Nepal Condemned for Covering Up Torture and Forced Labor of a Minor


Impunity did not stop with the end of the civil war in Nepal. In a landmark decision issued on 22 August 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) condemned Nepal for having violated a young man’s fundamental rights, and called for the case to be investigated, the perpetrators to be held accountable, and reparations to be granted. Forced to work every day from 4 am to 10 pm, beaten all over his body, hit with plastic pipes on the soles of his feet, electrocuted on the tips of his finger nails; the brutal treatments inflicted by an army official and the Nepalese police in 2012 on a 14-year-old child are chilling. Such practices — and the lack of prosecution of the perpetrators — did not cease with the end of the civil war in 2006.

The case of Bholi Pharaka (pseudonym) is emblematic of the impunity enjoyed by State officials in peacetime. Following a complaint submitted by TRIAL International, the HRC condemned Nepal for the torture and forced labor endured by Bholi Pharaka between the ages of 11 to 14. Among other measures of reparation, he must receive educational support and free of charge medical and psychological care. An investigation into the facts is also due; during which suspected perpetrators shall be suspended or removed from their duties.

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