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Nepal: National Human Rights Commission Threatens to Blacklist Government Agencies

(Feb. 5, 2009) It was reported on February 1, 2009, that Nepal's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) plans to blacklist government offices for repeatedly ignoring and failing to implement the NHRC's recommendations and decisions. NHRC spokesperson Gauri Pradhan stated that “the defiant offices” will first be given a 15-day deadline to implement the recommendations, after which, if they have not complied, the NHRC would place their names on a blacklist and make their names public. Under article 132 of Nepal's Interim Constitution, the NHRC is authorized to publicize the names of officials, persons, or bodies that do not follow or implement the constitutional body's recommendations and directives as violators of human rights. According to Pradhan, the NHRC was stepping up its efforts to press the Prime Minister's office and security agencies, in particular, to implement NHRC recommendations and decisions. (Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Rights Commission to Blacklist Defiant Offices, LEGAL NEWS FROM NEPAL, Feb. 1, 2009, available at; UNDP Nepal, The Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2063: As Amended by the First, Second and Third Amendments [bilingual text], (Jan. 2008), available at [Chapter 15, consisting of arts. 131-133, is specifically on the NHRC].)