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Updates on Nepal
31 Dec 2005
On 24 July 2006, the House of Representatives of Nepal unanimously endorsed a proposal to accede to the Rome Statute of the ICC. It is expected that the proposal will now go to Cabinet for approval. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs K.P. Sharma Oli has also affirmed that Nepal will take necessary measures to ratify the Rome Statute very soon.

In June 2006, 5 lawmakers of different political parties in Nepal voiced that the government should ratify the Optional Protocol and the Rome Statute stating that it contains legal, policy, and symbolic opportunities that help advance women’s human rights. They also stated that the Rome Statute codifies the investigation and prosecution of gender related crimes against women.

On 24 April 2006 in the face of a mass people’s movement, King Gyanendra was forced to capitulate. Since then, the parliament, which was dissolved by the King in May 2002, has been reinstated.

As of February 2005, the campaign for accession has been sidelined under the emergency rule. There were good prospects for accession once the emergency rule was to be lifted and the political situation was to return to normal.

During a two-day national consultation on the establishment of the ICC, held in Katmandu, Nepal from 3-4 November 2001, international experts, representatives of the Nepalese government, media and civil society emphasized the need for Nepal to accede to the Rome Statute of the ICC as soon as possible.

In May 2002, a CICC delegation met with parliamentarians and ruling and opposition party leaders during a week-long lobby tour. The National Coalition for the ICC organized the visit.

Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had prepared an analysis of the Rome Statute and an inter-ministerial committee had been formed. The question of accession was tabled for the Parliamentary committee, but had been delayed because of a domestic political situation.