Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen´s Organization (GAESO) has threatened to move the International Court of Justice both against Nepal and Britain if several issues relating to former Gurkha veterans are not addressed by the upcoming 200th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Britain.
The GAESO has threatened to move the international court against Nepal for its involvement in selling its citizens and participating in the events that have led to the deaths of thousands of Gurkhas and against Britain on grounds of human trafficking and the tens of thousands of deaths caused by deploying the Gurkhas to wars as human shields.
The year 2016 marks the year during which the United Kingdom and Nepal will have had enjoyed an amiable and cordial diplomatic relations for 200 years. The recruitment of Nepali youths in the British armed forces also started around two centuries ago.
“We believe that these 200 years, in truth, represent a prolonged episode of youth exploitation and indecent human recruitment as a commodity for business; thus do not provide the moral and ethical standing for the rulers of both countries to celebrate and rejoice,” reads the GAESO letter sent by its Chairman Padam Bahadur Gurung to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The GAESO on behalf of various 19 Nepali communities who have lost their kin in various wars under the British banner has accused the British government of failing to disclose the information pertaining to the dead, injured, missing or unaccounted Gurkha soldiers in the aftermath of wars to their families and kin.
The GAESO has asked the British government to address various issues including clarification of the secrecy behind withholding official information regarding those Gurkhas, who were killed, injured or were unaccounted for, from their family and kin and its failure to issue formal information regarding the fallen Gurkhas. “Training is provided after recruitment; army gear and guns are given out; the Gurkhas are deployed to war zones but bizarrely their service is not recognised as an army service. What sort of service is this?” the GAESO has asked.
Referring to the UK´s appreciation of the bravery and heroism of Gurkhas by Queen Elizabeth II during her state visit to Nepal, the GAESO has said the real situation of the Gurkhas, however, was very different. “One hundred thousand rupees appears to have been deposited in the personal accounts of erstwhile rulers annually. We want to know the reasons for this cash deposit,” added the GAESO´s letter.
Among the various 18 issues that the British Government had failed to address, GAESO has asked the British government and the Nepal government to help address the genuine concerns of former Gurkhas, including discriminatory treatment meted out to them in view of further strengthening the bilateral relations between Nepal and the UK.