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UN Accuses Nepal's Maoist Rebels of Killings Despite Truce

The United Nations human rights body has accused Maoist rebels in Nepal of killing and abducting people despite a truce with the new government, and urged them to stop the violence.

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that, since May, at least nine people have been reported killed by the Maoists for their alleged criminal activity.

The U.N. body said the victims, in most cases accused of "crimes" or "offenses," should have been turned over to state authorities, so they could be investigated and, if appropriate, prosecuted in accordance with fair trial standards.

The U.N. body urged the rebels to also set up an internal mechanism that would probe allegations of abuses by its own cadres.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.