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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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AF Organized an Interaction Program on Reparative Needs of the Victims in Marsyangdi Rural Municipality, Lamjung

AF Organized an Interaction Program on Reparative Needs of the Victims in Marsyangdi Rural Municipality, Lamjung

23 December 2021, Pokhara: To discuss the role and forge the way forward on how can Local Government can fulfill its responsibilities towards the victims, Advocacy Forum- Nepal organized an interaction program titled “The Role of Local government in fulfilling Victim’s Reparative Needs” at Marshyangdi Rural Municipality Office on 23 December 2021.The program was attended by the victims, representatives of the political parties, elected representatives of various wards, and the victims of Marshyangdi Rural Municipality. Altogether, 29 participants (20 males and 9 females) attended the program.

Facilitating the program, AF lawyer Kunjani Pariyar Pyasi shared that such programs are essential to make the government at the local level responsible for the reparative needs of the victims and to get acquainted with the local initiatives and progress that the local level has been doing for addressing the needs of conflict victims. 

During the program, there was a rigorous discussion among the participants on the efforts the local government have put for the conflict victims and the further actions that could be taken at the local level. The victim participants in the program shared their painful stories of the conflict. They expressed their frustrations regarding lack of progress in TJ process and stated that the role of the Local Government is crucial in addressing the reparative needs of the victims.

Amidst the discussion, Yuwa Ghale, Chairperson of Ward No. 5 of Marshyangdi Rural Municipality suggested that the reparative concerns of the victims, such as those related to health and education could be introduced by the Local Government. Ghale also remarked that programs like these should be raised at other local levels as well as during the time of election. Ram Prasad Subedi, a representative of Nepali Congress, committed that he would put Transitional Justice as one of their agendas during the upcoming local election.

Hom Bahadur BK, Vice Chairperson of Marshyangdi Rural Municipality highlighted the efforts being taken and planned by the Municipality. BK stated that the Municipality has planned to build Martyrs Park, provide scholarship in technical education to conflict victims, provide blue identity cards to the victims of torture for health insurance among others. It was indeed upon the request of BK and having the significant number of conflict victims subjected to torture during the conflict in Marshyangdi Rural Municipality, that AF organized the interaction program.

The program concluded on an optimistic note with the Local Government agreeing to help the victims who are still facing difficulties and political parties committing to include the issues of victims in the policies and programs in the forthcoming budget. It was decided that the further discussions will be carried out in future as well. AF also pledged its commitment to provide technical and financial support during such discussions, if needed.

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