The U.S. Department of State released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Thursday, March 11th in Washington, DC. The congressionally mandated reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Releasing the report in Washington D.C., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Human rights may be timeless, but our efforts to protect them must be grounded in the here and now. New technologies have proven useful both to oppressors and to those who struggle to expose the failures and the cowardice of the oppressors. And global challenges of our time – like food security and climate change; pandemic disease; economic crises; and violent extremism – impact the enjoyment of human rights today, and shape the global political context in which we must advance human rights over the long term.”
Some highlights of the 2009 Report for Nepal are listed below:
– Impunity for human rights violators, threats against the media, arbitrary arrest, and lengthy pretrial detention were serious problems.
– Maoist militias engaged in arbitrary and unlawful use of lethal force and abduction. Violence, extortion, and intimidation continued throughout the year. Numerous armed groups, largely in the Terai region in the lowland area near the Indian border, attacked civilians, government officials, members of particular ethnic groups, each other, or Maoist militias. Continue reading Human Rights in Nepal: from American eyes