Kathmandu, Feb 12 (PTI) Observing that ten years of war and political instability have turned the human rights situation in Nepal into one of the "worst" in the world, a leading rights watchdog has asked the world community to help prevent further deterioration.
"The people of Nepal have lived through far too much violence already. Without urgent action from the international community and all parties in Nepal, a new generation will grow up knowing nothing but bloodshed and conflict," Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s Secretary General said in a statement.
"There are fears of further violence as the tenth anniversary of the war – February 13 – draws closer," the AI said.
The international rights watchdog noted that there has been "sharp escalation of violence" in recent weeks with police using excessive force against those protesting against municipal polls held on February 8, which were widely seen as attempt by the King to legitimize his rule.
The government has restricted basic civil liberties over the last year arresting over 1,500 people, the AI said.
"Over 13,000 people have died since the Maoists declared "Peoples’ War" on February 13, 1996, hundreds more have been disappeared, tortured, abducted, raped or recruited as child soldiers and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced," it said.
"Over a decade of conflict we have seen the human rights situation steadily worsen with increasing number of civilian killings and injuries and, for a time, the highest number of reported disappearances in the world" said Khan. PTI