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Nepal: New Constitution Approved

(Oct. 1, 2015) On September 16, 2015, the Constituent Assembly of Nepal approved a new Constitution for the country (Taylor Gillan, Protesters Gather in Response to Nepal Constitution, PAPER CHASE (Sept. 21, 2015); Constitution of Nepal – Final, Legislature Parliament of Nepal website [click on PDF link] (last visited Sept. 28, 2015) (in Nepali); Constitution […]

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal: Motor Vehicles Agreement

(Sept. 21, 2015) Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) signed a Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular Traffic on June 15, 2015 in Thimpu, Bhutan.  Aside from facilitating the cross-border movement of passengers and goods, the agreement is expected to “promote safe, economical [,] efficient and environmentally sound road […]

Nepal: Supreme Court Strikes Down Amnesty Provision in Truth and Reconciliation Law

(Mar. 17, 2015) On February 26, 2015, Nepal’s Supreme Court struck down the amnesty provision in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Act. (Monica Moyo, Nepali Supreme Court Rejects Amnesty for War Crimes, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (Feb. 26, 2015).)  The amnesty provision grants the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Enforced […]

Nepal: Two Commissions on War Crimes Established

(Feb. 25, 2015) On February 10, 2015, the government of Nepal established two commissions to investigate allegations of war crimes and disappearances associated with the country’s ten-year civil war, which lasted from 1996 to 2006. (Alexandra Farone, Nepal Forms Commissions to Probe War Crimes, PAPER CHASE (Feb. 10 2015); Nepal: Conflict Profile, INSIGHT ON CONFLICT […]

Nepal: Supreme Court Rules Government Ordinance on Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Be Unconstitutional

(Jan. 8, 2014) On January 2, 2014, Nepal’s Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional an ordinance adopted by the Maoist-led government that provides for amnesties of persons deemed responsible for serious human rights abuses during the country’s civil war of 1996-2006. (Amy Mathieu, Nepal Top Court Rejects Amnesty Legislation, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Jan. 4, 2014); Nepal: Pillay […]

Nepal: Court Orders Government to Finish Constitution; Failed Efforts Result in Disbanding of Legislature

(May 29, 2012) On May 24, 2012, Nepal's Supreme Court ordered the country's government to finish a draft of a new constitution by May 27, denying a request from the government for a three-month extension. (Maureen Cosgrove, Nepal High Court Orders Government to Finish New Constitution, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (May 25, 2012).) The decision to […]

Nepal: Law on Discrimination Based on Caste

(May 26, 2011) On May 24, 2011, Nepal's legislature passed the Bill on Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability, designed to end discriminatory practices aimed at those considered to be members of the lowest castes, known as “Dalits.” It had been under consideration by the Parliament for two years. The legislation prohibits such discrimination and treatment of […]

Nepal: Bill on Tobacco Control Adopted by Legislature

(May 9, 2011) The Constituent Assembly of Nepal, the country's legislature, approved the Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Bill, 2010 on April 11, 2011. The new law will take effect 90 days after its endorsement by the President of Nepal. (Nepal Legislature-Parliament Passes New Tobacco Control Law, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease website […]

Nepal: Bill on Extradition Drafted

(Sept. 29, 2010) It was reported on September 28, 2010, that Nepal's Ministry of Law and Justice has readied a draft bill on extradition. If adopted, the law would establish legal means for the extradition of persons residing in Nepal who have committed crimes in other countries, although the Supreme Court would have the power […]

Nepal; United Nations: Report Recommends Investigation of Extrajudicial Killings

(Sept. 24, 2010) On September 23, 2010, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal released a report recommending the establishment of an independent organ to investigate the possibility of extrajudicial killings having been committed by Nepalese security forces. Jyoti Sanghera, acting head of the OHCHR bureau in Nepal, […]