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Nepal Rights Body Releases Guidelines for Maoists

Amid increasing violence and abductions by Maoist guerrillas, Nepal’s apex human rights body has issued a 13-point code of conduct for the insurgents, urging them to abide by international conventions and abstain from targeting women, children and educational institutes. This is the first time the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued separate guidelines for the rebels. The move follows the Maoists’ recent commitment to uphold the Geneva Convention during their conflict. The NHRC has asked the Maoists to form a ‘command structure’ to ensure no extra judicial killing, abduction, extortion, rape, murder or looting takes place. Increased Maoist violence in the past few weeks has claimed the lives of scores of unarmed civilians. The rebels abduct thousands to indoctrinate them, announce frequent strikes and force schools and businesses to declare holidays due to unrest. Full Story

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