Rights groups urge Nepal to respect Supreme Court ruling rejecting amnesty Nicholas Tomsho at 10:49 AM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy websites] issued a joint statement [press release] Friday calling on the Nepal Parliament to reject amnesty legislation that has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court [official website]. The Ordinance on Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearances [text, PDF] was struck down [JURIST report] earlier this month for provisions that would have afforded amnesty to some human rights violators. The Supreme Court directed parliament to repeal the ordinance or amend the provisions, but earlier this week, parliament reintroduced it unchanged. Ben Schonveld, South Asia director with the ICJ, said the action "raises serious concerns over the government's respect for the rule of law in Nepal." The rights groups have urged the government to respect the Supreme Court's ruling and introduce new legislation in line with international human rights law.
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