International awareness crucial in the face of domestic inaction
In 2018, the UN Human Rights Committee gave three decisions in favor of Nepalese torture victims represented by TRIAL International. Although positive, these steps precede a more substantial challenge: the implementation of these decisions by the Nepalese authorities.
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Similarly, in the face of domestic inaction, a new case of sexual violence was brought before the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. The victim, supported by the HRJC, found herself in a deadlock when the police declined to register her complaint – and a domestic court upheld this refusal. Thus, the international arena remained her only avenue for justice.