Rights activists urge Maoists to extend truce

Kathmandu, November 29:

The ongoing ceasefire has reportedly been the most successful truce called by the Maoists so far due to the minimal number of casualties witnessed after its announcement. Rights activists urged the Maoists to extend the duration of the ceasefire and called on the government to reciprocate the truce.

On an average, at least six people died due to the conflict everyday. However, following the declaration of unilateral truce three months ago, on an average, less than a person died each day. This means the truce has saved at least 1800 lives, said Sushil Pyakurel, former member of the National Human Rights Commission.

He said the agreement between the political parties and the Maoists safeguards human and other fundamental rights, he said at a programme organised by the Human Rights Alliance (HRA) here today.