Declaration by the UE Presidency (2 February 2004)

Monday, February 2nd, 2004 in the afternoon, the Heads of mission of the European Union member states met with the Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa to appraise him on the serious concern of the European Union over the Human Rights matter and the general political situation in Nepal.

Taking note of the seriously deteriorating Human Rights situation, the European Union calls on the Government of Nepal to take urgents steps to significantly improve the observance of Human Rights in conformity with its international obligations as signatory to International Human Rights conventions and declarations. The European Union points out that the Ramechhap incident which occured in August 2003 remains to be clarified in accordance with international standards.

The European Union equally urges the Maoist movement to observe Human Rights in conformity with international Human Rights conventions and declarations. As an immediate step in support of the observance of Human Rights by both parties to the conflict in Nepal, the European Union presses the Government of Nepal and the Maoists to sign the Human Rights accord proposed by the national Human Rights commission. It encourages the Government of Nepal to do so unilaterally to indicate that it acknowledges its obligations.

The European Union stresses the serious long-term consequences of the political and parliamentary crisis and underlines the urgent and imperative need for rapid improvment in the current security situation, which continues to severely hamper development assistance programmes in Nepal.

In this respect, the European Union reiterates its call for the establishment of multi-party government. It strongly encourages the Government of Nepal and the Maoist movment to enter a cease-fire agreement and to initiate a peace process. The European Union also reiterates its call for free and fair local and parliamentary elections as soon as the security situation permits.

EU Demarch dated 2 February 2004

The European Union wishes to bring to the attention of the Government of Nepal the following regarding the Human Rights and general political situation in Nepal.

Taking note of the seriously deteriorating Human Rights situation and evidence of grave Human Rights abuses by the security forces in a culture of impunity, the Government of Nepal must take urgent steps to significantly improve the observance of Human Rights in conformity with its international obligations as signatory to international Human Rights conventions and declarations. The European Union points out that the Ramechhap incident which occured in August 2003 remains to be clarified. It awaits the publication of the detailed investigation with these circumstances surrounding the Ramechhap incident requested to the Army on this matter. It also worries about the fast growing number of desappearences. There is also concern that recent intiatives, such as the establishment of village defence forces, may lead to an increased level of violence.

The European Union also urges the Maoist movement to observe Human Rights in conformity with international Human Rights conventions and declarations.

As an immediate step in support of the observance of Human Rights by both parties to the conflict in Nepal, the European Union presses both parties to sign the Human Rights Accord proposed by the National Human Rights Commission and encourages the Government of Nepal to do so unilaterally to indicate that it acknowledges its obligations and to put pressure on the Comunist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to sign the Accord as well.

In support of the observance of Human Rights by both parties to the conflict in Nepal, the European Union seeks the consideration of the Nepalese authorities to the establishment in Kathmandu of a permanent office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the co-operation of the Nepalese authorities in supporting a consensus resolution for the establishment of such an office at the sixtieth session of the Commission on Human Rights to be held at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 15 March to 23 April 2004.

The European Union stesses the serious long-term consequences of the political/parliamentary crisis and underlines the urgent and imperative need for rapid improvements in the current security situation, which continues to severely hamper development assistance programmes in Nepal.

The European Union strongly encourages the Government of Nepal to initiate a peace process. Both parties to the conflict are strongly encouraged to enter a ceasefire agreement without delay. The European Union strongly encourages the Government of Nepal and the maoists to initiate a peace process.

The European Union reiterates its call for the establishment of multi-party government. The European Union reiterates its preparedness to assist in the preparations for free and fair local and parliamentary elections as soon as the security situation permits. The European Union urges the Government and the political parties including the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to refrain from all measures that might delay or prevent elections.

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