Saturday, December 02, 2006

Judicial bodies not probing disappearances, executions: HRW

The Human Rights Watch said on friday that not a single case of forced “disappearance” or extra-judicial execution has been adequately investigated by civilian judicial authorities in Nepal.In a statement issued on friday, it expressed concern over the army’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights even after the cessation of hostilities in May.The Nepali Army and Maoist forces should “demonstrate their commitment” to respect human rights, as mentioned in the recent peace agreement, by being accountable for violations that occurred during the decade-long conflict, the HRW said.The New York-based international rights watchdog, welcoming the November 21 agreement, said: “If the agreement is implemented, it can end the war that has claimed over 13,000 lives. The HRW said: “An end to impunity must be at the top of the political agenda.”

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