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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 Organized Interaction Program on Transitional Justice Process in Different Parts of Nepal

Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) organized provincial level interaction program titled “Major Concerns of Conflict Victims’ in Transitional Justice Process and the Role of Stakeholders” in Biratnagar, Janakpur, Nepalgunj, Pokhara and Dhangadi in October and November 2019. In the program, altogether 214 participants including Minister of State for Law and Internal Affairs, Members of Provincial Assembly, Conflict Victims, Local Government Representatives (Mayor, Deputy Mayor), Human Rights Defenders, Lawyers, Government Officials, Media Persons and Civil Society activists attended and actively participated in the interaction programs. 

The major objective of the program was to strengthen the network of conflict victims at local level and enhance their capacity and knowledge on the ongoing debate on Transitional Justice (TJ) process and human rights issues in Nepal and bridge the gaps of information by providing a forum for the discussion with government authorities, raise their concerns and get updates from the authorities on the progress in TJ process in addressing the core concerns of conflict victims at local and state level.

Similarly, the interaction programs focused on the power, functions, and jurisdiction of local and provincial governments and to discuss how local government can address some of the concerns of conflict victims particularly on reparation and memorialization. Likewise, victims and the participants also shared some of the local initiatives and how these initiatives became instrumental in healing the wounds and addressing the demands of the conflict victims.

Likewise, the interactions  focused on identifying the core concerns of the conflict victims, particularly on reparations and memorialization. Other concerns raised during the interaction programs were: the appointment of the official on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons and their failure to fulfill their mandate in four years, how the political interference sabotage and derail the TJ process in Nepal and including others. In addition, victims and the other participants demanded to fix the legal frameworks as per the decision of the Supreme Court and the international standard prior to the appointment of the Chairpersons and members of both commissions. Furthermore, victims demanded that the general amnesty cannot be granted in any gross human right violations.

Responding to the queries/concerns of the participants, the Chief guests and the government officials expressed their commitment to address the immediate reparative needs of the conflict victims and facilitate to address the demands of the victims at the local level.  Likewise, they also government expressed their commitment to prioritize the conflict victims' demands and support victims seeking truth, reparation, and justice.

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