Thursday, February 22, 2018

AI Nepal Activities

Amnesty International Annual Report 2017-18 was launched amidst programmes in different parts across the world including Kathmandu on 22/02/1018.

Amnesty International Annual Report 2017-18 was launched amidst programmes in different parts across the world including Kathmandu on 22/02/1018.  The Amnesty International Report 2017/18 shines a light on the state of the world’s human rights during 2017.

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Joint Press Statement on Nepal's Transitional Justice

Joint Press Statement
Nepal: Transitional Justice Proving Elusive
Term Extensions do not Cure Act’s Fundamental Problems

(Kathmandu, February13, 2018) – The one-year extensions of Nepal’s two transitional justice mechanisms without necessary legal and institutional reforms ordered by the Supreme Court and the United Nations, are insufficient to comply with international standards, Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists and Human Rights Watch said today.

The three organizations warned that the mere extension of the terms of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) is likely to prolong the justice process without meaningfully improving the chances that victims will have their demands for justice, truth, and accountability met.

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Amnesty International Nepal Board Demands Unconditional Release of Taner Kılıç

On 31 January 2018, Istanbul’s 35th High Criminal Court had ordered the release of Taner Kılıç, Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, who was being held under false charges for his human rights work by the Turkish regime. A lawyer by profession, Kılıç is one of the vocal human rights defenders in Turkey.

 The prosecutor contested the Court's ruling and Kılıç was re-arrested on 1 February. The next hearing is scheduled for 21 June 2018

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16th Anniversary of the Killing of Muktinath Adhikari observed with an Interaction on Nepal's Current Transitional Justice Situation

Muktinath Adhikari Memorial Foundation and Amnesty International Nepal jointly organized an event on 17 January to mark the 16th anniversary of the killing of Muktinath Adhikari.

Adhikari, then headmaster of Panini Sanskrit High School, Duradada, Lamjung was brutally killed on 17 January 2002 by the Maoist cadres. He was dragged out of the classroom, taken half an hour's distance away from the school blindfolded, then tied up in a tree with his muffler, stabbed on his stomach and shot on head and chest.

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Nepal’s Number One export: People

If there is one aspect of Nepal’s socio-economic condition that touches the life of just about every Nepali family today, it is migration. There is no other more damning indictment of governance failure and criminal neglect over the last 25 years. This is flagrant abdication by the political leadership of its primary responsibility of protecting its citizens.

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Amnesty Nepal Orients Group 67 and Forestry Youth Network in Hetauda

On 23 December, Amnesty International Nepal conducted a half day orientation to the members of Amnesty International Nepal Group 67 Hetauda. Likewise, members of Amnesty Nepal Forestry Youth Network of College of Forestry also oriented on the same day in the Hetauda College of Forestry. 75 members of Group 67 and over 60 participants from Forestry Youth Network were oriented on the fundamental concepts of human rights, and Amnesty International and its major human rights campaigns

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An editorial follow-up of The Kathmandu Post to Amnesty International’s Press Release ‘Nepal: Migrant workers failed by government, exploited by businesses’

Dec 20, 2017-More than two years since the implementation of the ‘free visa, free ticket’ policy for out-migrant workers by the government, this scheme has been largely ignored by recruiting agencies. And the government is not doing enough to enforce it. Potential out-migrant workers continue to suffer from a lack of information and fall into numerous illegal traps.


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Letter to His Excellency Lasse Bjørn Johannessen, Ambassador of Norway

Amnesty International Nepal submitted a letter to His Excellency Lasse Bjørn Johannessen, ambassador of Norway on 18 December sharing Amnesty International’s concern on the forcible returns of the Afghan asylum seekers from Norway and other European countries to Afghanistan where they face imminent threat to their lives and abuses of human rights. Amnesty Nepal also sent signatures of 63 Amnesty activists who had demonstrated before the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu on Friday, 15 December.  

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Amnesty International Press Release on International Migrants Day
Nepal: Migrant workers failed by government, exploited by businesses

New research by Amnesty International has exposed how the Nepali government’s failure to crack down on recruitment agencies which charge illegal fees for jobs abroad is leaving migrant workers trapped in a vicious cycle of debt and exploitation.

The organization found that almost two-thirds of Nepali migrant workers who responded to a survey, carried out in Nepal and Malaysia and published today, had paid excessive, illegal recruitment fees.

“Nepali migrant workers are being systematically and mercilessly set up. Forced to take out loans to pay the huge fees recruitment agencies charge them to work abroad, they are left so indebted that they have no choice but to stay in jobs which often turn out to be low-paid or dangerous,” said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Global Issues Programme.

“The Nepali government’s weak enforcement of the law is playing straight into the hands of extortionists and loan sharks. Migrant workers all too often end up trapped in the soul-destroying situation of working abroad for years simply to pay off the huge, often illegal fees they were charged to take the job. Tackling this exploitative industry is a matter of urgency.”

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Amnesty Nepal urges Norway to halt forcible returns of the Afghans

On 15 December 2017, around 75 activists of Amnesty International Nepal staged a demonstration for an hour in front of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu urging the authorities of Norway to revisit their current policy of forcefully returning Afghani asylum seekers to Afghanistan where the situation is dire with imminent threat to their life and abuse of human rights. Amnesty Nepal activists took a rally round the Norwegian Embassy complex staging demonstration for twenty minutes each in front of their two gates. Conferring with the demonstrators, Ms. Elin Kylvag, Head of the Admin Department of the Norwegian Embassy, agreed to convey Amnesty’s concerns and message  to the government of Norway.

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