Maoist begs diplomats’ help to protect them from war cases prosecution
The main ruling party UCPN (Maoist) has been seeking the support of the international community to avoid the possible national and international prosecution upon the cases of the human rights violations committed during the war period. The Maoist has raised the issue of Truth and Reconciliation Commission formation to shield its leaders and cadres who were involved into the serious human rights violation cases during the 11 years of armed insurgency.The Maoist has held the meeting with the representatives and ambassadors of various embassies including European Union, US and Australia and diplomats on Friday at the Maoist Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence Lazimpat regarding the formation of much-anticipated TRC to address the cases of war period. The meeting was an attempt of the Maoist to seek the international communities’ pressure to endorse the ordinance on the formation of TRC. The current government has sent the ordinance to the President Dr Ram Baran Yadav in a bid to set up the TRC. The ordinance draft has drawn flak from the international communities, rights defenders and victims of the insurgency for the provisions in the bills for the blanket amnesty. During the meeting with the diplomats, the leaders of the Maoist has tried to assure the formers about the latter’s commitment towards democracy, human rights, peace process, development and ending the impunity. Requesting the representatives of international community to support for the formation of TRC, Maoist Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has informed that the meeting was held to clear the confusion about the Maoist commitment towards ending impunity. According to the source, the Maoist leaders have also requested the representatives to facilitate the release of Colonel Kumar Lama, who was arrested in the UK few days ago. Maoist chairperson Dahal, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai, among other leaders of the Maoist were present in the meeting.