Former Nepal king Gyanendra Shah to face probe for human rights violations

Kathmandu: Nepal's ex-King Gyanendra Shah and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba may face investigation by a commission set up to probe human rights violations during the decade-long civil war in the country, which killed over 16,000 people.

Deuba and Gyanendra have been named in a complaint filed at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an official of the panel said.

The complainant, Rajan Kirati, former Maoist guerilla and vice-president of UCPN, Maoist centre had accused Shah and Deuba of being responsible for injuries inflicted on him and others by security forces during Nepal's decade-long civil war (1996- 2006), that killed more than 16,000 people.

Protests in Nepal. File photo. Image courtesy: AP

Protests in Nepal. File photo. Image courtesy: AP

Around 1,500 others disappeared without a trace during the insurgency.

The five-member commission, set up last year to probe "gross violations of human rights" during the war, has already received more than 15,000 complaints from victims and their families.

The commission will make recommendations about reparation to victims and legal action against abusers. Another commission set up to investigate enforced disappearances during the civil war received more than 1,600 complaints — also higher than the official figure of those who disappeared.

Gyanendra was the king of Nepal from 2001 to 2008.

However, he took charge of absolute power in February 2005 that lasted for 13 months, and that virtually paralysed the functioning of political parties.

The civil war ended in 2006 as the Maoists laid down arms and joined the peace process.

Two years later in 2008, the Hindu monarchy was abolished as Nepal was declared a republic and a secular state after the Maoists came to power winning the general election with Prachanda becoming prime minister. But they were ousted in the next constituent assembly polls in 2013.

Updated Date: Jun 06, 2016 21:40 PM

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