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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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A Memorandum submitted requesting the government to ratify the Rome Statute

A Memorandum submitted requesting the government to ratify the Rome Statute

On the occasion of International Justice Day, Advocacy Forum-Nepal along with other human rights organizations submitted a memorandum to the government through District Administration Office, Banke appealing ratification of Rome Statute.

The memorandum submitted through Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Kurumwang was signed by Basanta Gautam (Advocacy Forum-Nepal), Sunil Kumar Shrestha (Deputy Chair, Nepal Bar Association), Bikash Acharya (Chairperson, Nepalgunj High Court Bar Association), Ayub Siddhiki (Chairperson, District Court Bar), Pralad Bahadur Karki (Chairperson, Human Rights Organization, Banke), Bhola Mahat (INSEC Province 5 Coordinator), Namaskar Shah (chairperson, Non-governmental organization Federation Banke), Prabhat Kumar Thakuri (Chairperson, Human Rights Alliance Banke), Basaka Man Bhandari, Kamala Panta (Abhiyan Nepal), Maimuna Siddhiki (Fatima Foundation) and so on. In the submission event, Chief of National Human Rights Commission-Nepalgunj, Chandrakanta Chapagain was also present.

The memorandum stress the need to end the culture of impunity by fulfilling the commitments made at international level. Apart from appealing the government to ratify the Rome Statute, a major objective of the memorandum is to urge the government to take positive steps to provide justice to the victims of past human rights violations.

The international criminal court prosecutes and makes the perpetrators responsible for the 4 international crimes (genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes and crime of aggression). The memorandum stresses that the ratification of the Rome Statute doesn’t encroach on Nepal’s sovereign rights but rather supports in ending the culture of impunity and create a conducive environment for justice.

The signatories highlighted that the reinstated parliament unanimously directed the government to ratify the Rome Statute on 25 July 2006. In addition, a number of countries have also recommended Nepal to ratify the Statute in the Universal Periodic Reviews. Furthermore, on 11 February 2009, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs presented the agenda of ratification of the Rome Statute at the Council of Ministers. So, the memorandum stresses the need to ratify the Rome Statute highlighting the role and importance of the Rome Statute in establishing accountability and also prevent commission of such crimes in future. It is important to note that despite being relatively new, the Rome Statute is a milestone in strengthening international criminal justice.

Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Kurumwang committed to forward the memorandum to the concerned government authority as it is upto the decision of the government whether or not to ratify the Statute.

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