-  Monday 24 February 2020

Warring parties killed 1,608 in 2005: Report

NEW DELHI, Jan 30 - Nepal’s bloody conflict claimed the lives of 1,608 people in 2005, out of them 1,008 were killed by the security forces while 600 were killed by the rebels, according to a report released on Monday.
All that, according to the report, ‘Nepal: One Year of Royal Anarchy’ by the Asian Centre for Human Rights and Forum Asia, happened despite a reduction in the incidents of murder by 88 percent,  kidnapping by 70 percent and extortion by 85 percent.

Of the total killed, 66 persons were killed in the first three weeks since the Maoists withdrew their four-month-long unilateral ceasefire on Jan 2.

The report pointedly blames the monarch, when it says, “King Gyanendra has abysmally failed Nepal on all fronts. The RNA lost further grounds to the Maoists and its capacity to strike at the rebels has diminished.”

On Nepal’s reported arms purchase from China in the wake of the freeze by the troika of US-UK and India, the report’s author and ACHR Director Suhas Chakma said “The procurement [from China] was an attempt to exploit age-old geopolitical rivalries rather than addressing any serious shortage of arms.”

While expressing concerns over the UN’s failure to adopt any resolution on Nepal, the report also expressed concern about the lack of coordination on development assistance by multilateral donors like the World Bank. “The grant of US$60 million by the World Bank for a five-year higher education reform is ill-advised,” he said.

The report went on to say that “Nepal has turned into a lawless country being governed only by Codes of Conduct and Decrees of the King”. And it expressed further concerns saying: “Nepal has the highest number of enforced disappearances in the world with about 986 unresolved cases of disappearances, respectively 888 by the security forces and 98 by the Maoists.”

It described the upcoming Feb 8 municipal elections as “sham” and said, it “will not give any legitimacy and Nepal is a humanitarian crisis ready to explode.” And it terms “King Gyanendra’s direct rule as the most serious obstacle to improvement of the overall situation.”


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