Monthly Archives: January 2006

International Media Groups Condemn Nepal Repression

In the past year, there have been 273 arrests, 569 cases of press censorship

On the eve of first anniversary of the king’s seizure of power on Feb, 1, 2005, the International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission to Nepal, which includes members of 13 organizations, condemned a year of repression of Nepal’s media. 

Artistic Front of Nepal’s Democratic Movement

[Photo Essay]Powerful images of the struggle for democracy are displayed in Nepal

Nepal’s Democratic Artist Forum staged an exhibition of their arts on January 30 at Yala Maya Kendra, Lalitpur. Paintings, cartoons and short films by the artists-turned-activists were on display among others. Following are snapshots of their artworks in the exhibition.

©2006 Umesh

Nepal’s Elections Lacking Legitimacy

22 municipalities uncontested in upcoming elections

Nepal’s municipal election slated for Feb. 8, one of the most controversial in its history, will see nearly half the posts remain vacant despite officials reiterating that the poll will be held on time. 

Nepalese Set to Mark ‘Black Day’

Feb. 1 marks one year since monarch staged coup to take power

Rally for Democracy on Sept. 16, 2005 at New York.

Nepalese around the world are planning protest rallies to mark what they called a “black day” on Feb. 1. Last year, on the same day, Nepalese King Gyanendra assumed direct rule, suspending the elected prime minister and his cabinet. All means of communication, including the Internet, telephone, cell phones, and wireless were cut, leaders and activists jailed, and many civil liberties were suspended.

Wanted: Candidates for Municipal Elections

Nepal opposition boycott leads to difficulty filling posts

[Update: Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. (KST)]

According to election commission data, of the total 4,146 posts, 3,255 candidates filed nominations across the country.

The husband and wife candidates in Banepa municipality running for mayor and deputy mayor respectively — Ganesh Lal Shrestha and Lila Devi Shrestha — won the election by default, since they were uncontested.  

In Nepal, Oxen and Dogs Can Run For Mayor

Authorities try to identify ‘real’ candidates as protesters spoof domestic political process

In Nepal an ox and a dog have been put forth as candidates for mayor.

With cheap make-up and a banner reading “Vote for Me” on their backs, oxen and dogs are protest candidates in Nepal’s upcoming municipal elections. 

Police and Protestors Clash Again in Kathmandu

General strike called for Thursday

The Government of Nepal lifted its prohibitory order imposed inside the Ring Road area effective from Tuesday, Jan. 24, but that did not stop clashes between police and protestors. 

Nearly one-and-a-half dozen protestors have been arrested while they clashed with police at New Road, one of the busiest markets in Kathmandu, shouting anti-monarchy slogans. Police used excessive force including firing several rounds of tear gas shells, baton charges and water cannons. 

Nepal’s Living Goddess Affected By Turmoil

Tear gas fired near Kumari’s residence

Kumari, the living Goddess of Nepal, was affected by Kathmandu’s turmoil on Jan. 21, it was reported. 

Hundreds of security personnel and pro-democratic activists clashed near her residence at Basantapur. 

Day-Long Curfew Imposed in Kathmandu

Opposition Leader: ‘People will defy curfew order’

Attempting to thwart the planned demonstration and mass meeting of the opposition alliance, the Nepal government announced the imposition of a daytime curfew from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

Madhav Nepal, one of the main leaders of the alliance, said that the opposition remains undeterred. “People will defy the curfew order, and we will organize the program as planned.” He told a group of journalists on Thursday that tens of thousands of people will take to the street and defy the government order.

Dozens Arrested in Nepal for Defying Order

Peaceful protests continue despite government ban

Less than 12 hours after imposing a ban on protests, Nepal’s government saw their orders defied in the capital of Kathmandu and the adjoining city of Lalitpur on Tuesday, Jan. 17. As police were busy capturing those who defied the ban, the opposition alliance declared they would continue with peaceful protests as planned.

The government retaliated by extending by one hour itspreviously declared curfew order effective from Tuesday. Now an indefinite night curfew will be in effect in Kathmandu from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.