U.N. human rights experts are urging Nepal to use restraint after three more anti-monarchy protesters were shot dead.
In a statement on Thursday, the experts condemned what they call the "excessive and deadly use of force" by Nepal's royal government in recent weeks.
The U.N. officials said security forces have resorted to beatings and the indiscriminate firing into crowds... while they also urged demonstrators to act peacefully.
The experts included Philip Alston, Hina Jilani, Ambeyi Ligabo, Manfred Nowak and Leila Zerrougui.
The protests against King Gyanendra's seizure of absolute power have resulted in at least 13 deaths.
VOA's correspondent in Nepal says the latest fatalities came as troops opened fire Thursday on a large crowd of protesters trying to break through police cordons. Another 37 people were wounded in the incident that took place on the edge of the shoot-on-sight curfew zone around Kathmandu.
Meanwhile, India's special envoy, former cabinet minister Karan Singh, ended his talks with both sides in Kathmandu. He later said he is hopeful King Gyanendra will soon make an announcement that will help defuse the situation and the political stalemate.
King Gyanendra dismissed Nepal's elected government 14 months ago, saying the officials then in power had not been able to control Maoist rebels who now have joined hands with the main political parties.