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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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Workshop on Enforced Disappearance Convened in Nepal

Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) and Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) jointly organized a workshop on Enforced Disappearance in Asia on 27 and 28 May 2019 at Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur Nepal. The main objectives of the program were to shed light on the best practices, challenges and existing remedies of various countries, the effort of the government in addressing the cases of enforced disappearance and strategies to combat enforced disappearances.

The program was primarily attended by victims of enforced disappearance from countries around the globe, victim family from Nepal, human rights activists, stakeholders, government representatives, representatives of human rights organization and civil societies among others. The module of the program was a panel discussion followed by an open discussion session. The panel had a diverse range of discussion topics that includes the regional and global context of the Disappearances,  the government commitment in search of  the disappeared persons, the stance of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Nepal and its commitment to the cases of enforced disappearance, experience sharing by victims of enforced disappearance and human rights organizations from various countries and the discussion on Guiding Principles for the Search for Disappeared Person approved by the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearance. The program had a group discussion on the different provisions and principles and suggestions were sought how the guiding principles are best used in the different context in search of the disappeared persons.

During the program, the speakers and the participants reiterated that enforced disappearance in Nepal did not begin with the civil war; the trend was always there. Both the speakers and the victims shared their concern regarding deepening culture of impunity and the consequences it has on the victim families and also stressed that the verdict of Supreme Court of Nepal, 2015 should be followed. The participants unanimously expressed that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) should be re-formed only after necessary amendments of the laws and that these commissions should be free from political interference so that their mandates can be fulfilled. The panel, as well as the representatives of various human rights institutions and victims, urged the Government of Nepal to ratify the Convention for Protection of All People from Enforced Disappearance so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice and future commission of such grave human rights violations can be prevented.

For further details, please find the enclosed press statement in English and Nepali.

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