INSEC expresses serious concern over the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Government of Nepal to withdraw the cases filed against 120 accused of criminal incidents during the conflicts that happened in Madesh at different times.
- In a democratic system, government decisions and actions must ensure the recognition of basic human rights and the rule of law. We have realized that the decision taken by the Council of Ministers of the Government of Nepal on April 22 and 26, 2021 has raised serious questions about the rule of law and human rights.
- Why did the government decide to withdraw the cases of 120 accused which was in the judicial process and why was it withdrawn in the meantime without reaching a judicial conclusion? This decision raises a serious question.
- INSEC urges that the Government of Nepal to withdraw the decision of the Council of Ministers and bring those involved in the case under the scope of action as per the prevailing law. We believe that this process will further corrode the culture of impunity prevailing in Nepal and increase the incidence of crime under political patronage.
- INSEC calls on the Government of Nepal to publish the progress of the investigation into the allegations against the accused and the basis of this decision, which is in violation of the notion of inseparable inheritance.
Issues such as rule of law, human rights, democracy, and social justice are the basic tenets of Nepal’s constitution. INSEC would like to draw the attention of the Government of Nepal, political parties, and stakeholders for the rule of law and protection and observance of human rights.
Dr. Indira Shrestha
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