Nepal

Nepal attempts to tighten its grip on journalists and social media with new bills

In recent months, journalists have continued to be investigated and threatened for their reporting. In February 2019, a new Information Technology bill was introduced that threatens freedom of opinion and expression on social media while in May 2019 the government introduced a Media Council bill that could undermine press freedom in the country. Amendments to the National Human Rights Commission Act, proposed in April 2019 could weaken its role in ensuring justice for victims of human rights violations. Read more

Nepal attempts to tighten its grip on journalists and social media with new bills

Nepali government muzzling critical voices and introducing new restrictive laws

A popular Nepali folk singer was forced to remove a satirical song on corruption from YouTube after the youth wing of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) allegedly threatened him. In February 2019, Nepal's government tabled draft legislation that would impose harsh sanctions for "improper" social media posts, igniting concerns it could be used to suppress freedom of speech and stifle dissent. Read more

Nepali government muzzling critical voices and introducing new restrictive laws

Press freedom at risk with new Criminal Code restrictions

In August 2018, Nepal’s new Criminal Codes Act came into effect. Human rights and media organization have raised serious about the new law and its impact on press freedom in Nepal. Read more

Press freedom at risk with new Criminal Code restrictions

Journalists attacked and threatened

Journalist Dinesh Giri was attacked by three people on 2nd June 2018 over a news report about an illegal business in Belbari, Morang in eastern Nepal. In a separate incident, the NGO Freedom Forum reported that journalists Rajesh Bhandari and Madan Babu Bhandari were issued a death threat by a police officer for reporting about his alleged connection with gold smuggling in Kathmandu on 25th March 2018. Read more

Journalists attacked and threatened

Tibetan refugees face increasing restrictions on their activism

A Tibetan refugee was arrested for a photo he posted on Facebook in which he posed with Tibetan national flag while Nepali officials turned down permission for Tibetan refugees to hold a rally. Nepal’s largest newspaper was summoned by the country’s chief justice for articles critical of him. Concerns have been raised on a proposed policy which would control both national and international NGOs. Read more

Tibetan refugees face increasing restrictions on their activism

Health rights activist arrested for contempt of court in Nepal

Nepalese health rights activist Dr. Govinda KC was arrested on 8th January for contempt of court after demanding the resignation of the country's Chief Justice . He was released after widespread protests but will face trial in February. Read more

Health rights activist arrested for contempt of court in Nepal

Civil society groups condemn malicious slander against prominent WHRD in Nepal

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, women human rights defenders (WHRD) in Nepal can face malicious and manifold threats when conducting their work. In another recent example, Ms. Mohna Ansari, a prominent member of the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (NHRC), has been subjected to a storm of abuse after her colleague penned a defamatory article about her in a national newspaper. Read more

Civil society groups condemn malicious slander against prominent WHRD in Nepal

Women’s rights activist attacked and accused of being a witch

On 24th September 2017, prominent women's rights activist, Rajkumari Upadhaya was assaulted in a prolonged attack in Birgunj, southern Nepal. Read more

Women’s rights activist attacked and accused of being a witch

Nepali CSOs concerned by unnecessary legislative amendments

Proposals of new legislative provisions by Nepalese authorities have worried civic groups across Nepal. In September 2016, the Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Welfare posted the Draft Social Welfare and Development Act online for public feedback. Read more

Nepali CSOs concerned by unnecessary legislative amendments

Expression

The freedom of expression is recognised as a fundamental right in Article 17 of the Constitution, with limitations on grounds such as sovereignty, harmonious relations, incitement, defamation and public morality. Read more