Human rights groups have renewed their concern about enforced disappearances during the conflict between Maoist rebels and the Nepalese government, 1996-2006. Thousands disappeared and many families still do not know if their loved ones are dead or alive. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has documented nearly 1,619 disappearances. Of these, 1,234 were attributed to the security forces and 331 to the Maoist rebels, with 54 unidentified. But rights groups say the real number could be much more. Meanwhile, PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has agreed to release the remaining 3,000 former child soldiers from Maoist army cantonment camps by February. (IRIN, UN News Service)

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