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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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News Archive 2010

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Political will hampering formation of TJ mechanisms

Expressing their views on the deeply entrenched culture of impunity in Nepal, key stakeholders of the Criminal Justice System in Nepal has pointed out "a glaring lack of political will" as the prime deterrent in the formation of the proposed Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Nepal.
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Milestone Achieved in Global Struggle Against Disappearance

The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance has formally entered into force from today (23 December 2010). The Convention is a legally-binding instrument protecting people and establishing the right of everyone not to be subjected to enforced disappearance.
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AF-HRW Release Report on Impunity in Nepal

Advocacy Forum (AF) and New York-based rights agency Human Rights Watch (HRW) have jointly released a report on the unfettered culture of impunity in Nepal and have reiterated their calls for the government to investigate and prosecute those responsible for crimes committed during the conflict. The report has also documented three emblematic cases since the conflict ended to show how the same neglect of justice applies to new crimes.
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HR Community Urges Govt. to End Impunity

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day 2010, Nepalese human rights community has urged the Government and political leaders of Nepal to honour the important commitments made to address human rights abuses committed during the country’s ten-year conflict (1996-2006), including in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 21 November 2006.
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Thirty Two New FIRs Filed

The trend of families of victims bringing their cases before the police and demanding criminal investigation is on a steady rise. Since the publication of “Waiting for Justice: Unpunished Crimes from Nepal’s Armed Conflict” (2008), which examined 49 complaints that families filed with police concerning allegations of gross human rights violations, AF has helped victim families file thirty two new FIRs, formal complaints, in 51 individual cases.
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Report on the Status of Interim Relief Distribution Released

Advocacy Forum released a report highlighting the problems faced by the victims in accessing “interim relief” at the district level and point to the need to bring about changes. The report looks into the provisions in the different directives, guidelines and standards that the government has devised in relation to the distribution of such relief and juxtapose them with the problems faced by the victims.
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AF Submits Review Reports to UNSRT & WGEID

Advocacy Forum submitted two separate review reports to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (UNWGEID) with regard to the implementation made by them during their respective missions back in 2005 and 2004 respectively.
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AF ED Addresses UNSC Forum on Resolution 1325

AF ED Addresses UNSC Forum on Resolution 1325 In her address at Global Open Forum in UN Security Council Forum on Resolution 1325, AF Executive Director Mandira Sharma highlighted on gender-based violence, especially sexual violence against women, perpetrated during the conflict in Nepal and the continuous marginalization of women's voice and the exigency of bringing the voices of women in transitional justice process.
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Report on HR Violations in Terai Released

2 Feb 2010.  Advocacy forum today released a comprehensive report on torture and extrajudicial executions, which are continuing unabated in the Terai, the southern belt of the country. The report documents the state response to ongoing political and criminal violence in the Terai January- September 2009.
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HR Defenders submit Memo to Peace Minister

HR Defenders submit Memo to Peace Minister A group of human rights defenders submitted a joint memorandum to Peace Minister Rakam Chemjong regarding some critical amendments to be made in the latest draft bill on the formation of a commission on disappearance at the latter's ministerial residence at Harihar Bhawan, Pulchowk, in the early hours of the morning on August 30, 2009. The memo-submission event was timed to coincide with the International Day of the Disappeared -2009.
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