A Decade of National Human Rights Commission in Protection of Human Rights

(2000 – 2010) by Sushil Pyakurel, Former Commissioner of the NHRC of Nepal

This book published in 2011 analyzes the role of the NHRC played over the ten years between 2000 and 2010 and explores how the Commission’s past performance would impact the future of the Commission in the changing context of the country. The book also documents the political dynamics leading to the establishment of the NHRC and its mandate, role, achievements and challenges.

Rollback Violence Campaign: Introduction and Initiative


This publication is compiles textual presentation of Rollback Violence Campaign initiated by the DFHRI. The campaign was with a view of fostering cooperation, co-ordination, mutual respect and tolerance among all the people for making a collaborative effort to put an end to all sorts of violence; both structural and direct. The program was supported by Public Personalities such as Kul Chandra Gautam (Former Assistant General Secretary of the United Nations), C. K. Lal (Columnist-Political Analyst), Rajesh Hamal (Actor), Madan Krishna Shrestha & Haribamsa Acharya (Duo Actors), Aani Choying Dolma (Mantra Singer) and Amrit Gurung (Singer). This report captures the activities of the Campaign highlighting the various dynamics of violence and their adverse impact on bringing sustainable development in Nepal.

Civic Dialogue

(Volume 1 and 2, 2013)

This publication compiles the presentations and discussions of the Civic Dialogue programmes conducted by the DFHRI in different places of the country. It documents/records the opinions of experts and hundreds of general public on the issues of human rights and constitution making including federalism, forms of governance and election system.

Nepal Conflict Report


The Geneva Office of OHCHR released a 235 page Nepal Conflict Report which comprehensively details rights abuses that happened during the decade long conflict in Nepal between February 1996 and November 2006 in which more than 13,000 people lost their lives and at least 1,350 people were forcibly disappeared. The DFHRI published its Nepali version and disseminate in the different parts of the country.

Transitional Justice and Supreme Court Decision


The Supreme Court of Nepal issued a verdict on 2 Jan. 2014 related to the Ordinance on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In the verdict, the SC had ordered the government to amend the Ordinance with provisions of, inter alia, two separate commissions (Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Enforced Disappearances), criminalization of serious human rights violations and reparation to the victims. The verdict was taken by the conflict victims and human rights community of Nepal as a milestone on the road towards transitional justice and peace. The DFHRI published the verdict with additional chapter highlighting the salient features of the verdict.

Small Arms TERROR in Central Terai

July 2011

This report on rampant use of small arms in central Tarai and its impacts on social life focuses on the terror it has created. It has made a study on different districts of Tarai region that has experienced the terror due to use of arms. Moreover, the opinion of local people regarding the Madhesh unrest is also an important aspect of this report.