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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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AF Conducted Refresher Meeting with Family Members of ED Victims

AF Conducted Refresher Meeting with Family Members of ED Victims

On 19 December 2020, Advocacy Forum-Nepal conducted a refresher meeting with 13 family members of enforced disappearance victims in Nepalunj, Banke disitrict. This meeting was a refresher and evaluation meeting of the trainings organized in 2019 and 2020 on “Psychosocial Accompaniment, Case Documentation and Submission." The objectives of these two trainings were to empower family members of disappearance victims in facilitation of program/seminars/trainings, how to recognize the mental status of victims and need of psychosocial accompaniment, how to provide psychosocial accompaniment, how to document cases of human rithts violations, show to manage tress, how to take self care etc. 

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Nepal: Stalling on Justice for Conflict-Era Crimes - Failure to Prosecute Enabling Fresh Abuses

Nepal: Stalling on Justice for Conflict-Era Crimes - Failure to Prosecute Enabling Fresh Abuses

(New York/Kathmandu, November 20, 2020) – The authorities in Nepal are preventing police and prosecutors from pursuing conflict-era cases of human rights violations, undermining the rule of law and efforts for security sector reform, Human Rights Watch and Advocacy Forum said in a report released today. During the 10-year armed conflict between government forces and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) that ended in 2006, thousands of people were forcibly disappeared, tortured, raped, or killed.

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A Community-Level TJ Meeting held in Pathari, Morang: Victims Plan to Submit A Memorandum to the Local Government

A Community-Level TJ Meeting held in Pathari, Morang: Victims Plan to Submit A Memorandum to the Local Government

7 October 2020, Morang/Biratnagar: Amid the adverse situation of COVID-19 pandemic, on 7 October 2020, Advocacy Forum- Nepal organized a community level Transitional Justice (TJ) meeting in Pathari-Sanischare Municipality. A total of 25 conflict victims from Morang District participated in the program. The program discussed on present development of TJ or lack thereof, situation and concerns of conflict victims, roles and responsibility of the Local Government and existing hardship being faced by the conflict victims, because of the pandemic. Advocate Rukmina Dahal from AF- Nepal had facilitated the program together with the victims’ local leadership.

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Advocacy Forum- Nepal organized Meeting on the Transitional Justice in Baglung

Advocacy Forum- Nepal organized Meeting on the Transitional Justice in Baglung

On 6 October 2020, Advocacy Forum- Nepal organized a community level meeting on the Transitional Justice (TJ) with conflict victims in Baglung District. In the program, the latest development on the situation of TJ was discussed along with the hardships that the conflict victims have undergone at present due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The victims shared their plight of being sidelined and completely ignored by the Government, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking in the program, Hari Subedi, one of the participants from the victims’ group informed that they have approached the local Government for assistance but they have not received any assistance so far. Saraswati BK stated, “Who will search for our loved ones, if we die”.

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Transitional Justice Meeting held in Bhurigau, Bardiya; Victims urge the Local Government to address their concerns

Transitional Justice Meeting held in Bhurigau, Bardiya; Victims urge the Local Government to address their concerns

Advocacy Forum- Nepal organized a community level meeting on Transitional Justice (TJ) in Bhurigau, Bardiya District on 3 October 2020. The program held a discussion on the existing situation of TJ in Nepal and the roles and responsibilities of the Local Government. Speaking in the program, Devisara Oli, one of the participants from the victims’ group stressed that the Local Government should firstly collect the exact number of conflict victims and then should introduce income-generating trainings and reparations programs as per the need and demands of the victims. She further stressed that the Government should provide social security fund to the wives of those whose husbands were subjected to enforced disappearance or killed. A torture survivor, Maya Ram Khadka stated that the Federal, Provincial and Local Governments have not paid much attention to the demands and concerns of the victims.

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Advocacy Forum- Nepal Assisted Child Correction Home in Banke with Medical and Daily Supplies

Advocacy Forum- Nepal Assisted Child Correction Home in Banke with Medical and Daily Supplies

As the COVID-19 cases, along with skin related problems increased among the children at Jayandu Child Correction Home in Asamanpur, Duduwa-6, Banke, on 23 September 2020, Advocacy Forum- Nepal, Nepalgunj handed over medical and daily use goods worth NPR 115,000 to the Correction Home. The goods included medical masks, sanitizers, Dettol soaps along with other important medical goods such as hot and cold water dispensers, bed sheets, towels, pillow covers, water bottles, water pipes, water jar and carom board for entertainment. Representatives of District Administrative Office, Banke, Deputy Chief District Officer Dirgha Raj Upadhyaya, In-charge of the Child Correction Home Bimala Kaucha Magar, Jay Kesh Singh who donated the land to the Correction Home, Medical Supplier Association’s Chief Secretary Jivan Sharma, Warden Malakhey Singh, Police Head Constable Suresh Bahadur Shahi were present in the program.

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Advocacy Forum- Nepal Provided COVID-19 Response Package to Child Correction Home in Doti

Advocacy Forum- Nepal Provided COVID-19 Response Package to Child Correction Home in Doti

Taking the on-going pandemic situation caused by COVID-19 into consideration, on 17 September 2020, Advocacy Forum Nepal- Far Western Province Mahendra Nagar Kanchanpur handed over materials related to COVID- 19 response such as towels, soaps, sanitizers, masks, bags, 5 electric kettles,4 water filters, thermos flasks and bottles to the Child Correction Home in Doti district to prevent them from being infected by COVID-19. Along with the 37 children, the program was attended by Administrative Head of the Correction Home, Sanumaya Limbu Gurung, the chairman of ward no. 6 of the Dipayal Silgadhi Municipality, Santosh Bohara, Sub Inspector Lal Singh Rawal along with two police constables ad 6 police officials.

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AF Provided COVID-19 Response Packages to Central Child Correction Home, Bhaktapur

AF Provided COVID-19 Response Packages to Central Child Correction Home, Bhaktapur

On the occasion of 41st Social Service Day, Advocacy Forum –Nepal (AF) provided materials related to COVID-19 response aiming to support in controlling the spread of Corona Virus in the Central Child Correction Home, Bhaktapur on 25 September 2020. In a small function organized in the premises of Under Privileged Children's Education Programme (UCEP) - Nepal, AF handed over sanitizers, sanitizer dispensers, masks, gloves, hand wash, soaps and soap case, personal protective equipment (PPE), face shield, water bottles etc. for the children kept in the Correction Home. To minimize the risk of outbreak of the virus, the support materials were handed over to the management team of UCEP Nepal in the presence of representatives of the local government and Board members of UCEP Nepal.

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Memorandum submitted to Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, chairperson of Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee on custodial deaths

Memorandum submitted to Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, chairperson of Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee on custodial deaths

On 22 September 2020, Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum-Nepal and Terai Human Rights Defender Alliance (THRD Alliance) jointly submitted a memorandum to Honorable Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, Chairperson of Law, Justice, Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives with a view to bringing the attention of a newly formed Sub-Committee (a five-member committee formed under the leadership of Former Law Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang) on to study and investigate the custodial deaths in Nepal. Recently, the deaths in the custody are on rising and state authority has failed to hold those responsible accountable. 

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District Attorney Office, Rautahat registered FIR against 6 Police Personnel on Bijaya Mahara Case

9 September 2020: After multiple attempts, the District Attorney Office, Gaur Rautahat registered the FIR against 6 Police Personnel for their involvement in alleged torture and death of Bijaya Mahara, a 19-year-old Dalit boy from Garuda Rautahat. District Police Office (DPO) Rautahat refused to register the FIR on 8 September 2020, for the second time in a  row. Bijay Mahara was arrested on 15 August 2020, as a suspect in the murder of Niranjan Ram, a 17-year-old boy working in a local nursery. Following the refusal from the DPO to register the FIR, the victim’s father, Panilal Mahara moved to the District Attorney’s Office, requesting to order the DPO to register the FIR and initiate the investigation. The FIR has been filed against 6 police Personnel, including the Superintendent of Police (SP) Rabiraj Khadka and In-charge  and the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Gyan Kumar Mahato including others.

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