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ACHR Index: PR/NEP/07/04/05
30 April 2005

Over 100% increase of killings during emergency in Nepal
Call for establishment of a Commission of Inquiry

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights in a press release stated that the number of persons killed during the emergency in Nepal increased by over 100% with the killing of 655 persons i.e. 7.55 persons per day from 1 February to 30 April 2005. While the Royal Nepal Army personnel have killed 530 persons, the Maoists have killed 125 persons including those killed in land mine explosions. The number of persons killed prior to the imposition of emergency was 3.44 persons per day with 11,358 persons killed from 13 February 1996 to 28 February 2005. Majority of the persons killed during the emergency are innocent civilians who were deliberately executed both by the RNA and the Maoists.

Over 3,000 political activists have been arrested during the emergency and thousands including those who have been charged under Public Safety Act or put under house arrest like leader of the CPN (UML), Madhav Nepal continue to remain under detention. About a dozen journalists also have not been released.

“The emergency has failed to make any dent on the Maoists. Rather, it has increased mistrust between the King and democratic forces to the advantage of the Maoists” – stated Suhas Chakma, Director Asian Centre for Human Rights.

“While lifting of emergency is a step in the right direction, unless all those detained during the emergency including those who are being detained under the Public Safety Act as well as under the Royal Commission Against Corruption Control Ordinance are unconditionally released, human rights defenders have free access across the country and journalists can enjoy freedom of expression, it will not improve the repressive situation” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

Asian Centre for Human Rights called for establishment of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate excesses committed during emergency and repeal of all the ordinances imposed during the emergency including the Local Administration Fifth Amendment Ordinance to bring back Panchayat rule and the Royal Commission Against Corruption Control Ordinance. It also urged the international community not to lift arms embargo on Nepal until a multi-party government is established.

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