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我的尼泊爾朋友被拘禁

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Gopal是一名尼泊爾律師,身兼多個民間組織的成員,包括關注水資源環境和海外尼泊爾人權益等。我在菲律賓開會時與他結緣,及後通過電郵與其他會議上互相交流,也算得上是五湖四海的好朋友。最近一次碰面是在北京,他說之前才順道到過香港,為同胞爭取合法權益,包括曾經為英國服役人士的居英權。

可是,他最近也捲入一場政治風暴。尼泊爾國王自從今年一月以來,便大舉拘捕民間組織人士,根據國際特赦組織估計,至今已經有1,350人被拘禁。其實,他為環保、為同胞爭取合理權益,完全是合法行為。

尼泊爾國王拘禁民間組織人士,完全是毫無道理的。多個國際民間組織發起聯署和一人一信行動,呼籲關心尼泊爾、關心人權的同志們,一起聲援Gopal和其他被捕人士,抗議尼泊爾國王的拘禁行動,並要求他儘快釋放他們。以下是其中一個友好團體『國際河網』的號召信:

Get Active: ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER
FEAR FOR LIFE AND PERSONAL SAFETY OF GOPAL SIWAKOTI `CHINTAN'

Gopal Siwakoti "Chintin", a human rights lawyer and activist from Nepal, coordinator of Water and Energy Users Federation-Nepal and South Asian Solidarity for Rivers and Peoples Forum, and a close colleague of ours, has been unlawfully arrested and detained.

We learned that he was arrested at a public rally in Kathmandu on February 2, 2006. The current government of Nepal, lead by King Gaynendra, is making unlawfull arrests of human rights activists, political leaders and public figures since two weeks. Amnesty speaks of a "crackdown on the political opposition". Amnesty assumes that more than 1,350 people have been arrested since mid January, the majority of which are still detained.

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY FOR GOPAL BY SENDING THE FOLLOWING APPEAL TO
The Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home Affairs, homehmg-at-wlink.com.np

Thank You,

International Rivers Network

I condemn the unjustified arrest and detainment of Mr. Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan' and urgently appeal for his release.

I urgently appeal for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan', a human rights lawyer, who has been arrested on February 2, 2006 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

I condemns in the strongest terms the unjustified arrest and detainment of Gopal Siwakoti, the coordinator of Water and Energy Users Federation-Nepal and South Asian Solidarity for Rivers and Peoples Forum. Mr. Siwakoti is highly respected in the international movement for ecological justice and human rights.

I am deeply concerned for the safety of Mr. Siwakoti. Gopal Siwakoti is a forceful advocate for human rights and international solidarity. His arrest violates the fundamental right to free speech that underlies all just and democratic societies. I call on the government of Nepal to release Gopal Siwakoti immediately and unconditionally.

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