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NLA votes total reset for human rights commission

Sep 14. 2017
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By The Nation

A proposal of the join law review committee to replace all members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as part of the organic law governing the rights organisation, has gained steam with a confirmation vote by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Thursday.

The NLA earlier passed the law, which would totally reset the NHRC despite strong opposition by the rights-body members. The NHRC argued for a slower turnover of its members and of other organisations independent of direct government control. They argued for a consistent approach across organisations.

This led to creating a joint law review committee, as outlined in the nation’s new charter, to settle the difference of opinion about resetting the NHRC. Following the procedure, the committee’s proposal would again be submitted to the NLA for deliberation and endorsement again.

The NLA today stood firm on the committee’s proposal, which called for a total reset of the NHRC.

The NLA voted 177 in favour, with five abstentions.

The law will now move to the Cabinet for approval and recommendation for royal endorsement before it is put into effect.

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