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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 Capacity Enhancement Training for Child Reform Home Staff

13 February 2023, Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum Nepal (AF) organized a three-day Capacity Enhancement Training for Child Reform Home Staff in Operation and Management in Kathmandu from 11 to 13 February 2023.

Participants in the training programme included child reform home chiefs, wardens, psychosocial counsellors, support staff, and AF's lawyers.

On the first day, AF's Director Bikash Basnet presented an overview of the organization's activities and delved into the details of juvenile justice and support to Child Reform Homes (CRH) across the country.

AF's Prevention of Torture Department Coordinator Kumar Prasad Thapaliya shared AF's works and achievements in the juvenile justice sector.

Ministry of Women, Children, and Senior Citizens Spokesperson Indu Ghimire gave a presentation on the Role of Government and departments concerned in managing child reform homes. She talked in detail about the existing practices, challenges, and way forward in CRH management. During this interactive session, Ghimire fielded the questions raised by the participants and gave them updates about the initiatives taken by the ministry to facilitate the smooth management of child reform homes across the country.

In the first session of the second day of the training, Joint Attorney at the Kathmandu District Attorney Office Chief Sandesh Shrestha gave a presentation on "Existing Laws, Practices, Challenges and Opportunities in Prosecuting the Cases of Juveniles". He talked in detail about case diversion and explained about the sensitivity to be adopted while prosecuting the case of juveniles.

In the second session, Dr. Mandira Sharma presented "Global Standards in Child Reform Home and Prison Management: International Laws and Practices under Juvenile and Prisoners' Rights". She also communicated about the observations she had made during her visits to certain CRHs across the country. In this interactive session, participants talked about the best practices being followed and the challenges encountered in the management of the respective CRHs.

The third session of the second day featured the presentation of Bidhan Khaniya, Programme Manager at the Secretariat of the Central Juvenile Coordination Committee (SCJCC). Khaniya talked about the "Role of SCJCC and other stakeholders concerned in Monitoring and Protecting the Rights of Juveniles". He informed that the SCJCC has proposed several progressive amendments to the Act Relating to Children to serve the best interest of the juveniles.

In the first session of the third day, Kamal Prasad Pandey, Director and Spokesperson at the Department of Prison Management gave a Google Meet presentation on the "Management, Logistics, and Security Concerns at CRHs: Current Problems and Ways to Mitigate Them". He especially focused on the need to manage CRHs in hostel model instead of the current practice of treating them as prisons.

The second and final session of the event featured group work under the supervision of AF's Director Bikash Basnet in which three different groups carried out discussion on actors mapping in the field of CRHs, problems in CRHs and the ways to solve them and participants' expectation from AF in supporting for the smooth facilitation of the CRHs. Each group leader presented their conclusions and an interaction followed afterwards.

Towards the end of the event, Birgunj CRH Chief Tika Krishna Kafle and Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens staff Kalpana Khanal Bhattarai talked about their impressions regarding the programme and urged AF to keep supporting the CRH.

The programme concluded with the filling out of the M & E form and the taking of a group picture.

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