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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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Dr. Hari Bansh Tripathi at AF

2 November 2011.  Dr. Hari Bansh Tripathi has been appointed as the new Director of Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF-Nepal). Dr. Tripathi was welcomed by the AF Chairperson Ms. Mandira Sharma at a special program organized today at the Head Office. In his brief address, Dr. Tripathi stated that he was fully committed to uphold the hard earned prestige of the organization, and would further continue its mission of human rights advocacy and promotion of the rule of law in the future.
An ex-Appellate Court Judge, Dr. Tripathi, who had until recently served in the Judiciary for more than three decades, formally joined AF from November 1, 2011.

He started his career as a Lecturer of English in Trichandra College in 1971. After that, he worked as a Law/Inspection Officer at the Central Bank of Nepal for about four years. Subsequently, he joined the Judicial Service in 1980 as a Public Prosecutor. In 1982 he was chosen for the Bench and worked as a District Court Judge until 2005. In 2006 he was promoted to the Appellate Court and worked as an Appellate Court Judge until his retirement in July, 2011.

Dr. Tripathi holds Masters Degrees in English and Political Science in addition to a Bachelors of Law degree. He also obtained a PhD in Fundamental Rights in 2000 from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. Honored with many awards and decorations, he was also granted the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (1993-1994) as well as the Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2005-2006) to study PIL at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Tripathi has attended various national and international Seminars and Workshops, and has presented several papers on Human Rights, Child Rights, Prisoners' Rights, Gender Justice, Forensic Science, Refugee Law, Criminal Justice etc. An author of three books, he has also published various research articles. He is a member of several organizations like Nepal Law Society and SAARC Law Nepal Chapter. Dr. Tripathi can be reached at
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