Rights Based Advocacy in 1990s

After the reinstatement of Democracy in 1990, HURON advocated and lobbied for positive political development and rights of our citizens through various programs, interactions, discussions and even protests.

On December 5, 1989 – on the occasion of Annual Celebration, Human Rights Watch decided to honor ten individuals, two from each regional area covered by its watch committees, for "their courageous work in monitoring, defending and maintaining human rights in their own countries despite what are often very great risks". Among the honored,the then President of HURON, Mr. Risikesh Shah from the area covered by Asia Watch was honored.

Advocacy during Conflict Era

HURON opposed the kidnapping and missing of the people from both the State and the then Maoist Rebels. During that period, HURON mainly concentrated its activities to track the record of the arrests of the politicians and visited them where ever possible and accessible.

During the conflict, more than 1100 complaints of Human Rights violations were registered with HURON, from both the State and the then Maoist Rebel sides.

In August, 2004, HURON filed writ petition in Supreme Court under Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for 433 disappeared people during the conflict. After PIL, HURON filed cases in favor of 14 other disappeared people on habeas corpus and urging the Supreme Court to issue order to the Government to stop illegal arrests in October, 2004. In January, 2005, 19 more cases of disappeared people were filed habeas corpus to free them from illegal detention.

HURON was instrumental in the formation of People's Solidarity for Peace with more than 35 organizations of Nepal. A peace march called which was held on 61 districts in September 14, 2001. More than a hundred thousand people came to the streets to show their solidarity for Peace in Kathmandu.

Advocacy for Conflict Era Cases

HURON is pressuring Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to solve the cases without delay. Although TRC is established to find out the truth about gross human rights violations during the conflict era, including providing recommendation for legal actions. There are 60,000 petitions registered in Truth and Reconciliation Commission from the conflict victims. Further, 3,000 are complaints are received in Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP).

HURON and Civil Society Organizations have drafted and submitted an amendment framework for TRC Act to the Prime Minister, Council of Ministers, Parliament and concerned stakeholders on November, 2016.

Advocacy during Madhesh Aandolan

HURON has organized numerous District Level-Human Rights Educational Programs and Dialogues with the Government and Madheshi parties, urging both parties to abstain from use of excessive force during the two phases of Madhesh Aandolan.

In March, 2017, HURON conducted a program in partnership with National Human Rights Commission of Nepal on “How to Find Way Out to Resolve Present Political Deadlock in Nepal”.