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