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Legal News
1 Nov 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] A UN human rights body has called the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoists (CPN-M) [party website] to stop its parallel law enforcement activities, which has resulted into "serious" human rights abuses in Nepal recently. "OHCHR-Nepal calls again on the CPN-M leadership to stop all parallel 'law enforcement' activities, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Nepal’s reinstated parliament on Tuesday directed the government to ratify [CICC backgrounder] the Rome Statute [PDF] of the International Criminal Court, the new international tribunal established to try crimes against humanity. “Nepali people want an end to impunity," a parliamentary declaration said. "They also want to see human rights … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Nepal's Maoist communist party announced Monday it is suspending its "People's Courts" that have been running in urban areas of Nepal, including the capital Kathmandu. Maoist supreme commander Prachanda [eKantipur interview] announced the suspension in a statement amidst national and international criticism of the panels that have run parallel … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] A high-level Nepalese commission probing the crackdown on the pro-democracy uprising [JURIST report; JURIST news archive] in April of this year that eventually led to the restoration of parliamentary government summoned three former royal ministers Sunday, including a top deputy of King Gyanendra [official profile]. The three members of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Authorities in Nepal Sunday released two powerful former ministers in the royal direct rule cabinet led by King Gyanendra [official profile] following an order from the Nepalese Supreme Court [official website]. The released former ministers were Kamal Thapa and Tanka Dhakal. While passing the order, Justices Sharada Prasad Pandit … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Nepal's government and the Maoist rebels on Friday agreed to draft an interim constitution within 15 days and dissolve the parliament reinstated by the popular people's uprising [JURIST news archive] in April this year. Surprisingly, the Maoists [BBC backgrounder], who have been waging a people's war over a decade, … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] In an historic proclamation approved [recorded video] Thursday, Nepal's reinstated parliament stripped all the privileges and powers of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile], who gave up direct rule of the country after 19-days of mass protests [JURIST news archive] in April. The proclamation effectively makes Nepal's 237-year old … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Nepal's government on Tuesday annulled a media ordinance promulgated by King Gyanendra [official profile] during his 15-month absolute rule to muzzle press that criticized his seizure of power [JURIST report] in February 2005. The ordinance was criticized both in Nepal and internationally as it increased punishment of journalists and … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Nepal's parliamentarians have said they may impeach Nepal's Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Poudel, accusing him of failing to maintaining independence of the judiciary during the 15-month long autocratic rule of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile], who gave up control of the government after pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] In a ground-breaking political development in Nepalese history, the country's recently reinstated parliament on Sunday unanimously endorsed a proposal to hold elections for a constituent assembly that will draft a new constitution [current text]. "Honorable members, there was no 'nay' heard during the voice voting on the motion. I … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] A much-awaited motion promising to hold an election of a constituent assembly to draw up a new constitution in Nepal [JURIST news archive] was tabled in the parliament Friday, as the House of Representatives met for the first time in four years. A representative of Nepal's prime minister-designate Girija … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] The International Commission of Jurists [advocacy website] on Friday called the arrest of hundreds of lawyers and pro-democracy demonstrators during the past few days in Nepal unlawful and arbitrary [press release, PDF] and demanded that King Gyanendra [official profile] release all the detainees and lift the blanket ban on … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Police in Nepal Thursday fired rubber bullets at a peaceful rally of lawyers in the capital Kathmandu, injuring four. Seventeen other lawyers were injured when police charged with batons. 72 lawyers were arrested in total. The lawyers were holding a silent rally demanding democracy, the rule of law and … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Nepal's royal government on Wednesday arrested 13 lawyers for holding peaceful rallies demanding peace and restoration of democracy in the Himalayan Kingdom on the eve of a general strike called by the opposition. The group was released later in the evening, a few hours after the Supreme Court of … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] Nepal's royal government has made its anti-terrorism law more stringent by introducing a fifth amendment to the Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Control and Punishment) Ordinance (TADO), published in the official gazette on Monday. National and international human rights organizations are concerned that independent media and even parties fighting for … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Kiran Chapagain

[JURIST] In a verdict upholding gender equality, the Supreme Court of Nepal [official website] ruled Thursday that men can no longer divorce their wives on grounds of the latter's infertility. A special bench of the court declared a provision in the 43-year old Civil Code relating to husband and wife … [read more]

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