Nepal: CEDAW 4th and 5th combined periodic reports

Nepal has submitted its Initial Report in 1997 and Second and Third Combined Report in 2003. This Fourth and Fifth Combined Periodic Report covers the period up to 2008. During this period Nepal has made significant progress in the sphere of protection to, promotion and fulfillment of the rights emanated from the CEDAW. Nepal has ratified Optional Protocol to the CEDAW. It has incorporated many significant provisions in the Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2007 and enacted many valuable legislations such as the Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act, the Human Trafficking and Transportation (Control) Act, National Women Commission Act, the Citizenship Act, An Act to Amend some Nepalese Acts to Maintain Gender Equalities, An Act to Amend some Nepalese Acts relating to the Court Management and Administration of Justice and 11th Amendment of the Country Code. Accordingly many rules are framed and plans, action plans and programmes are being implemented. To read full report click here

Asia: The Asia Foundation 2012 reports

Water shortages and global climate change; long-running sub-national conflicts; human trafficking and gender-based violence; persistent poverty and widening income gaps; weak legal systems and ineffective governance institutions—these are among the critical issues The Asia Foundation is helping to tackle in the 21st century. In fact, The Asia Foundation’s mission, which we refreshed in 2012, has never been in sharper focus: to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia. To read full report click here

Nepal: Amnesty report 2013

Nepal’s failure to punish perpetrators of grave human rights violations and crimes under international law committed during the armed conflict which took place between 1996 and 2006 has created an environment where violations continue to be committed with impunity.
Governance and the rule of law have been greatly compromised in Nepal, and the failure of political parties in May 2012 to agree a new Constitution – mandated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed six years previously, has only exacerbated the problem.
Successive governments’ decisions to withdraw criminal cases against individuals with political affiliations, promote alleged perpetrators of human rights violations to senior leadership positions and propose amnesties which could cover serious crimes, send a clear message to all potential perpetrators that there will be no consequences for their crimes. Sexual and domestic violence has yet to be tackled effectively by the justice sector anywhere in Nepal; impunity for violence against women is widespread. To read full report click here

India: Accused confesses to killing woman, raping daughter

Seven of the nine persons who allegedly killed a 50-year-old woman and raped her daughter in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday night have been have been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. Read more here.

India: Minor girl raped by witch doctor

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a self-proclaimed witch-doctor at her residence in the wee hours today in Deodar taluka in Banaskantha district here, police said today. Read more here.

India: Indian state bans superstition and black magic

MUMBAI – An Indian state government Wednesday approved legislation banning superstition and black magic, an official said, a day after a prominent champion of the bill was shot dead. Read more here.

India: Human sacrifice bid by AP group: Locals

A group of 12 devotees from Andhra Pradesh were attacked by a 12-member gang of locals of Vellalapatti in the district on Wednesday alleging that the visitors attempted to conduct ‘human sacrifice’ at a temple near Melavalavu. Read more here.

India: Lawyers fear mothballing of bill Dabholkar strove for

The death of Dr Narendra Dabholkar is likely to send the long-pending Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic bill back into cold storage, legal experts said. Read more here.

India: Anti-sacrifice activist shot dead

The murder of an Indian activist who crusaded against black magic and religious charlatans has prompted hundreds of protesters to take to the streets in the city of Pune. Read more here.

India: 12 including 6 women held for ‘witch’ killing

SHILLONG, Aug 20 – Meghalaya police have arrested 12 persons, including six women, in the “premeditated” killing of three villagers in Smit, after accusing the victims of practising witchcraft. Read more here.

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