In the first six months of 2014, human rights of 82 human rights defenders have been violated, according to a study report released on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
In particular, human rights of 4 health workers, 11 human rights activists, 40 journalists, 12 social workers and 15 teachers have been violated, says the report published by Informal Sector Service Centre (Insec) in Kathmandu today.
They have been the victims of beating, attack, murder, caste-based untouchability, threat, arrest, torture, inhuman behavior and denial of the right to assemble.
“Human rights are fundamental rights of Nepali citizens. But they can be ensured only when initiatives are taken by all to safeguard them,” said Kamala Subedi, a member of International Relations and Human Rights Committee of the Legislature-Parliament.
Likewise, Insec Chairperson Subodh Raj Pyakurel said the government needs to come up with proper laws to protect the human rights of the human rights defenders themselves.
In 2013, human rights of 207 human rights defenders were violated in Nepal. On December 9, 1998, the UN issued a declaration about the rights of the human rights defenders. Since then, this day is being observed as the day of human rights defenders.