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Government fails to bring laws for operation of TRC and CIEDP: Even though the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) had recommended the Government to bring a law to criminalize torture, the Government has not amended and enacted new laws required for the effective functioning of these bodies. The bodies also sought amendments in their own Act to define some crimes, and to scrap the statute of limitation for rape, especially for the incidents of rape that were committed during the decade-long Maoist insurgency, that ended in November 2006. The Himalayan Times, April 28, 2016.

Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar urges Tarai-centric parties to find political solution through talks: Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar on April 22 urged the Tarai-centric parties to find political solution through talks. Gachchhadar who is also the chairman of the Madhesi People's Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) informed that the Government was continuing talks with all sides as consensus and collaboration among the major parties was essential to implement the Constitution. My Republica, April 23, 2016. 

Maoist parties issue joint statement calling Government to scrap conflict-era cases: Four Maoist parties and the New Force Nepal led by a former Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai on April 21 issued a joint statement calling the Government to scrap conflict-era cases, claiming that such cases violated the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA). The four Maoist parties are Mohan Baidhya-led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist-Revolutionary Maoist, CPN (Maoist) led by Matrika Yadav and Revolutionary Communist Party Nepal led by Mani Chandra Thapa, besides ruling Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Himalayan Times, April 22, 2016.

Fresh movement only option left to force Government to address Madhesi demands, says SP Chairman Rajendra Mahato: Sadbhawana Party (SP) Chairman Rajendra Mahato on April 15 said that fresh movement only option left to force the Government to address Madhesi demands. He said that the Madhesi forces would launch Kathmandu-centric agitation along with indigenous nationalities this time around. Himalayan Times, April 16, 2016.

Maoists' uprising would move forward under the strength of full unity, says UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal: Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal addressing a joint training organized by Society of Martyrs' Families and the Society of the Families of Fighters Disappeared by the State at the party headquarters in Kathmandu on April 13 said that the Maoists' uprising would move forward under the strength of full unity. Dahal pledged to thrust forward by breaking all obstacles while respecting the people's sentiment. My Republica, April 14, 2016.

UDMF, Federal Alliance, INNM and some other outfits agree to launch nation-wide movement under single banner: A meeting of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), Federal Alliance, Indigenous Nationalities National Movement (INNM) and some other outfits championing the cause of Janajatis held a meeting in Kathmandu on April 9 and agreed to launch a nation-wide movement under single banner in order to force the major forces to ensure rights of Madhesis, Janajatis and other marginalized communities. Rajkishor Yadav, Chairman of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Republican (MJF-R), a constituent of the UDMF said the Madhesi and Janajati forces agreed that there was no alternative to movement for the Government remained indifferent to their demands. Himalayan Times, April 10, 2016.

UDMF directs its constituents to prepare for another movement to begin from mid-April: Democratic Madheshi Front (UDMF) on March 31 directed its constituents to prepare for another movement to begin from mid-April. According to spokesperson for National Madhes Socialist Party (NMSP) Keshav Jha, the UDMF will wait and see till mid-April. If the major parties and the Government do not address the demands of the front, then agitating forces will start their protests in the third week of April. "This time we will launch protests in all the regions and they will be decisive," Jha said. Himalayan Times, April 1, 2016.

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