The Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) has drawn its attention on the news published regarding the recommendation by District Administration Office giving amnesty to 800 convicts along with former Maoist leader Bal Krishna Dhungel who is convicted of killing Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga.
The press released on May 24 by INSEC signed by the chairperson Subodh Raj Pyakurel stated that “Pardoning, changing or reducing punishment Manual 2071 clearly states that a person can apply clearly in a written form for reducing or for the pardoning of punishment if he wishes so. But section 3 of the manual has clearly stated that punishment on corruption, rape, government forgery, organized crime, war crimes, heinous killing and drug smuggling etc. could not be reduced or given amnesty”.
The statement further stated that “Such activities will definitely encourages impunity. The government is not aware of the result that giving amnesty to the convict involved in grave human rights violation and atrocities will encourages impunity and weakens the democracy. The decision of giving immunity on heinous crime challenging the constitution of Nepal, law and Supreme Court might full fill political vested interest for a short run, but such incident will kill justice forever. The issue of Human Rights, good governance and impunity is not only the issue of Nepal. We would like to draw the attention of the government that such serious issue is also being watched by the international community”.
INSEC has condemned the government’s attempt to withdraw the case against the hope of thousands of conflict victims waiting for justice and demanded government to step back from this process.