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ACHR Index: PR/NEP/04/04/05
11 April 2005

ACHR condemns UN failure to appoint Special Rapporteur on Nepal
Nepal signs an agreement to avoid censure

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights today stated that the failure to sponsor a country resolution on the situation of human rights under agenda item 9 of the ongoing 61st session of the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva is a failure of the international community to condemn the coup in Nepal. The deadline of registration of draft resolution under item 9 expired today at 3 pm GMT and this has virtually foreclosed the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on Nepal.

“The ambivalent attitude of India, the United States and the United Kingdom has caused the failure of the country resolution. It is a failure of international community to make its statement of disapproval against the coup.” –stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and Ramesh Nath Pandey, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, signed an the agreement today, 11 April 2005 to establish a monitoring operation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal to “monitor the observance of human rights and international humanitarian law, bearing in mind the climate of violence and the internal armed conflict in the country”. The OHCHR field offices will be set-up at the regional level in order to ensure rapid response to reports of human rights violations. Based on the information collected by the office, the High Commissioner for Human Rights will submit periodic analytic reports on any human rights violations committed by either side of the conflict to the Commission on Human Rights, the General Assembly, and the Secretary-General.

“The agreement is nothing but a ploy to avoid censure by the international community. While Foreign Minister Pandey signed the agreement in Geneva, King Gyanendra extended the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Ordinance to give sweeping powers for detention without trial. The government of Nepal had earlier failed to implement its 25 points commitment on human rights made on 26 March 2004 as well the statement of the Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of April 2004” – further stated Mr Chakma.

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