Rights team leaves for districts

Kathmandu, January 29:

A team of human rights defenders today left for the troubled districts of the Terai to monitor the movement of the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF).

A statement issued by the Human Rights Organisation of Nepal (HURON) said the team would monitor and investigate the incidents of violence in Siraha, Sarlahi, Saptari, Dhanusha, Parsa and other districts.

Meanwhile, the Himalayan Human Rights Monitors (HimRights) today condemned the “uncivilised behaviour” demonstrated by some agitators on human rights monitors in the districts of Dhanusha and Parsa yesterday.

Also today, the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) condemned the “blatant attack” on journalists in the Terai districts. In a statement issued here today, the FNJ raised serious concern over journalists being targeted by demonstrators.

Calling on the agitating parties to respect the media, the FNJ has urged the government to ensure safety and security of journalists.

Some demonstrators of the MPRF had yesterday attacked journalists and media houses and ransacked a local FM station in Birgunj.