Nepal: Universal Periodic Review report submitted on freedom of expression and civic space
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NCP youth leader Ram Kumari Jhakri, at an event in Kathmandu, Nepal, 13 December 2013, Photo: Ganesh Paudel - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Ram Kumari Jhankri, a leader of the Nepal Communist Party, was detained for several hours on charges of committing a ‘crime against [the] state.’ The prominent leader has been a vocal critic of the decision to dissolve the House of Representatives in December.

A man wearing protective gloves as a measure against COVID-19 looks at a newspaper, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 March 2020, Sunil Sharma/Xinhua via Getty

Freedom Forum has released its 2020 report on the state of press freedom in Nepal. The organisation recorded 96 press freedom violations in 2020.

According to IPI’s COVID-19 Press Freedom Tracker, nearly 200 violations linked to the pandemic were reported from the Asia-Pacific region, of which 107 were from four South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal.