Govt indifferent to rights abuses: NHRC

Kathmandu, January 21:

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today alleged that government and the Maoists were turning deaf ears to the applications and recommendations by the commission in relation with series of incidents on rights violation.

The present democratic government also have been indifferent to human rights as it used to be with the previous governments, said Dhruba Nepal, the officiating secretary at the NHRC today.

The allegation has come when UN High Commission for Human Rights, Luise Arbour has expressed concern about the human right situation of Nepal after the beginning of the peace process. “So much so, we have not been able to give justice to member of our own staff, who was killed by police action at the government oppression during the king’s direct rule,” he said.

Out of 147 cases of recommendations made by the NHRC to the government, only 44 were partially or fully implemented.

“Out of 48 recommendations of actions for extra judicial killings by security force only two were implemented and of 13 recommendations over Maoist killing only two were partially implemented,” states report released here today.

The NHRC have completed investigations on 870 complaints of which 337 cases are related with disappearance made by the security forces, 279 cases of abduction by Maoists, 28 murders by security forces and 14 murders by Maoists. NHRC received 975 complains of violation of human rights from July 17, 2006 to Jan 14 this year.

Sabitra Pariyar, the sister of late Dayaram Pariyar, a NHRC staffer who was killed during the King’s direct rule, said they have been knocking the doors of various institutions but are being denied of compensation and punishment to the culprit is a far away story.Family members of human rights violation victims also expressed their views on the incident and demanded that the new government be serious on protecting the human rights and punishing the culprits.

Meanwhile, NHRC has condemned attack on its vehicle.