Himalayan News Service
Kathmandu, March 1:
In its Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2004 released yesterday, the US State Department has expressed concern over Nepalâ€™s spiralling human rights crisis and abuses by the warring factions.
According to the report, â€œThe governmentâ€™s human rights record remained poor, and it continued to commit serious abuses. The disappearance of persons in custody was a serious problem.â€
It states impunity was a problem despite claims from the Army they tried several guilty soldiers under court martial.
The Maoists similarly â€œcontinued their campaignâ€ of torturing, killing, bombing, forcibly conscripting children, extorting, forcing closures of schools and businesses, and committing other serious and gross human rights abuses, it says.