Rights against torture in Nepal: commitment and reality

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Sharma, Hemang. 2015. "Rights against torture in Nepal: commitment and reality." International Human Rights Law Review. 4 (1), pp. 104-136. https://doi.org/10.1163/22131035-00401001
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Rights against torture in Nepal: commitment and reality

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AuthorSharma, Hemang
Journal TitleInternational Human Rights Law Review
Journal Citation4 (1), pp. 104-136
Number of Pages33
Year2015
Place of PublicationLeiden, Netherlands
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/22131035-00401001
Web Address (URL)http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/22131035-00401001
Abstract

Torture is a serious human rights problem in the world. Despite the absolute prohibition under the Convention against Torture (cat) and other international law, torture is still practiced in many parts of the world. The widespread prevalence of torture is a source of concern. Nepal is a party to the cat. The Interim Constitution of Nepal guarantees the rights against torture as fundamental rights. However, reports from various organisations provide chilling records and case studies about the widespread use of torture.
The increasing link between national and international human rights organisations
put pressure to the government to cease torture in practice. Strong political commitment,
anti-torture measures along with addressing root-causes of torture are essential to
protect the right to freedom from torture. This article examines the complexity of commitment
and practical implementation of the cat in the least developed country of
Nepal. The aim of the article is to contribute to reforming the normative framework and
to make the government accountable for the prevention of torture.

Keywordstorture; investigation; impunity; perpetrator; poverty; legislative measures
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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