The Supreme Court has released the full text of a directive order urging the government to amend the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Act, aiming to enhance the effectiveness of the commission’s activities.
The directive calls for transparency in handling human rights violators, urging the government to publicly disclose their identities.
Mainly, it prohibits the recommendation and appointment of such violators to constitutional bodies.
Also, it calls for the Attorney General to prosecute human rights violators directly based on NHRC recommendations.
The petitioner, advocate Birendra Thapaliya, underscored the inconsistency between section 13 (3) of the Investigation of Enforced Disappearances Persons, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act, 2014 and the constitutional provisions defining NHRC’s functions and powers under Article 249 of the Constitution of Nepal.
The order, issued in September, stems from a writ petition filed five years ago highlighting the inadequate implementation of NHRC recommendations.