Honourable Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Minister for Foreign Affairs, addressed the High-level Segment of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva this afternoon.
Honourable Minister emphasized on the universal, indivisible, interrelated, interdependent and mutually-reinforcing nature of all human rights and called for a holistic approach to address the human rights issues facing the world today. He underscored that the fundamental principles of universality, objectivity and non-selectivity must be strictly adhered to by the Human Rights Council and other UN human rights mechanisms. The international community must strive hard to create an environment that fosters free and unhindered enjoyment of all human rights by all peoples around the world, he said.
While reiterating Nepal’s total and unflinching commitment to human rights, he stressed on various legislative and institutional measures put in place in Nepal to further protect and promote human rights of all Nepali citizens equitably. In this respect, he shared that the Government of Nepal had been undertaking multi-pronged approach to advance human rights situation in the country, and measures were adopted for protection of rights and empowerment of disadvantaged and economically weaker segments of the population. Expressing the Government’s concerns on protection of the interests, rights and well-being of the Nepalese migrant workers during the entire migration cycle, he viewed that the issue of migration should receive cooperation and understanding from all stakeholders including the destination countries.
Updating the Council on the recent political developments in Nepal, he said that the Government was making all-out efforts to come out of the protracted phase of transition and to institutionalize the democratic gains through the promulgation of a constitution by the Constituent Assembly and the conclusion of the remaining parts of the peace process. He expressed his belief that consensus could still be reached on the key issues to be incorporated in the Constitution with strong willingness of the political parties to work together in the larger interest of the country and in respect of people’s verdict.
He recalled the commitment of the Government of Nepal to addressing the gaps of conflict era cases of human rights violations and providing justice to conflict victims and informed the Council about the recent establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons. Honourable Minister stated that this was an important step in our efforts to provide justice to the victims as part of our nationally-driven peace process. He also stated that the Government would extend every support to make these commissions fully functional in fulfilling the responsibilities entrusted to them.
The Nepalese delegation led by Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs comprises H.E. Mr. Deepak Dhital, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nepal in Geneva as well as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Nepal in Geneva. The 28th Session of Human Rights Council commenced yesterday and will continue until 27 March 2015. The High Level Segment of the Session will conclude on 5 March.
Embassy/Permanent Mission of Nepal
3 March 2015