Respect the Rule of Law: INSEC
In the secretarial meeting held on 19 January 2020, Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) decided to place Agni Prasad Sapkota, member of the House of Representatives from Sindhupalchowk, as the candidate for Speaker of the House. INSEC is concerned about this decision.
A press release was published by Dr. Indira Shrestha, Chairperson of INSEC in which she has asked CPN to rethink about their decision since Sapkota still has few pending criminal cases filed at the Supreme Court. ‘The decision of choosing him is against the International Commitment of Human Rights because he is accused of some pending cases related to the Armed Conflict, filed at Supreme Court’s Constitutional Bench’ – mentioned in the release.
The release adds- ‘On 29 April 2005, Arjun Bahadur Lama of then Chhatrebanjh Village Development Committee- 5 Dapcha was abducted from the premises of Krishna Secondary School by the cadres of Maoists. In a welcome program where he was elected as the President of the Management Committee of Krishna Secondary School, the cadres abducted him. Lama lost his life within the Maoists’ confinement in June 2005. According to the local witnesses, after two months of abduction, Arjun Lama was presented in a program where Agni Prasad Sapkota was also present. In December 2005, Maoist Leader Suryaman Dong publicized Arjun’s extermination.
Lama’s wife Purni Maya had tried filing a complaint against the Maoist on 5 July 2007 at the District Police Office, Kavre which was denied which led her and a human right activist to the Supreme Court. A complaint was registered on 10 March 2008 and the court ordered for further investigation after which the police released an arrest warrant against Sapkota, Dong and other six cadres.
None of the accused were found after this and police kept them in the list of absconds. According to the Maoists, Lama died in a mortar by the army. In Nepal, the issues related to Transitional Justice hasn’t received advisable ending and has also been a consistent claim of the conflict victims and human rights activists.
While the world is observing Transitional Justice, placing Sapkota in the position of Speaker of the House mocks not Nepal’s International Commitments and the International Commitment of Human Rights. Hence, we request CPN to rethink about their decision to make Sapkota the Speaker of the House.’
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