April 16 Protests Through Lens

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General Strike Day XIV

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Protest in Balaju

Photo by Chandra Shekhar Karki

Updates by Tilak Pathak and Deepak Adhikari

Thapa at NHRC

Home Minister Kamal Thapa reached National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at around 12:30 pm. His arrival was greeted with surprise even by the employees of NHRC. He remarked that he was there to maintain the relations.

Karan’s Visit

Indian prime minister’s special envoy Dr. Karan Singh arrived at Kathmandu at 12. At the TIA, only foreign media were allowed. Singh said that he has brought the message of Indian government to His Majesty and political parties, not for the media. He met NC leader Girija Prasad Koirala at 4pm. He said: “I am here with positive attitude. I’m neither magician nor an astrologer. I am just a politician. I can’t say anything before meeting the king. But, we are pretty worried about the problems here.” Continue reading General Strike Day XIV

India's Media Card

Why Indian media are keeping mum over the biggest events taking place in her northern neighbor? Here’s an answer

Indian media are notorious for thronging into Nepal even to cover and sensationalize trivial events. But, they have ignored the ongoing movement. CNN and BBC‘s coverage is far ahead of our neighboring countries’ media. CNN and BBC have shown unprecedented interest in the latest political upheaval. In one sense, these two world-known media know the news value. Continue reading India's Media Card

India’s Media Card

Why Indian media are keeping mum over the biggest events taking place in her northern neighbor? Here’s an answer

Indian media are notorious for thronging into Nepal even to cover and sensationalize trivial events. But, they have ignored the ongoing movement. CNN and BBC‘s coverage is far ahead of our neighboring countries’ media. CNN and BBC have shown unprecedented interest in the latest political upheaval. In one sense, these two world-known media know the news value. Continue reading India’s Media Card

Nepal’s ‘Orange Revolution’ Has Rain Break

By D. Michael Van De Veer

Overnight the sky above Kathmandu and much of the Kingdom was filled with beautiful displays of lighting and earth shaking thunder. The cold winds falling from the Himalayas clashed with the warm steamy air rushing up from the Indian sub-continent and bathed the country for 15 hours in cool rain.

The rain greeted the sunrise and despite being the 13th day of the bandha (strike) called by the 7-Party Alliance (SPA) and supported by the Maoist insurgents CPN (M), and civil-society from; journalists and medical professionals to government workers, bank employees, hotel and restaurant employees, students and their professors, human rights activists, party supporters, disabled and elderly associations, and even families of Security Force officials who have carried out attacks on the general population, there was finally some traffic as people rushed to buy what they could before shops and vegetable stalls ran completely out of stock.

Salt, medicine, every vegetable, kerosene, LP-gas, petrol and almost every item necessary for daily life is in short supply. What is available has, in some cases, more that trebled in price, leaving thousands to move nearer to starvation.

In desperation the Royal government has offered $48 for drivers and $21 to their assistants to join RNA (Royal Nepal Army) convoys and break the SPA strike and the Maoist blockade of the city to deliver desperately needed supplies. No goods have been reported delivered.

Most of the streets and endless alleyways of the ancient Silk-Road Capital have, for 12 days, been filled with the sounds of Nepal’s “Orange Revolution”.

Like Ukraine’s Orange Revolution of 2004 the Pro-Democracy demonstrations, estimated to be 1-million or more strong, have not responded to the brutal killings, disappearances, tear-gassing, baton beatings, firing of water cannon and rubber and live bullets with like violence. Young demonstrators have burned tires and hurled rocks but there have been no retaliatory shootings, knife attacks, or reported grave injury to any Security Forces.

The international community including India, UK and the US who armed and trained the Nepalese Security Forces have condemned the brutal and inhuman attacks on unarmed civilians participating in peaceful demonstrations.

Major news agencies report three Human Rights organizations; Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Commission of Jurists have called for “targeted sanctions” against those responsible for human rights violations today in Geneva, Switzerland at an international meeting called by the Swiss government to investigate the human rights conditions in Nepal and singled out those Nepalese Officials responsible for gross-human rights violations.

Those named in the call to be refused entry into any other country and have their personal assets outside Nepal seized, included:

The Chairman
Vice Chair of the Council of Ministers, Tulsi Giri
Justice Minister, Niranjan Tapha
Home Minister, Kamal Thapa
Information Minister, Shrish Shamsher Rana
Army Chief, General Pyar Jung Thapa
Inspector General of Police, Shayam Bhakta Tapa, and
Inspector General of Armed Police Force, Shahbir Thapa

Rumors, ahead of the mass rally called by the SPA for Thursday, have the King naming a former PM to head a “fantasy government” as put by a food employee.

“The next PM will not be named by a failed King, but by the people.”

Nepal’s Orange Revolution, if successful, will possibly be the largest non-violent democratic revolution in recorded history. The whole world watches as the rain stops and Kathmandu braces for another day.

>> Contact Michael:
P.O.Box 21218
Thamel, Kathmandu,
Nepal
Tel: 4700632

Free Expression in Asian Cyberspace

UWB! founder blogger Ujjwal Acharya is currently at Manila, Philipines participating in a conference for Asian bloggers called Free Expressional in Asian Cyberspace. The conference is being held at Asian Institute of Management in Makati. He will there there for a week. Meanwhile, other contributors of UWB! would continue bringing news and views from Nepal at this blog as usual.

Crackdown on Nepali Journalism

More than 200 Nepalese journalists arrested, dozens in custody Journalists continue fight against detentions, repressive media law

By Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, April 18, 2006—More than 200 Nepalese journalists have been detained since April 4 while participating in pro-democracy protests to demand press freedom or while covering the nationwide demonstrations, according to information compiled by the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ). The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of the 31 journalists who remain in custody. Continue reading Crackdown on Nepali Journalism