Strengthening the Capacity of the National Human Rights Commission (SCNHRC)

What is the project about

Strengthening the Capacity of the National Human Rights Commission (SCNHRC) project strengthens the National Human Rights Commission to protect and promote human rights and fulfill Nepal's national and international human rights obligations.

Deep-rooted hierarchical power structures, discrimination, and social and economic inequality mean that human rights abuses continue to be commonplace in Nepal, particularly against women, Dalits, Janajatis, Madhesis and other marginalized communities. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was set up in 2000 after prolonged pressure from the political parties and civil society to establish a high level independent body for protecting and promoting the human rights in Nepal. The need for such a body became particularly acute in its early years as the violent conflict escalated.

From 2002, the multi-donor funded Capacity Development of the National Human Rights Commission project, supported the commission to fulfil its mandates for the protection, promotion and full respect of the human rights enshrined in the constitution, national leigslations and international human rights instruments that Nepal is party to.

What have we accomplished so far

  • In 2014, with funding support from Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, UK, UNDP and OHCHR, the Strengthening the Capacity of the National Human Rights Commission (SCNHRC) project helped build NHRC’s capacity to monitor the compliance with various human rights treaties to which Nepal is a party. To that end, the project supported the rights body in organizing interactions with government and civil society organizations, preparing reports to treaty bodies, including for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and improving the National Human Rights Action Plan.

  • Human rights monitoring and reporting capacity of thirty NHRC staffs improved, enabling the Commission to increase its monitoring missions to various situations of concern.

  • Capacity building support to manage case backlogs resulted in a reduction of 280 out of some 3,300 backlogged cases concerning disappearances, abduction, torture, and domestic violence, among others.

Who Finances it?

Amount contributed
Finland $0.5m
SDC $0.5m
Danida $0.4m
British Embassy $0.3m
UNDP $0.1m
Total Phase 2 Budget $1.9 million

Delivery in previous fiscal year




Importance of this project towards achieving the MDGs and consolidating peace

A reduction in the number and seriousness of human rights abuses is fundamental to consolidating peace and achieving the MDGs. Fewer abuses will lead to a more democratic and equitable society where all Nepalis, regardless of caste, ethnicity and religion, can gain equal access to services and realise their full potential.

Project Overview
Project duration:
Phase 1: April 2002 to December 2008
Phase 2: August 2009 to September 2013
Implemented in:
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and their regional offices
Implemented by:
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Phase 2 partners:
OHCHR (technical support)
National Dalit's Commission
National Women's Commissions
National Human Rights NGOs
UNDP's role:
Fund manager and donor
UNDP focal point:
Mr. Tek Tamata
Programme Analyst (Justice and Human Rights)
Governance Unit, UNDP

UN House, Pulchowk
P.O.Box 107 Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5523200
Fax: +977-1-5523991
Project focal point:
Project Manager
Office of the National Human Rights Commission
Harihar Bhawan, Pulchowk
Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5539776, 5539778
Fax: 977-1-5539779