Use of Force by Security Personnel in Peaceful Demonstrations: Amnesty International

  April 8, 2021 By: INSEC

Amnesty International has released a report on the use of force by Nepal’s security personnel in peaceful demonstrations.

Amnesty International has released a report on April 7, 2021, stating that security forces have used force to disperse and detain protesters and human rights activists during peaceful protests.

Amnesty also said that the ruling party continued to appoint powerful individuals to powerful positions without completing an investigation into the conflict.

In addition, the National Human Rights Commission has made public the names of 286 alleged perpetrators, but the government has not taken any action.

The report also states that the government has tried to make arrangements to obtain confidential information of individuals without judicial permission through the ‘Nepal Special Services Bill’.

It is also mentioned that the Ministry of Information and Communication has drafted a bill on telecommunications with the provision of monitoring, collecting and archiving information on individuals and organizations without adequate legal protection and it has been passed by the upper house to the lower house.

In the report, it has been mentioned that the freedom of expression of the citizens will be curtailed without amendment in the Mass Media Bill, Media Council Bill and Information Technology Bill proposed by the government.

According to the report, dozens of people, including journalists, have been arrested for criticizing the government and spreading false information about the pandemic of COVID-19, and more than 30 websites have been lockdown.

The Amnesty report also said that the government had failed to protect the rights of millions of workers stranded abroad and ensure repatriation after the COVID-19 lockdown.

The report also includes the incident where the staff of Chitwan National Park set fire to a house without any notice and destroyed 10 houses of the Chepang family by destroying them with elephants.

INSEC Bagmati Provincial Office, Hetauda