Established in 1982 A.D. The Nepal Law Society(NLS) is an independent non-governmental organization committed to the rule of law, human rights, women empowerment, local goverance and decentralization.

Human Rights Programs

Since its inception, the Society has given special emphasis on the promotion and respect of human rights in the country.

Policy Support Activities

The Society drafted National Human Rights Commission Act that was later enacted by the parliament leading to the formation of the National Human Rights Commission in Nepal. The Society has also conducted several workshops, interactions, trainings and orientations for police personnel, public prosecutors, CDOs and other law enforcement officials to promote an understanding of, and to encourage the respect of human rights in Nepal. These programs were organized in cooperation with the USAID and AusAID. The government officials, human rights commission officials, donors and civil society representatives have benefited from the programs.

The Society also conducted South Asia – Seminar on the Prevention of Torture in partnership with Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) Geneva, Switzerland in cooperation with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Royal Norwegian Embassy and AusAID in 1998. The objective of the program was to share the issues related to the prevention of torture and to evaluate each other’s experiences. Another objective was to explore possibilities to strengthen the national mechanisms in the countries concerned in order to ensure the respect for the rule of law and human rights. Altogether 50 participants including human rights activists, lawyers, judges and members of the human rights commissions representing seven South Asian countries plus some from Switzerland and France took part in the program.

Advocacy and Capacity Building Activities

The Society has conducted training and interaction programs for civil society and human rights activists on human rights laws covering 70 districts across the country. The interaction programs and training programs imparted knowledge on the human rights laws and highlighted the problems people currently face. Altogether 20,000 people have benefited from the programs, which were implemented by the Society in cooperation with Norwegian Bar Association and International Bar Association Secretariat.