Introduction

Civil Law and Human Rights Research Center (CLHRRC) was established on 10th June 2018. The centre was established with an objective to investigate, discuss and promote the various concerns in the area of Civil Law and Human Rights. The first day of the establishment of the centre was celebrated with an advocacy campaign on the Rights of Women. Ever Since the Center has continued the advocacy for Women Rights and Child Rights in the various form of Workshop, Advocacy Campaign, Training and Research Studies. The Center has also actively involved the in promotion and discussion on the various aspects of the new Civil and Criminal Code of Nepal.

 

Bio:

Director                                                                                                                           

Ms Puspa Pokharel is currently the Director at Civil Law and Human Rights Research Center. Pokharel is a lecturer of International Human Rights and International Criminal Law in the Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws programs at National Law College, affiliated to Tribhuvan University.

Ms Puspa completed her Master of Laws (LL.M) with honours from Northwestern University

School of Law, the USA under the fellowship. Pokharel also served as a clinical fellow at Clinic for International Human Rights under Human Rights Advocacy Program at Northwestern University in 2011. She was a part of Atrocity Crime Litigation Year in Review Conference, 2011 for International Criminal Court. She was involved in the preparation of the Universal Periodic Report; submitted on behalf of Non- Governmental Organizations to UN Human Rights Council in 2010.

Her previous professional experience includes Consultancy Works in the area of Human Rights, Program Officer at the Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy Program at INSEC ( one of the prominent NGO in the field of human rights), Nepal. Pokharel has been involved in various sorts of research projects since 2006. She has published several reports and journal articles on the area of International Human Rights and International Criminal Law. She has presented papers, participated in several conferences, courses and training nationally and internationally, in the area of human rights and international criminal law.

Deputy Director:

Miss. Jyoti Singh Bhandari is currently Deputy Director of  Civil Law and Human Rights Research Center. Ms Bhandari is a lecturer of Legal Research in Bachelor of Laws programs at National Law College. With a Master’s Degree in Law from the University School of Law and Legal Studies, India, Ms Bhandari has over seven years of experience of work in national and international organizations in Nepal and India. She has been involved in various research studies in the areas of Human Rights, Education, Gender and Child Right. Her expertise includes Research and Advocacy. She has served as Teaching Assistant in National and International Law Schools. She also worked as the Vice President of World Organization of Student and Youth (Delhi) and Secretary Law Students Society Nepal serving as coordinator and convener for various campaigns on Human Rights. Miss Bhandari has also presented papers on the various seminar and conferences and published papers in the area of environment and human rights.

 

Program and Events:

Workshop on Campaign against Violence against Women

CLHRRC was inaugurated by the representatives from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Founding Principal of NaLC Dr Ram Krishna Timalsena on 10th June 2018. The inauguration of the centre was followed by Workshop on “Activism against Violence against Women” organized in collaboration with Housewife Association of Nepal. The senior year students from NaLC and teachers provided training to the members from the Housewife Association Nepal and female staffs of the college. The program ended with awareness drama on the aforementioned issue and distribution of the letter of appreciation for the participants.

 

Workshop against Child Sexual Abuse/ Sexual Exploitation of Children Online

CLHRRC organized one day workshop against Child Sexual Abuse/ Sexual Exploitation of Children Online (SECO) in collaboration with Voice of Children Nepal (VOC) on 26th of June 2018. The speakers discussed the various aspect of the national and international legal provisions and current challenges. Mr Rewati Tripathi, Joint Government Attorney presented his views on “New Penal Code and Child Abuse”. Ms Kriti Bhattarai, the representative from Voice of Children, introduced to the current situation of “Online Sexual Abuse of Children”. Mr Rabi Raj Thapa, Retired AIG APF highlighted the “Blind Spot of Child Abuse”
and Dr Ram Krishna Timalsena, Founder Principal, National Law College disseminated ideas on “New Penal Code and Child Abuse”. Mr Rastra Bimochan Timalsena, Assistant Director, National Law College made the participants aware of the “Measure to Ensure the Safety of Children Online”. The participants were shown three documentaries on the various aspects and forms of Sexual Exploitation of Children at the end of the program.

Discussion program on New Civil and Criminal Code Nepal

CLHRRC Civil Code of Nepal 2074 and Criminal Code of Nepal 2074 held on National Law College, 4th September 2018. Dr Ram Krishna Timalsena presented his view on the Criminal Code of Nepal whereas Mr Madhav Poudel presented his views on the new Civil code of Nepal.

Training for Trainers against VAW and Panel discussion on Me Too

The CLHRRC organized various events from March 3rd to March 8th 2019 on occasion of International Women’s Day. The centre organized a ToT against VAW where senior-level students were trained to encourage the school students to speak out against violence and to use legal education as a tool to promote women rights with the goal of preventing future violence through the public participation. The training session was followed by the qualifying examination, where 16 students were selected as trainers. The selected students were sent to various public and private schools of six districts namely Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Dhanusha and Mahottari.

Realizing the global outrage against the violence against women and rise of Me Too the CLHHRC organized panel discussion on Me Too in collaboration with Rotaract on 3rd March 2019. The panellist Tulasa Lata Amatya (Advisory Committee Member at UN Women and Founder of Community Action Nepal),  Pravinta Osti, (Lecturer, Family law) and Rastra Bimochan Timalsena (Assistant Director of NaLC) focused on the current scenario and legal challenges associated with the issue.