Archive ref no: NCA-20044
Restriction without Convention, 18 Jan 06
The National Human Rights Commission is closely observing the new situation since the breakdown of truce declared by the CPN (Maoist).
The restriction imposed by His Majesty's Government on assemblies, processions and sit-ins in the major areas in Kathmandu and Lalitpur for an indefinite period has restricted the right to freedom of peaceful assembly guaranteed by the Constitution of Kingdom of Nepal and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights to which Nepal is a party. The Commission is firm in its stand that the Nepalese people should be allowed to exercise the rights enshrined in the Constitution of Kingdom of Nepal and international human rights treaties without any restriction.
The Commission will continue its monitoring on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly without arms and to conduct assemblies, processions and sit-ins. Furthermore, the Commission is of the opinion that programs conducted in a peaceful manner should under no circumstances contribute to violence.