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Nepal: Widespread "disappearances" in the context of armed conflict

, Index number: ASA 31/045/2003

Amnesty International is concerned about the widespread pattern of "disappearances" perpetrated by Nepalese Government security forces upon members and supporters of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) (Maoist). The CPN is a Non-Government entity that declared a "people's war" in February 1996. There have been reports of more than 250 "disappearances", hundreds of alleged extrajudicial executions, thousands of arbitrary arrests and numerous reports of torture. Weak institutions, corruption, a lack of accountability and effective reform of the police and judiciary have helped perpetuate a climate of impunity. This report strongly urges the Nepalese government to invite the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to the country as a matter of urgency to advise the government on how to bring a halt to this pattern of human rights abuses.

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