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Last Updated: Thu, 31.01.13 16:45

NHRC writes to PM over security for journos, rights activists

The National Human Rights commission has written to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai expressing concerns over recent attacks on journalists and rights activists in various parts of the country.

Although the Prime Minister has been reiterating that the government is committed to providing security for mediapersons and human rights workers, reports of violence against journalists have been coming in from various parts of the country, the commission said in a press note.

In its letter, the rights watchdog said that he attack on journalists in Dailekh and Kavre, filing of a complaint at the commission by mediapersons and recent statements from international organisations over the issue, all point to the fact that journalists and rights workers are not safe in Nepal.

“Such incidents do not befit a country such as Nepal which is party to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and has adopted similar provisions in its constitution,” said the commission.

NHRC has also called on the government to also take steps to improve the situation of human rights in the country. Nepalnews.com