‘Assault’ on rights activists flayed

Kathmandu, February 16:

The Asian Human Rights Commission has expressed deep concern over the assault of two human rights defenders by the Royal Nepalese Army personnel of the Ranadal Gulma. 

Kalli Bahadur Malla, the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) representative of Kalikot district was seriously injured by the assault while Rabindra Shahi a journalist of the Dristi weekly and the Kalikot district chairman of the NGO Federation was slightly injured when an Royal Nepalese Army patrolling team reported assaulted them on February 13 in Manma Bazaar while the two were on their way home.

“The Royal Nepalese Army does not have the right to charge any civilian with a crime and certainly not the right to take physical action against them,” the statement said.

The statement further said, “If civilians cannot leave their houses or go to work without having to fear attacks from the Royal Nepalese Army then this is a direct violation of the right to freedom of movement and not to be tortured as guaranteed by human rights instruments.”

This situation in Nepal, according to AHRC has worsened following February 1 last year. 

Since that date, the AHRC has received many complaints of human rights violations against civilians and human rights defenders. 

“If the freedom of movement for them is compromised, given the current human rights position of Nepal, there would be no-one else to monitor and communicate to

the outside world about the violations of human rights by the security forces,” the press statement further stated.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has demanded immediate and unconditional release of Kedar Bhakta Karki, Jana Bahadur Rai and Jagat Bahadur Basnet, who have been kidnapped by the Maoists from their homes at Solukhumbu a month ago.

The Biratnagar regional office of National Human Rights Commission has also demanded immediate and unconditional release of Gyan Bahadur Magar of Shantinagar, Jhapa, who was kidnapped by a group of Maoists from his own house.

Magar is a nominated Ilaka member of Shantinagar village development committee, the National Human Rights Commission stated.