Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Recent SC orders crucial in ending impunity: NHRC
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said the two recent Supreme Court orders to the government in connection with enforced disappearances and the death of NHRC official Dayaram Pariyar in police firing are crucial in ending impunity.
“At a time when most of the recommendations of the Commission for compensation to the victims and their families and action against the guilty remain unimplemented, our office hopes that these court orders will prove to be milestones in ending impunity,” a statement issued by the NHRC said.
Deciding a number of similar writ petitions, the apex court had on June 1st ordered the government to pay compensation to the families of involuntarily disappeared persons and form an inquiry commission to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Likewise, the SC last week had ordered the government to take action against the security personnel found guilty of shooting NHRC official Pariyar to death during an agitation in Janakpur in March.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), whereabouts of more than 800 missing during the insurgency remain still unknown.
Almost all involuntary disappearances by the state occurred during the decade-long Maoist insurgency.

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