Saturday, March 25, 2006

Try soldiers involved in rights violations in civilian courts: OHCHR

Kathmandu March 25-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal has demanded to make provision to try soldiers accused of human rights violations in civilian courts.

Speaking at an interaction in Pokhara on Friday, spokesperson for the OHCHR in Nepal, Kiran Doyar, said that such provision would be helpful in reducing the incidents of rights violation from security forces.

He further said, “The OHCHR was established in Nepal with objective of curbing the incidences of human rights violation here and sending the report to the office of the United Nations, and urged journalists and local human right activists for cooperation in this regard.”

“We should make it clear to both the Maoists and the army men that action will be taken against them if they violate rights,” Doyar said.

Doyar quoted the chief of the OHCHR in Nepal, Ian Martin, as saying, “Arbitrary arrest of people taking part in peaceful demonstrations is against the rule of law,” adding, “The Maoists and the Army have not stopped abducting, arresting and disappearing the people in Nepal.”

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