National Human Rights Commission's Strategic Plan Support Project (SPSP)

Status Active  
Duration:  2016 to 2019  
Focus area: Democratic Governance  
Implementing agencies: National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (NHRC), UNDP  
Key partners: National Human Rights Commission, National Women’s Commission, National Dalit Commission, other national institutions for Madhesi, Tharu, Muslim, and human rights-based Civil Society Organizations    
Other stakeholders: Government of Nepal/Ministry of Finance    
Funded by: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Embassy of Denmark, Nepal, UNDP    

Summary

SPSP aims to strengthen the capacity of the National Human Rights Commission to effectively fulfil its mandate to protect and promote human rights in Nepal, ensure the country’s compliance with international human rights treaties and carry out the tasks set out in its the Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020.

Background

The National Human Rights Commission’s Strategic Plan Support Project (SPSP) was designed based on NHRC’s requirements as foreseen in the Strategic Plan 2015–2020 to address immediate organizational capacity strengthening needs and build on the work to further strengthen a sustainable core capacity of the NHRC to protect and promote human rights. The project supporting the re-organization and further capacity development of the NHRC envisions to significantly contribute towards the institution’s long-term sustainability and its capability to carry out the tasks set in the Strategic Plan 2015–2020. The goal of the project is to enable the people of Nepal, especially people from minorities, women and disadvantaged groups, to increasingly enjoy their human rights, protected by rule of law. The interventions and expected results have been designed in line with its Strategic Plan (2015-2020).

Aiming to further strengthen the core capacity of the NHRC to deliver on the overall vision in its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan to create a human rights culture in Nepal, where discrimination and human rights violations are not only illegal, but also unacceptable in everyday life, summed up in the motto: “Human Rights in Every Household a base of Peace and Development”, the prime focus of the SPSP is to support to the NHRC on:

  • Capacity-building on monitoring, investigations and reporting
  • Establish the NHRC as the prime go-to body for new local and provincial entities through regular interaction and outreach
  • Ensure the rights of poor and vulnerable persons and communities are effectively promoted and human rights become mainstreamed into key stakeholders’ education curricula
  • Ensure the NHRC becomes a more effective and better networked institution (at national, sub-national and international level) including the development of institutionalised cooperation with the other commissions with tasks concerning human rights, non-discrimination and equality

With these interventions, the power and force of the NHRC will be significantly developed, which in the longer run will influence the behavior of the Government, civil servants, armed forces, civil society and international community.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Created in-house team of "change makers"/peer support group of trainers at NHRC, designed comprehensive training modules and trained a total of 118 staff (67 Male, 51 Female) through basic, intermediate, advanced and master level trainings based on an analysis of available and required competencies for effective functioning of the NHRC.
  • Conducted a review of the domestic legislations related to persons with disabilities, tabulated bills on the six new constitutional commissions, and fundamental rights, and submitted key recommendations to the Government of Nepal. Maximized the NHRC's advocacy outreach on mental health and human rights issues and helped to protect the human rights of mentally disabled people through a series of policy dialogues and advocacy in collaboration with civil society organizations
  • Conducted international conference on Identifying Challenges, Assessing Progress, Moving Forward: Addressing Impunity and Realizing Human Rights in South Asia in Kathmandu bringing together NHRI’s, government bodies, civil society members, lawyers and human rights activists of 22 countries that subtly drew the attention to the need for states to ensure that National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are given adequate resources and capacity to function independently and effectively in full conformity with the Paris Principles, and also released 29-point Kathmandu Declaration 2018.                                                                          
  • Developed a handbook on human rights to deliver training to Judicial Committee Members and trained 260 Judicial Committee Members from four provinces and incorporated human rights-based approach and justice system while mediating local dispute.
  •  A perception survey on public relations and confidence in the NHRC provided the NHRC an opportunity to assess its position among a wide range of people and develop a concrete outreach strategy, especially to protect the rights of marginalized groups and also a study on NHRC in the federal context conducted.
  • Greater awareness on human rights issues among people living with disability and/or mental illness through trainings and workshops and expanded outreach of NHRC into 48 districts to raise these issues. Awareness on human rights issues by advocacy programme through production of human rights tele serials and extended human rights film festival through strengthened coordination and cooperation with civil society organizations and media.
  • A baseline survey on human rights situation of persons with mental disability conducted that set a baseline for promoting and protecting their human rights in Nepal in terms of their rights to respect, right to fulfill their basic needs and right to live a dignified life.
  • Disseminated, published PSA/IEC and supported human rights education targeted at the public, CSOs and the media.


Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

  • Reviewed issues of non-discrimination and diversity in the NHRC and recommended measures to ensure inclusion and representation in staffing and management.
  • Placed diversity policy to ensure gender and ethnicity balance in its activities.
  • Special attention has been given to the regional offices of the NHRC to ensure that they are adequately staffed following the principles of workforce diversity and are strengthened in their capacity to fulfill the mandate of the NHRC in the field.

 

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Contacts

UNDP focal point:
Tek Tamata
Programme Analyst (Rule of Law, Justice and Human Rights)
United Nations Development Programme
UN House, Pulchowk, Lalitpur
GPO Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 15523200 ext 1038
Email: tek.tamata@undp.org

 

Project focal point:
Aarati Bista
Component Manager
National Human Rights Commission’s  Strategic Plan Support Project
Hariharbhawan, Pulchowk, Lalitpur
Cell: +977 9851078224
Fax: +977 15539776
E-mail: aarati.bista@nhrcnepal.org

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