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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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Advocacy Forum- Nepal Organized a Consultation Meeting Among Stakeholders of Criminal Justice System and Human Rights in Banke

Advocacy Forum- Nepal Organized a Consultation Meeting Among Stakeholders of Criminal Justice System and Human Rights in Banke

30 December 2021, Banke: On 30 December 2021, Advocacy Forum- Nepal (AF) organized a consultation meeting with stakeholders of criminal justice system in Banke. The consultation was organized to have rigorous discussion among stakeholders in implementing principles of human rights in administering justice and the role it plays in strengthening overall criminal justice system. Judges from High Court Tulsipur, Nepalgunj Bench, District Court, Banke, advocates and representatives from District Administration Office, Banke, Child Correction Home, Banke, Nepal Bar Association, Nepalgunj High Court Bar Association, District Government Attorney’s Office, Banke and District Police Office, Banke among others attended the program.

Welcoming the participants, AF lawyer Basanta Gautam shed light on the objectives of the consultation. Gautam further briefed on the existing challenges in the administration of criminal justice system. He explained continued illegal detentions, torture, lack of access of detainees to legal representation, lack of proper infrastructure and facilities in detention centers and correction homes as major obstacles. 

Presenting a concept note relating to criminal justice system in Nepal, Honorable Judge Dr. Ratna Bahadur Bagchand stated that all the concerned stakeholders of criminal justice- police officials, public prosecutors, defense lawyers and judiciary- should follow the principles and international standards of human rights in their respective field of work. He also highlighted the widely accepted principles of criminal justice and stressed that all the concerned stakeholders should be sensitive towards those principles.

During the discussion session, the participants collectively expressed that the principles of criminal justice should be fully implemented and basic rights of detainees, prisoners and juveniles should be ensured. Some of the issues pointed out by the participants regarding criminal justice are illegal detentions, quasi-judicial bodies handing the cases beyond their jurisdiction among others. To overcome such challenges the participants provided suggestions as well. To name a few, they opined that an scientific and independent investigation team should be formed, counseling rooms should be maintained at the detention centers and court and timely implementation of court decisions should be carried out. 

The program ended with the participants suggesting to share the outcomes of AF’s work related to criminal justice system. It was decided that such programs will be conducted in timely manner.

AF has been actively engaged in bringing about reforms in criminal justice system in Nepal and working towards upholding principles of human rights in criminal justice system. 

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