Landmark report covers 10 years of human rights violations in Nepal

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A landmark 235 page report analysing the conflict that occurred in Nepal from 1996 to 2006 was released on Monday.

The report, released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is accompanied by a database of some 30,000 documents.

Hanny Megally, an official at the High Commissioner's Office, says it is designed as a tool to help kick-start the process of reconciliation for the crimes committed during that period.

The violations the report covers include unlawful killing, disappearances and sexual violence. It states that those found responsible for committing crimes should be held accountable.

But Hanny Megally says this is not a report about the human rights situation in Nepal today or an exposé about post-conflict human rights violations.

"So why are we making this powerful tool available today? Simply put, it's because the High Commissioner for Human Rights strongly believes victims deserve justice and in fact it is their right; that Nepal deserves the best support that we and others can provide to help the country tackle these difficult challenges; that accountability is a powerful deterrent and can help ensure non-recurrence of past violations; and that you can only restore trust within a nation, rebuild confidence in state institutions and bring about reconciliation by addressing the past honestly and impartially and with the full participation of all stakeholders in the country."

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