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OHCHR Press Briefing :Spokesperson For The UN High Commissioner For Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani ( 24 November 2015)
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We are alarmed by reports that at least four people have been killed and many injured, from both sides, in violent clashes over the weekend during protests in the Terai area of southern Nepal. The latest killings bring to at least 50 the death toll since protests against the new Constitution began in August this year.There is conflicting information about how the events unfolded late Saturday night,particularly about how the violence began. Reports suggest that protestors in front of the district police station in Saptari district pelted stones and used other violence against the police, who then responded with the use of live ammunition. We have also received allegations that after protesters were taken to nearby Sagarmatha zonal hospital for treatment, police entered the hospital and assaulted the protestors and hospital staff. There is a clear need for an independent investigation to establish the facts and to bring all perpetrators of violence to justice. We have been urging Nepalese authorities to ensure that existing national and international standards on the appropriate use of force are fully respected by security forces. Unfortunately, reports suggest that these steps do not appear to have been taken and more lives have been lost. The protestors must also renounce the use of violence.
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UNONCHR ,   (2015 )
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Press Release in English
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VIOLENCE, CONFLICT, POLICE, PROTEST MOVEMENTS, CONSTITUTIONS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, HONOUR KILLINGS, AMMUNITION, MEDICAL TREATMENT, ETHNIC GROUPS, JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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