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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 Co-Organized a Interaction Program on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Nepal

8 March 2022, Kathmandu: To mark 112th International Women’s day 2022, Advocacy Forum (AF) incollaboration with Human Rights and Justice Centre (HRJC), The Story Kitchen (TSK), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Conflict Victim Women National Network (CVWN), Nagarik Awaz,(NA),and Voices of Women (VOW-Media) organized an interaction program titled, “Conflict-related Sexual Violence ( CRSV) : The Status of National Action Plan 1325 and 1820, and Concerns of Victims” at Alfa House, New Baneshwor Kathmandu. The interaction program was organized in a panel discussion format with an aim to bring the issue of victims of conflict-era sexual abuse into the foreground to raise the voice of justice for those affected. The program was attended by various civil society organizations, victim groups, representatives of concerned ministries and departments, political representatives, and media. The program was facilitated by Sushila Chaudhary, General Secretary of CVWN.

The program started with the documentary filmed by the Story Kitchen, showcasing the stories of victims of torture and conflict related sexual violence. During the program, Geeta Rasaily, Vice Chairperson of CVWN, who was also a member of the NAP Drafting Committee, stated that the second draft of the NAP had removed many terms such as conflict-related sexual violence and reduced the penalty period from four to three years, which she believes will impede the right to justice for many women exploited by sexual violence during armed conflict.

Similarly, Dr. Mandira Sharma from ICJ elaborated on the national and international provisions in the 1325 and 1820 National Action Plan.  The speakers representing political parties and parliaments including Hon'ble, Bimala Rai Poudyal (Member, National Assembly), Hon'ble Samina Hussain (Member, House of Representatives / Member, Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee), Hon'ble Pushpa Bhusal (Chief Whip of Nepali Congress House of Representatives Parliamentary Party) and Anita Pariyar (Central leader-All Nepal Women’s Association- Revolutionary) all showed their political commitment to raise the issue of conflict-related sexual violence and NAP 2nd phase in parliament as well as in the concerned party meetings. 

The interaction program was concluded with a commitment to continue a discussion series on the same topic to gather the governmental as well as parliamentary attention and commitment towards 2nd NAP 1325 and 1820.

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