IHRC: Nepali war victims need long-term, expanded assistance

first_img Read Full Story Seven years after the end of Nepal’s armed conflict, civilian victims are still struggling in the absence of effective help from the government, according to a report released Sept. 26 by Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC), in partnership with the advocacy group Center for Civilians in Conflict. According to the report, a government relief program, set to end in 2014, has failed to deliver sufficient services and support.“Assistance Overdue: Ongoing Needs of Civilian Victims of Nepal’s Armed Conflict” documents Nepali victims’ calls for financial and in-kind assistance as well as justice and truth after a decade-long conflict between government and Maoist forces. The report also evaluates the Nepali government’s current programs and proposals in light of victims’ needs and expectations.“Atrocities committed by both sides left thousands of Nepali civilians with permanent disabilities, lingering psychological trauma, and lost livelihoods,” said Bonnie Docherty, lecturer on law at IHRC and co-author of the report. “The government has failed to reach many victims and urgently needs to do so.”During the armed conflict that raged in Nepal from 1996 to 2006, Maoist and government forces targeted civilians with impunity. The Maoists often executed civilians publicly to create fear, while the government routinely eliminated perceived enemies through enforced disappearances. Both sides also tortured, raped, and committed other forms of violence. “Assistance Overdue” is based on more than 100 interviews with survivors, government officials, and other experts as well as extensive legal analysis.Read more on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

From DF to CDMX Mexico City changes name and status

first_imgRelated posts:Missing Mexico students not among 28 in mass grave Mexico’s Peña Nieto pledge to find students falls short for families Slaying of Mexican journalist, activist and 3 others a professional hit, says victim’s family lawyer Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing students MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s sprawling capital changed its official name on Friday as it launched steps to become virtually like a federal state.For the past two centuries, the city has been known as “DF” from its official name of Mexico Distrito Federal, or Federal District.But now the city of nearly nine million will be known as Ciudad de Mexico, or CDMX.That is the Spanish version of what the city is already called by English speakers: Mexico City.Just like the U.S. capital of Washington,  Mexico City is distinct from the various states that make up the rest of the country, and it is closely controlled by the federal government which is based there.Under its new status it will acquire some of the same functions as Mexico’s 31 regular states, with a constitution and congress holding legislative powers over public finance and security.It will also gain access to large sums of federal funding. Its mayor will become like a state governor in all but name.The transformation began on Friday when President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the reform into force.The process will be officially completed next year when the city’s new constitution is due to be approved.The federal government’s influence over the leadership of DF has been a source of controversy among city politicians.Peña Nieto’s rivals complain his allies will hold undue sway over the assembly that is due to start drawing up the new Mexico City constitution this year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more