Nepal must end culture of impunity for rights violators: UN
Last Updated: Monday, November 30, 2009, 20:06
Kathmandu: The UN rights watchdog on Monday asked the Nepal government to end the culture of impunity and punish those involved in human rights violations both during and after the decade-long civil war in the country.

Richard Bennett, Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal, said rights violators should be booked to end the culture of impunity.

Bennett said impunity exists in the country despite the signing of the landmark 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and that human rights have been disrespected before and after the Maoists' insurgency.

Earlier, the UN had called for setting up of a commission to bring to justice all those involved in rights violations during the insurgency led by the Maoists from 1996 to 2006.

Both the Maoists guerrillas and the Nepal Army were accused of forced disappearance and violating human rights.

Bennett also asked the civil society to put their weight behind human rights issues. "I appeal to the civil society to play an important role in addressing the issue of human rights in the new constitution," he was quoted as saying by the Kantipur online in the tourist town of Pokhara.

Rights groups earlier have expressed concern over the government's failure to prosecute people responsible for extra-judicial killings and tortures committed during the country's civil war.

"To date, not a single perpetrator has been brought to justice for grave human rights violations before a civilian court," US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Nepal-based Advocacy Forum (AF) said in a report released in October.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 30, 2009, 20:06

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