Nepal extends tenure of commission probing conflict abuses

AP News
Posted: Feb 09, 2017 8:41 AM

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government has extended the work of a commission investigating deaths and abuses during a decade-long communist insurgency by one year because it has not finished dealing with thousands of claims and complaints it has received from victims and their families.

The government said in a statement that the decision to extend the tenure of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was made at a Cabinet meeting Thursday.

The commission has received 58,052 claims and complaints since it was formed in 2015. Its tenure was to have ended this week.

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More than 17,000 people are believed to have been killed in fighting between the rebels and government troops during the conflict, which ended in 2006 with a U.N.-brokered peace deal.