Rebels accused of human rights violations

A United Nations human rights agency has accused Nepalese Maoist insurgents of continuing to commit human rights abuse. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to the Maoists to punish those responsible for continued abuse. A ceasefire was agreed between the rebels and the government in April, but incidences of murder, torture and extortion have been reported. Following persistent national and international criticism, the rebel leaders recently issued orders for such abuse to be halted, but the reports continued to come in. The truce has been followed by peace talks to end the 10-year insurgency that has left 13,000 people dead.