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Nepal descends 'towards full-spectrum impunity' for human rights abuses

Publication Date : 25-05-2012


Nepal is heading towards full-spectrum impunity, says newly released Amnesty International Report 2012. “The State of the World’s Human Rights”, the annual report of Amnesty, states that the country continued to renege on commitments to hold perpetrators of human rights abuses accountable before the law.

Released worldwide yesterday, the report says the political parties in the government actively subverted justice by demanding withdrawal of criminal charges, including serious human rights violations committed during the conflict period.

The report concerning the human rights situation of around 101 countries reveals that torture and other ill-treatment in police custody remained widespread, saying Tibetans refugees’ right to freedom of association and expression has been largely suppressed by police.

Furthermore, it shows bleak picture of ethnic, religious and gender discrimination and violence against women and migrant workers abroad.

The report flayed the agreement between the UCPN (Maoist) and the Tarai-based parties to withdraw rights-related offences allegedly committed during the armed conflict and the government move to implement withdrawals supported by public statements from the attorney general. It criticised the appointment of Agni Sapkota in the Cabinet, and amnesty for Maoist lawmaker Bal Krishna Dhungel as extreme example of impunity.

Amnesty has called for a strong global Arms Trade Treaty as the UN Security Council increasingly looks unfit for purpose. “A failure to intervene in Sri Lanka and inaction over crimes against humanity in Syria—one of the Russia’s main customers for arms—left the UN Security Council looking redundant as a guardian of global peace.” The report also criticised the emerging powerhouses—India, Brazil and South Africa—of too often being complicit through their silence.

It says that the UN meeting to agree an Arms Trade Treaty in July will be an acid test for the politicians to place rights over self-interest and profit. “Without a strong treaty, the UN Security Council’s guardianship of global peace and security seemed doomed to failure; its permanent members wielding an absolute veto on any resolution despite being the world’s largest arms suppliers.”

The Amnesty report has documented specific restrictions on free speech in at least 91 countries as well as cases of people tortured or otherwise ill-treated in at least 101 countries. The overall human rights scenario, it says, remained bleak in countries like North Korea, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, North Africa, Angola, Senegal, Uganda, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Palestinian and Turkmenistan.


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