Right to life of children, others at stake, comments NHRC

Expressing concerns over the death of two children among four persons during a police-protester clash in Bethari of Rupandehi district on Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission urged all stakeholders to respect people’s right to life.

The NHRC on Thursday said four-year-old Chandan Kumar Patel and 13-year-old Ranjana Chhetri were among four killed during a clash between police and agitating protesters of Madhes-centric parties.

Informing that the NHRC teams from central office and Butwal-based sub-regional office investigated into the incident, NHRC spokesperson Mohana Ansari said the right to life of innocent children, who were not involved in the incident in any way, was violated.

Police action also violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the United National Convention on the Rights of the Child, observed the national human rights watchdog.

Meanwhile, the Commission accused the security agencies of not paying any heed to its suggestions and recommendations about methods to control such incidents.

“It seems the security agencies are not sensitive toward human rights,” the statement read.

The Commission has once again urged the government to probe into the incident and book the culprits, manage treatment of injured police personnel and protesters and provide compensation to families of the victims.

Likewise, it asked the protesters to keep their protests peaceful.

Source: THT