Nepal govt, Maoists flayed for human rights violations by UN

OHCHR & NHRC jointly asked the govt and Maoists not to delay the translation of key human rights commitments into concrete measures.

Updated: Nov 21, 2010, 20:34 PM IST

Kathmandu: UN Human rights watchdog OHCHR
asked the Nepal government and the main Opposition
Maoists to take "concrete measures" to fulfill its obligations
as included in the landmark 2006 CPA pact, following the end
of the civil war in the country.

On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the 2006
Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) today, the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR) and
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) jointly asked the
government and the UCPN (Maoist) not to delay the translation
of key human rights commitments into concrete measures.

"Recalling the commitments made in the CPA, the NHRC
and OHCHR urge the parties to the agreement to, inter alia,
stop withdrawal of criminal cases and comply with Supreme
Court decisions in relation to human rights violations,"
according to a statement.

Commitments including the formation of the `Truth and
Reconciliation Mission`, `Commission for the Disappeared`,
return of seized property by Maoists and management of
transitional justice.

"Failure to take these concrete measures may
jeopardize the ongoing peace process," it said, adding that
human rights is considered essential elements of the CPA.

It said "delays in addressing conflict related human
rights violations will encourage denial of rights to justice
for the victims and eventually strengthen a culture of
impunity."

"These rights are fully guaranteed by national and
international human rights law regardless of the apathy by the
parties," Roberto Ricci, of OHCHR-Nepal along with Gauri
Pradhan, spokesperson of the NHRC said.

According to the report, during the four years of
enforcement of the CPA, a total of 154 people were killed,
including 126 by the state and 28 by the UCPN (Maoist).

Similarly, the state was involved in forced
disappearance of 635 people while the Maoists were involved in
disappearance 169 people, according the report in myrepublica
online, the website of Republica newspaper.

The country has been in political limbo since the
June 30 resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. It
has stalled the country`s peace process. Despite a series of
polls, the parliament has been unable to elect a new leader,
prolonging the leadership crisis in the country.

The Maoists, who joined mainstream politics after the
2006 peace deal with the interim government led by G. P.
Koirala, won the largest number of parliamentary seats in the
April 2008 elections.

The Maoists led by Prachanda formed a government, but
the coalition later collapsed after a dispute with President
Ram Baran Yadav over their attempt to replace the then army
chief Rukmangad Katwal.

PTI