ACHR PRESS RELEASE
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ACHR Index: PR/NP/04/06
3 April 2006

Nepal Maoists' cease-fire in the
Kathmandu
valley welcomed

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights today welcomed the unilateral cease-fire announced by the Communist of Nepal (Maoists) in the Kathmandu valley ahead of the pro-democracy movement to be launched by Alliance for Restoration of Democracy comprising of the seven political parties from 6 April 2006.

“This is an important step to pave the way to usher democracy in Nepal and reduce further loss of lives.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

Commenting on the United States' opposition to the alliance between the ARD and the Maoists, Mr Chakma stated, “This is a wrong perception which is not based on ground realities of Nepal but a conspiracy to prolong the conflict in the Himalayan country and cause the killing of more innocent civilians.”

Since the Maoists withdrew their unilateral cease-fire on 2 January 2006, the killings have intensified and at least 378 persons i.e. over 4 persons each day have been killed in Nepal till 2 April 2006.

Asian Centre for Human Rights urged the government of Nepal to reciprocate the cease-fire of the Maoists

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