UN asks Nepal govt for action against Army men

Even seven years after the killing of teen aged girl Maina Sunuwar in army custody, justice is yet to be handed out despite a court order against the four accused military personnel.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 00:11 AM IST

Kathmandu: Even seven years after the
killing of teen aged girl Maina Sunuwar in army custody,
justice is yet to be handed out despite a court order against
the four accused military personnel.

Head of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in
Nepal (OHCHR), Jyoti Sanghera has asked the Government of
Nepal to enforce the court order against the four accused
Nepal Army personnel issued by the Kavre district court in
January 2008.

The 15-year old innocent girl was tortured and killed
by the army officials in Kavre district, 50 km east of
Kathmandu in February 2004 when the Maoist insurgency was in
its climax, in the name of crushing the insurgency.

In September 2007 the Supreme Court ordered that the
case should be investigated and in January 2008 criminal
charges were filed at the Kavre District Court followed by
arrest warrants for the four accused Nepal Army personnel,
according to a statement issued by the OHCHR.

However, more than three years later, these arrest
warrants are yet to be executed.

"The Nepal Army has failed to act upon the court`s
order to suspend Major Niranjan Basnet."

Upholding the independence of the judiciary and the
rule of law by fully complying with court orders is an
essential principle of a democracy.

The OHCHR head said. Continuing to ignore court
orders perpetuates impunity in Nepal and sets a negative
precedent regarding all human rights cases, including those
cases where Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) cadres
are the alleged perpetrators" she pointed out.

PTI

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