Target: UK Prime Minister David Cameron
Goal: Commend the United Kingdom for arresting alleged human rights abuser
Recently, the United Kingdom arrested a Nepali army colonel suspected of various human rights violations during Nepal’s internal conflict that ended in 2006. The arrested individual has yet to be identified but is believed to be a resident of the UK.
The fighting, between Maoist rebels and the government, claimed 13,000 lives. Nepal has since failed to prosecute a single individual who is suspected of committing torture or other human rights abuses in the seven years since the end of the war.
Authorities in Nepal have repeatedly ignored evidence that confirms acts of torture. Evidence presented by victims, their families and national and international organizations has all gone uninvestigated. The law code in Nepal does not have any specific law that pertains to torture but international law certainly does.
Nepal is bound by these laws to investigate crimes such as torture and to prosecute individuals involved. Inside of Nepal, the Nepali Supreme Court has ordered investigations into wartime abuse cases. Even though the pressure is growing, the government within Nepal has resisted all calls to bring those responsible to justice.
It is important that Britain leads the way in prosecuting human rights abusers, particularly those from Nepal. The UK provides military assistance to Nepal and therefore has leverage among those in government to get the military to open itself to investigation. The military has resisted calls for transparency as they do not want to implicate their own in crimes against their own civilians.
The arrest of a Nepali officer abroad signals the seriousness of the crimes levied against the military and the British intent to speed along the process of justice in Nepal, regardless of where it happens. Sign this petition to thank the British for taking seriously their international obligation to hold human rights abusers accountable for their crimes.
Dear Prime Minister Cameron,
Thank you for your government’s stand against human rights abusers. The arrest of a former Nepali officer implicated in acts of torture during Nepal’s civil war is an important step in bringing justice to the victims of torture at the hands of the military. By prosecuting this officer, Britain is signaling to the world that it takes seriously its international obligation to hold human rights abusers accountable for their crimes.
Through the arrest of this officer hopefully Nepal will begin to take seriously its obligation to investigate those currently within its military suspected of war crimes. If they do not, I would ask that your government halt the military assistance that you currently give to Nepal. Thank you again for taking a stand against human rights abuses.
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