World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


NEPAL: Police must follow due process

NEPAL: Police must follow due process in arrest and investigation

Nepal’s police have arrested Dr. Chandra Kant Raut, popularly known as C.K. Raut, after harassing his wife and children from Janakpurdham-4, Macha Bazar, Dhanusha district. More than a dozen police personnel broke the lock of the gate and harassed his wife and children before manhandling and arresting Dr. Raut. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the harassment of Dr. Raut’s family during his arrest on 2 February 2017.

The lack of due process in his arrest is a matter of concern. Dr. Raut’s wife asked for an arrest warrant, but the police refused to show her anything. She asked the police to wait to open the channel gate, but the police broke the lock pads. When Raut’s Assistant Satya Narayan Khang was recording his arrest, the Police took away his phone.

An hour after arresting Dr. Raut, two dozen police came back to search his room. His wife and two small children were afraid to see them. The Police took three cameras, two pen drives, three mobile phones, and stamps.

After his arrest, Dr. Raut was sent to Siraha for investigation, as the Siraha District Police Office had written to the Dhanusha District Police, requesting his arrest on the charge of ‘organized crime against the state’. This was due to Dr. Raut’s speech on Martyr Day, January 18, at Lahan, Siraha district, where he stated that the Tarai should secede from Nepal.

One day after this speech, on January 19, Nepal’s Press Council published a statement that threatened to take action against any media reporting about “some individuals”, whose actions might disturb national sovereignty, territorial integrity and social harmony. The Press Council has attempted to restrict the freedom of expression guaranteed in Article 17(2) of Nepal’s Constitution, and must be stopped.

Meanwhile, the dozens of death threats received by Dr. Raut are ignored by the government. The open death threats and submission of memorandums indicates a fragmentation of Nepalese society, and the breakdown of rule of law in the country.

The police took Dr. Raut to the Siraha District Court on February 3 and secured 10 days remand.

The AHRC urges the Nepalese government and police to ensure that all investigation into Dr. Raut’s activities is done in strict accordance to the rule of law, and international practices. His family members and lawyers should be allowed to meet him whenever the need arises, and he should not be tortured under the guise of ‘investigation’, a prevalent practice in police custody.

With Dr. Raut’s supporters in Madhesh, there is a strong chance of protest in Tarai after his arrest. Instead of any violent crackdown and mass arrests, the government should start analyzing the problems and issues, and address the root cause of discontent. The government’s negligence has led people in Tarai to take extreme measures, and there is considerable risk that the problem may spiral into an armed conflict in Nepal’s Tarai. The wise course of action for the Nepalese government is to start dialogue with communities in Madhes and madhesi leaders, and contain the situation.

# # #

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) works towards the radical rethinking and fundamental redesigning of justice institutions in order to protect and promote human rights in Asia. Established in 1984, the Hong Kong based organisation is a Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award, 2014.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Amnesty: Campaign Mass Hangings And Extermination At Syrian Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More>>

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>

Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>


US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Berlin Truck Attack And The Refugee Question

The hard-nosed neo-cons were certainly showing little interest in linking arguments, examining evidence, or even considering elementary logic in the aftermath of the Berlin truck attack near the Gedächtniskirche. With the bodies fresh in the morgue, former US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, peered into the mind of the everyday German, and found teeth chattering fear. More>>

Demonetisation: Gordon Campbell On India’s Huge Socio-Economic Experiment

Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news