Nepal stalling prosecutions on war crimes: HRW

Kathmandu: Nepal's authorities are preventing police and prosecutors from pursuing wartime crimes from the conflict between Maoist rebels and the state which ended in 2006,contributing to a culture of impunity, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

More than 16,000 people died in the 10-year civil war and over a thousand went missing.

Just two convictions related to war-era crimes have been handed down in civilian courts, one linked to the murder of a teenage girl and the other concerning the killing of a journalist.

War crimes were to be probed by two commissions set up in 2015 but they have not resolved a single case despite more than 65,000 complaints.

In a new report on the 14th anniversary of the peace deal, the New York-based rights group urged Nepal's government to lift all restrictions on police and prosecutors which prevent them from pursuing conflict-era human rights cases and amend the transitional justice law to ensure that there is no amnesty for gross human rights violations. - AFP nt-->