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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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Four Column Document (suggestions for the amendment of the TJ Bill) Submitted to the Members of Parliament and Concerned Authorities

8 August 2022, Kathmandu: Victims groups and Civil Society Organizations in Nepal have identified a number of provisions in the proposed Bill to amend Commission on Enforced Disappearances, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act, undermining international law, the Supreme Court's decision and the aspiration of victims. This document highlights the major sections that need to be amended before adopting this Bill as law. The document (4 Mahale) has been officially submitted to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, both the houses of the Federal Parliament of Nepal (to all MPs in their names), Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Parliament and to the National Human Rights Commission.

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Policy Recommendations on the Reparative Rights of Victims

On June 2022, Advocacy Forum-Nepal published policy recommendations titled ‘Policy Recommendations on the Reparative Rights of Victims.’ The report particularly includes key recommendations to assist federal and provincial governments in designing and implementing reparation policies in the context of transitional justice in a way that will not violate Nepal’s international obligations, execute judgments of the Supreme Court, and ensure victims’ rights to effective remedy without undermining victims’ efforts or creating tensions among them.

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AF Observed the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26 June) 2022

26 June 2022, Kathmandu: Commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Advocacy Forum- Nepal (AF) organized a series of interaction programs in Biratnagar, Janakpur, Pokhara, Butwal, Nepalgunj, Surkhet, and Kailali. Facilitating the programs, AF lawyers and provincial coordinators elucidated AF’s interventions in regard to human rights and the rule of law at the national and international levels. While organizing the events, AF collaborated with the various concerned stakeholders of criminal justice such as the Nepal Police, National Human Rights Commission, victim groups, and human rights organizations.

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Custodial Deaths in Nepal: Towards a Framework for Investigation and Prevention

Advocacy Forum Nepal published its annual report "Custodial Deaths in Nepal: Towards a Framework for Investigation and Prevention."

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Who Polices the Police?

Advocacy Forum - Nepal has translated the report "Who Polices the Police?" into Nepali. This report is the product of more than two dozen interviews, relevant literature reviews and an analysis of practices of 15 independent bodies and prosecution departments, and it makes various recommendations to establish independence investigative mechanism to ensure investigative and prosecutive rights and transparency on allegation of human rights violations against state authorities. The report was published by Open Society Foundation.

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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.

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AF and Dalit Mahila Utthan Sangh Organized a Provincial Level Workshop on Legal Aid in Butwal

10 April 2022, Butwal: With an aim of strengthening access to justice for people, particularly those belonging to the marginalized and Dalit community and detainees, Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) in coordination with Dalit Mahila Utthan Sangh organized a Provincial Level Workshop on Legal Aid and Access to Justice in Butwal, Lumbini Province on 9 April 2022. The Workshop was attended by 30 participants, mostly women human rights defenders and community paralegal officers, and the discussion was focused on their roles and responsibilities and their security, self-respect, and recognition. The workshop stressed that women human rights defenders need to facilitate and play the role of bridge between the community and the government agencies.

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AF Commemorated International Truth Day 2022; Victims Ask “How long should we wait to know the truth about our loved ones?”

24 March 2022, Kathmandu: To commemorate the 12th International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) together with the conflict victims network organized a series of discussion programs with victims and the concerned stakeholders in Morang, Kaski, Myagdi, Rupandehi, Banke, Surkhet, Dhangadi, and Janakpur. The discussion events were attended by conflict victims and representatives of Local Government, political parties, civil societies, police, and media among others. The discussion programs were moderated and coordinated by AF lawyers.

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Advocacy Forum-Nepal Co-Organized a Interaction Program on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Nepal

8 March 2022, Kathmandu: To mark 112th International Women’s day 2022, Advocacy Forum (AF) incollaboration with Human Rights and Justice Centre (HRJC), The Story Kitchen (TSK), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Conflict Victim Women National Network (CVWN), Nagarik Awaz,(NA),and Voices of Women (VOW-Media) organized an interaction program titled, “Conflict-related Sexual Violence ( CRSV) : The Status of National Action Plan 1325 and 1820, and Concerns of Victims” at Alfa House, New Baneshwor Kathmandu. The interaction program was organized in a panel discussion format with an aim to bring the issue of victims of conflict-era sexual abuse into the foreground to raise the voice of justice for those affected. The program was attended by various civil society organizations, victim groups, representatives of concerned ministries and departments, political representatives, and media. The program was facilitated by Sushila Chaudhary, General Secretary of CVWN.

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Advocacy Forum-Nepal Organized a Two-Day In–House Workshop on Human Rights Violations in Nagarkot

7 March 2022, Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum-Nepal organized two days in–house workshop on human rights violations on 5-6 March 2022 in Nagarkot, Bhaktapur. AF staff from the provincial and central offices attended the workshop. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the documentation process of gross human rights violations and seek remedies, nationally and internationally.

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