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Fears as Nepalese disappear

At least 30 people have disappeared in renewed counter-insurgency operations by Nepal’s security forces in the past six weeks, according to Amnesty International. In a report released today, the human rights group documents a surge in the number of students, journalists and lawyers arrested on suspicion of supporting Maoist rebels. None has been seen since being detained. The operation follows the breakdown on August 27 of a seven-month ceasefire declared by the Communist party of Nepal (CPN). The rebels claimed agreements reached with the government during talks in May had not been implemented. The US significantly stepped up military aid to kingdom after the September 11 attacks. Britain, concerned about the country’s human rights record, has been more cautious. As many as 250 “disappearances” attributed to the security forces have been recorded by Amnesty since the CPN launched a “people’s war” in February 1996. Full Story

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