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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 2011

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SC Denies Registering Petition on Rape Case

27 December 2011. The Supreme Court (SC) has today refrained from registering a writ petition on a rape case that occurred during the conflict in Dailekh. The then lieutenant of Bhawanibaks battalion, Jibesh Thapa and three other are implicated in the rape of a 40-year old woman of Narayan Municipality of Dailekh.
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Mandira Sharma, Founder of Advocacy Forum receives Australian Leadership Award !

22 December 2011. Mandira Sharma, Founder of Advocacy Forum has received Australian Leadership Award. She is currently in Australia. She will be working mainly to strengthen networks with Australian academics and NGOs working in the field of human rights. As one of the major works of the Advocacy Forum is to combat impunity in the crimes of human rights violations, she will also be conducting research on the system of universal jurisdiction and the Australian legal system to which this relates.
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AF, HRW and REDRESS Release Two Reports on Nepal's Endemic Impunity

30 November 2011. Advocacy Forum (AF), New York-based rights agency Human Rights Watch (HRW) and UK-based human rights organization REDRESS have jointly released two separate reports on Nepal's endemic impunity and have reiterated their calls for the government to investigate and prosecute those responsible for crimes committed during and after the conflict.
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Don't act on Pardon: SC

23 November 2011. In its landmark order, the Supreme Court today decided to continue with its stay order issued on 13 November which had barred the government from implementing its decision to recommend presidential pardon for Maoist CA member Bal Krishna Dhungel.
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SC Stays Dhungel Clemency

13 November 2011. Responding to a writ petition filed on Thursday seeking immediate nullification of the government's decision to recommend presidential pardon for Bal Krishna Dhungel, the Supreme Court has today issued an interim order to the government not to implement its decision until November 21. The order, in effect, has relieved the President from taking any decision on this controversial case.
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Shrestha Kin Moves to SC

10 November 2011. A writ petition was filed today at the Supreme Court against the controversial decision of the government to recommend the President to grant pardon to Maoist lawmaker Bal Krishna Dhungel, who was convicted by the Supreme Court of the murder of Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga.  The government has pronounced the case involving Dhungel as "purely a political case" and has recommended his clemency invoking Article 151 of the Interim Constitution.
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Pardon to Dhungel Contravenes CPA: Rights Activists Warn Protests

9 November 2011. Leaders of civil society have opposed the government’s decision to recommend pardon to Maoist CA member Balkrishna Dhungel, sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of property by the Supreme Court (SC) for murdering Ujjan Kumar Shrestha.
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Government Pressured for Refraining from Amnesty to Dhungel

9 November 2011. Human rights activists and victim families have protested the decision of the Government of Nepal recommending the President to grant amnesty to Balkrishna Dhungel, a Maoist Constituent Assembly (CA) member.  In a joint press statement released yesterday in Kathmandu, they have decried such decision by the government.
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Concerns Expressed Over Rise in Impunity

4 November 2011. Speakers in a program organized by Advocacy Forum Nepal (AF) in Kathmandu yesterday emphasized the need to prosecute the perpetrators of human rights violation for sustainable peace. Entitled “Incidents of human rights violations: Challenges in the Law and Solutions,” the interaction program attended primarily by District Court Judges, District Attorneys, victims representatives and human rights defenders concluded that in the absence of justice for the victims, sustainable peace cannot be imagined.
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Dr. Hari Bansh Tripathi at AF

Dr. Hari Bansh Tripathi at AF 2 November 2011.  Dr. Hari Bansh Tripathi has been appointed as the new Director of Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF-Nepal). Dr. Tripathi was welcomed by the AF Chairperson Ms. Mandira Sharma at a special program organized today at the Head Office. In his brief address, Dr. Tripathi stated that he was fully committed to uphold the hard earned prestige of the organization, and would further continue its mission of human rights advocacy and promotion of the rule of law in the future.
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