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Al Jazeera: Indian Police Atrocities…EXPOSED!

Posted by n3wday on August 8, 2009

India_police_abuse_CPI_maoist_maoismThis article was published on Al Jazeera. Thanks to Ka Frank for pointing it out.

India ‘police abuses’ condemned

India’s police force has been accused of extrajudicial killings, torture and carrying out illegal detentions, human rights campaigners have said.

“India’s status as the world’s largest democracy is undermined by a police force that thinks it is above the law,” Brad Adams, Asia Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Tuesday.

“The police continue to use their old methods: abuse and threats … It’s time for the government to stop talking about reform and fix the system.”

A report – titled Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police -collated from interviews with 60 alleged victims and about 80 police officers of various ranks detailed various abuses.

Several officers admitted in private that suspects were often tortured and beaten to extract confessions, the report said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal’s Gov’t Buys Weapons While the People Face Epidemic

Posted by n3wday on August 8, 2009

Nepal_lack_of_medicine_heath_minister_conference_UCPN_MaoistThis article was published on Wavemag.

The Scratching Game

by PRAVAT J GURUNG

The game of pulling for the hot seat of ministries continues as the cabinet expansion waits to take a full shape. Nothing much has happened in politics besides blaming each other and pulling legs to bring down the 22 party supported government. It’s more like scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. However, the hot topic discussed in the House has been the buying of arms and ammunition from India instead of focusing on the diarrhea outbreak in the mid western districts of Nepal.

Uma Kanta Chaudhary, health minister too left for Germany on Saturday to attend a seminar. In fact, the minister was in such a hurry to leave the country that he did not inform the Prime Minister about his trip and did not wait for the cabinet’s approval. At a time like this, when the country is suffering from lack of medicines to control the diarrhea outbreak, the minister is enjoying his so-called conference in Germany. Is that ethically correct for a minister or more so was that the reason he was given the responsibility in the first place?

The parliament has been the hot spot drawing all the attention it seems in the past month. Oh well, it always has been in the limelight. The Maoists decided to stall all proceedings in the House until Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal addressed their demands. Read the rest of this entry »

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