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UPDATED: 21:17, June 04, 2007
UN's Nepal HR branch hails Supreme Court's decision on disappearances
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The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-Nepal) Monday issued a press release, welcoming the Supreme Court's decision on June 1 over a number of pending enforced disappearance cases.

The decision made by the Supreme Court of Nepal includes an order that the Government enact a law which would criminalize enforced disappearance in line with the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance; establish a high level commission of inquiry on disappearances in compliance with the international criteria on such commissions of inquiry; require investigations and prosecutions of persons responsible for disappearances; and provide for adequate compensation and relief to the victims and their families.

OHCHR-Nepal regards the decision as "a significant step forward in recognizing the rights of victims of enforced disappearance and their families to truth, justice and reparations."

OHCHR-Nepal is pushing for the setting up of an independent commission of inquiry to establish the whereabouts and fate of the disappeared, and recommending the Government of Nepal that the " Disappearance Bill" which has been tabled before the Interim Parliament should be strengthened.

"It is hoped that this decision will boost the efforts of victims and their families in finding out what happened to their loved ones and in their pursuit of justice, as well as in ending impunity for persons responsible for serious human rights violations in Nepal," said Lena Sundh, representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal.

Source: Xinhua

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