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Program with lawmakers on policy reform of prison and promotion of rights of inmates

The program with lawmakers of House of Representatives and national assembly on policy reform of prison under the project “Promoting Human Rights of Detainees and Prisoners in Nepal  was organized on 4th August 2018 at Malla Hotel, Kathmandu. It was organized by Center for Victims of Torture (CVICT) Nepal with financially supported from European Union and Technical Support by Humanity & Inclusion (HI) and in coordination WOSCC and CIVIC forum.

While inaugurating the workshop the chief guest, honorable speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara stated that prison should be transformed into reform house with aim to reform the inmates by developing positive attitudes. He strongly recommended classifying the crime and keeping inmates separately according to the crime. He informed that he is studying regarding promulgating the laws and policy for the protection and promoting of human rights of inmates.

Honorable attorney general of Nepal Mr. Agni Prasad Kharel said that there is overcrowding in prison and it is challenge to implement the open prison in Nepal. He strongly added that there is no other option rather than transforming prison into reform house.

Ex-Director general of department of prison management Mr. Krishna Prasad Ghimire and District Judge Shreeprakash Upreti, PhD, presented the paper on situation of prison of Nepal, its legal status and provision and steps required for prison reform.

Lawmakers of federal assembly also expressed their commitment for addressing the problem of inmates and prison and work for the protection and promotion of human rights of detainees and prisoners.