Monday, November 28, 2005

DHRMN Welcomes the Understanding of Seven Political Parties Alliance and

Defend Human Rights Movement – Nepal (DHRMN)

DHRMN Welcomes the Understanding of Seven Political Parties Alliance and
CPN (Maoists), and Urged for their Commitment towards Enforcement

November 24, 2005, Kathmandu translated from Nepali statement

We, the Defend Human Rights Movement- Nepal welcome the understanding of November 22, 2005 between the seven political parties and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) aiming to establish complete democracy in the country by ending autocracy.

We believe that this understanding demonstrates the positive steps to end an ongoing violent conflict in the country through constituent assembly election, which recognizes the fundamental principles and norms of democracy such as multiparty polity, civil liberties, human rights, rule of law, fundamental rights etc. We are also convinced that this understanding would be instrumental to create trustworthy environment among political forces and ensure sustainable peace by establishing democracy, while it accepts the holding of constituent assembly election after ending autocratic monarchy; the armed Maoist force and the royal army under the supervision of the United Nations or any other reliable international supervision, to conclude the elections in a free and fair manner and accept the result of the elections.

We call upon seven political parties alliance and CPN-Maoists to honestly implement the strategies and norms of this forward moving understanding to resolve nearly 10 years old conflict through peaceful negotiation that ends autocracy and establishes democracy. We also urge with them to compulsorily address towards respect, safeguard and enforcement of human rights and humanitarian laws in any forthcoming political understanding.

On behalf of
National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders

Subodh Raj Pyakurel Dr. Gopal Krishna Siwakoti Shobhakar Budhathoki

Gauri Pradhan Shanta Lal Mulmi Ganga Kasajoo