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U.N. Envoy: Evidence of Torture in Nepal

Armed forces in Nepal routinely torture Maoist rebels to extract confessions or information, and there is evidence the rebels abuse civilians who refuse to join their ranks, a top U.N. investigator said Friday. Manfred Nowak, a special investigator for the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, said armed forces beat detainees with bamboo poles or plastic pipes, applied electric shocks to their ears, rolled iron rods over their thighs and hanged some upside down. “Torture is practiced systematically by the security forces,” Nowak said. “This was admitted by high officials of both the army and police.”Full Story

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