Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection System in Nepal Programme (RoLHR)

 Orientation on Mobile Legal Aid Awareness in a community in Dailekh in Nepal's Mid-Western Development Region. Photo: RoLHR/UNDP Nepal


'Speedy justice and access to justice for all' has become a topmost priority of the judiciary, clearly envisioned in its Strategic Plan. However, despite the  systematic judicial reform initiated by the judiciary, access to justice is still a huge threat to rule of law in the country. In this context, UNDP's Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection System in Nepal Programme (RoLHR) aims to strengthen rule of law, promote human rights, enhance access to justice of the poor and vulnerable communities and establish the entire judiciary as worthy of public trust.

RoLHR is supporting the Government of Nepal to bring about systematic changes in national legislative, policy and institutional frameworks and structure to contribute to strengthen the rule of law, access to justice, peace, development and human rights in Nepal.  The activities of the programme are directed to meet the target of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries; and Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institution at all levels.

What have we accomplished so far

  1. People's access to justice strengthened
  2. People benefited from expeditious court processes
  3. Strengthened Judgement Execution system helps in building people's confidence
  4. Enhanced Legislative Capacity to review inclusive legislation
  5. Vulnerable groups have increased representation in legal profession/sectorsGender and Social Inclusion Interventions
  6. Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) interventions:
  • Affirmative legal education and professional advancement initiatives for women and vulnerable groups officials and judges in judiciary
  • Legal aid and access to justice of poor, women and vulnerable groups: RoLHR Programme supports women, poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups to increase their access to justice through Social Legal Aid Services offered in 10 districts namely Dadeldhura, Kailali, Bardiya, Surkhet, Dailekh, Rukum, Rupandehi, Khotang, Saptari and Taplejung.
  • Awareness and sensitization on GESI and professional advancement initiatives for women and vulnerable groups, officials and judges in judiciary

Latest Updates

Hope at last

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Seeking a safe space

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A wider reach: Orienting local government staff on S-LACs

Educating local government officials on the services being provided by UNDP’s Socio-Legal Aid Centers around the country free of cost is crucial in reaching out to the many who are in need of legal assistancemore 

Righting historical wrongs: UNDP-supported monitoring group takes on caste-based discrimination

The National Dalit Commission's Joint Monitoring Group, formed with UNDP support, has helped over 30 families access justice, as well as raising awareness among thousands ofmore 

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