04 June 2009
Nepal must commit to ending impunity
As part of a national campaign to ensure justice, truth and reparations in Nepal, Amnesty International has called on the government to commit to ending impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

In 2006, Nepal's parliament unanimously adopted a resolution urging the government to ratify the Rome Statute. However, no action was taken.

On 11 February 2009, the Minister of Foreign Affairs submitted the issue of ratification to the cabinet. Civil society organizations welcomed the decision and urged the government to support it - by submitting it to parliament for approval. Disappointingly, however, the then Minister of the Interior told Amnesty International that the cabinet would not approve ratification until it had consulted informally with all political parties.

Since that meeting, the Maoist Prime Minister resigned his office and a new government is in the process of being established following parliament’s election of Unified Marxist-Leninist Party leader, Madhav Kumar Nepal, as Prime Minister.    

Amnesty International is concerned that the refusal of the previous government to allow for a Take Actiontransparent discussion in parliament and the recent political changes will result in continued delays in ratifying the Rome Statute, which has already been on hold for almost three years.

Amnesty International is calling in the new government to support ratification and submit the issue to parliament as soon as possible.
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