UN rights body concerned over violence in Nepal

Kathmandu, Sep 23 (IANS) The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday expressed its concern over violence in Nepal arising from political differences.

“With the adoption of the new constitution, Nepal has reached an important point in the peace process.

“After all the suffering endured by the population during the internal conflict and the immense efforts to bring lasting peace to Nepal, a return to violent confrontation would be disastrous,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville in a statement.

The UN human rights body’s statement has come at a time when over 41 people, including policeman, lost their lives since August during violent clashes in the southern plains of Nepal bordering India, Xinhua reported.

The violence in Terai region of Nepal has continued even after the Himalayan country adopted a much-awaited new constitution three days ago. The constitution was adopted with an overwhelming majority of the Constituent Assembly even though the Madhesi fringe parties were against it.

OHCHR spokesperson Colville also called on all sides to resolve their differences through open and inclusive dialogue.

Colville said he was alarmed by the high number of deaths and injuries of protestors, security personnel and bystanders that have occurred during protests.

“We are also concerned about reported attacks against human rights defenders and journalists as well as by vandalism against government buildings during protests,” Colville said.

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