US report highlights HR violations in Nepal



Kathmandu: A US government report has painted a grim picture of human rights situation in Nepal saying the country has reported 229 killings in 2009 besides numerous cases of arbitrary arrests, torture and manhandling.

According to Human Rights Report of the US government, security forces in Nepal killed 37 people, while Maoists killed four. Similarly, Terai armed groups killed 21 and 141 people were murdered by unknown groups.

During the year, the number of persons who disappeared are put at 835 by National Human Rights Commission and 1,365 by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

There were numerous cases of arbitrary arrests and detention, torture besides manhandling by state authorities during the period, the report added.

Conflict also escalated significantly in the troubled Terai region, according to the report. Numerous armed groups, many ethnically based, clashed with each other and with the local people resulting in violence, it said.

Police had a limited mandate and were unable fully to maintain law and order. Members of the Maoists, the Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League and other ethnically- based splinter groups in the Terai frequently committed acts of violence, extortion and intimidation throughout the year.

The report has also raised alarm bells over the forceful repatriation of the Tibetans who fled Tibet through Nepal into India.

PTI