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Seize royal asset outside the country: Amnesty

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Kathmandu, Mar 24 (UNI) Amnesty International said that it was lobbying with the UN agencies and other international human rights groups for 'smart sanctions' against Nepal, media reports here said.

Smart sanctions can restrict government officials, Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) personnel and members of royal family from foreign travel and seize their 'assets outside the country' Purna Sen, Programme Director for Asia and the Pacific, Amnesty International was quoted as saying in the local media.

Amnesty has launched a discussion in international fora for the seizure of assets of the royal family and army officers, Kantipur quoted him as saying.

Smart sanctions are so tailored that they will not affect the general public, he said.

We do not anticipate the participation of RNA personnel with records of human rights violations in Nepal in UN peacekeeping operations, he said.

''International pressure so far has helped to curb some of the worst violations committed by the security forces but the fundamental problem of impunity for human rights violations has not been addressed,'' nepalnews quoted one of the members of the team, Director of AI UK Kate Allen as saying.

Security force personnel who have been prosecuted for human rights violations have received disproportionately light sentences that cannot be seen to have delivered justice and which are not likely to have any deterrent effect, the AI official said.

AI Denmark Chief Lars Jergesnen said that the government should heed the repeated call of the international community to restore civil and political rights. He stressed that there must not be mass arrest and restrictions on freedom of Assembly ahead of the next month's political protests.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal has been arrested from his residence in Koteshwor yesterday.

Nepal was under house arrest since January. Arrest of Nepal has come just a few days before the planned mass demonstration of political parties in Kathmandu next month.

Seven political parties have been launching protests since the royal take over in February last year for the restoration of democracy.

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