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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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Policeman Rapes a Woman : FIR Lodged

25 October 2011. Area Police Office (APO), Kakadbhitta of Jhapa district registered an FIR on rape in 20th October against a policeman accused of torturing and raping Radha BK (name changed), 47, at 11 pm in 14th October.  Lawyers representing Advocacy Forum (AF) helped the victim in preparing and lodging the FIR.
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Victim’s family demands no amnesty to assembly member Dhungel

3 October 2011. Victim’s family has demanded not to grant amnesty to Balkrishna Dhungel, Maoist assembly member from Okhaldhunga who has been sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of property in the charge of a murder.
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DPO Dailekh Denies Registering FIR on Rape Case

30 September 2011. The District Police Office (DPO) of Dailekh has today refused to register the FIR of a rape case that occurred during the conflict and has endorsed it citing that it has been brought after crossing the limitation period. Sita Rana (name changed), a rape victim in the hands of RNA personnel including the then lieutenant Jibesh Shah and three other unidentified army men during the conflict, had attempted to register FIR for prompt investigation.
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SC Issues Directives to Review Quasi-judicial power of CDO

30 September 2011. The Supreme Court on 22 September 2011 issued a directive order in the name of the government to review the quasi-judicial power granted to the CDO by various laws including the Public Act 1970 and the Arms and Ammunition Act 1962. Under these laws the CDO is authorized to hear criminal cases. Challenging this jurisdiction of the CDO, Advocacy Forum (AF) had filed a writ petition on 31 Dec 2009.
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Torture in Nepal and the role of NPM

27 September 2011. Expressing their views on the necessity of effective mechanism to prevent torture and other ill-treatment in Nepal, participants pointed out a  glaring need to strengthen the existing networks working to combat the systematic practice of torture in Nepal. The view to the effect was expressed during a panel discussion jointly organised by Advocacy Forum(AF), APT, OHCHR-Nepal and INSEC in the capital on 23 September 2011. "Torture in Nepal is a very problematic issue. The trend of torture was significantly high during the conflict and is still systematically practised at present too. So a lot of cases relating to torture should to raised" said, AF Chairperson Ms. Mandira Sharma.
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Torture Compensation Case filed against Police

26 September 2011. Seeking compensation to victim and departmental action against the perpetrators Mr. Bharat Sharma, 30, temporarily living in Tahachal, Kathmandu has filed a torture compensation case against Area Police Office, Chagal and Area Police Office, Bhagwanpau, Kathmandu under Torture Compensation Act – 1996 on 25 September 2011. He was arrested on 21 August 2011 on the suspicion of stealing money and gold from his neighbor Dhan Bahadur Magar's apartment in Tahachal on 9 August 2011. After his arrest he was taken to APO, Chagal in Tahachal Kathmandu where he was reportedly handcuffed and tortured for about 3, 4 hours by beating him with sticks. During the inquiry he was reportedly inserted a stick through his handcuffed elbows and bended knees, propped his legs up and beat with sticks on the soles of his feet for about 60, 65 times. Likewise, he was forced to do sit ups and downs by catching his ears.
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Custodial Death Victim Barai's Family received Monetary Support

19 September 2011. The family members of Dharmendra Barai, 15, a permanent resident of Gonaha VDC-2, Puraini, Rupandehi district, who died in an unusual circumstance in police custody at Khajuriya Police Station in Rupandehi district at around 12.30 in the night on 03 July 2010, have received monetary support of NRs. 1, 50, 000/- (one hundred fifty thousand) by the District Administration Office, Rupandehi in September 13, 2011.
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DPO Jhapa Registers FIR

19 September 2011. The District Police Office (DPO) of Jhapa today finally responded to the mandamus order of the Appellate Court of Ilam issued on 20 April 2010 in which the court had ordered the DPO to register the FIR and initiate prompt investigation vis-à-vis the arrest and subsequent extra-judicial execution of Man Bahadur Rai on 20 September 2002, and of Sunil Rajbanshi on 9 January 2004. Both of them were charged of being Maoists. (See case summary of Man Bahadur Rai and Sunil Rajbanshi.)

Torture Victim File Case against Alleged Police Officers

6 September 2011. Accusing police officers of inflicting severe torture during a criminal investigation, torture victim Mr. Bablu alias Nijamuddin Sekh, a resident of Nepalgunj Municipality – 16, Belaspur, Banke district has filed a case against some police officers. On 6 September 2011, victim Sekh filed the case at District Court, Banke demanding maximum punishment against the perpetrators under Nepal Police Regulation - 2049 and maximum torture compensation to victim under Torture and Compensation Act – 2053, Section 6 (1).
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Torture Victim Jailbirds Acquitted after more than Two Years

5 September 2011. Bhutanese refugees Ms. Suk Maya Subba, Ms. Dolma Tamang (died in jail on 05 July 2011), Mr. Nar Bir Rai, Mr. Janga Bahadur Rai, Mr. Jari Lal Rai and Mr. Jas Bahadur Rai, who were arrested on 21 April 2009 on suspicion of involving in the murder of another Bhutanese refugee Shanti Ram Nepal, are released after they were found innocent. On 04 September 2011, after the final hearing on the case District Court, Jhapa acquitted them from the accusation. Deciding the allegation against the accused could not be established, the single bench of Justice Ramesh Raj Pokhrel gave the verdict to release them.
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