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Rights bodies slam Nepal deal to grant amnesty for civil war crimes

International human rights organizations have targeted Nepal government for inking a deal which aims at granting amnesty to those accused of committing serious abuses during the country’s civil war.

world Updated: May 13, 2016 16:43 IST
Utpal Parashar
Ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and  Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal (in picture) reached a pact to withdraw all civil war cases .
Ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal (in picture) reached a pact to withdraw all civil war cases . (AFP File)

Human rights organizations have slammed Nepal government for inking a deal which aims to grant amnesty to those accused of committing serious abuses during the country’s civil war.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and International Commission of Jurists issued a statement on Friday, accusing the government of bargaining away justice for victims in order to save itself.

Following a threat to topple the government, ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) reached a nine-point agreement earlier this month.

It agreed to withdraw all civil war cases and grant amnesty to perpetrators of crimes like murders and rapes.

”The political deal by the ruling parties is a callous attempt to disregard Nepal’s international treaty obligations by violating victims’ right to an effective remedy,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of HRW.