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Ex-Maoist child solider Bista barred from traveling to Thailand

Aug 24. 2018
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By Kathmandu Post
Asia News Network

Aug 24, 2018-Former Maoist child solider Lelin Bista has been stopped from traveling to Thailand where he was to participate in an international youth conference.

Bista, who has long been raising the issue of child soldiers who were disqualified in the combatant verification process by United Nations Mission in Nepal, was stopped by the immigration officials at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Friday saying he did not have permission from the government to participate in the event.

However, there is no legal provision for getting approval from the government to travel abroad.

During the verification process that ended in December 2007, it was found that 2,972 Maoist guerrillas were child soldiers, while 1,036 were recruited after the peace accord was signed in 2006.


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