ACHR PRESS RELEASE
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ACHR Index: PR/NP/07/06
25 April 2006

SPA urged to set up an inquiry commission to probe the abuses
All ordinances must be repealed 

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) urged the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) which has been invited to form the government following the historic revival of the parliament to establish a judicial commission of inquiry headed by a serving Supreme Court judge of Nepal to inquire into abuse of power and human rights violations committed since the Royal takeover on 1 February 2005.

ACHR recommended that the Inquiry Commission must complete its inquiry within 90 days and be empowered to fix individual responsibility including the chain of command, recommend prosecution of the guilty and determine compensation to the victims. A total of 14 democracy activists have been killed, over a dozen have disappeared and over 5000 persons were injured in the latest pro-democracy uprising alone.

“The Malla Commission of Inquiry that inquired human rights violations during the 1990 pro-democracy uprising failed to punish a single person. This had made the perpetrators believe that they are beyond the reach of the law.”stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

“People do not only want democracy but justice too” – further added Mr Chakma.

ACHR also urged the SPA to immediately repeal all the ordinances including the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Punishment and Control) Ordinance and National Human Rights Commission (First Amendment) Ordinance of 2005 imposed since the dissolution of the parliament in May 2002, restore the press freedom and release all political detainees including the Maoists.

 “Since the SPA has signed an agreement with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists), all those who have been arrested for merely being members of the Maoists must be immediately released as a gesture to facilitate dialogue with the Maoists”Mr Chakma further stated.

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