Friday, August 31, 2007

‘SC order on disappearance ignored’
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Thursday said the government hasn't yet implemented a Supreme Court order to address the issue of disappearances.
In a press statement, the OHCHR said the High-Level Commission to Probe Disappeared Persons (HLCPDP), which the government has recently formed, fails to honor international standards. "The independence and credibility of the Commission is in question," the statement said.
It said hundreds of people, who were at army barracks, have remained disappeared after torture and secret detention. Similarly, many people have remained disappeared after abduction by the Maoists, it added.
"The probe commission should ensure the protection and security of the victims," it said. The hearings of the inquiry commission should be conducted in public, it added.

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