» 08/22/2012, 00.00
UN Committee for Human Rights symbol of the failure of Nepalese justice
More and more people are turning to the independent United Nations, because the judiciary is unable to protect the rights of citizens. Government sources confirm the number of the appellants "increases every year." The political crisis has stalled any serious reform of the judiciary. And the cases of violence and disappearances remain unsolved or unpunished.
(AsiaNews) - Deprived of basic rights and due process, a growing number of
Nepalese citizens who are victims of violence and abuse are turning to the
United Nations Committee on Human Rights - rather than the ordinary courts - to
obtain justice. The
plaintiffs accuse the State of having violated their civil and political rights
enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
signed by Kathmandu. Ministerial
and government sources in the capital, told AsiaNews
that the number of victims who turn to the independent UN "increases
every year," with an exponential growth from 2009. this
because of the failure of the national legal system and its inability to
respond to complaints made so far.
Until 2009, government
officials report, only three people applied to the Committee for Human Rights,
and now, the number "has reached 21" and the cases are increasingly referenced
to torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings which occurred particularly
during the years of civil war that led to the birth of the Federal Republic. Among
the causes followed by the United Nations are the deaths of high profile activists
and members of student organizations including Subhadra Chaulgain, Chakra
Bahadur Katuwal, Gyanendra Tripathi and Sarita Tharu.
to human rights activist Herd Sharma, who has fought a long time to shed light
on the disappearance of Gyanendra Tripathi bringing the matter before the
Commission, in some cases the same national bodies and organizations for justice
"that refuse to receive the
lodged complaint and initiate an investigation. " And
too many times, he adds, criminals or suspects were able to move freely without
even the shadow of an investigation against them. "This
internal situation - said Sharma - has sowed frustration among the victims and
indelibly stained the country's image in front of the international
current framework of the judicial system, is also the end of the mandate given
to the Constituent Assembly and it is highly unlikely that the government will
create a transitional system that can resolve the outstanding issues. Even
today there are over 900 cases of people who disappeared during the conflict,
and their situation is still unknown. Relatives
demand justice and appeal to the government for thorough investigations, but
without concrete results.
instability, economic crisis and the absence of a written constitution have led
to a revival of the Hindu monarchy, which fell in 2007 after 11 years of civil
war and thousands of deaths. In
recent months, the former monarch Gyanendra has organized rallies throughout
Nepal offering to return to lead the country. This
worries supporters of secular democracy who fear a coup by former kings and
Hindu parties. In
recent weeks, students linked to the conservative parties have attacked dozens
of foreign schools in Kathmandu and in other areas, forcing the government to
launch a movement to
change the names of institutes into the Nepali language and reduce fees. To
date, the only written document ensuring the secular nature of the state is the
interim constitution of 2008.
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