The Human Rights and Justice Centre (HRJC) improves access to justice for victims of human rights violations in Nepal such as torture, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and sexual violence.

Registered in Nepal since 2017 and based in Katmandu, it was created with the support of TRIAL International, a Geneva-based NGO specializing in seeking justice for survivors of mass atrocities.




An innovating and participative approach

The HRJC provides free legal support and representation services to victims, regardless of their background, or religious or political affiliation.

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Empowering all actors

The HRJC aims to build a culture of human rights among all judicial actors in Nepal. Therefore, it provides specialized trainings and coaching to lawyers, but also legal assistance to NGOs working on documentation and litigation.

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Fostering broad cooperation

The HRJC believes that change must also happen at a structural level. It therefore lobbies domestic authorities for fairer laws and policies, with a particular focus on implementing decisions of the United Nations human rights bodies.

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The HRJC is composed of solely of Nepali staff. Each lawyer from its roster is carefully selected for their qualifications and dedication to human rights.

Rajeshree Bista Shakya
Finance and Administration Officer

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Ranjeeta Silwal
Human Rights Coordinator

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Salina Kafle
Human Rights Officer

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Board members

Kapil Aryal
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Salina Kafle
Ankit Adhikari
Nirajan Thapaliya
Prabin Subedi



“Obtaining justice is the only way I can get closure. It will not erase what happened, but it will bring me back my dignity.”

Amalina (pseudonym)
Victim of torture

“By working with the HRJC, I have made a concrete difference for victims of human rights abuse. Being coached by their legal advisors really boosted my confidence.”

Lawyer and member of the HRJC

“The Human Rights and Justice Centre is a unique project empowering both victims and lawyers. We believe in a collaborative approach, building bridges between local actors to achieve the best results.”

Kapil Aryal
HRJC Chairperson



Have you been a victim of a human rights abuse?

If you or your close ones have experienced grave violations of your rights, during the civil conflict or afterwards, we may be able to help.

At the HRJC, you can talk to an experienced legal advisor, free of charge and in strict confidentiality.

You will be told immediately what kind of support can be envisaged, including protection measures for your safety and wellbeing.

All steps will be decided with you, in accordance to your wishes and needs.

Human Rights and Justice Centre
Kathmandu, Nepal

+977 9818 018 924