UN warns Nepal over civil war crime amnesty

April 16, 2014 - 4:59:59 am

KATHMANDU:  Nepal would weaken the foundations of “genuine and lasting” peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said.

Nepal, home to Mount Everest and birthplace of Lord Buddha, is still recovering from a brutal conflict that ended in 2006 in which more than 16,000 died, hundreds disappeared and thousands were wounded or displaced.

Last week, the government drafted a law to set up two panels - Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Disappeared Persons - as part of a peace deal that ended the conflict.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the proposed legislation would grant powers to the truth panel to recommend amnesties for serious abuses, contrary to the core principles of international law.

One dead in Thai shooting

BANGKOK:  One person was shot dead yesterday at the site of an anti-government rally in the Thai capital Bangkok, emergency services said, in the latest in a string of violent attacks.

The 40-year-old man was killed by an unknown attacker in the early hours of the morning near the rally stage in Lumpini Park, according to the city’s Erawan emergency centre.

“We don’t know who was responsible,” rally spokesman Akanat Promphan said.

Police said they had no information about the incident and had not visited the scene of the shooting.

Access to the protest site is usually restricted by the rally guards, who have fraught relations with the police.

The area near where the attack happened has been thronged with revellers celebrating the traditional Thai New Year water festival this week.            Agencies