Strengthening Social Justice through Promotion of Human Rights in the Terai (HURIT)
Currently, THRD Alliance is implementing the Strengthening Social Justice through Promotion of Human Rights in the Terai (HURIT) project. The project is supported by Governance Facility Nepal for three years. The project covers 19 districts of Terai region:
Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, Parsa, Rupandehi, Nawalparasi, Kapilvastu, Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur
The overall goal of this project is to strengthen the voice of Madhes (Terai region) on social justice issues particularly through legal focus on the state’s obligation to respect and protect human rights without discrimination of any kind.
The main objectives are to reduce the incidents of illegal detention, torture and excessive use of force and to increase accountability of state institutions to ensure promotion and protection of human rights.
For the implementation of the project, THRD Alliance undertakes a number of activities such as: –
- Monitoring of detention centres
- Post-constitution protest monitoring of excessive use of force
- Legal aid for HRV victims
- Training to lawyers and medical officers, etc.
By the end of the project, there will be a 5% decrease in torture in the Terai. Legal aid will be provided to 24 torture and excessive use of force victims and there will be a 10% increase in adequate investigation into excessive use of force by state institutions. As a result of the project, within 6 months after regular monitoring of detention centers/excessive use of force, and advocacy for victims’ rights, at least 2% victims will report seeking justice through judiciary.
For a successful implementation of the project activities, THRD Alliance is working closely with District administration offices, district police offices, district attorney offices, district courts and appellate courts, regional police offices, NHRC, representatives of Women Commission and Dalit Commission representatives. All the monitoring work shall be done in close coordination with NHRC, and coordination will also be done with district registrars and Police In-charge. Central level coordination has been developed with Human Rights Cells of Nepal Police and Human Rights Unit of Parliament. THRD Alliance is also working closely with Madhesi and Indigenous Lawyers Association (MILA), Nepal Madhesh Foundation (NEMAF), NBA and National Judicial Academy to coordinate for advocacy on policy enactment on torture, and excessive use of force and on issues of marginalized communities. Besides this, the THRD Alliance is working closely with human rights organisations throughout the project districts.