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Nepal must avoid human rights violations: UN

United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Louise Arbour, said her office would monitor the conduct of Govt and Maoists in Nepal.

world Updated: Jan 06, 2006 16:11 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Nepal must avoid a repeat of "gross violations" of human rights and international law, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights said on Thursday.

"It is a tragedy for the people of Nepal that full-scale armed conflict may now resume," Louise Arbour said after three police died on Thursday in the first clashes in the Himalayan kingdom since Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Pranchanda on Monday announced the end of a four-month ceasefire.

The commissioner said her office would monitor the conduct of both parties and would report to the UN human rights commission.

"But there need not and must not be the same gross violations of international humanitarian law and human right standards that have been perpetrated during previous phases of the conflict," Arbour said.

The Nepalese army said three soldiers were also injured on Thursday when a bomb exploded near their vehicle in western Nepal.

A local government office in the country's southeast was the target of another blast, although no one was injured.

Dahal said the truce was suspended in response to continued military action by the army although he promised civilians would not be targeted.

The rebels have been fighting for a communist republic in the mountainous country of 27.5 million, which includes eight of the world's 10 highest peaks, since 1996 in an uprising that has claimed more than 12,000 lives.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 16:11 IST