Nepal: Killing with impunity
Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the growing numbers of unlawful killings occurring in Nepal. These are taking place as the nine year old conflict between government forces and the insurgent Communist Party of Nepal (CPN ) (Maoist) intensifies. It is feared that more than 2,000 people have been unlawfully killed since the breakdown of the ceasefire in August 2003. These killings are occurring in the context of a severe human rights crisis and a breakdown in the rule of law. At the heart of the problem is the environment of impunity within which security forces and the CPN (Maoist) operate.