HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission and the United Nations representative in Nepal have expressed concerns over the impact of the Far-West bandh on the local people.
While upholding the right to peaceful assembly and expression, the commission and the UN urge protest organisers to guarantee the freedom of movement for ambulances and transport of essential medical supplies, patients and food within the region, the organisations said in a statement.
“Humanitarian access must be guaranteed under all circumstances in all parts of the country,” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Robert Piper.
NHRC chairperson Kedar Nath Upadhyay and Piper also expressed concerns about the rising tensions in Nawalparasi. They urged security and law enforcement agencies to exercise restraint and use minimum, necessary and proportionate force. “Professional policing can play an important role in preventing tensions between protesting groups from further escalating,” said Upadhyay.
The increasing number and intensity of demonstrations are creating the risk for more widespread violence. “The NHRC and the UN urge all parties to uphold human rights and take necessary practical steps to avoid violence during this period of heightened protests,” added the statement.