The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nepal was established as an independent body in 2000. The country has since displayed a poor record in human rights. During 2005, Sushil Pyakurel, an NHRC Commissioner, was barred from his monitoring work and left the country. In 2007, the appointment of new commissioners was welcomed internationally as a sign of progress. The new commissioners team was chaired by former chief justice of Nepal Kedar Nath Upadhyay. He led the commission from 2007 to 2013.