Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Remedies Ordered for Jailed Human Rights Activists

Human rights, as defined by the United Nations: “...are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.”

Amnesty International expands with, “Human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression; and social, cultural and economic rights including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, and the right to work and receive an education. Human rights are protected and upheld by international and national laws and treaties.”

Formerly imprisoned and tortured for his human rights legal work as a human rights attorney in Nepal,  Jitman Basnet “founded Lawyers’ Forum for Human Rights (LAFHUR), a pro-bono lawyers’ network, working in the field of transitional justice...LAFHUR provides free legal service to the victims of human rights violations, including women, children and the poor who do not have access to justice,” :according to Front Line Defenders.

A recent petition to the UN Human RightCommittee by LAFHUR returned a positive decision, that according to Basnet, “This is a step forward toward the justice but practical path is still challenging ahead. At least it gives hope for many victims who are waiting justice for years. The real Justice will be cheered when decision is fully implemented. My sincere thanks to TRIAL team, HRC, journalists, friends, family, colleagues and all supporters for continue backup and solidarity.”

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