Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Rights situation improved after democracy: INSEC

A right organization has said that the Human Rights situation has significantly improved in the country after the establishment of democracy after the end of direct rule of King Gyanendra.

The annual publication of Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) ‘Human Rights Yearbook 2007’ said that nine persons were killed by the state during the hundred days of Loktantra while 11 persons died at the hands of Maoists.

The report further said that 313 persons were killed by the state during the 15-month long direct rule of the King while Maoists killed 256 people.

“Based on the data of initial three months of democratic government, it can be said that the situation of human rights improved after the establishment of Loktantra,” the book said.

The report however had not included the situation of rights violations during the recent unrest in the Terai region.

Speaking at the programme CPN-UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that Loktantra provided opportunities for the people while it was the state's duty to assure them the opportunities. He stressed on the need to shorten the transitional period.

Narahari Acharya, Central Committee Member of Nepali Congress said that Loktantra should first of all ensure human rights. Acharya further said that the state should protect ethnic, cultural entities.

Former member of National Human Rights Commission member Sushil Pyakurel stated that those recommended for action by the Rayamajhi Commission should be charged with criminal offence.

The commission led by former Justice of the Supreme Court Krishna Jung Rayamajhi recommended for action against 202 people for their role in suppressing the April movement.

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