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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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Conflict Victims Draw Attention of Stakeholders-Submit Memorandum in Banke

Conflict Victims Draw Attention of Stakeholders-Submit Memorandum in Banke

On 23 June 2020, Advocacy Forum-Nepal together with District Transitional Network, Banke submitted a memorandum to Ajay Kumar Shrivastav (Coordinator, District Coordination Committee, Banke), Dirgharaj Upadhyay (Assistant Chief District Officer, District Administration Office, Banke), Uma Thapa Magar (Deputy Chief, Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan Office) and Chandrakanta Chapagain (Chief, National Human Rights Commission, Nepalgunj), regarding the concerns of conflict victims during the COVID-19. The Memorandum was also communicated to Baijanath Rural Municipality via an email.

On behalf of conflict victims, who have not been able to participate on any platforms lately to voice the pains caused by the pandemic, the District Transitional Network, Banke, took initiation to meet the stakeholders in person to communicate and highlight the concerns of conflict victims and seek possible ways to address those concerns. The 6-point memorandum shed light on the impact of a pandemic on lives of conflict victims. Furthermore, the memorandum draws the attention of stakeholders on the following issues: 

1. Due to the pandemic and prolonged lockdowns, conflict victims surviving on minimum wages or daily wages are facing difficulties to feed their families.
2. Torture victims, disabled victims or those victims with regular medication prescriptions have not been able to purchase medicines owing to lack of money (as works have been suspended) or travel to pharmacies as a consequence of travel restrictions.
3. Local authorities have not paid proper attention to conflict victims during the distribution of relief packages.
4. Till date, many conflict victims have not received any kind of relief. The relief is inadequate and insufficient as the amount of rice and lentils provided in relief does not sustain beyond eight to ten days.
5. Majority conflict victims expressed grievances as their concerns have not been taken seriously by authorities in recent days. Moreover, conflict victims have not been in the priority list of NHRC during these difficult times.
6. The pandemic has directly affected the lives of conflict victims. In this situation, it is of utmost importance that local government through local assembly formulate policies and programs to address the needs and concerns of conflict victims by introducing income-generating, skill- development, and employment-based programs. Similarly, programs relating to education, health and activities should be placed to ease the life of the victim families.

Responding to the delegation the stakeholders expressed their commitment to addressing the concerns of conflict victims as soon as possible. Furthermore, they also shared their commitment to communicate the issues highlighted on the memorandum to all three tiers of the government and to proactively urge authorities to act on it.

Chandrakala Upreti (Coordinator, District Transitional Network, Banke) along with representatives from Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF-Nepal), Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD) and Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) jointly submitted the memorandum to the concerned stakeholders. 

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