Switzerland and Denmark together with UNDP support the NHRC to promote a better human rights situation in Nepal

Local news, 05.05.2016

The Governments of Switzerland and Denmark have agreed to jointly contribute USD 1.2 mio. to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nepal. The program aims to support the implementation of the NHRC’s Strategic Plan and to develop the internal capacity of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to effectively protect and promote human rights in Nepal.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nepal plays a crucial role as an independent national human rights institution (NHRI) in the protection and promotion of human rights of the people in Nepal. During the past ten years Nepal has ratified the main international human rights conventions and has achieved important progress in the protection of human rights. Nevertheless, human rights remain often not fully protected and promoted.

With the support provided by Denmark and Switzerland the aim is to increase the capacities, skills, and abilities of the commissioners and the staff of the NHRC and strengthen the NHRC as an institution. This will help the NHRC to fulfill its mandate, increase its independence, legitimacy and leverage to advocate more effectively for the protection and promotion of human rights in Nepal.

The bilateral Agreements to this effect were signed between H.E. Dr. Urs Herren, Ambassador, H.E. Kirsten Geelan, Ambassador and Mr. Renaud Meyer, Country Director, UNDP on 5th May 2016. In the same signing ceremony, the Project Document was signed between the NHRC and UNDP.

The Embassies of Switzerland and Denmark in Nepal

5th of May, 2016