Nepal report

Nepal Government to formulate laws for the protection of Rape Survivors

The Supreme Court in Kathmandu, on February 4th  2016 issued an order directing the government to formulate the necessary laws for the protection of rape survivors and children born to them. This was after a petition field by Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) in 2013 demanding for the formulation of necessary laws to protect rape survivors and their children.

In 2011, Isis-WICCE in partnership with WOREC  conducted a study to find out the extent to which survivors of rape and sexual violence access justice  as well as the response mechanisms that are in place to address the concerns rape survivors.  The findings revealed that there was high prevalence of rape and the systems were not conducive for survivors to report given that rape was deeply entrenched in patriarchal system that transcends class, caste, ethnicity, age, economic, educational, geographical and religious status.

Nepal committed herself to uphold the international human rights norms as stipulated in the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); Convention on the Rights of the Child; International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); as a State party to international law. In addition, with the UNSCR 1325 and 1820 which are clear on promoting women’s participation and working towards combating sexual violence, it is mandatory for the Government of Nepal to put in place mechanisms to actualize its commitment to women’s rights