Nepal dismisses UN report on war crimes



Kathmandu: Nepal Wednesday dismissed as "irrelevant" a UN report that slammed the government for failing to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice, during the country's decade-long civil war.

Questioning its legitimacy, the government dismissed the 233-page 'Nepal Conflict Report' released by the Geneva-based UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday.

The report, which details crimes committed by all parties during the drawn-out civil war that ended in 2006, was published along with a database of some 33,000 documents from the UN agency's archives -- most of which were already in the public domain.

In its official reaction, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said since the report has been prepared without prior consent of the government and proper consultation with all stakeholders, the process itself is not compatible with general international practice.

"Therefore, the legitimacy of the report itself is under question," said a press statement issued by the ministry.

"The reports' conclusions were out of context and irrelevant."

The report released by the UN rights body said that upto 9,000 serious violations of international human rights law were committed during the civil war and pointed out that no one has been prosecuted in a civilian court for a serious conflict related crime.

Stating that the OHCHR did not prepare the report as per the cooperation modality, the ministry expressed serious concern to the contents of the report, according to the Foreign Ministry statement.

The government has requested OHCHR to put the report on hold, as the move could seriously jeopardise the ongoing peace process in the country, according to the ministry.

The Foreign Ministry said that the government has forwarded the draft ordinance on transitional justice mechanism to the president's office for approval.

"The proposed ordinance contains, among other things, the provisions for the establishment of Truth and Reconciliation and Enforced Disappearance Commission to address the concerns of the conflict victims," the statement added.

PTI