UN rights watchdog to end mission in Nepal
Last Updated: Monday, December 12, 2011, 22:27
Kathmandu: The UN rights watchdog OHCHR will end its mission in Nepal amid fears of that those accused of committing war crimes during the decade-long Maoist-led insurgency may get away scot-free.

"Nepal government has decided that the presence of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights-Nepal (OHCHR) is no longer needed and decided not to extend the mandate," said Chun Bahadur Gurung, communication officer of the UN rights watchdog.

The extended tenure of the OHCHR-Nepal, which was set up six years ago, ended last week.

Nepal's main opposition Nepali Congress party has underlined the need for the UN watchdog to continue its operation to ensure protection of human rights in the country.

In a joint statement, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists have said that the OHCHR was needed to implement human rights commitments made by the political parties and the government in the past.

Under the agreement signed among the Maoists and other political parties, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to be set up to investigate war crimes committed by the former rebels and the military during the insurgency, which ended in 2006.

The rights groups have expressed concerns over delays in setting up the commission.

They underlined the need for "OHCHR's expert assistance to help ensure that Nepal complies with its international human rights obligations."

More than 16,000 people were killed and thousands were displaced during the decade-long Maoist-led civil war that ended in 2006.

Since the landmark peace accord in 2006, the Maoists have joined mainstream politics and are leading a coalition for the second time after the ultra-left party emerged as the single largest party in the 2008 Constituent Assembly polls.


First Published: Monday, December 12, 2011, 22:27

comments powered by Disqus