News in Brief

Human rights groups used the 10-year anniversary of the end of the Nepali civil war to point out that no progress has been made on ‘transitional justice’ for crimes committed during the civil war.

Despite being set up nearly two years ago, neither the truth and reconciliation commission nor the commission on investigation of disappeared have begun an investigation of a specific case.

In early November, hundreds of former Maoist child soldiers occupied the ruling CPN-Maoist (Centre) headquarters in the capital Kathmandu, and padlocked seven leaders in an office. The Discharged People’s Liberation Army Struggle Committee demanded better treatment from the party that had discarded them.

In mid-November, a breakaway Maoist party led by Netra Bikram Chand shut down Kathmandu valley, demanding food security and lower prices for essential goods. Police arrested more than 100.

In late November, a group of Maoist (Centre) leaders from Province 7 began the process of breaking away from the party. According to the Kathmandu Post, secretariat member Khagaraj Bhatta asked if thousands of people had sacrificed their lives in the 10-year civil war just to see a handful of leaders amassing property.

Topics: Nepal