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Nepal: UN for Forming Commission on Disappeared

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THT Online
Kathmandu, March 19

The United Nations and Donor Peace Support Support Working Group on UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Tuesday expressed concern about the lack of a public draft of the bill to establish the Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances.

Issuing a press statement, the United Nations Information Centre said a commission whose very purpose is to investigate and disclose the truth about cases of disappeared ought to be established with full transparency.

Experts study Nepal 'mass grave'

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By Charles Haviland
BBC News, Kathmandu

Forensic scientists in Nepal are investigating a recently discovered site thought to contain the buried or cremated remains of up to 49 people.

The site is thought to contain the remains of people who disappeared after being detained by the army during a decade of conflict with Maoist rebels.

Experts from Finland and Nepal are investigating the suspected grave site in secluded forests north of Kathmandu.

Impunity remains unchecked in Nepal: Kang

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Addressing a news conference in Kathmandu at the end of her five-day visit to Nepal, Kang said, “When the High Commissioner (Louise Arbour) visited Nepal one year ago, she focused on two main issues: the need to end impunity and the need to address deep-rooted discrimination. A year later, impunity remains unchecked in Nepal and not one perpetrator of past or on-going human rights violations has been convicted as a result of a criminal investigation.”

Cycling Advocates Chase Up Nepali Disappearances

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The Advocacy Project

Kathmandu, January 22, 2008: Human rights advocates in Nepal are using bicycles to pressure the government to resolve hundreds of disappearances.

The unusual campaign was launched on January 15 by 15 volunteers from the Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP), a network of human rights groups and a partner of The Advocacy Project (AP). AP is sponsoring one of the cyclists, Ramesh Adhikari, at a cost of $376.

Nepal: Leaders, activists call for end to impunity

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   [ 2008-1-16 ]
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Jan. 15: Both political leaders and human rights activists of national and international stature have as usual stressed on the need to setting up a commission of inquiry for making public the whereabouts of the disappeared and bring the culprits to book and thereby end the ongoing culture of impunity.

The leaders and the activists pointed out at the aforementioned urgency at the inaugural function of a 37-day nation-wide cycle rally to mount pressure on the government and the political parties to work for clarifying the status of the missing persons during the ten-year-long armed conflict and raise public awareness on the issue of impunity. The rally is organised by the Common Campaign for Peace (COCAP) as part of its concern campaign for the disappeared citizens.

On 14 January a delegation of Kathmandu based ambassadors led by the British envoy Dr. Andrew Hall called on the Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula.

The delegation comprised of the ambassadors of the US, Denmark, France (the current president of the EU in Nepal) and a representative of the European Commission.

A press release issued by the British Embassy in Nepal states that the ambassadors raised their concerns over the draft bill on disappearances and the police investigation into the death of Maina Sunuwar.

Hundreds of family members and relatives of involuntarily disappeared citizens staged demostration in front of the Bhairabnath Battallion of the Nepal Army in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Tuesday afternoon.

Carrying banners and placards, angry demonstrators chanted slogans demanding that the army barrack disclose the whereabouts of the missing people, most of whom are believed to have been detained there since the mobilisation of the army in 2001.

Some human rights activists also joined in the demonstration.

Nepal: Kin of disappeared warn of nationwide struggle

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KATHMANDU, Sept 28 - Families of the disappeared persons during the 10-year long conflict announced their protest programmes Friday.

They accused the government of being indifferent to their plight and repeated requests for relief.

In a memorandum submitted to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Speaker Subash Nembang today, they stated that they would soon resort to protest, if their demands were not addressed at the earliest.


Nepal: over Twenty Children Disappeared from Kapilbastu

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In the last week’s Kapilvastu carnage, reports have it that more than twenty children have been disappeared.

A fact finding mission of CWIN (Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre) had visited the violence hit area only three days back which submitted a report today to the public.

The report says that the number of Children injured and those disappeared could swell further.

Some of the children who survived the carnage and witnessed the blood bath have yet to recover from their lost memory. Their mental condition is in disorder, the report says.

The Kathmandu Government under Koirala perhaps is unaware of all these upheavals in Kapilvastu.

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