand Withdrawal of Ordinance


Kathmandu/September 13

A team of human rights activists have met the President Ram Baran Yadav on September 13 demanding him of withdrawing the ordinance submitted to him by the PM.


A team of Accountability Watch Committee urged for the withdrawal saying that the ordinance had disregarded national laws, international norms and values, PM’s promise of September 1, NHRC recommendations and SC direction on disappeared people.


The team highlighted the principle concepts were laid the documents including 12-point agreement, CPA and Interim Constitution and that even the dissolved parliament had drafted separate law on disappearance after much discussion.


Reminding that the SC on 2008 had issued an order to draft a law in par with the International Disappearance Convention, the team criticized the submitted Ordinance saying it would offer blanket pardon to the perpetrators. 


Talking to the team, he assured the human rights activists that the Ordinance would be issued only after tallying it with national laws, international legal principles, political consensus, SC precedent and NHRC stands. A team member quoted the President as saying that he was currently scrutinizing the Ordinance.


NHRC former Sushil Pyakurel, journalist Kanak Dixit, INSEC chairperson Subodh Raj Pyakurel, Gopal Krishna Shiwakoti, Charan Prasain, Shovakar Budhathoki, Mandira Sharma and Phanidra Luintel were in the team.


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