Thursday, December 29, 2005

Families of disappeared people lock up NHRC

Kathmandu, Dec 29- Family members of disappeared people by the state locked up the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) office for five hours on Thursday to pressurize the NHRC to speed-up search process to find the whereabouts of disappeared people.

They locked the NHRC from early 8 a.m. in the morning to 1 p.m. in the afternoon before the commission officials ask them to sit for the dialogue.

The officials of the NHRC assured them of full cooperation to find the whereabouts of the disappeared people.

The relatives accused the commission of failing to make public the status of the disappeared people by the state even though they have knocked the doors of the commission time and again for the same.

Following the lock-out during the early office hours, all the commission officials and staffers could not enter the office. The commission also postponed presentation of a report, which was scheduled to take place today, for tomorrow due to the lock-out.
Around 848 citizens are reportedly “disappeared” by the state since the beginning of the Maoist conflict in the country a decade ago.

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