National Assembly passed Palermo Protocol

Kathmandu: A proposal seeking deliberations on the Palermo Protocol to United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 2000 was unanimously approved by the meeting of the National Assembly Thursday. The proposal was tabled by Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa 'Badal'.

Taking part in the deliberations, NA members said that the protocol should have been tabled earlier, and emphasized on the need to ratify it as soon as possible. Nepal should not delay any further, as 173 countries have already ratified the Protocol.

As Nepal is a country that is suffering from transnational human trafficking, it should be ratified, they said.

Responding to queries of the MPs, Home Minister Badal said that the need of the Protocol had been felt long before but it has been presented only at the moment. It should be ratified. The next meeting of the National Assembly will be held at 1:00 pm on January 9.