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ACHR Index: PR/NEP/11/05
14 September 2005

UN General Assembly urged to address Nepal
665 persons killed since the lifting of emergency

New Delhi: In a brief report (http://www.achrweb.org/Review/2005/90-05.htm) to the Head of States, Asian Centre for Human Rights urged the United Nations General Assembly, which meets in New York from today, to adopt a resolution on the situation of human rights in Nepal and authorise the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to mediate to break the stalemate for restoration of democracy in Nepal.

“Nepal is an abyss situation and the highest body of the United Nations must intervene to address it” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

Asian Centre for Human Rights stated that over 665 persons i.e. 4.88 persons per day have been killed by the Maoists and the security forces between 30 April 2005 and 12 September 2005. Out of them, 374 were killed by the security forces and 291 persons by the Maoists.

Private FM radios continue to be denied permission to air news bulletin. At least 176 journalists have been detained while protesting or covering protest demonstrations, 13 were summoned, and 16 others were harassed and assaulted by the security forces.

The court is treated with contempt and as many as 22 persons, including former minister Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta and student leaders Gagan Thapa and Rajendra Rai, have been re-arrested following their release by the Supreme Court since the lifting of emergency on 29 April 2005.

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