A Day After the Mosque Blasts, All Condemn the Conspiracy

Normal life across Morang and Sunsari district came to a grinding halt on Sunday following a strike called in protest of the bomb explosions at a mosque at Sarauchiya in Biratnagar sub-metropolis on Saturday night. Two persons were killed and two other injured when three bombs went off almost simultaneously at a mosque in Biratnagar last night. Educational institutions, industries and marketplaces remained shut and vehicles stayed off the road due to the shutdown called by Morang Business Association. The Morang District Administration lifted the curfew clamped in Biratnagar. The district administration had issued curfew orders from 9 last night till 8 this morning in the areas surrounding the mosque to take situation under control in the aftermath of the incident. Continue reading A Day After the Mosque Blasts, All Condemn the Conspiracy

UNMIN Election Report No 2: Campaign Violence and Guerilla Movements

Conditions for Constituent Assembly election on 10 April 2008: a report by by the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), in conjunction with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal

Across much of the country, campaigning has continued in an enthusiastic and relatively peaceful manner, but a significant number of districts have experienced a surge in incidents involving clashes between different political party supporters. The main threats to peaceful campaigning were continuing acts of violence by armed groups in the Terai, and obstruction, intimidation and violence carried out by supporters of political parties against candidates and supporters of competing parties, as well as intimidation of voters. The gravest incidents during the past week were the killings of two cadres of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) in Kapilvastu and Solukhumbu, which bring the total number of violent deaths of Maoists since 5 February to at least seven; and the bomb attack at a mosque in Biratnagar which left two dead on 29 March . While the full details of these incidents remain unclear, the killings, violence and intimidation are stark reminders of the responsibility of the authorities and the political parties to create and maintain a conducive environment for the election. Continue reading UNMIN Election Report No 2: Campaign Violence and Guerilla Movements

For the Record, from the Campaign Trail

Conducts against the election code of conduct: This ‘Constituent Assembly Member Election 2008 Observation Bulletin’ was prepared by the National Election Monitoring Alliance (NEMA)

1. A clash took place between the activists of Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) and Terai Madesh Loktantrik Party (TMLP) at Tribhuvan Chowk in Nepalgunj on March 27, 2008 at around 1930 hours. The clash aroused with the minor dispute between the two party cadres. According to NEMA district representative, Mr. Jabbir Alam Siddhique, Municipal Coordinator of TMLP has been injured in the incident and taken him to India for treatment. Continue reading For the Record, from the Campaign Trail

Gross National Sadness: Bhutani Refugees

The other side of the refugee coin: There is more media coverage and outrage about 22,000 Tibetan refugees in Nepal than five times as many Bhutanis. Could it be because most Bhutani refugees are not Buddhists?

By Gyan Subba

Geo-politics is all about double standards and national interest. The Americans invade Iraq, ostensibly to restore democracy and get rid of Saddam, but everyone knows it is about oil.

India backs Nepal’s democracy movement, but is in bed with the Burmese junta. Everyone knows it’s about gas.

But how does one explain India’s outright support for Bhutan’s eviction of 100,000 refugees, and its help in transporting them to Nepal. It can’t only be about hydropower. Continue reading Gross National Sadness: Bhutani Refugees