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Ram Nath Pandey, appointed Foreign Minister in the Royal Cabinet

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Lists of the Arrested and the Hunted

What follows are incomplete lists of persons jailed, under house arrest, and forced into hiding to avoid arrest. We will continue to update these lists as more information becomes available. Nepal Bar Association members report use of the Public Security Act which, combined with the State of Emergency, gives unbridled preventive detention powers.

Shankar Pokhrel, Director of Media Relations for the CPN(UML) reported that as of 5 February the Royal Nepal Army had a list of 1,000 people from his party who they sought to arrest. The list is divided into three categories. Category A is called "sensitive persons" and consists of people with the capacity to lead the masses, who are spokespeople and very well-known. Category B is for Central Committee Members and Category C is for general cadres. There is no reason to think that such a scheme would be applied to the CPN (UML) alone. Presumably such lists exist for all the other political parties whose members are being hunted -- which is to say all parties that have engaged in parliamentary politics since the People's Movement of 1990.

We have reports of hundreds of arrests throughout the country since the coup, and quite probably arrests running into the thousands. Active members of civil society from many walks of life, not just political party workers and leaders, are being arrested and hunted. Time Asia also reports that hundreds of students, politicians and government workers were rounded up in the morning hours just before the 10am coup announcement by King Gyanendra. Here we are listing the names of individuals as we receive reliable information.

We should note that if journalists do not appear on these lists in any numbers, it is not because the record on persecution of the press has improved (Nepal had the distinction of being declared the world's largest jail for journalists by Reporters without Borders in 2004). It is because the army has placed the entire sector under house arrest.

Please send in corrections and additions (with indication of the source and reliability of your information). Please also send news of possible or rumoured arrests, marked as such.

(or, in coup-speak: Democracy Consolidated)

Under House Arrest
(or, in coup-speak: Democracy Preserved)

Being Hunted
(or, in coup-speak: Tirelessly Protecting Democracy)

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