Activists seek Annan’s help to press govt

Kathmandu, September 2:

Human rights activists today called on UN secretary-general Kofi Annan to wield pressure on the government for addressing various issues, including ratification of the Rome Statute.

In a statement, rights activists of the People’s Initiative Against Impunity flayed the government for boosting the morale of criminals by letting a section of the people enjoy impunity.

“The parliament and the government are not showing interest in formulating a law to put an end to impunity. The government did not take action against the Chief of Army Staff of the King’s rule,” the statement said. “The government has appointed Rukmangat Katwal, who also suppressed the people, as the Acting Chief of Army Staff,” the statement, which will be sent to Annan, said.

“It is certain that the government will appoint Katwal as the next Chief of Army Staff and institutionalise impunity in the Army from the top,” the statement said.