No amnesty to human rights violators: Minister Banskota

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Kathmandu: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota, has made it clear that those involved in human rights violation would not be awarded amnesty.

The Minister said this in the wake of the letter the UN Human Rights Council wrote to the government relating to appointment of officials at the Commission on Inquiry of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) and Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the human rights violations occurred during the armed insurgency in Nepal.

During a regular weekly press meet on government decisions today, he argued Nepal can solve the conflict-era crimes on its own. Requesting everyone not to flare up the issues of transitional period, Minister Banskota reminded, "Nepal is competent on conflict management. Nepal resolved the armed insurgency problem on its own. Even the international community is convinced on our competence."

The Minister reiterated that government would solve all the conflict era cases by holding discussion and dialogues with all sides. Moreover, he expressed government's commitment to protecting and preserving national property and taking action against those involved in the irregularities.

"Position and post does not matter. Process for action is initiated," he informed, adding that government is against corruption, irregularities and misuse of public property.

ETA will be scrapped

Meanwhile, with a delegation of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Minister Banskota said the existing Electronic Transaction Act (ETA) would be scrapped and the full press freedom guaranteed with the formulation of new law.

Minister Banskota said this with the FNJ team, which had met him to remind why the number of journalists' arrest was growingly alarmingly as per Section of 47 and 48 of the ETA, according to FNJ General Secretary Ramesh Bista. The Minister also expressed worry over the arrest of journalist Arjun Giri associated with the www.tandavnews.com.

On the occasion, FNJ President Govinda Acharya underscored that journalists must not be arrested under ETA for writing news. The FNJ demanded the Minister to scrap ETA, arguing that number of journalists arrest was growingly alarmingly lately. The FNJ also submitted a similar memorandum to the Home Ministry. RSS