‘Abductions discourage industry’ - Maoists urged to comply with int’l human rights laws

Kathmandu, February 11:

Human right activists and representatives from business organisations urged for the immediate and unconditional release of the three employees of Surya Tobacco Company (STC), who were abducted by the trade union wing of the Maoists nine days ago.

Pravakar Bikram Shah, production manager, Survajit Rana, factory engineer and Dambar Mani Limbu, commercial manager at STC were abducted by the Maoists from Nitanpur of Bara on February 3. Speaking at a programme in the capital today, human rights activists urged the Maoists to comply with the international human rights laws, while representatives from the business organisation urged the Maoists not to discourage business activities with such abductions.

“The demands of the trade union wing of the Maoists (published recently) are beyond the reach of a company and the practice of pressuring the government by abducting people who are not involved in the war is a condemnable act,” said Sindhu Nath Pyakurel, an advisor of

the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Chandi Raj Dhakal, president of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) said that politics and industrial activities should not be mixed together. “Looking at our neighbouring countries’ growing economy it is a high time for us to generate more employment opportunities but acts like abduction are serious threat to our industrial growth,” Dhakal said.

“Maoists have time and again, said that they would protect national industries. But they have done more harm to the national industries than benefit. Lately, almost all the domestic industries are on the verge of collapse. Their words and acts do not match.”

Kapil Shrestha, ex-member of the NHRC said that the vicious cycle of political violence is plunging country towards an abyss. Nepalis are being deprived of even basic human rights and cannot compromise further, he said adding that it is worthless to expect any initiation from the government in this regard.

Rajendra Khetan, acting president of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CN-I) said that the current situation has demoralised the industrial sector. He also urged for the unconditional releases of the employees of the STC.

Sudip Pathak, member of the NHRC urged the Maoists to adhere to the international Human Rights laws. He said that NHRC is preparing a detailed study of abductions by the government and the Maoists.

Shambhu Thapa, president of Nepal Bar Association (NBA) said, “we cannot expect anything from the state as it has no vision for reconciliation.”