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Last Updated: Tue, 18.09.12 17:57

Int’l rights watchdogs ask Nepal govt to suspend Rana’s promotion to IGP

Two international human rights groups have demanded that the Nepal government “immediately suspend” Kuber Singh Rana’s promotion to Inspector General of Nepal Police in view of the allegations of human rights violation against him.

IGP Kuber Singh Rana
IGP Kuber Singh Rana

“The Nepali government should immediately suspend the promotion of Kuber Singh Rana to the rank of Nepal’s Inspector General of Police due to his alleged involvement in human rights abuses, until the investigation and any subsequent prosecution into his involvement has been fully and finally concluded,” US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said in a joint statement today.

The two rights groups mentioned that Rana is the subject of ongoing criminal investigations ordered by the Supreme Court in February 2009 into the October 2003 enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings of five students from Dhanusha district in Nepal’s southern plains.

“That promotion violates both international standards applicable in Nepal which require the removal or suspension of those suspected of gross human rights violations and crimes under international law, until the completion of full investigations, with full respect for the due process rights of the suspects. It is particularly important that those being investigated are not occupying positions where they could influence the investigation or decision to prosecute,” the release stated.

“Not only does the government continue to ignore Supreme Court orders to investigate security officers who face serious charges of violations of human rights and humanitarian law, it is promoting those being investigated of in gross human rights violations to the highest ranks,” said Sam Zarifi, Asia director of the International Commission of Jurists.

Similarly, Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said, “The allegations against Rana and those under his command in 2003 are very serious and backed by substantial evidence collected by Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and domestic nongovernmental human rights groups.”

“Suspending Rana’s promotion will block an alleged human rights abuser from using his influence to possibly delay investigations, intimidate witnesses and lawyers, and to destroy criminal evidence,” he further said.

Rana, along with few others, is accused of enforced disappearance and killing of five students - Sanjeev Karna, Durgesh Labh, Jitendra Jha, Shailendra Yadav, and Pramod Mandal - in Dhanusha during a security operation that took place in 2003 when he was district police chief. On 29 January 2008, the NHRC had concluded its investigation, implicating Rana and others. nepalnews.com