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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 an Interaction Program on Sudur Paschim Provincial Police Bill: Suggestions Provided for Incorporating Human Rights and Accountability Issues

Advocacy Forum - Nepal Organized an Interaction Program on Sudur Paschim Provincial Police Bill: Suggestions Provided for Incorporating Human Rights and Accountability Issues

25 December 2021, Dhangadi: On 25 December 2021, Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) organized an interaction program in Kailali, Dhangadi with an aim to discuss human rights aspects in the Sudurpaschim Provincial Police Bill. The representatives from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law, Sudurpaschim, Provincial Office of National Human Rights Commission, Sudurpashcim, District Police Office, Kailali, Provincial Police Office, Kailali District Bar Association and several media houses were present in the program.

Shedding light on the objective of the interaction, Om Prakash Sen Thakuri, Executive Director of AF stated that to strengthen criminal justice system in Nepal, the basic principles of human rights need to be incorporated in the legislation that binds law enforcement agencies.

While facilitating the program, Advocate Kashiram Dhungana explained about the set of recommendations on including aspects of human rights and accountability into law. In this regard, Dhungana shared that AF together with other HR organizations has prepared and submitted a set of recommendations on how can components of human rights and accountability be incorporated in the laws related to law enforcement agencies.

Highlighting the provisions mentioned in the Bill, the Chief Attorney General of Sudurpashcim Province, Kulnanda Upadhyay stated that the Bill includes provisions on the formation, classification, ranks and divisions of the provincial police force. Similarly, Upadhyay highlighted the duties of provincial police maintaining peace and order, protecting lives and property of the citizens, cooperating and coordinating with concerned agencies among others.

In the next session, the participants commented on the presented Bill. Few participants remarked that the Bill seemed exact copy of the Federal Police Act as it does not include the provisions related to various local level governments such as Rural Municipality, Municipalities, and Metropolitans etc. The participants suggested that investigation bureaus need to be established at the provincial level as well. Furthermore, the training on human rights should be provided to the police officials from the beginning and while doing so, traditional methods of training should be avoided, the participants added.

Responding to the opinions put forward by the participants, Purna Joshi, Province Minister of Internal Affairs and Law stated that she will suggest Legislative Committee of the Province to amend the Bill after rigorous discussion with police, human rights lawyers/activists and journalists.

To bring about reforms in overall criminal justice system, AF has been actively engaging with stakeholders of criminal justice system.

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