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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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High Court Tulsipur, Banke Bench Issued an Order of Mandamus: Take Early Preparations to Mitigate COVID Risks

29 June, 2021: Responding to the writ petition filed by Advocacy Forum-Nepal together with other human rights organizations and advocates, the Joint-Bench of Justices Tek Prasad Dhungana and Gokarna Dangi of Tulsipur High Court-Nepalgunj Bench on 28 June 2021 issued an order of Mandamus against the defendants Bheri Hospital, District Administration Office, Banke, District Crisis Management Committee etc. Considering the gravity and urgency of the subject matter of the writ, the Court had ordered for priority hearing which took place on 28 June 2021 through a virtual platform.

In the order, the Court ordered the defendants to i) make early preparation in order to mitigate the probable risk of the third wave of COVID-19 ii) form a Research Committee to study the post-COVID-19 impacts on people and submit it to the Court iii) continue the vaccination drive as per the protocols maintained by the Government, with prioritizing frontline workers such as lawyers and human rights defenders iv) arrange the required and skilled human resources, health equipment, and effective security for health workers v) continue making people implement the safety protocols such as using masks, maintaining distance, etc through effective dissemination of information through the spokesperson of concerned authorities along with coordination from the local level, social organizations, and media. The Court also ordered the defendants to submit the report regarding the implementation of the interim order to the Court, every month.

The writ petition was filed on 22 June 2021 demanding effective control and management of COVID-19 and quality health services of people amidst the pandemic. The writ highlighted the fact that the risk of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is still looming at present along with the probability of third-wave hitting the country which would make the situation uncontrollable if precaution and measures are not taken immediately.

On 23 June 2021, the Court had issued a show-cause notice against the defendants asking them to respond within 15 days.

AF has been vigilant in the issues and human rights violations during the pandemic and is taking necessary legal measures in this regard.

For more information, please refer to the interim order attached herewith.

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