Civil War: United Nations & Human Rights
November 2007 OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NEPAL
one of the cases Publicationed by OHCHR-Nepal, two minors who left a cantonment
site in Chitwan in May and returned to their homes in Makwanpur District
were pursued by CPN-M cadres in order to force them to return. As a result
of intervention by local NGOs and OHCHR, the girls were not returned to
the cantonment. However on 19 November, CPN-M cadres returned to the girls'
home and abducted one of them, while the other escaped. Police officers
were unable or unwilling to prevent her abduction when informed by CPN-M
cadres that she would be taken to the cantonment site in Chitwan for the
verification process, which is due to start within one week.
other cases reported to OHCHR-Nepal, pressure on minors to return to cantonments
has also coincided with verification exercises.
is also concerned that CPN-M cadres have threatened human rights defenders
and others working to reintegrate into society minors formerly associated
with armed forces and armed groups.
Nepal Police have displayed an unwillingness to compel the CPN-M to respect
the law, despite OHCHR's intervention with officers at the district and
calls on the CPN-M to abide by its CPA commitments, respect the rights
of minors who have voluntarily started the reintegration process and not
force them to return to cantonments. The CPN-M must also speed up the process
of formally releasing all minors still inside the cantonments so they can
return to their families and civilian life," said OHCHR-Nepal Representative
Richard Bennett. "It is also essential that the Nepal Police fulfil its
obligation to protect minors who have voluntarily started the process of
reintegrating into society, and to ensure security for organizations and
persons working to assist the reintegration of these minors."
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal, November 2007