Press Release AMNESTY International – Nepal police target protesters

February 21, 2008 at 2:42 am 5 comments

Nepal police target protesters

20 February 2008

Nepal’s police are using excessive and lethal force during ongoing demonstrations by members of the Madhesi community. On Tuesday, the police were reported to have fired at a group in the Siraha district in Terai, killing a 22-year-old protester.

Amnesty International has called on the Nepali Police and Armed Police Force to only use force when absolutely necessary to save lives.

“We recognize that the Nepali police are trying to contain what in some cases have been violent protests. However, by firing live ammunition into crowds and beating demonstrators after their arrest, the police have gone beyond what is acceptable use of force in situations such as this,” said Tim Parritt, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific programme.

“At times the police showed restraint when faced with crowds throwing stones, but in other cases the police appear to have used disproportionate and excessive force despite assurances from the Home Ministry that security forces had been instructed to show maximum restraint.”

Under international standards, law enforcement officials are required as far as possible to apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms.

If the use of force and firearms is unavoidable, Principle 5 of the UN Basic Principles states that officers must exercise restraint in such use and act in proportion to the seriousness of the offence and the legitimate objective to be achieved.

The government must immediately send clear instructions to the police only to use proportionate force, conduct an independent and impartial inquiry into the police killing and beatings, and prosecute any police officers who are suspected of having used excessive force against protesters.

Amnesty International has called on the organizers of the protests, including the United Democratic Madhesi Front, to ensure their members and supporters show due restraint and responsibly exercise their right to peaceful protest.

source::http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/nepal-police-target-protesters-20080220

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dr Ramesh  |  February 21, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Nothing new. Police in nepal had always used exessive force- eg in last Janaandolan, last years Andolan by Madise, last years andolan by Chure Bhawar(one person was killed then also-and he was pahade ). No use here to show that look how much Pahade are brutal to Madise. This type of reasoning leads one day to fight between us. Are we really ready for this? That is what we really want?

  • 2. Bas  |  February 21, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Recognize those brutal police faces, make a list of all of them, track their profile and identity them. These mass murders should be not left alone. Click their snaps and make them accountable in all possible ways.

  • 3. VK  |  February 21, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Identify all those brutal faces and lets make them accountable.

  • 4. Dr Ramesh  |  February 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    तराईमा आन्दोलनरत मधेशी जनअधिकार फोरम बिश्वास समूहका नेता किशोर बिश्वासले मधेशी मोर्चा भारतीय गुप्तचर संस्था ‘र’ बाट संचालित रहेको आरोप लगाएका छन् ।

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