2006-06-10 - incident - Sindhupalchok district २०६३-०२-२७ - घटना - सिन्धुपाल्चोक जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- In June, OHCHR raised its concerns about eight killings in the period between early May and mid-June 2006 following actions of "people's courts" in the Central Region. The killings were attributed directly to members of the CPN-M, or indirectly through their encouragement of villagers. They include the abductions and killing of: Bijaya Mahara Chamar and Ravindra Yadav in Bara District (22 April and 3 May); Prem Bahadur Thokar in Chitwan District (12 May); Tej Biamia in Rautahat District (18 May); Shyam and Sundar Sahani in Rautahat (22 May); Dhup Lal Prasad Yadav in Bara District (1 June), and Bishal Tamang in Sindhupalchowk District (10 June).
- Most of the victims were accused of "crimes" or "offences" and were apparently under CPN-M "investigation" at the time they were killed. In four incidents, OHCHR concluded that members of the CPN-M encouraged and actively participated in assaults by local villagers that led to the death of six individuals. The other two men, according to OHCHR’s information, were killed deliberately by members of the CPN-M after they were abducted.
- On 27 June 2006, OHCHR publicly urged the central CPN-M leadership to investigate this pattern of abduction and killings, and to undertake concrete actions to prevent such abuses in the future. In three of these cases (Sindhupalchowk, Bara and Chitwan Districts) local CPN-M leaders have since accepted responsibility and have apologized publicly. The central CPN-M leadership has given assurances that such killings are not CPN-M policy. OHCHR has noted that since the cases were raised with the central leadership, no further killings have been reported in the Central Region. However, OHCHR regrets that up to late August, OHCHR has not received a written response and information regarding the status or nature of the CPN-M "internal" investigations which had been requested during OHCHR's meeting with the central CPN-M leadership on 23 and 26 June 2006 and in its public statement of 27 June 2006.
- In the case of the killing of Bishal Tamang in Sindhupalchowk District on 10 June 2006, the villagers set up a committee with civil society and CPN-M representatives to investigate the incident. The CPN-M political leadership and the CPN-M/PLA in the area reportedly collaborated fully with the committee. They also expressed their commitment to respect the recommendations of the committee. The committee submitted its conclusions in late June. It identified the members of the PLA and CPN-M responsible for torturing and killing Bishal Tamang, as well as illegally disposing of his body, and recommended that they be handed over to the Nepal Police (NP). However, the CPN-M/PLA have refused so far and has stated that those responsible will remain under PLA "custody" until the formation of an interim government is agreed upon in ongoing peace talks between the Government and the CPN-M.