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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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Human Rights Monitoring Committee, Nepalgunj Draws Attention of Stakeholders

6 May 2020, Kathmandu: Duty of state to protect basic human rights of people persists during time of crisis. The current pandemic situation caused by Covid-19 has adversely affected the lives of people all around the globe. Amid this critical situation, the Human Rights Monitoring Committee, Nepalgunj, in which Advocacy Forum-Nepal is also a member, monitored the human rights situation in Banke district and draws attention of the stakeholders concerned during meeting and submitted an attention letter. Likewise, they issued a press statement in order to bring various issues of human rights to the attention of concerned stakeholders.

The committee found that many of the quarantine facilities in Banke district are not as per the standards set by the Government of Nepal. The committee found problems in quarantines such as those related to health check-up, food quality, sanitation and other health services. Furthermore, they have stressed that relief distribution to the needy people should be carried out as per the procedures prescribed by the Government. It should be transparent so that genuinely needy and marginalized people have access to the relief packages distributed by the Government.

The committee has further expressed concerns on the various problems related to health services. One of the major problem highlighted is that the private hospitals and health service providers are not providing quality health services. There is a lack of essential medicines, birthing centers are not being regulated, and in some places health workers are not obeying the directions/orders of local level government. Likewise, the activists also requested that security personnel and health workers be provided with Personal Protection Equipment and other necessary health equipment. The committee also highlighted that the plight of farmers as there is lack of seeds and fertilizers for agriculture. One the one hand the vegetables grown locally are being wasted because of lack of transportation and on the other hand the vegetables imported from India are being sold directly to the consumers at high price.

With an aim to monitor the situation of human rights during this crisis and draw the attention of the concerned stakeholders to protect and promote the basic rights of people, the committee has urged the government to provide support and make the conducive environment to the activists to monitor the human rights situation in the district. As of the day, 24 cases of COVID-19 positive cases are found in Banke district.

For further details of the attention letter, please find the attention letter attached. Attention letter of Monitoring Committee in Banke

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