However, I could not stop thinking about Nepal – a country that had always brought to mind the Himalayas and a Mecca for people searching for inner peace and tranquility, now embroiled in a bloody, inhumane fight for basic human rights and political stability.
After reading the article on Nepal and assessing all its implications, I chose to assign a Political Terror Rating of Five. Following is my rationale: since 1996 the Royal Nepal Army (RNA) under the orders of King Gyanendra has been in an embittered war with the Communist Party of Nepal (CNP), also referred to as Maoist. The CNP launched what the referred to as the “Peoples War”. (Nepal, 1) The government forces, however, are contending that the CNP is nothing more than a terrorist group, not at all interested in the welfare of the people, but rather interested only in gaining control of the government. Amnesty International reported that since 1966 there have been 622 people who have ‘disappeared’, hundreds of people have executed and thousands of people have been place under arrest, many without warrants and no seeming grounds for arrest. There have also been numerous reports of torture. (Nepal, 1) Although the RNA reports they are fighting for the people of Nepal, there have been many documented cases as well that they are committing these atrocities as well.
The CNP’s main contention is that the King abolished the parliament and removed the Prime Minister and other cabinet members to regain total authority of the country.