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Top Nepal panel says no amnesty for serious war crimes

A government-appointed panel has urged that no amnesty be offered to former Maoist rebels or security forces who committed serious abuses during Nepal's civil war, one of its members said Friday. More than 16,000 people died in the decade-long conflict between Maoist guerrillas and the state, which ended in 2006. At least 1,300 went missing, according to UN figures. The government established the panel to work on legislation to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, aimed at healing the wounds from the long civil war.

Russian parliament passes amnesty bill that includes Greenpeace crew members

MOSCOW - Russia's parliament has voted for an amnesty bill that includes crew members of a Greenpeace ship and jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band. But it wasn't immediately clear when or if the 30 Greenpeace activists, including two Canadians, would be allowed to leave the country. Paul Ruzycki of Port Colborne, Ont., and Alexandre Paul of Montreal were granted bail by a Russian court last month.< The amnesty has been largely viewed as the Kremlin's attempt to soothe criticism of Russia's human rights records ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year.

1.8-metre missile, machine gun and bayonets all part of B.C.'s gun amnesty

RICHMOND, B.C. - A British Columbia gun amnesty appeared to be the perfect solution for the person who had a 1.8-metre missile hidden away in storage for years. The missile and other notable weapons included bayonets from the 1800s, a machine gun, rifles, handguns, shotguns and 31,000 rounds of ammunition were collected in the month-long amnesty program.

Factbox - Russia's business amnesty

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament last week approved an amnesty which could free thousands of entrepreneurs jailed for business crimes. Here are some details on the amnesty: - It applies to 27 crimes including the following articles from Russia's Criminal Code: 159.1 - credit fraud 159.4 - fraud in the sphere of entrepreneurial activities 176 - obtaining credit illegally 177 - evading repaying debt

Czech PM survives no-confidence vote over controversial amnesty

* Opposition fails to oust PM Necas over unpopular amnesty * Investigations of some financial crimes halted * Czechs outraged, viewing politicians as aiding graft By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas survived a vote of no confidence on Thursday after coming under sharp attack for an amnesty that halted investigations of dozens of financial crimes.
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