DIPENDRA JHA

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Dipendra Jha

Dipendra Jha was born in a Madhesi Brahmin family in Nepal.

LLB and LLM(constitutional and Criminal Law) from Nepal Law campus-Tribhuvan University.

He earned a Master's degree in Human Rights from Mahidol University in Thailand and another Master's in Conflict and Peace Studies from Bradford University in UK under the Chevening Scholarship program.

Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance

Established Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRDA) in 2011 in the aftermath of the First Madhes movement.

Chief Attorney

Became the first Chief Attorney of Province-2 in 2018

He accompanied the Chief Minister of Province-2, Mohammad Lal Babu Raut

His initiative on litigation resulted in getting stay order to insert federalism against 16 points agreement, inclusion in civil service and security and equality rights for citizenship."

About - DIPENDRA JHA

Dipendra Jha became the Attorney General of Province, a plains-only province of Nepal, newly created after much bloodshed and struggle. As the chief law officer of the marginalized state,he has found that his commitment to justice, freedom and equality has informed his vision and action. Even before the Chief Minister of the Province 2 and his central and provincial party leadership appointed him, he had, as a Supreme Court lawyer, taken up cases both personal and constitutional that had successfully defended the cause of the marginalized peoples in the 250-year-old hierarchical hill caste state of Nepal. He was born in a poor Madhesi Brahmin family of Nepal. Impressed by his logical skills in dealing with things despite being in tricky situations, some in his village suggested that I should study law. He grew up witnessing caste discrimination, economic exploitation and political helplessness around him, he believed that studying law would help him fight injustice. He finished high school by staying in the foothill town of Butawal, near Lord Buddha’s birthplace.


At age of 22 he wanted to pursue his dream to study law. Law School was in the capital city of Kathmandu, and Kathmandu was expensive. His father balked at the expense but his mother, despite being illiterate, took it upon herself, disagreeing with his father, and sold rice to send him to Kathmandu. Later his father also turned up to support him. All during his schooling years, Nepal was going through epochal political upheaval. The Maoist Insurgency (1996 to 2016) took 17,000 lives, half of the deaths and disappearances caused by the Army and the other half by the Maoists. After completing LLB in Kathmandu, he worked for National Human Rights Commission on a contract basis for three months. Upon his return to Kathmandu, he was offered high-paying jobs from various well-known national and international organizations. But he chose to establish Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRDA) in 2011 in the aftermath of the First Madhes movement, as there were numerous incidents of extrajudicial killings in the region but the mainstream human rights organizations run by hill caste Nepalis ignored them.


Raksha Ram Harijan, a Dalit young man whom he had encouraged and supported and who eventually won the first Darnal Award given to a Dalit for social work, runs his law at present. He got involved in a number of public interest litigation (PIL) cases on various key issues such as citizenship, inclusion, federalism and constitutional issues in Nepal. He went to Geneva on October 31, 2015 and for the first two days (November 2 and 3, 2015) before the Universal Period Review (UPR) session scheduled for Nepal in Geneva (November 4, 2015), he held informal discussions with representatives of different international human rights agencies and UN member State delegations. He attended a meeting with the human rights committees (HRC) members about the implementation of the HRC recommendations in Nepal. He spoke about Nepal Government's failure to implement the Supreme Court's stay orders to not use excessive force in ongoing protests in the Terai.


When he came back from Geneva, the state mechanism tried to defame his character claiming that he was a legal advisor to the armed groups in the country. Due to legal and constitutional support for the Madhes movement, he got the opportunity to be first and incumbent Attorney General of Province 2 at the age of 35. Appointed the Attorney General by the Chief of State on recommendation of Chief Minister Mohammad Lalbabu Raut, he assumed office on February18, 2018. As an Attorney General he is the chief legal advisor to Chief Minister Raut and Province-2 Government. He was also the Convener of the facilitating committee of Province-2's Law Drafting Committee.