Nepal human rights violations threatening peace: UN official Benjamin Klein at 3:10 PM ET
[JURIST] UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] said Sunday that unchecked human rights violations in Nepal remain a barrier to achieving sustainable peace in the country. Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist rebel leader Prachanda signed a peace agreement [JURIST report] in November 2006 formally ending the decade-long Maoist guerilla insurgency against the government that left over 13,000 people dead. During a news conference [recorded video via Nepal News] from Kathmandu, Kang said:
When the High Commissioner [Louise Arbour] visited Nepal one year ago, she focused on two main issues: the need to end impunity and the need to address deep-rooted discrimination. A year later, impunity remains unchecked in Nepal and not one perpetrator of past or on-going human rights violations has been convicted as a result of a criminal investigation.
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