A joint statement by the EU Delegation and EU Member States represented in Kathmandu was issued on 3 June deploring the tragic loss of life in Rukum, condemning violence based on caste and other grounds and expressing the EU’s support to efforts undertaken to conduct a fair investigation leading to action to ensure justice and reparations for the victims and their families.

The statement also emphasised that “the EU remains committed to support the efforts of the Government of Nepal to ensure full elimination of caste-based discrimination and the full implementation of the constitutional guarantees. We call for the full force of the law to be brought against those perpetrating such crimes and discrimination”. The statement was covered in the national press in Nepal.

The EU Ambassador to Nepal, Veronica Cody, also tweeted on the killings in Rukum on 30 May expressing the EU’s heartfelt condolences to the families and love ones of those killed , condemning such caste-based acts of violence and standing together with all those calling for justice for the victims.