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Setbacks for women, minorities in Nepal: report

London: Nepal saw new setbacks in efforts to end impunity for perpetrators of wartime abuses over the last year, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in its World Report 2014.The newly elected Constituent Assembly should take
IANS January 21, 2014 17:27 IST
IANS
London: Nepal saw new setbacks in efforts to end impunity for perpetrators of wartime abuses over the last year, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in its World Report 2014.

The newly elected Constituent Assembly should take immediate steps to implement the 2006 peace agreement and to provide justice for victims of serious human rights violations during the civil war.

The three-year political deadlock before the November 2013 elections for a new Constituent Assembly has stalled efforts to enact legislations or policies to ensure protection of rights, including reforms to flawed citizenship laws that have left 2.1 million people effectively stateless.

In the 667-page world report, its 24th edition, Human Rights Watch reviewed human rights practices in more than 90 countries.

In March, a Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearance bill to investigate serious conflict-related violations was controversially signed into law by the president.

The law failed to define which crimes were eligible for amnesty and which were excluded, giving commissioners potentially wide discretion to make determinations.