Kathmandu: The UN rights body in Nepal
on Friday expressed serious concern over slow investigation in
various cases of alleged human rights violations involving
Army personnel in the country.
The Representative of the UN Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal, Richard
Bennett met the acting Chief of Army Chhatra Man Singh Gurung
at Army Headquarters.
"Until an independent and impartial mechanism is in
place, the promotion, extension, or nomination for UN service
of individuals against whom there are credible allegations of
involvement in human rights violations should be suspended,"
Bennett pointed out.
Bennett reiterated the concern over the lack of
progress on accountability for serious violation of human
rights and international humanitarian law committed by the
Army personnel during the conflict.
Gurung and Bennett also discussed the concerns raised
in a recent letter from OHCHR to the Prime Minister Madhav
Kumar Nepal about the Government`s failure to investigate
cases of arbitrary detention, torture and disappearances
occurring at the Army`s Maharajgunj Barracks in 2003 and 2004,
according to a press release issued by the OHCHR Nepal.
The Representative also raised other allegations of
serious human rights violations involving NA personnel
including disappearances in Bardiya district and the murder of
teen-aged girl Maina Sunuwar.
The Representative expressed concern that Army
personnel in positions of command during the time rights
violations occurred were recommended for promotion or
extension, including Major General Toran Jung Bahadur Singh
and Brigadier General Victor Rana.
General Gurung, however, assured that the NA would
punish military personnel proven guilty of human rights
violations, and would cooperate with a properly constituted
impartial and independent body, such as a Commission of
Inquiry on Disappearances.
"OHCHR has urged the Government to probe human rights
violations which occurred at Maharajgunj barracks," Bennett