Nepal’s Fundamental Rights Committee’s draft provisions regarding equality rights and economic, social and cultural rights – an assessment and some recommended changes
In November 2009, the Nepalese constitutional committee charged with preparing a Concept Paper on Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles delivered its draft text to the country’s Constituent Assembly.
The Committee’s chapter on Fundamental Rights contains proposed rights provisions including a variety of articles that are equality/non-discrimination related or bear directly on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs).
In many ways, the Committee on Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles has produced a remarkable draft text in the area of ESCRs and Equality Rights. A broad range of ESCRs has been included—many have been explicitly included for the first time in South Asia—and the equality rights of many disadvantaged groups have been recognized. All in all, the draft text is an impressive foundation and demonstrates, on the part of Committee members, a considerable commitment, dedication and concern for the interests and rights of all Nepalis.
Nepal-Fundamental Rights Committee ESC rights-analysis brief-2010-eng (full text in English, PDF)
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