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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2909

US State Dept says rights record has worsened in Nepal

[b]US State Dept says rights record has worsened in Nepal[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

[b]New Delhi, 11 March ([/b] The US State Department's latest Human Rights report has reserved harsh words for the Monarch and his regime as also the Marxist rebels who are working to end the royal rule in Nepal. "The government's poor human rights record worsened and the government continued to perpetuate many serious abuses, the report says and adds, 'the security forces and the Maoist insurgents committed numerous grave human rights abuses during the year 2005'.

Denial of most fundamental rights to the people, arbitrary arrests, torture, vigilantism, disappearances, poor prison and detention conditions, lengthy pre-trial detention, impunity for security forces, restrictions on internal travel, discrimination against persons with disabilities and lower castes, violence against women and trafficking in women and girls, abuses of child labour, restriction of worker's rights, and restrictions on the Tibetan community are identified as the major ills that afflicted the Nepalese society besides the royal decrees that compromised independence of judiciary and suspended news broadcasts.

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