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ACHR Index: PR/NEP/03/02/05
3 February 2005

Cut off aid to Nepal

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today urged India, the United States and European Union, especially United Kingdom, to freeze all assistance especially military assistance to Nepal unless King Gyanendra lifts emergency and restores all democratic freedoms and institutions including the immediate release of all the political leaders and lifting of the ban on press freedoms. King Gyanendra must also create a national process involving all the democratic forces for holding direct talks with the Maoists and take measures for implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on 13 December 2004.

There has been no improvement of the situation. More political leaders and students' leaders have reportedly been arrested yesterday and many prominent political and students' leaders had to go underground to escape from being arrested. All the communication lines remain suspended.

The need to cancel military assistance is crucial as the King Gyanendra in desperation may launch a military offensive against the Maoists, if the Maoists do not react positively to his peace offer, in order to create a dilemma for the international community whether to support his authoritarian moves or the Maoists.” – stated Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

“Any military offensive against the Maoists will also intensify the repression on the democratic forces who will have no other option but to align with the Maoists” – warned Mr Chakma.

ACHR also urged UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to act decisively by sending a special envoy to Kathmandu, and to request the Commission on Human Rights must hold a Special Session on the situation of human rights in Nepal to order to authorise sending of an international team to Nepal to report to the forthcoming 61st session in March and April 2005.

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