KATHMANDU: Amnesty International (AI) has in its annual report said Nepal’s security forces used excessive force in peaceful demonstrations.
Announcing its 2020-2021 report Wednesday, AI said security forces had been using excessive force to detain peaceful protesters and human rights activists in Nepal.
It also said that the security forces detained individuals for “spreading misinformation” and criticizing the government during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Protesters were detained and security forces continued to use excessive force to disperse protesters and enforce lockdowns,” the report said adding that efforts toward securing justice, truth and reparation for crimes under international law and human rights violations committed during the 1996-2006 conflict remained grossly inadequate.
According to the report, indigenous families were forcibly evicted and their homes destroyed.
Likewise, sexual and gender-based violence continued with impunity in the country.
Gender-based discrimination continued in both law and practice, the report said adding that dozens of abuses against Dalits were reported and abuses were often carried out with impunity.
Likewise, the AI has also said that the government did not take adequate measures to protect Nepali migrant workers stranded and otherwise affected by the pandemic abroad.