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Human Rights Watch report highlights impunity and continued lawlessness in post-conflict Nepal
Human Rights Watch report highlights impunity and continued lawlessness in post-conflict Nepal

Human Rights Watch highlighted continuing enforced disappearances, rape, torture and unlawful killings in Nepal 14 years after the conclusion of a  conflict between Maoist insurgents and the Nepalese government in a report issued Friday.

HRW noted that out of 286 people recommended to face legal consequences by Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), only 30 have been held accountable by the Nepalese government. It said that the government has repeatedly ignored the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), which has called upon it to investigate torture, rape, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings by the police, custodial deaths and torture, shooting of unarmed protesters, as well as to prosecute and punish human rights abusers.

Failed court interventions and security sector reforms combined with slacking commissions and committees formed to expedite the justice delivery process have led to immunity for rights abusers, according to HRW. Since the end of the Nepal conflict in 2006, the police force has been a victim of political patronage in the guise of a transitional justice movement in the country.