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Victims of Deadly Rioting in Nepal

Victims of Deadly Rioting in Nepal Still Await Justice

The United Nations human rights agency today expressed concern that the findings of an independent panel probing four days of deadly rioting in Nepal last year following the murder of a local leader have still not been made public.

The killing of Mohit Khan on 16 September last year ignited widespread unrest in and around the south-central district of Kapilvastu, killing 14 people, causing extensive destruction and looting of property as well as the displacement of several thousand people.

Although the judicial commission set up by the Government to examine the violence submitted a report in January, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said they are worried that its conclusions and recommendations have not been published.

The OHCHR and NHRC also carried out separate investigations into the violence and made their reports public and urged “the Government to provide the victims with redress and to ensure law and order to restore peace and calm in the area,” according to a joint press release.

“No attempt has been made to hold accountable those responsible for the violence, including the killings, and little has been done to repair relations between communities affected, or address the underlying causes in order to prevent a repetition of this violence in an area where there have been repeated similar outbreaks,” the joint statement said.

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