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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 2013

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Murder Convict Cannot Contest CA Elections: SC

27 September 2013: Scrapping the previous stay order decision of the court, a special bench of the Supreme Court of Nepal (SC) yesterday forbade any murder convict from filing candidacy in the Constituent Assembly (CA) election to be held this November. This decision, in effect, upholds the provision in Clause 19(e) of the Election Ordinance that clearly bars any murder convict to become a candidate in the election.
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Alleged Perpetrator in Conflict-era Case Sent to Judicial Custody

9 September 2013: Yesterday Chitwan District Court remanded Ram Prasad Adhikari, an alleged perpetrator in Krishna Prasad Adhikari's murder during the conflict, to 10 days of judicial custody for further investigation. The police had arrested Adhikari from Baghbazar, Kathmandu on 6 September and taken him to Chitwan the same day and produced to the court on 8 September. (See Case details here)
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ICAED Urges States to Ratify Anti-Disappearance Convention

30 August 2013. International Coalition against Enforced Disappearance (ICAED), on the occasion of International Day of the Disappeared, has urged states around the world to ratify International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. (See attachment for details) Nepal too has yet to ratify this Convention and it is high time that the Nepal government took steps towards ratification.
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International Day of the Disappeared Observed

30 August 2013. On the occasion of International Day of the Disappeared 2013, today around 100 human rights defenders and conflict victims participated in a morning rally that started at 7:30 am from Bhrikutimandap all the way to Shanti Bakita in Kathmandu. Artistic paintings, murals, slogans and messages relating to the disappeared were made on the "democracy wall" near Baghbazaar after the rally arrived there at 8:30 am. Victim leaders gave speeches at the program and urged the government to promptly address the problems of the families of the disappeared.

SC Stays Distribution of Conflict Victims' Identification Card

14 August 2013. Stating that the usage of term "People's War" in government's directives regarding conflict victims' identification card breaches provisions of Interim Constitution, the Supreme Court of Nepal (SC) on 12 August 2013 issued a stay order on distributing identification cards.
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AF Organizes National Meeting on CAT Report

29 July 2013. Advocacy Forum – Nepal (AF) organized a one-day National Consultation Meeting entitled "Nepal Report of Inquiry Procedure under Article 20 and State Responsibility" on 26 July 2013 in Dhulikhel, Kavre district. The meeting was mainly focused on the report on Nepal adopted by the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) under article 20 of the Convention against Torture and comments and observations by the State party.
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AF Raises Questions to Nepal Government on Torture

AF Raises Questions to Nepal Government on Torture 26 June 2013. A report released by Advocacy Forum (AF) on the eve of the UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims -2013 asks why the Nepali State has so far failed to take necessary steps to combat the prevalent practice of torture in detention centers across the country. The report was released by Attorney General Dronaraj Regmi in a program organized on 25 June 2013 in Kathmandu.
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Torture Survivor Awarded with Compensation

11 June 2013. In its verdict regarding yet another torture case, the Banke District Court on 9 June 2013 has directed to award torture survivor Harkali Pun alias Duji compensation amounting NRs. 51, 000/- (US$ 547). Like the last week verdict in torture survivor Nizamuddin Shekh's case, the court has once again refrained from issuing departmental action against the perpetrators.
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Court Awards Compensation to Torture Survivor

5 June 2013. In its verdict regarding a torture case, the Banke District Court on 2 June 2013 has directed to award torture survivor Nizamuddin Shekh compensation amounting NRs. 95, 000/- (US$ 1052). Even if the court has refrained from issuing departmental action against the perpetrators, it has issued an order to the police to have physical and mental examination of the detainees mandatorily done and submit the examination report to the court.
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APO Kohalpur Files FIR against Nepal Army

5 June 2013. Area Police Office (APO) of Kohalpur, Banke District on 2 June 2013 finally responded to the mandamus order of the Appellate Court of Nepalganj issued on 26 December 2012 in which the court had ordered the APO and District Police Office, Banke to register the First Investigation Report (FIR) and initiate prompt investigation vis-à-vis the extra-judicial execution of Kranti Abhilashi Devkota at the hands of Nepal Army.
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