Monetary compensation for survivors of torture: Some lessons from Nepal

Jeevan Raj Sharma*, Tobias Kelly

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

The Nepali Compensation Relating to Torture Act (1996) is one of the earliest pieces of specific anti-torture legislation adopted in the Global South. Despite a number of important limitations, scores of Nepalis have successfully litigated for monetary compensation under the Act, on a scale relatively rare on the global human rights scene. Using a qualitative case study approach, this article examines the conditions under which survivors of torture are awarded compensation in Nepal, and asks what lessons does this have broader struggles to win monetary compensation for torture survivors? We end by suggesting that there can be practical tensions between providing individual financial compensation and addressing wider issues of accountability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307–326
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Human Rights Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • torture
  • compensation
  • human rights documentation
  • Nepal


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