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Remedies and Rights Revoked: Case Withdrawals for Serious Crimes in Nepal
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In October 2008,the Council of Ministers took a decision to withdraw 349 criminal cases against numerous political party cadres,including two senior members of the Cabinet. The case withdrawals were said to be necessary to promote the peace process and fully implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement(CPA),a provision of which calls for the withdrawal of cases brought against individuals “due to political reasons”.As opposed to political charges,however, the most frequent offences alleged in the cases are murder and attempted murder,numerous incidents reported well after the signing of the CPA in 2006,along with other serious crimes such as rape and mutilation.
According to the Ministry of Law, the Council of Ministers has subsequently recommended the withdrawal of at least 41 additional cases,as successive governments have come under pressure from political parties, armed groups and indigenous and ethnic groups demanding that criminal cases against their supporters be dropped.More than a third of the most recent 41 cases also deal with allegations of murder or attempted murder.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has consistently requested that the Government justify its rationale for all of those proposed withdrawals.Observing that numerous cases withdrawn by the Government are clearly criminal in nature, and have nothing to do.
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NHCR - OHCHR ,   (2011 )
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HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, SPECIAL PROCEDURES, HUMAN RIGHTS INDICATORS, HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING, HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY, HUMAN SECURITY, HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PEACEMAKING, RIGHT TO PEACE, INTERNATIONAL LAW, INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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