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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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Tulsipur High Court orders to Register FIR in Conflict-Related Cases of Enforced Disappearances

26 May 2022, Banke: On 25 May 2022, the Joint Bench of Justices Ratna Bahadur Bagchand and Tanka Prasad Gurung of Tulsipur High Court- Nepalgunj Bench issued an order of mandamus, in a writ petition filed by Devisara BK, directing the District Police Office (DPO), Banke to register the FIR on the enforced disappearance of the petitioners’ husband Dhana Singh Kami who was forcefully disappeared by the then Royal Nepal Army on the night of 26 April 2002.

In the order, the Court ordered the DPO, Banke to i) register the FIR that the complainant has brought following the due process of law, ii) further the investigation as per the prescribed law, iii) submit the progress report of the investigation to the Provincial Office of Chief Attorney in every three months, and lastly iv. to register the FIR and carry out investigations in other cases of similar nature and context. 

Earlier on 20 April 2022, the High Court had issued a similar directive against the DPO, Bardiya in the two writ petitions filed by Devisara Oli, Padam Tharu, and Garibuwa Tharu. Even though the full text of the decision of all the orders is yet to come, Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) applauds the decision as such directives have set a precedent for other enforced disappearances cases.

Responding to the order of Mandamus, AF lawyer Basanta Gautam shared that the conflict victims who have been waiting for years to know the truth about their loved ones will now have hope of justice. Advocate Gautam on behalf of AF, along with other human rights lawyers had pleaded in the Court.

AF had attempted to register FIRs in the cases of enforced disappearances in several DPOs throughout the country. Upon denial by police to register the FIRs, AF had assisted the family members in filing writ petitions at the High Courts. Other cases are sub-judice at present. 

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