ANTA – Press Release March 23, 2007
March 23, 2007
The Association of Nepali Teraians in America (ANTA) solemnly condemns the incidence of brutal violence in Gaur and its vicinity on March 21, 2007 that led to the loss of at least 29 lives and dozens of injuries. On this solemn occasion we pray for the deceased and express our deeply felt condolence to the bereaved families.
In order to maintain social order and communal harmony, ANTA echoes the call of Nepal Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nepal and the UN Human Rights Commissioner on the government to form an independent and impartial commission to investigate this incident, and promptly punish those found guilty. ANTA underlines that the government has once again failed in its primary responsibility of protecting people and creating conducive conditions for the exercise of fundamental rights in a peaceful manner without interference. ANTA strongly urges the government to prevent such future incidents and restore the rule of law. ANTA also appeals to the leadership of both the Maoists (CPN-M) and the Madheshi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF) to avoid confrontation, honor democratic norms and exercise their political rights without restraining others from doing the same. ANTA calls on CPN-M to act like a mainstream political party, and not be guided by emotions in getting into a practice of revenge and retaliation. Similarly, ANTA urges MPRF to show utmost restraints and lead a complete non-violent movement. In order to make Nepal’s ongoing political transition inclusive, ANTA deems it urgent for the Government leaders (SPA) and the Maoists to immediately initiate an honest dialogue with Madheshi, Janjati, Dalit and other marginalized communities to address their genuine demands.
For further clarification or any question regarding this statement please contact ANTA’s spokesperson Mr. Mukesh Singh at (614) 370-9652 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ratan Jha, President
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