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OHCHR releases Nepal Conflict Report

Monday, October 8th, 2012
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The Geneva office of OHCHR has released a 235 page Nepal Conflict Report which comprehensively details over 9,000 cases of human rights and international humanitarian law violations. The report is based on more than 30,000 archived documents sourced from National Human Rights commission, OHCHR’s field investigation reports and reports from various other organisations.

The report details rights abuses that happened during the decade long conflict in Nepal between February 1996 and November 2006 in which more than 13,000 people lost their lives and at least 1,350 people were forcibly disappeared.

In an online press briefing from Geneva office, OHCHR’s head of Asia and Pacific region Hanny Megally announced the release of the report to journalists gathered at UN building in Kathmandu. “ We hope the report would prove as a guiding document for future Truth and Reconciliation Commission that the government will set up to investigate the cases
related to years of conflict,” Megally told the journalists.

Reacting to the government’s statement in the media that the rights body had ‘overstepped’ its mandate, he said, “ OHCHR has a global mandate to monitor, investigate and publish reports on rights abuses in any parts of the world, and does not require a separate mandate from the host country.”

Megally was in Kathmandu a week ago to submit a copy of the report. The government had requested the OHCHR not to release the report citing ‘critical’ time in the peace process, but the OHCHR has been maintaining that the report will only aid the reconciliation process by helping bring out the truth.

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