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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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Custodial Torture at Slight Decrease: AF Torture Briefing

14 May 2013. In its torture briefing of July-Dec 2012, Advocacy Forum (AF) has analyzed the trends and patterns of torture practices in police detention facilities. The briefing has shown a slight reduction of torture percentage compared to that of the previous six months, i.e. Jan-June 2012; however, the prevalence of torture stands above the average percentage recorded by AF over the period of 2008-2010.
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AF Documentary Awarded

AF Documentary Awarded 16 April 2013. "The Last Message", a documentary produced by Advocacy Forum (AF), has been awarded with the highest prize on 14 April 2013 at Kathmandu Short Film Festival. Ganesh Pandey, director of the documentary and media officer at AF, received the award.
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Stay TRC Ordinance: SC

2 April 2013. Responding to two writ petitions filed separately on 24 March 2013, the Supreme Court (SC) of Nepal has issued a stay order yesterday asking the Chairman of Council of Minister not to form Truth and Reconciliation Commission under the recent TRC Ordinance which empowers the commission to grant amnesty even to those involved in serious human rights violations.
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The Observatory raises Serious Concerns over Physical Assaults and Threats to Human Rights Defenders in Nepal

7 March 2013. URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention on the following situation in Nepal.
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SC Scraps Statute of Limitation and Curbs AG's Discretionary Power

7 March 2013. In a momentous verdict passed yesterday, the Supreme Court (SC) of Nepal has not only declared the non-applicability of statutory limitations for filing complaints vis-à-vis cases of human rights violations at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) but also curtailed the discretionary power enjoyed by the Attorney General (AG) regarding initiating actions over recommendations of prosecution by the commission.
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NBA Opposes CJ-led Cabinet

28 February 2013. In its press release of 26 February the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) has once again taken strong exception to the proposal of major political parties to appoint the sitting Right Honorable Chief Justice as the head of the Executive. The press release has also contended the recent press release of the Supreme Court that spoke officially about the position of the Chief Justice in relation to the parties' proposal.
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AF Holds AGM

11 February 2013. Marking the organization's 12th anniversary, Advocacy Forum (AF) Nepal organised its annual general meeting on 9 February on the AF central office premises. Human rights defenders from different organizations attended the program and lauded AF for fearlessly carrying out substantive actions to uphold human rights in the country.
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Five Accused Sent to Prison for Awaiting Trial in Dekendra Case

1 February 2013. The District Court of Dailekh ordered five accused in Dekendra Thapa murder case to be sent to prison for awaiting further trial.
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Police Arrest Rights Activists and Protesters

25 January 2013. Today police arrested and manhandled protestors that were peacefully participating in a movement against impunity entitled "Occupy Baluwatar" which has been going on for a month. Rights activist Bhakti Sah got seriously injured from the police onslaught.
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SC Issues Stay Order in Dekendra Case

16 January 2013. Responding to a writ petition that requested an interim order against Prime Minister Baburam Bhattrai and Attorney General (AG) Mukti Pradhan to refrain from stopping investigations into Dekendra Thapa murder case, the Supreme Court (SC) on 15 January 2013 issued a stay order. This order has allowed the Dailekh District Police Office and District Attorney Office to continue with recording the statements of the accused in the case.
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