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Nepal Supreme Court rejects amnesty for war crimes
February 27, 2015
Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during the decade-long civil war that left more than 17,000 dead. The court struck down the amnesty provision from the law and said the consent of the victims is necessary for any reconciliation. The l....... [more]

Nepal forms commissions to probe war crimes
February 10, 2015
Nepal created two commissions Tuesday to investigate allegations of war crimes and disappearances that occurred during the nation's 10-year civil war, said Nepali Law Minister Narahari Acharya. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will investigate abuses committed during the conflict, and the C....... [more]

Nepal lawmakers clash over new constitution
January 20, 2015
A Nepalese parliamentary meeting on Tuesday resulted in violence and arrests after the Maoist opposition sought to extend the deadline for the drafting of the new constitution. An original deadline for completion of the constitution had been set for January 22, a date to which the ruling parliamenta....... [more]

AI report: Nepal government should deliver justice for disappearances
August 29, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) called on Nepalese authorities to bring justice to the individuals responsible for the disappearance of the "Dhanusha Five" during the armed conflict in Nepal between 1996-2006. The report notes more than 1,300 people are believed to have disappeared during the conflict, a....... [more]

Nepal legislature passes amnesty bill for former rebels, security forces
April 27, 2014
Nepalese lawmakers passed legislation on Friday that could grant amnesty to former Maoist rebels and security forces accused of committing various war crimes, including torture and murder, during the nation's civil war. The bill establishes two bodies for addressing the alleged commission of war cri....... [more]

Human rights groups urge Nepal to reject amnesty legislation
April 17, 2014
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged Nepalese legislators on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that the bil....... [more]

Nepal parliament to vote on amnesty bill for crimes committed during civil war
April 10, 2014
A senior lawmaker in Nepal on Thursday stated that those found guilty of committing crimes committed during Nepal's civil war could be granted amnesty due to the introduction of a new bill in parliament on Wednesday that aims to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on the Di....... [more]

HRW: China pressuring Nepal to impose restrictions on Tibetans
April 1, 2014
Nepal has imposed increasingly harsh restrictions on Tibetan refugees under strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed Tuesday. The statement cites a recent HRW report detailing Nepali authorities' abuses of Tibetans who have come to the country fleeing persecution in China. The re....... [more]

Rights groups urge Nepal to respect Supreme Court ruling rejecting amnesty
February 1, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) issued a joint statement Friday calling on the Nepal Parliament to reject amnesty legislation that has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Ordinance on Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearances was struck....... [more]

Nepal Supreme Court rules no immediate need for presidential election
January 24, 2014
The Supreme Court of Nepal settled a major political dispute on Thursday when it ruled that the selection of a new president was not an immediate need, and should be postponed until the adoption of a new constitution. Though President Ram Baran Yadav was initially elected to serve only two years, he....... [more]

UN rights chief welcomes Nepal court ruling rejecting amnesty
January 6, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday welcomed last week's decision by Nepal's top refusing to grant amnesty for serious human rights violations committed during Nepal's civil war. Pillay declared the decision to be a "significant development" for the victims of the war, which....... [more]


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