Maoist victims announce sit-in plans

Kathmandu, August 13:

Victims of Maoist atrocities have announced a series of sit-ins to be staged in front of ministers’ quarters and the UN office here.

According to Bhoj Raj Timilsina, the coordinator of the struggle committee of the Maoist Victims’ Association (MVA), sit-ins would be staged in front of the ministers’ quarters at Pulchowk on August 20 and in front of the PM’s residence on August 22. A sit-in will also be staged in front of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR) on August 24 and at the UN House on August 27, he said.

He said the MVA was forced to take the step to draw the attention of the government and the United Nations to their plight. Some 100 Maoist victims have been staging a 24-hour sit-in at the NC central office.

“We are planning stronger protest programmes outside the Kathmandu valley and then resort to a violent movement if the demands still fall on deaf ears,” he added.

The MVA demands include food and rehabilitation, compensation to families of those killed by the Maoists, treatment for the injured and making public the names of those who have gone missing.