KATHMANDU, APRIL 12: Nepal should ensure “legally adequate process in line with international standards” in dealing with cases of human rights violations committed during the Maoist insurgency in Nepal, a German minister has said.
Responding to queries put forth by a member of the German Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe, said addressing war era crimes as per internationally accepted norms and principles was “elementary to the democratic development of Nepal”.
Roth said the Federal Republic of Germany was actively engaged with various stakeholders in Nepal to address the events of the civil war.
Omid Nouripour, member of the German Bundestag, had inquired Roth about the measures taken by the Federal Government to support the processes of addressing the human rights volitions committed during the civil war in Nepal.
Nouripour had also inquired what the Federal Republic of Germany was doing “in concrete terms in addressing the case of Ganga Maya Adhikari”.
Ganga Maya is on hunger strike for past several years demanding investigation into the murder of her teenage son Krishna Prasad Adhikari.
Ganga Maya had lost her husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari in September 2014 while staging hunger strike demanding justice to their son for 11 months. She has refused to give up the hunger strike until her son gets due justice.
“The German embassy in Kathmandu engages in a close exchange with Nepal's National Human Rights Council and with human rights activists and organisations working to address the events of the civil war,” Roth has responded in a written statement. “The German embassy is monitoring the Adhikari case very carefully and is engaged in an exchange with local human rights organisations on this.”
Roth has also informed that the German embassy in Kathmandu, which was chairing the local EU working group for human rights activists since April 2016, is also working in the local working group for human rights (Human Rights Core Group in concert with the EU, the US, Australia and the United Nations) for a swift and comprehensive process to address the past.