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Amnesty condemns Nepal vigilantes

Vigilante groups used to fight against Maoist rebels in Nepal have caused an overall escalation in violence there, Amnesty International says. A new report by the human rights group criticises the government of Nepal for supporting these armed civilian groups. The forces are also, Amnesty says, putting more civilians at risk because Maoist rebels consider them a legitimate target. “Villagers told Amnesty International delegates that they were being terrorised by the (vigilante) groups, who were forcibly recruiting them, beating them, searching their houses and sexually harassing local women,” the Amnesty statement said. Full Story

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