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Human rights agency in Nepal hails appointment of NHRC commissioners
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07:50, September 19, 2007

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-Nepal) has hailed the recent appointment of commissioners to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nepal.

The OHCHR-Nepal on Tuesday issued a press release stating that the recent appointment of commissioners to the NHRC is an important development for human rights in Nepal. For over a year, the functioning of the Commission has been hampered by the lack of commissioners, at a crucial time when it should have been taking a leading role in promoting and protecting human rights.

Stating that the appointment of the commissioners is an opportunity to develop the NHRC into a credible human rights institution that maintains its independence and upholds national and international human rights standards, OHCHR-Nepal said, "The new commissioners face a challenging task in fulfilling their responsibilities."

In the press statement, the OHCHR also urged the government to reinforce the process that it has begun and to bring the NHRC into full compliance with international standards in the future.

Former Chief Justice Kedar Nath Upadhyaya was appointed chairman of the National Human rights Commission (NHRC) by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Monday. Koirala also appointed Ram Nagina Singh, Gauri Pradhan, Dr. Leela Pathan and Dr. K.B. Rokaya as its members.

Source: Xinhua

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