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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 Co-organized a Panel Discussion on: Conflict – related Sexual Violence in Nepal

AF Co-organized a Panel Discussion on: Conflict –related Sexual Violence in Nepal

To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Advocacy Forum ( AF) in collaboration with Human Rights and Justice Centre (HRJC), The Story Kitchen( TSK), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), and Conflict Victim Women National Alliance (CVWNA) conducted a panel discussion titled ‘Conflict-related Sexual Violence in Nepal: Overlooked and Under-Investigated’ at Alfa House, New Baneshwor Kathmandu. The panel discussion was organized with an aim to bring into light, the cases of sexual violence that occurred during the ten year long armed conflict in Nepal and have dialogues on this subject so that they are not overlooked anymore. The program was attended by 45 participants (29 female, 16 male) representing various civil society organizations, law institutions and media. The participants unanimously agreed that the cases of conflict-related sexual violence is overlooked and neglected by the Government.

Welcoming to the participants Om Prakash Sen Thakuri from AF said that there is need of more discussions and strategic advocacy plans to bring the conflict related sexual violence cases in the attention of the government. On the similar note, Ranjeeta Silwal from HRJC shed light on the overview of the research conducted by the HRJC on conflict related sexual violence. The panel discussion was moderated by Biju Kandel from TSK. Speaking in the first phase of the discussion, the first panelist, Sushila Chaudhary from CVWNA expressed that Government should be pressurized to collect the actual data of the victims subjected to sexual violence during the conflict. The second panelist, Dr. Mandira Sharma from ICJ elaborated on the psychosocial, legal and social hindrances while investigating the cases of conflict-related sexual violence. Similarly, Advocate Raju Prasad Chapagain, one of the three panelists, expressed that the State has always been discriminatory towards the victims of conflict-related sexual violence as it did not even consider such victims for the interim relief. Chapagain also discussed on how provisions of fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of Nepal can be strategically used for the legal proceeding of such cases. As a Keynote Speaker, Murari Kharel, Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission remarked that NHRC has taken some steps to make the Government accountable in this regard and prior to taking any steps, consent of victim is the must.

During the second phase of the program, there was rigorous discussion among the participants on the identification of the way forward. The participants were of the opinion that continuous lobbying and strategic litigation is instrumental to bring the attention of the Government towards the issues and concerns of the victims of conflict related sexual violence. The program ended with Maina Rawal from CVWNA, thanking the participants for the active participation.

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