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Nepal royal takeover raises risk of disappearances

King Gyanendra’s seizure of power in Nepal has increased the risk of forced disappearances of people and set the stage for greater abuses at the hands of the army, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. More than 11,000 people have been killed and hundreds have “disappeared” since 1996 in fighting between government troops and Maoist guerrillas who want to set up a communist republic in place of Nepal’s Hindu monarchy. Local and international human rights groups accuse the Maoists, who control much of the countryside, of executing, capturing and torturing critics and opponents, and recruiting children to work for them. The Maoists deny recruiting children. Full Story

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