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ACHR Index: PR/NEP/15/05
2 December 2005

ACHR welcomes Maoists’ cease-fire in Nepal
Violence came down by 90%

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today welcomed the extension of unilateral cease-fire for one more month by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) and urged the government of Nepal to respond positively to find negotiated solutions with the Maoists and the political parties.

“The cease-fire declared by the Maoists on 3 September 2005 had drastically brought down the level of violence, 90% in September 2005 according to the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal. Yet, King Gyanendra took various draconian measures to throttle the freedom of the media and the civil society groups.” - stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The Maoists should also make a commitment to respect international human rights and humanitarian laws and instruct its cadres not to harm any civilian under any circumstances. As many as 10 civilians were allegedly executed by the Maoists cadres during the cease-fire period.

“The genuine respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and acceptance of multi-party democracy by the Maoists will only further expose King Gyanendra at his own peril” – further added Mr Chakma.

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