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Five months after the ceasefire, the Maoists are continuing with murder, pressure, extortion, taxation, and abduction. It looks like the government can't stop the violence and mayhem. Since 25 April, the Maoists have killed 19 and the state has killed nine.

Nepalis who were hopeful that the new political situation would finally make way for peace have lost hope. The Maoists and the state have both violated the ceasefire code of conduct.

Human rights activist Krishna Pahadi says, "Although the Maoists have entered mainstream politics, their character has not changed, and the state has done nothing to remedy the situation." The Maoists are using threats and violence to get things done.

In the last decade, Nepal has come to be known to have one of the worst human rights situations in the world.

Human rights activists say the nature of human rights violations is changing. "This is the first time since 2007 that the government has been so insensitive towards its citizens," says Subodh Pyakuryal of Insec. He says the government has failed to provide security to the Nepali people. "The Maoists do not need reasons to kill anyone, they recently killed a widow for remarrying. How can you say that they are following the code of conduct?" asks Pyakuryal.

Birendra Prasad Mishra of the ceasefire code of conduct monitoring committee agrees that both sides need to follow the code of conduct.

The latest victims of Maoist violence are Nepal Dairy's Herambha and Araniko Rajbhandari, who were beaten up by Maoists when the dairy's workers were not allowed to form a branch of the Maoist-affiliated union, ANTUF-R.



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