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Amnesty: South Asian Separatist Conflicts, War on Terror Increase Rights Abuses

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Amnesty International says separatist conflicts in several South Asian countries during 2004 continued to cause widespread human rights violations. The annual report says despite attempts to solve long-standing conflicts, such as India and Pakistan's reconciliation talks and Sri Lanka's negotiations with rebels, armed political groups continued to carry out abuses. The report says arbitrary arrests and disappearances continued under government operations in the"war on terror," particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In India, Amnesty says many perpetrators of human rights violations continued to enjoy impunity, and security laws were used against political opponents. It says the government still has not prosecuted those responsible for sectarian violence in Gujarat in 2002. The rights group raised particular concern about Nepal, which it says slipped "deeper into crisis" in 2004 amid the continuing Maoist rebellion. The group accused both the government and security forces of abuses, including hundreds of killings and abductions. In an interview with Roquia Haider of Bangla Service, Abbas Fayez, a South Asian Official from Amnesty International says that crime and corruption are the main problems in Bangladesh.

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