YCL-MYF Clash in Terai Nepal
Nepal’s former Chief Justice & incumbent Human Rights Commission Chief Kedar Prasad Upadhyaya blamed the youth groups of political parties for creating lawlessness & terror in the society, and asked for an immediate dissolution of the party youth wings. Mr. Upadhyaya was responding to the public outcry over the violent activities of the Maoists’ youth group the Young Communist League (YCL) & the United Marxists & Leninists (UML’s) Youth Force (YF). The nation’s human rights watchdog Chief also accused PM Prachanda of “obsessed with political issues rather than the humanitarian one”. Mr. Upadhyaya certainly said the right thing, but it was too late for someone in his position.
The opposition Nepali Congress has already made it clear that the issue of Maoist Army integration can not be smoothly implemented unless the Maoists dissolved the YCL. The UML created the YF to “counter the YCL attacks”. Even the incumbent DPM Bamdev Gautam accused his boss PM Prachanda for encouraging lawlessness, & asked for the dissolution of both youth wings – YCL & YF. On the other hand, more than 15 parties have formed their guerilla youth outfit modeling on the Maoists’ YCL. People from all walks of life have been expressing their frustrations at the atrocities & violent behavior of the political parties’ youth wings. Mr.Upadhyaya’s constitutional body the National Human Rights Commission has certainly received several complaints against the extortions, abductions, & parallel policing by the political parties. But, what kept Mr. Upadhyaya from cautioning the government for ignoring human rights violations until the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee condemned the Nepal Government for HR abuses, & the Danish Foreign Minister had to visit Nepal & express his concerns over the undemocratic activities by the political party affiliated youth wings (read youth gangs)?
One expects a rights body to be the first in calling government as well as other rebel & religious forces’ attention for decent & humane conduct toward the dissenting lots. There must have been some valid reason behind the Chief Justice turned Chief HR officer’s delayed justice. Tell me Your Honor, what kept you from making a prompt response to Human Rights abuses – reward or punishment?