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U.S. supports Nepal's repressive, undemocratic regime
26 May 2002
Modified: 08:35:33 AM
Nepal's King dissolved parliament, and 'security forces' are acting with impunity, engaging in torture, 'disappearance' and summary execution, yet the U.S. will not interrupt support in crushing the Maoist insurgents
Nepal's King Gyanendra dissolved the Nepali parliament on May 22. The King and Prime Minister Deuba wanted to extend "emergency rule", which curtails freedom of the press and gives the army and police sweeping powers in their fight against the Maoist guerrilla insurgency.

Factions in both the majority Nepali Congress party and almost the whole minority party were opposed to extending the state of emergency, which requires a two-thirds vote. The measure was not likely to pass.

Dissolving parliament is, surprisingly, within the King's constitutional power, revealing that fundamentally Nepal remains a monarchy with democratic trappings. The King also has full sovereignty over the Royal Nepalese Army.

Three ministers have resigned in protest over the dissolution of parliament, and Prime Minister Deuba is being suspended from the Nepali Congress party for his complicity with the dissolution.

Over 100 journalists have been arrested and detained in Nepal since the declaration of the state of emergency six months ago. Many are still in detention. Several newspapers have been shut down. FM radio stations are prohibited from broadcasting news, leaving only the state-run Radio Nepal to broadcast news. All copies of one issue of Nepal's largest English-language daily, the Kathmandu Post, were siezed by the government for printing photographs of Maoist rebels in a "too favorable" light, according to the government. Journalists are self-censoring, fearing interrogation and arrest by government censors.

The government security forces have killed noncombatants and tried to cover up the executions and intimidation by demanding affadavits from villagers that the slain were killed in combat situations, according to several news reports by foreign journalists in Nepal. Security forces have also summarily executed captured Maoists instead of holding them prisoner. There have also been numerous reports of torture perpetrated by the Nepali police, a continuation of a long-running police tradition in Nepal.

In light of such impunity against international conventions on human rights in warfare, the U.S. has nonetheless pledged to increase ongoing foreign military assitance to Nepal by $20 million this year. "It's obviously an internal matter to be worked out within Nepal's democratic system through procedures established by their constitution," said State Department spokesman Philip Reeker as quoted by the AFP newswire. "They certainly continue to struggle against the Maoist insurgency that we've talked about and we reiterate our support for the right of the government of Nepal to safeguard their citizens against the Maoists guerrillas within the framework of the constitution."

"The dissolution of parliament does not affect our plans to provide economic and security assistance to Nepal," he said.

Nepal Solidarity Network: http://nepalsolidarity.net/
See also:
nepalsolidarity.net
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Who's the US?
26 May 2002
Sage,

The so-called "U.S. government" is not run by the citizens of the United States.

The unlawful "U.S. government" is just a puppet of unlawful transnational banks and corporations.

Please don't accuse US for what THEY are doing. Americans do not have genuine elections.

Instead, why don't you deal with the BANKS who are pulling the strings?

Dump the World Bank Group, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and their fraudulant fractional-reserve usury ponzi scheme.

Replace these banksters with a democratic and ecological currency system such as TEA:

treasurynet.org

egroups.com/group/Time-Energy-Accounting
See also:
egroups.com/group/jpchance