Nepal forms commissions to probe war crimes, disappearances

AP News
Posted: Feb 10, 2015 4:28 AM

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal formed two commissions Tuesday that would probe crimes committed during a decade-long communist insurgency and investigate the cases of hundreds of people who disappeared during the period, a government minister said.

Law Minister Narhari Acharya said the two commissions were formed by the government on Tuesday and would have two-year tenures.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Enforced Disappearance had been long demanded by human rights groups and families of the victims but disagreements between the main political parties had delayed formation of these bodies.

More than 13,000 people died during fighting between Maoist rebels and government troops until a U.N. monitored peace agreement ended the conflict in 2006. Hundreds more have disappeared during the fighting and their whereabouts are still unknown.

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The Maoists, since the end of the war, have joined main stream politics and their fighters have been integrated into the national army. The Maoists are one of the biggest political parties in the country.