visa ban on King Gyanendra
200 Nepalese democracy activists arrested
New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights
(ACHR) today condemned the preventive detention of over 200 Nepalese
political leaders and civil society activists so far by the Nepalese
security forces to prevent the mass demonstration by the political
parties to be held in Kathmandu tomorrow, 20
All the senior leaders of the political parties have
been arrested. Phone lines of Nepali Congress President
GP Koirala have been disconnected while
General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal and KP Oli
have been put under house arrest.
Prominent civil society activists including Dr Mathura Prasad
Shrestha, Shyam Shrestha, Krishna Pahadi and Dr Devendra Raj Pandey
have been also arrested.
Many journalists including
Shyam Shrestha have been picked up by the security forces.
is an ugly attempt by King Gyanendra to suppress legitimate democratic right with complete disregard
for international community and it only raises legitimate questions
about the future of the monarchy in the country.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.
Asian Centre for Human Rights
urged international community to take further actions and impose
a visa ban on King Gyanendra and his cabinet ministers, a freeze on their assets in foreign
countries, and a ban on technical and economic assistance.