Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Former Judge Neupane to Head Panel on Disappearances

The government has formed a commission to probe into the disappearances of civilian population by the state during the Maoist insurgency which lasted through 1996-2006.The panel is to be headed by former Supreme Court justice Narendra Bahadur Neupane while its members are advocate Sher Bahadur KC and Rana Kumar Shrestha.The panel has been formed by the cabinet following intense lobbying by UNOHCHR, with its outgoing Representative Lena Sundh stepping up pressure for it during her term here.She had also stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala when she met him on Friday. She has left Nepal at the end of her term on Saturday.

There is no official number of disappearance cases, the Maoists have been saying that some 900 people were disappeared by the state.

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