Impunity for human rights violators, threats against the media, arbitrary arrest, and lengthy pretrial detention were serious problems.” The following is the full text of the report: BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2010 Nepal, a population of approximately 29 million, is a federal democratic republic.The political system is based on the 2007 interim constitution with a prime minister as the chief executive and a Constituent Assembly that serves as a legislature and is required to draft a new constitution by 2010.The case will remain active for 20 years and will be submitted to the court if the perpetrators are found.
Domestic and international observers generally characterized the 2008 election results as credible, although there were reports of political violence, intimidation, and voting irregularities.
“Violence, extortion, and intimidation continued throughout the year.
Numerous armed groups, largely in the Terai region in the lowland area near the Indian border, attacked civilians, government officials, members of particular ethnic groups, each other, or Maoist militias.
There were no further developments in the 2008 killing of Ram Hari Shrestha in Chitwan District.
In 2008 authorities charged five UCPN-M members in connection with the case: Govinda Bahadur Batala, Keshab Adhikari, Ganga Ram Thapa, Kali Bahadur Kham, and Arjun Karki.