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Summary of Human Rights Concerns Arising From the Terai Protests of 13 – 29 February 2008 OHCHR-Nepal
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The imposition of the bandhs paralysed daily life in most of the Terai and led to violent confrontations between bandh supporters and both the Nepal Police and Armed Police Force (APF). All Eastern, Central and Western Region Terai districts except Chitwan were affected, as well as the Mid-Western Region district of Banke and, to a lesser degree, Bardiya and Dang districts. In the Far-Western region, a bandh called by the United Tharu National Front (UTNF) was partially respected. The restrictions on daily life were also compounded by the imposition of curfews, for example, in Biratnagar, Birgunj, Nawalparasi and Nepalgunj.The district administration was often faced with difficult decisions and police officers, both Nepal Police and APF, came under considerable pressure. In many instances OHCHR saw them act with restraint in the face of provocation.There were also operational constraints. Some senior police officials informed OHCHR that police had inadequate equipment and resources to protect themselves or deal with the protests and they often worked long shifts without a break, and sometimes without adequate food and water.The Nepal Police acknowledged that Jagadish Pasi waskilled by a police bullet but claimed that it was a stray bullet and that no one fired from the balcony. Nepal Police informed OHCHR that an investigation had been initiated but that no FIR had yet been filed.

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UNOHCHR/ ,   (2008 )
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Press Release in English
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PROTESTS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, CENTRAL REGION, NEPAL POLICE, DISTRICT ELECTION, IMPORT SURGE, CIVIL SOCIETY, FOOD SUPPLY, WATER SUPPLY, FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, FREEDOM OF TRAVEL, CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, EMIGRATION LAW, DEPENDENT POPULATION, FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, VIOLATION, PEACEFUL PROTEST, JUSTICE, THEMATIC BASED RECOMMENDATION
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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