Nepal

Arrests, excessive force around protests in Nepal while journalists remain at risk

Over the last five months, there have been reports of excessive force and firearms by the police against protesters in the Tarai region leading to one death. Arrests and excessive force were also reported around the anti-fuel protests and the Citizenship Bill. Journalist have also been threatened, assaulted, and arrested for their work. Read more

Arrests, excessive force around protests in Nepal while journalists remain at risk

Excessive force used against protesters while journalists at risk in Nepal

In recent months there have been concerns about the use of excessive force by the police against protesters demonstrating against an aid grant. There have been ongoing reports of obstruction, harassment and attacks against journalists while civil society groups have raised concerns about draft internet regulations that could affect freedom of expression and right to privacy. A woman human rights defender ended her hunger strike protest after the authorities agreed to some of the demands. Read more

Excessive force used against protesters while journalists at risk in Nepal

Arbitrary arrest of activists, excessive use of force and targeting of journalists in Nepal

In recent months, there have been reports of excessive force used by the police in Rupandehi district and the arbitrary arrest and detention of a women’s rights activist who was leading a protest in Kathmandu. There are also ongoing cases of targeting of journalists. Read more

Arbitrary arrest of activists, excessive use of force and targeting of journalists in Nepal

Critics and media face harassment amid political and COVID-19 crisis in Nepal

In recent months, a political activist was detained for her criticism of the President, while journalists have been targeted for their reporting. New directives have been proposed under the Electronic Transaction Act to police social media. The authorities have also restricted protests and arrested protesters. Read more

Critics and media face harassment amid political and COVID-19 crisis in Nepal

Protests disrupted by police, met with excessive force in Nepal as UN reviews its rights record

In recent months, mass protests against the decision by the prime minister K.P. Oli to dissolve parliament have been met with restrictions, arbitrary arrests and excessive force by the police. Threats and attacks against journalists have persisted and a new study shows that over-broad, vague and subjective laws are being used to censor or criminalise freedom of expression. Read more

Protests disrupted by police, met with excessive force in Nepal as UN reviews its rights record

Despite re-election to Human Rights Council, civic space concerns persist in Nepal

In recent months, there have been further attempts by the authorities to impose new restrictions on the internet and the media. Civil society has raised concerns at the judicial harassment of a journalist and the death of another senior journalist. There have been protests by Dalits against the discrimination and violence they face and against Chinese encroachment. There were allegations of ill-treatment of a health activist, while the Chepang Indigenous peoples are facing eviction. Read more

Despite re-election to Human Rights Council, civic space concerns persist in Nepal

Protests in Nepal around COVID-19 met with excessive force while journalists face attacks

Protests expressing discontent with the COVID-19 response have been met with excessive force and arrests. There have also been ongoing threats and attacks against journalists in Nepal for their reporting on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Online critics have also been targeted for defamation using the Electronic Transaction Act. A proposed Intelligence Bill gives the national intelligence agency unlimited surveillance and search powers. Read more

Protests in Nepal around COVID-19 met with excessive force while journalists face attacks

Activists concerned about plans for new NGO law and other restrictive legislation in Nepal

A number of laws being proposed in Nepal are raising concerns among civil society groups. In November 2019, there were reports of a new NGO law being drafted that could weaken civil society. The authorities are planning to bar NGOs running programmes opposed by China and India. The government is continuing to push through an Information Technology bill and a Media Council bill that could be used to silence dissent and muzzle the press. China has attempted to silence the Kathmandu Post for publishing an article critical of the country. Read more

Activists concerned about plans for new NGO law and other restrictive legislation in Nepal

Restrictive bills still being pushed by Nepali lawmakers as protests around Xi’s visit stifled

In recent months, the Nepal government has continued push several pieces of draft legislation that threaten to undermine the right to freedom of expression, including the Media Council Bill and the Information Technology Bill. Journalists continue to face attacks and threats for their reporting while protests against China have been suppressed. Read more

Restrictive bills still being pushed by Nepali lawmakers as protests around Xi’s visit stifled

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