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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 2021

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AF commemorates 73rd International Human Rights Day

AF commemorates 73rd International Human Rights Day

On 10 December 2021, Advocacy Forum-Nepal along with other human rights organizations organized a series of events  to commemorate the 73rd International Human Rights Day upholding the theme of ‘Equality, Reducing Inequalities, Advancing Human Rights.’

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Advocacy Forum-Nepal convened a dialogue on the TJ process with Civil Society Organizations

Advocacy Forum-Nepal convened a dialogue on the TJ process with Civil Society Organizations

On 9 December 2021, Advocacy Forum-Nepal convened a dialogue in Kathmandu among the members of the civil society organization intending to reinvigorate the discourse on the transitional justice process and to share and exchange the past and present experiences of the human rights defenders working on transitional justice. The Government's apathy towards reviving the mired transitional justice process has further pushed the peace process to an absolute impasse.

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AF Organized Events on "15 Years of CPA; Justice not in Sight yet"

AF Organized Events on

Kathmandu, 22 Nov 2021: To commemorate 15 years of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and to mark the failure of the Government to fulfill its commitments pledged in the CPA, Advocacy Forum-Nepal organized interaction programs in various districts of the country- Morang, Pokhara, Banke, Rupandehi, Surkhet and Dhangadhi. The programs were attended by the conflict victims, representatives of Provincial Government, members of civil society organizations; human rights lawyers and media personnel. The program was organized to reinvigorate discussion among the stakeholders to enable transitional justice (TJ) process which has remained stagnant for the last 15 years.

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Advocacy Forum-Nepal together with other Human Rights Organizations Issued Joint Press Statement

Commemorating the 15 years of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) – the agreement that formally ended the ten year long armed conflict between the Government of Nepal and the then Communist Party of Nepal- Maoists (CPN-M)- Advocacy Forum- Nepal (AF) along with victims’ groups and national and international human rights organizations, issued a Joint Press Statement titled “15 Years of Comprehensive Peace Agreement: Justice still Elusive” on 21 November 2021.

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AF Organized Workshop on ‘Medico-Legal Documentation of Torture and Sexual Violence

AF Organized Workshop on ‘Medico-Legal Documentation of Torture and Sexual Violence

29 October 2021, Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum (AF) organized a workshop on ‘Medico-Legal Documentation of Torture and Sexual Violence’ at Alfa House, New Baneshwor Kathmandu on 29 October 2021. The program was conducted successfully with altogether 30 participants (9 Females and 21 Male) including doctors, police personnel, government attorneys, members of the Bar Association and representatives from civil cociety organizations.

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AF Organized Consultation Meeting on Juvenile Justice in Nepal

AF Organized Consultation Meeting on Juvenile Justice in Nepal

1st October 2021, Kathmandu: AF organized a consultation meeting on “Child Rights and Juvenile Justice System in Nepal” in Alfa House, New Baneshwor Kathmandu on 1 October 2021. The event was chaired by AF’s Board Member Advocate Sitasharan Mandal and the Honorable Judge Raju Kumar Khatiwoda was the Chief Guest. In the meeting AF’s Legal Officer Kumar Prasad Thapaliya presented AF's data and findings collected from detention centers and Child Correction Homes. Advocate Rabindra Bhattarai and the district judge Raju Kumar Khatiwoda presented separate workpapers which were analyzed and commented by Advocate Ajaya Shankar Jha. AF’s lawyer Advocate Pushpa Raj Paudel facilitated the program. In the meeting altogether 30 participants (7 Female and 23 Male) including Police, Government Attorneys, defense lawyers, Central Child Welfare Board, representative of Child Correction Home and other persons from the concerned organization were participated in the event. 

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7 Years’ Death Anniversary of Nanda Prasad Adhikari commemorated in Kathmandu.

7 Years’ Death Anniversary of Nanda Prasad Adhikari commemorated in Kathmandu.

22 September 2021, Kathmandu: Commemorating the 7 years of Nanda Prasad Adhikari’s death, a commemoration event was organized on 22 September 2021, in front of Bir Hospital, Kathmandu. The program was attended by human rights defenders, lawyers, conflict victims, members of civil societies and media personnel.

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AF and Civil Society Organizations Submitted a Memorandum to Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, recommended the Government to counter the COVID-19 Pandemic Situation

AF and Civil Society Organizations Submitted a Memorandum to Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, recommended the Government to counter the COVID-19 Pandemic Situation

21 September 2021, Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum-Nepal in collaboration with Amnesty International Nepal, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Justice and Rights Institute Nepal (JuRI- Nepal) and International Network for Nepali Journalists (INNJA) handed over a submission to Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs enlisting a set of recommendations on dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. The submission provided the recommendations on the overall COVID-19 pandemic and particularly on i) quarantine and isolation facilities ii) access to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic iii) health worker-related issues iv) issues related to gender justice v) issues on violation of the right to freedom of expression vi) private health services and lastly on vii) vaccines.

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AF Coordinated Medical Check-up for Children at Child Correction Home, Banke

With Advocacy Forum (AF) –Nepal’s coordination, Nepalgunj- High Court Bar Association, Nepalgunj and Banke District Court Bar Association organized a free Eye and Ear Check-up on 1 September 2021 for the children of Child Correction Home, Banke. Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, Banke, Fateh Bal Eye Hospital, Fultekra and Brinos Ear Care Center, Banke provided free check-up service in the camp.

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AF published a Handbook on Enforced Disappearances in Nepal

AF published a Handbook on Enforced Disappearances in Nepal

30 August 2021, Kathmandu: In Nepal, the crime of enforced disappearances has been criminalized by the National Penal Code, 2017, and taking into account the continuous nature of the crime of enforced disappearances, the State is obligated to establish the whereabouts of the victim even if it means applying the law retrospectively, yet no cases thus far have been investigated under the Code.

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