April 2, 2007 |
Six former communist rebels were sworn in as part of Nepal's interim government, a major step in a peace process that ended their decade-long insurgency. The Maoist leaders pledged to ensure development in the impoverished Himalayan nation and hold credible elections in June. More than 13,000 people were killed before a cease-fire was declared in April 2006 after weeks of pro-democracy protests that forced King Gyanendra to give up absolute rule and restore the disbanded parliament.
March 16, 2007 |
Communist rebels besieged a police outpost in eastern India on Thursday, killing 54 people and wounding nearly a dozen more before fleeing into the surrounding jungle under cover of darkness. The early morning raid was one of the bloodiest attacks in years by the so-called Naxalites, Maoist insurgents who have waged an armed campaign against the Indian government for four decades. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called the group the nation's No. 1 threat to public security.
January 21, 2007 |
AN estimated 12,500 people were killed during the decade-long Maoist insurgency in Nepal. Bombs exploded in busy tourist areas, demonstrations erupted in violence and road blockades disrupted transportation, but no tourists were killed. The most serious threat occurred in the mountains, where Maoist bands stopped trekkers and demanded money. Those who resisted were threatened or detained. In 2002, Maoists stopped American travel writer Jeff Greenwald in the middle of a trek.
January 16, 2007 |
Former communist rebels joined Nepal's interim parliament, stepping into mainstream politics for the first time after a decade of deadly insurgency. Eighty-three Maoists joined the 330-seat interim Legislature, taking oaths of office in a ceremony that was broadcast live on national television.
November 22, 2006 |
After a decade of armed struggle and the deaths of thousands of people, Maoist rebels entered a peace agreement Tuesday with the government of Nepal that is aimed at bringing onetime fighters into the political mainstream of the state they once swore to overthrow.
November 9, 2006 |
Nepal's communist rebels agreed to lock up their weapons, confine thousands of fighters to camps and join an interim government. Thousands of government troops and weapons also will be sequestered. The United Nations will supervise both sides. Prime Minister Prasad Koirala said he was confident that a decade-long insurgency was nearing its end. Maoist rebel leader Prachanda also applauded the deal, though he said that "the road ahead is tough."
June 14, 2006 |
The Nepalese government freed 190 imprisoned communist rebels Tuesday after withdrawing terrorism cases against them as part of efforts to forge peace with the insurgents, official said. Home Ministry spokesman Baman Prasad Neupane said they were freed from prisons in nine cities and towns across this Himalayan nation. The government had announced a day earlier that anyone jailed under an anti-terrorism law imposed by the previous government of King Gyanendra would be freed.
May 5, 2006 |
Maoist rebels agreed Thursday to participate in peace talks with Nepal's government, calling recent protests that forced King Gyanendra to restore democracy a "historic movement." The announcement came a day after Nepal's new Cabinet matched the Maoists' declaration of a three-month cease-fire, dropped terrorism charges against rebel leaders and urged them to return to the negotiating table to find ways to end the insurgency that has killed 13,000 people in the last decade.
April 26, 2006 |
Elation and relief surged through the streets here Tuesday as the people of this Himalayan nation embraced the prospect of a return to democratic government and savored the defeat of the king who abrogated it. But a note of warning tempered the festive mood when Maoist rebels, instigators of a decade-long insurgency that has cost about 13,000 lives, rejected King Gyanendra's offer to reinstate parliament and accused the political opposition of betrayal in accepting the deal.