Thursday, January 12, 2006

Senior advocate Blames King for Crisis

Kathmandu Jan 12-Former Speaker and senior advocate Daman Nath Dhungana said the country has moved towards republican set up, as the king hasn’t stayed within the constitutional parameters. “The king is the root cause of the conflict in the country,” he said.

Speaking at an interaction in Kathmandu, senior advocate & human rights activist Dhungana accused the king of curtailing the fundamental rights time and again in the name of empowering people. “People have been more generous to the king compared to the mistakes he has made,” he said, adding that people still believe in giving a little space to the king if he accepted ceremonial monarchy.

Professor Dr. Surya Subedi said only an amendment in the Constitution would resolve the problem, adding that constituent assembly election cannot assure a resolution of the present crisis.

Senior advocate Bishwa Kant Mainali said the present condition calls for resolving the problem by incorporating all forces of the country, though constituent assembly is ideologically correct.
Human rights activist David Johnson opined that the civil society should protect human rights at a time when the state is not serious towards it. He raised concern over the gap between what the government and Maoists said and did. Johnson said the Judiciary should be serious on protection of human rights.

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