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Nepal: Bill on Tobacco Control Adopted by Legislature

(May 9, 2011) The Constituent Assembly of Nepal, the country's legislature, approved the Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Bill, 2010 on April 11, 2011. The new law will take effect 90 days after its endorsement by the President of Nepal. (Nepal Legislature-Parliament Passes New Tobacco Control Law, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease website […]

Nepal: Bill on Extradition Drafted

(Sept. 29, 2010) It was reported on September 28, 2010, that Nepal's Ministry of Law and Justice has readied a draft bill on extradition. If adopted, the law would establish legal means for the extradition of persons residing in Nepal who have committed crimes in other countries, although the Supreme Court would have the power […]

Nepal; United Nations: Report Recommends Investigation of Extrajudicial Killings

(Sept. 24, 2010) On September 23, 2010, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal released a report recommending the establishment of an independent organ to investigate the possibility of extrajudicial killings having been committed by Nepalese security forces. Jyoti Sanghera, acting head of the OHCHR bureau in Nepal, […]

Nepal: Ban Imposed on Commercial Tree Felling, Sales, and Exports

(June 2, 2010) It was reported on May 26, 2010, that Nepal's Forest Ministry had ordered district forest offices in 74 districts, especially in the Taraj and Chure regions, to ban the “cutting, selling and export of trees and other forest products for commercial purposes” in government- and community-managed forests. (Ministry Outlaws Tree-Cutting, THE KATHMANDU […]

Nepal: Proposed Amendments to Firearms Law Would Hike Licensing Fees

(Apr. 23, 2010) It was reported on April 19, 2010, that Nepal's Cabinet has under consideration a proposal to amend the Arms and Ammunition Regulation 2029 [1972], chiefly to raise licensing fees. Licenses to carry arms anywhere in the country would cost significantly more under the proposed changes; fees for use restricted to one's home […]

Nepal: International Call for Improvement of Adoption Process

(Mar. 2, 2010) The International Adoption Working Group (IAWG), an ad hoc organization comprising diplomatic mission representatives of countries that have or are considering having adoption agencies (private or state-run) in Nepal, recently called upon the Nepali government to improve the inter-country adoption process. A press release issued on February 24, 2010, by the U.S. […]

Nepal: Fast-Track Courts Ordered for Cases Involving Women, Children

(Feb. 24, 2010) On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities – the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, […]

Nepal: Legislature Passes Constitutional Amendment

(Jan. 29, 2010) On January 28, 2010, Nepal's legislature passed the seventh amendment to the country's interim constitution. The amendment, which passed with a two-thirds majority, will permit the president, vice president, prime minister, and other high-ranking officials to take their oaths of office in their native languages. The issue became politically important when Parmananda […]

Nepal: Supreme Court Rules Vice President’s Oath in Hindi Unconstitutional

(July 30, 2009) On July 25, 2009, after a year-long trial, the Supreme Court of Nepal ruled that Vice President Parmananda Jha's taking of the oath of office in Hindi, instead of Nepali, on July 23, 2008, was unconstitutional. The two-justice bench, comprising Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi and Justice Balram KC, stated: “[t]he oath […]

Nepal; Sri Lanka: Agreement to Increase Bilateral Cooperation in Several Areas

(July 30, 2009) Nepal and Sri Lanka agreed on July 25, 2009, to undertake increased cooperation in several key areas, after their respective foreign secretaries engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of the two countries' relations. The talks covered 15 major areas of bilateral cooperation identified by the new Nepal-Sri Lanka Permanent Joint Commission, inaugurated earlier […]