Kathmandu, Dec. 20 -- Amidst growing concerns over a shrinking civic space, Nepal's civil society, especially rights-based organisations continue to play an integral role by complementing, consulting, or challenging the government vis-a-vis international law.

Sustained efforts by non-government organizations (NGOs) over a decade, led to the ratification of the UN Protocol against Human Trafficking, to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children in June 2020.

Their relentless work which generated local level evidence and data was as significant as political will in making this critical shift possible. The existing laws on human trafficking will be amended to punish trafficking to Nepal.