The statement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet about the status of freedom of expression in various countries were objected by the government of Nepal.
The statement which was objected was said by Michelle Bachelet, he said “he was arrested for his critical comments on the government’s Covid-19 response. There have been several cases of journalists detained while covering COVID-related news, incidents of journalists facing obstruction from authorities, and reports of threats and physical attacks against journalists.”
She was referring to former bureaucrat Bhim Upadhyaya’s arrest on a cyber-crime charge. And to this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs disagreeably said, “The reference in the release does not reflect the correct facts and reality of press freedom in Nepal. The constitution of Nepal guarantees full press freedom and also ensures effective judicial remedies against any kind of infringement. The government remains fully committed to protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the constitution.”
Moreover, the ministry declares, “The government of Nepal and its Permanent Mission in Geneva stands ready to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in substantiating the facts and information before they are released.”
To read the press statement released by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singh Durbar click to https://mofa.gov.np/press-