Peace accord breach concerns AI

KATHMANDU : The Amnesty International has expressed concern about the continuing breach of omprehensive Peace Accord and human rights violations throughout the country.

It also accused the government of failing to bring criminals and human rights violators to book.

The international human rights body claimed that the Maoist-led government had failed to ensure security for the common people. It also accused the government of having done precious little to find the statuses of persons disappeared during the armed insurgency.

The Maoist-led government lacked the political will to implement Supreme Court verdicts against

criminal activities, the report added.

“The government had held consultations on a draft bill to make enforced disappearances a criminal offense. However, the June 2007 Supreme Court order that the government form a commission to investigate into the cases of enforced disappearances during armed insurgency was never implemented,” the report said.

“The AI was also against the use of excessive force during the demonstrations in the Tarai,” Rameshwor Nepal, Director, AI Nepal Chapter, said. The AI also expressed dissatisfaction over the formation

of youth wings by the political parties.

According to the report, during 2008, while freedom of expression was curtailed in 81 countries, at least 2,390 people worldwide were awarded death penalty. China, Saudi Arabia and the USA and all G-20 member states accounted for the highest number of executions.