Nepal: The Authorities Are Failing to Protect Citizens


Inadequate and unequal access to health care in Nepal was exacerbated by government failures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2022 released today. The government’s failures led to many preventable deaths, while a pervasive culture of impunity continues to undermine fundamental human rights in the country.

“A lack of effective government leadership in Nepal means that little is done to uphold citizens’ rights, leaving millions to fend for themselves without adequate services such as for health or education,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. 

There also remains no progress in addressing the more than 60,000 complaints of abuses during the 1996-2006 conflict that have been registered with two transitional justice commissions. Successive governments have promised to bring the law on transitional justice into conformity with international law, as the Supreme Court directed in 2015, but have failed to do so. 

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