Nepal: Submission From Amnesty International On Nepal’s Draft Constitution As Part Of The Consultation Process , July 2015
Amnesty International is concerned that the draft constitution, adopted by the country’s Constituent Assembly on July 7, 2015 and put forward for a two-week public consultation period, has a number of major human rights shortcomings which need to be urgently addressed. In particular, the rights of women and marginalized communities, such as dalits, are not clearly and sufficiently protected in the draft. Of further concern is that the Constituent Assembly allowed for only two weeks of public consultation on the constitution and exacerbated that short deadline by imposing confusing deadlines through comments communicated nationally or internationally. Amnesty International outlines below specific concerns on the draft constitution and recommends changes to address them.