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