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Nepal: A decade of peace but little progress on justice

Political parties have failed to deliver on promises, says rights group

November 21, 2016

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Ten years after signing a peace accord, successive Nepali governments have failed to deliver on its central human rights promises, said Human Rights Watch Nov. 18.

The Comprehensive Peace Accord of November 21, 2006, brought an end to Nepal's civil war, which was started in 1996 by the Communist Party of Nepal — Maoist. The war claimed more than 13,000 lives. Both the Maoists and government forces committed serious human rights abuses, including enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, and sexual violence.

"The ceasefire agreement ended armed conflict, a landmark for a country torn apart by violence and war," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "But the promises of accountability for abuses and the resolution of thousands of disappearances have been broken by Nepal's main political parties, all of which have taken turns at leading the government in the last decade."

The New York-based rights groups said that one of the key undertakings under the peace accord was to investigate and bring to justice those responsible for human rights violations committed during the war. Yet, all the political parties appear to have forgotten those promises, and the victims' families are still waiting.

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