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Krishna Adhikari

Krishna Adhikari On 6 June 2004, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, a resident of Fujel village of Gorkha District, was murdered in Chitwan District by Maoist cadres. Krishna Prasad was visiting his grandparents after having taken the SLC examinations, and he was abducted from Bakullahar Chowk by men who came on a motorcycle ...
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Maina Sunuwar

Maina Sunuwar Around 6 am on February 17, 2004, a group of RNA soldiers arrested Ms Maina Sunuwar, a 15-year-old schoolgirl of Kharelthok VDC-6, Kavre district. She disappeared since her arrest. Her family members, with support from villagers and school where Maina was a student, visited detention centers ...
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Sanjeev Kumar Karna

Sanjeev Kumar Karna Sanjeev Kumar Karna was one among the 11 persons arrested on October 8, 2003. On that fateful day, they had gone to attend a picnic program organized by the students at a place called Kariyachauri VDC-4, and from picnic, they went to Kataiya Chowri Area of Dhanusha district where they ate some food ...
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Arjun Bahadur Lama

Arjun Bahadur Lama, 48 years in age, permanent resident of Chhatrebas VDC -5, Dapcha in Kavre district was abducted by a group of Maoist cadres, three in number, on 29 April 2005 (2062.1.16 BS) from the premises of Sri Krishna Secondary School at Chhatrebas VDC-1 of the district.
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Hari Prasad Bolakhe

Hari Prasad Bolakhe, 35 (while missing) a permanent resident of Phulbari VDC-8, Kavre district, a pastor by profession, had been missing since the arrest December 27, 2003, was reportedly killed by security persons. A team of National Human Rights Commission discovered a human skeleton in a jungle ...
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Sarala Sapkota

Around 11 p.m. on July 15, 2004, a group of 12 armed soldiers arrested Sarala Sapkota at her grandfather’s house. The family, who witnessed the arrest, stated that soldiers gave Sarala no reason for her arrest. After her arrest, Sarala’s family went to Baireni barracks and the DPO ...
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Birendra Shah

On the evening of 5 October 2007, Mr. Birendra Shah, 34, resident of Inruwasira VDC-8, Bara district, a local journalist of Bara district and correspondent of Nepal FM, Avenues Television and Dristi weekly, was abducted by Maoists from Pipara Bazaar in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara ...
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Bishwanath Parajuli, Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang

Three persons namely Bishwonath Parajuli (also called Nagendra Parajuli), Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang of Hasandaha VDC, Morang were shot dead by the security personnel on 28 September 2004. According to the eyewitnesses, other victims and the villagers, about 16 people were arrested ...
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Chot Nath Ghimire and Shekhar Nath Ghimire

Chot Nath Ghimire, a 58-year-old farmer, resident of Ishaneshor VDC-4, Ratamate Majhpokhari of Lamjung district was allegedly arrested by the Joint Security Forces of Joint Security Camp stationed at Bhorlatar VDC, Lamjung district on February 2, 2002 (2058.10.20). The security camp called Mr. ...
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Bhauna Tharu

Bhauna Tharu (Bhauna Chaudhary in the citizenship card), 21 years old male (at the time of the incident; Date of Birthe: 8 September 1978), son of Purna Bahadur Chaudhary, permanent resident of Sujanpur village, Neulapur VDC-4, Bardiya district, and an employee of Rastriya Gobar Gas, Gulariya, ...
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Close Encounters

Stories from the Frontline of Human Rights Work in Nepal

Close Encounters
During Nepal’s armed conflict and its aftermath, human rights violations not only scarred and destroyed the victims but had a devastating effect on the lives of human rights defenders.
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International Week of the Disappeared, 2019 Commemorated in Nepal

International Week of the Disappeared, 2019 Commemorated in Nepal

On the occasion of the International Week of the Disappeared 2019, Advocacy Forum-Nepal together with Conflict Victims' Society for Justice (CVSJ-Nepal) organized and hosted events in Illam, Pokhara, Nepalgunj and Kathmandu during the last week of May 2019.  The program was primarily attended by conflict victims, victims’ families of those disappeared, representatives from human rights organizations, civil society members and local government representatives.  The activities included a discussion program on the situation of the family and the ongoing debate of TJ process, the pain and suffering of victims and how their issues can be addressed at the local and national level. Now, victim families in Nepal have joined hands with the victims’ families of the disappeared from around the world and fight together in search of their disappeared loved ones. 

During the programs, Lawyers from Advocacy Forum and the victims' leaders briefed and shared about the ongoing debate and lacunae of the Transitional Justice (TJ) process. Victim families expressed that they have undergone economic, social and psychological hardship due to the apathy of the government to settle and make these issues a high priority. Furthermore, they also warned of the government to correct the past mistakes and recommended that the process of recruitment of Chairpersons and members in TRC and CIEDP commission happen only after the amendment of the TRC act and when it is in-line with the verdict of the SC and international standards. The victim families also demanded that the whereabouts of their loved ones should be made public without further delay.

Likewise, the representatives from different parts of the world who attended a workshop titled, "Enforced Disappearance in Asia, Existing Laws, Challenges and Way Forward" held on 27 and 28 May 2019 in Kathmandu expressed their solidarity by observing a one-minute of silence to the disappeared persons in Nepal and the world. Furthermore, they urged the government of Nepal to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and advance the long-simmering TJ process in Nepal, to make it credible and victim-centric.

Every year during the last week of May, the families of the disappeared and human rights advocates around the world join together in commemorating the International Week of the Disappeared (IWD).

In Nepal, more than 1,300 people were disappeared during the internal armed conflict. The fate and whereabouts of many people are yet to be known. Victims and their families have been waiting for truth and justice for many years, still to no avail. AF-Nepal and CVSJ express solidarity with the pain and the struggle of the victims and their families in the search for their loved ones.

Please see the statement of ICAED and AFAD. Advocacy Forum-Nepal is a member organization of AFAD and ICAED. 

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