Prekshya Ojha

Message from the Chairperson

As Nepal has completed the elections for three tiers of election in order to execute the federalism envisaged by the constitution build by the then constitutional assembly, the socio-political issues have been changed in the new context. The constitution has transformed the country in to federal republic equipped with the guiding principle of socialism. The constitution has provisioned all together 31 articles for the fundamental rights. Not only civil and political rights rather all the basic rights including the socio-economic rights have been guaranteed as the fundamental rights of the Nepali people. Recently the parliament has pass the bill to execute all the fundamental rights presented by the constitution.

Thus, Nepal has entered in the new era where all kinds of contentious issues concerning the politics have been settled by peaceful democratic means. It could be taken as an opportunity to speed up to achieve socio-economic needs for the general public. As economic prosperity also enhances the freedom of an individual, we have a hope that now the country would move forward to the direction of peace, prosperity, justice and economic transformation.Now, we have started to believe that social and economic arrangements such as facilities for education and health careas well as political and civil rights such as the liberty to participate in public discussion and scrutiny will go hand-in-hand.

After a long-time upheaval of political struggle and advances, Nepali citizens have seen the ray of hope at we believe that now onward we will witness the removal of major sources of unfreedom in our country: poverty as well as tyranny, poor economic opportunities as well as systematic social deprivation, neglect of public facilities as well as intolerance or overactivity of repressive states.

However, the Nepali state has a number of responsibilities inherited from the past. The government has to be accountable even for the past in order to move forward. The issue of transitional justice is of the such issues. DFHRI has been, relentlessly, sensitizing the government to settle the issue of transitional justice in the way of our new start up. Besides the issue of transitional justice, DFHRI will continue its efforts to strengthen our national human rights protection system. A functional democracy as the pillar of the civilized society would only be flourished if there is an independent mechanism and culture of surveillance.

DFHRI wish to complement and supplement the government’s efforts towards creating an atmosphere for comprehensive democracy. It will continue its campaigns as an effective surveillance of the society.

Let us create an atmosphere where we all could internalize human rights as culture.