Maoists, government flouting peace accord, says NHRC

Kathmandu, November 6:

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today flayed the government and the Maoists for not abiding by the comprehensive peace accord they signed nearly a year ago.

“Since they are not following the peace accord we are planning a discussion with the members of political parties and call them to abide by the accord,” NHRC chairman Kedar Nath Upadhyaya said while releasing NHRC’s report on human rights during the last nine months. Expressing concern about the killings during the last nine months, NHRC revealed that 115 persons were killed by different groups during the period.

“This shows that the government and the Maoists are not serious about the implementation of the peace accord. Law and order situation is poor,” Upadhyaya said. He said the commission also planned to discuss the issue with the Human Rights Committee of the parliament to press the government and the Maoists in this regard.

According to the report, the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum killed 30 persons, the Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (Jwala Singh) killed 11 persons, the Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (Goit) killed nine, and the Maoists killed nine persons. The report also states that it could not identify the cause of the death of 19 persons while the Kobra group killed a person, Tarai Bagi killed one and security personnel killed 10 persons. Bombs planted by unidentified groups killed 15 and 14 persons were killed during the the Kapilvastu riots, the report adds.

The NHRC also urged the government and the Maoists to bring the culprits who were involved in such killings and abductions to the book. It also suggested the government to provide compensation to the victims’ families.

It urged the Maoists to stop abductions, torture and killings and fully respect the rights of the people. The rights body asked the Maoists to return the property seized by them and to resettle the displaced people. It has also asked the Maoist cadres not go outside the cantonments in combat dress and with arms.