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Nepal’s Maoist parties demand nullification of SC order

Six Maoist parties on Friday submitted a joint memorandum to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala asking the government to nullify a Supreme Court order which bars granting general amnesty to gross abuse of human rights during the decade-long Maoist conflict.

The six parties which met the Prime Minister at his official residence said the court order was against the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2007.

According to a local report, Mr. Koirala asked the leaders of the Maoist parties not to panic over the apex court’s order.

The Supreme Court, in response to a writ petition challenging provisions in the Act on transitional justice mechanisms by 234 victims of conflict, threw provisions granting general amnesty even for serious crimes. It also ordered the recently formed TRC not to do anything against the court’s past orders, principle of justice and international norms. The court has also ordered the TRC and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance (CIED) not to force victims to grant amnesty to perpetrators.

The Maoists have tried to scuttle any move to try their leaders and cadres – some of who are convicts – over conflict-era crimes.

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