State should be aware of human rights issues: CJ Rana

Kathmandu (RSS) Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana has said that the nation should always be aware of protecting human rights. At an interaction on ‘Human Rights Law and Court Practice’ jointly organized by the Supreme Court and Supreme Court BAR Association in the capital city on Friday, CJ Rana opined for preserving and promoting the human rights.

“Nation should ensure the human rights for the welfare state,” he said, adding that Nepal’s constitution has guaranteed the periodic election, multi party democracy, human rights among other democratic values. As he said, state has the duty to enact the laws relating to promotion of human rights. CJ Rana underscored that implementation of court decisions is essential. If not implemented, the decisions remain mere paper work.

On the occasion, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Bhanubhakta Dhakal, said human rights would not be guaranteed without the role and initiative of the government. He pledged the respect of human rights at the national and international levels. “Sixteen Acts were formulated recently to enforce the fundamental rights and further guarantee the human rights,” he shared.

Similarly, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Anupraj Sharma argued that the Supreme Court’s verdicts should be human rights friendly. He spoke of the need to enable the trustworthy environment for the victims to get justice. He was of the belief that the government would enforce human rights as Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has pledged for human rights in the international arena.

Chairman of the Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee under the Parliament, Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, said that the state should be oriented towards ensuring human rights by forgetting the past conflict. On the occasion, senior advocate Dr Shankar Kumar Shrestha and advocate Govinda Bandi presented the working papers.

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