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Maoists Plan to Recruit Disqualified PLA Members into YCL

Posted by Ka Frank on February 11, 2010

YCL in training

This article appeared in Nepal News on February 10, 2010.

Maoists plan to recruit discharged combatants in YCL

The Unified CPN (Maoist) has adopted a policy to recruit the PLA combatants recently discharged from various cantonments across the country in its youth wing Young Communist League (YCL), Kantipur daily reported. The party has taken such policy as the discharged combatants are young and are former combatants. However, they will not be forced to join politics or join the party if they want to lead a private life, Maoist leaders say.

“We have instructed the local party bodies to keep in touch with the discharged combatants,” PLA deputy commander and spokesperson Chandra Dev Khanal told Kantipur. “They can work in whichever sister organisation of the party they wish. We don’t plan them to recruit in a single organisation.” Those who do not want to join politics can undergo trainings to be provided by UNICEF and live private life, he said. Khanal opines, it will be easy for the discharged combatants if they are employed in something similar to what they were doing.

Maoist politburo member and spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said, “We will employee our friends discharged from the cantonments in various sister organizations including the YCL.”

More than 2000 combatants out of 4000 who were disqualified by second UNMIN verification have been discharged from various cantonments across the country in the past month. About 1,700 combatants had already left the cantonments showing dissatisfaction with the official discharge process.

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Discharge of 3000 PLA Soldiers Complete

Posted by Ka Frank on February 11, 2010

This article appeared in Thaindian on February 8, 2010.

Nepal Maoists free all child soldiers

Assisted by the UN and its partner agencies, Nepal’s former Maoist guerrillas Monday finally released the last of the child soldiers they had recruited in the course of their 10-year war to overthrow the royal dynasty.

The discharge of nearly 3,000 child soldiers and other illegally recruited combatants ended Monday in Rolpa, the remote western district that had been the cradle of the Maoist insurgency, with a farewell ceremony attended by Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, top Maoist leaders and UN officials as well as EU envoys.

The discharge process started Jan 7 and ended Monday after covering seven cantonments where the Maoists’ Peoples Liberation Army soldiers have been barracked since the end of the revolt in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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