Community Conversation:

Nepal from Case #1 to COVID-19

July 1, 2020 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT


In 2008, the ILF established the first independent public defender office in Nepal. A decade later, the Nepal team is now locally-led as the Public Defender Society of Nepal (PDS-Nepal). PDS-Nepal has grown into a premier legal aid institution. The team has led numerous criminal justice reforms, provided critical advocacy in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake.  


Today, they are fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in Nepal, where police brutality and strict lockdown measures have threatened human rights and due process. 


Join us for a discussion with ILF Country Representative and Director of the Public Defender Society of Nepal Ajay Shankar Jha Rupesh. From the ILF’s early days in Nepal to today’s pandemic, Mr. Shankar Jha Rupesh will reflect on the program’s evolution, biggest challenges, and the strategies that have worked in the fight for justice in Nepal.

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