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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 Commemorated International Truth Day 2022; Victims Ask “How long should we wait to know the truth about our loved ones?”

24 March 2022, Kathmandu: To commemorate the 12th International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) together with the conflict victims network organized a series of discussion programs with victims and the concerned stakeholders in Morang, Kaski, Myagdi, Rupandehi, Banke, Surkhet, Dhangadi, and Janakpur. The discussion events were attended by conflict victims and representatives of Local Government, political parties, civil societies, police, and media among others. The discussion programs were moderated and coordinated by AF lawyers.

The participants in the programs collectively urged the Government to ensure victims’ right to know the truth about their loved ones, who were subjected to human rights violations during the armed conflict in Nepal. Bhim Bahadur Raut, one of the victim participants from Morang stated that the Local Government should include victims’ demands for truth and justice in their planning and programs. Similarly, Sitali Gharti and Rabi Budha Magar, from Kohalpur whose two sons were subjected to enforced disappearance during the conflict, expressed their grief of not knowing the truth and whereabouts of their sons and urged the Government to listen and take action to their concerns. The participants also stressed the need for wider and more meaningful consultations with victims for the amendment of the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act (TRC Act) as directed by the Supreme Court and in line with international human rights standards. Furthermore, the programs discussed the possible ways to tap the upcoming local elections in favor of conflict victims and streamline their agendas and demands.

The program concluded with the commitments from the representatives of political parties to address the issues of victims in their manifestos in the upcoming election. Likewise, the representatives of the Local Governments also pledged their commitment to bringing programs targeting the conflict victims. In addition, it was also demanded that the alleged perpetrators involved in committing human rights violations should be made candidates in the election and need of stringent vetting system.

The programs were generously supported by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA).

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