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Nepal urged to scrap amnesty plans

Human rights groups have asked Nepal's Maoist-led government to scrap any plans to grant amnesty to people involved in human rights abuses during years of conflict.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists and the Nepal-based Advocacy Forum asked prime minister Baburam Bhattarai to ensure that human rights violators held during and after the country's armed conflict be punished.

They say the Maoist party that came to power this week along with their new alliance had agreed to withdraw criminal cases filed during the country's conflict.

There was no immediate reaction from the government.

Maoists fought government troops until 2006 when they joined a peace process.

The conflict killed more than 13,000 people.

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