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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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Interaction Program on the Relevance of Ratification of the Rome Statute and Victims’ Access to Justice held in Banke, Nepalgunj

17 July 2021, Banke: Advocacy Forum-Nepal in collaboration with Transitional Justice Network-Banke, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and others convened an interaction program on the occasion of the International Criminal Justice Day. The day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the historic adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998. Judge from the Tulsipur High Court (Nepalgunj Bench), Chief of Police Administration (Banke), Public Prosecutors, Defence Lawyers, Conflict Victims, Representatives from various human rights organizations, and media persons participated in the program. Altogether 57 attended the program. 

The program was organized to discuss the relevance of ratification of the Rome Statute by Nepal and victims’ access to justice. In the meeting, Basanta Gautam (AF lawyer) highlighted Nepal’s long history of impunity. Gautam shares that the peace process that began more than 15 years ago remains unfinished with victims relentlessly fighting for truth, justice, and reparation to date while the perpetrators of gross human rights violations roam around free. To address the deeply entrenched culture of impunity and to prevent the non-recurrence of such violations in the future, Nepal must ratify the Rome Statute. Jhankar Bahadur Rawal ( Chief, NHRC-Nepalgunj) shed light on the State’s obligation to protect, promote and fulfill human rights. Therefore, ratification of the Rome Statute is essential to end the ongoing impunity, strengthening the rule of law, and ensuring victims' access to justice.

Shiva Ram Gelal (Chief  District Officer, District Administration Office-Banke) expressed that the Government has been proactively working for the promotion of human rights and victims’ access to justice through its various units. Gelal pointed out the need for the formulation of victim-friendly policies and programs by all three levels of the Government and expressed his commitments to implement those policies and programs promptly.

Moreover, in the meeting, AF including other human rights organizations jointly submitted a memorandum to the honorable Prime Minister through the Chief  District Officer demanding the ratification of the ICC Rome Statute to combat the ongoing culture of impunity, guarantee the non-recurrence of the conflict, and serve justice to those who have been victims of international crimes.

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