September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015

 

Press Statement

 

Respect Right to Life

 

Situation in some districts of Tarai-Madhes has remained tense due to the ongoing protests over the demarcation of proposed federal states. Three protestors died in police firing in Jaleswore of Mahottari while one died in Saptari yesterday. Dozens have been injured. Three seriously injured in Mahottari incident have been brought to Kathmandu for treatment. INSEC pays tribute to the deceased and expresses condolences to the bereaved family. We wish for the speedy recovery of the injured. Furthermore, we request the government to manage for free treatment of the injured.

Standards laid out under international law allow use of live ammunition as a last resort while taking situation under control; however, such standards were not followed in yesterday’s incidents. All of the deceased have sustained bullets to their chest while the injured have also sustained chest and head injuries. On the other side, attempt to burn alive five policemen in Morang is a gross inhuman act. We urge the government to carry out independent and impartial investigation into all deaths resulting from the alleged use of excessive use of force by police and the deaths resulting from the clashes over issue of delineation.

Reminding that the right of the protestors to put their demands in a peaceful manner be respected, we call on the government to adopt all possible measures to avoid loss of lives and property while maintaining public order. Resolutions to political issues should be sought through peaceful political dialogue, not through means of violence. Considering the fact that at least 31 persons, including one child and nine security personnel  have been killed during the protests carried out by different groups over the issue of delineation, we reiterate our call to the government and protestors to immediately resolve disputes through dialogue.

Subodh-English

Subodh Raj Pyakurel

Chairperson