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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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Conflict Victim's Family Members Trained as Paralegals

28 January 2024, Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) and International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have trained seven individuals from conflict victim families, especially victims of enforced disappearance, as paralegals.

During the training sessions held on 26 and 27 January 2024, the paralegals were imparted with the information and skills to understand the remedies available at the provincial level, as well as the processes and mechanisms to access them. They were also trained on case documentation and advocacy of victims' rights.

On the first day of the training, ICJ's Programme Manager Saugat Gautam welcomed the paralegals and shared the objectives of the programme. Following that, AF's Director Bikash Basnet gave a brief introduction to the DRL project and its activities under which the paralegal trainings are held.

During the practical session (workshop) of the training, the paralegals dwelled on social, economic, legal and psychological challenges they had to face as family members of the victims of enforced disappearance and gave a short presentation about those challenges.

ICJ's Senior Legal Advisor and AF's Founder Dr. Mandira Sharma facilitated a session on conflict victims' right to truth, justice, and reparation. She emphasized on enforced disappearances being continuing offenses and serious human rights violations under domestic and international law and encouraged the paralegals to carry out comprehensive documentation under the mentorship of the lawyers.

Kashiram Dhungana, ICJ's Legal Advisor, informed the paralegals about the remedies, reliefs and reparation available to the victims of enforced disappearance. He also discussed about mechanisms to access the facilities available to conflict victims.

In another important session, AF's Lumbini Province Senior Coordinator Basanta Gautam and Documentation and Communication Officer Bindesh Dahal facilitated a session on documentation and reporting of the cases of enforced disappearance. They conducted a practical learning session in documenting conflict era incidents and assisting families to seek remedy and reparation at the provincial level. The paralegals, divided in different working groups, gave a presentation on preparation for documentation, steps to take during documentation, and writing reports on documented cases.

The paralegals will get on the job training, mentorship and support from lawyers of AF and ICJ working in different provinces of the country throughout three years of the project.

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