Incident Reports

Rights activists protesting against House dissolution detained from Baluwatar


Province 3, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

Police on Monday afternoon detained around two dozen human rights activists and civil society members who had gathered in Baluwatar, Kathmandu to protest against the dissolution of the House of Representatives.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on December 20 dissolved the House following a crisis in the Nepal Communist Party.  

Political parties, civil society members and rights defenders have been protesting against the House dissolution move, which experts on constitutional affairs say is unconstitutional, as the Constitution of Nepal does not allow a majority prime minister to do so. 

The demonstrators on Monday protested also against the government’s attempts to influence the court and controversial remarks made by the prime minister against lawyers and the judiciary. 

Police said all those detained have been kept at the Nepal Police Club.

On December 21 last year, a day after the House dissolution, police had detained 16 rights activists for demonstrating against the move from the southern gate of Singha Durbar.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Contestation over Constitution and federal restructuring
Actor 1 - Number of people 26
Actor 1 - Affiliations HRD
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Government and civil servants at central level
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media