NHRC proposes for Forensic and Body Exhumation Unit

04 Mar 2010

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is in the process of establishing a Forensic and Body Exhumation unit, developing a pool of experts on the same and also establishing a network of available experts, including those trained by ICRC.

A half-day meeting on Forensic and Body Exhumation was organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), with the support from Strengthening the Capacity of the National Human Rights Commission (SCNHRC) project, in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Department of Forensic Medicine, National Forensic Lab, Advocacy Forum, INSEC, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Centre Police Science Lab and the Department of Archaeology also participated in the meeting, chaired by the Commissioner Hon. Gauri Pradhan.

A team comprising of members from the NHRC, OHCHR, ICRC, Insec and the Advocacy Forum has been formed to consolidate a list of 'missing people'.

A task force has also been formed to prepare draft national standards on body exhumation to be adopted by the NHRC and it has been recommended to the Government. 

The National Human Rights Commission is also actively pursuing the issue of the Rights of Senior Citizens in Nepal. With the support of the SCNHRC, the commission recently organised a programme on 'Rights of Senior Citizens' Experience Sharing between Nepal and India. 

The Chairperson, Commissioners and the Secretary of the NHRC and representatives from senior citizen organisations in India and Nepal participated in the programme. 

The workshop concluded with a resolution to develop a network to campaign strongly for the protection and promotion of the rights of senior citizens.