Human Rights organization of Nepal (HURON) is one of the first human rights organizations in Nepal. From the creation in 1988, HURON played a pioneering and crucial role in the movement for the restoration of democracy. A unique feature of HURON played a pioneering and critical role in the movement for the restoration of democracy. HURON grew as a mass-based people’s movement. HURON’ s greatest strength lies in its membership, who represent all political persuasions-left, right and center and they are spread through out the country in 75 Districts.
Mr Rishikesh Shaha was the founding President of HURON. He was also the first permanent representative of Nepal to the United Nations (1956-1960) who was later to be appointed by United Nations General Assembly to chair the investigation of tragic death of the then UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961.
HURON has been promoting peaceful negotiation since its formation and played a crucial role in the movement for the restoration of democracy in 1990, playing key role in establishment of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in 2000, opposing the Royal takeover of 2005 as well as being key player in negotiations between government and the then Maoist rebels. HURON had two main objectives during this period, to initiate and support a process of conflict resolution in situation of national concern, and to strengthen the democratic process and culture with institutional capacity building at all levels. HURON opposed the kidnapping and missing of the people from both the state and the then Maoist Rebels. During that period, HURON mainly concentrated its activities to tract the record of the arrests of the politicians and visited them where ever possible and accessible.