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UN human rights chief praises Nepal war crimes ruling

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, hailed a decision by Nepal’s top court rejecting the possibility of amnesty for suspected perpetrators of war crimes and other human rights abuses.

Mr Zeid praised the court for "upholding international standards relating to accountability for gross violations of international human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law".

"It is essential that the commissions adopt this victim-centred approach, as many victims have felt completely excluded from the process so far," said Mr Zeid in a statement.

Nepal's Supreme Court said last month that two bodies set up to investigate abuses committed during the country’s civil conflict could not grant amnesty, overturning the power to do so after a mass petition by 234 victims.

See our earlier posts:

ICJ calls on Nepal to uphold no amnesty for war crimes (01 March 2015)

Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Nepal could violate core principles of international law, says UN rights chief (15 April 2014)

‘Victims don’t forget’ says UN in Nepal (28 April 2013)