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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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Annual Torture Report 2018 Launched

Annual Torture Report 2018 Launched

Kathmandu 25 June: Advocacy Forum (AF) launched an annual torture report entitled "Rise of Torture in 2018: Challenges Old & New Facing Nepal" on 25 June 2019 in Kathmandu amidst a program. The report was jointly unveiled by Honorable Anup Raj Sharma, Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission, Senior Advocate Tanka Prasad Dulal, General Secretary of AF and torture survivors duo Kalpana Bhandari and Tika Dhakal. The report launch program was attended by the victims, Attorney General Office, District Attorney, Supreme Court Bar, representatives from NGOs and INGOs, Human Rights Section of Nepal Police, journalists and law students. Altogether more than 50 persons participated in the program.

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Workshop on Enforced Disappearance Convened in Nepal

Workshop on Enforced Disappearance Convened in Nepal

Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) and Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) jointly organized a workshop on Enforced Disappearance in Asia on 27 and 28 May 2019 at Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur Nepal. The main objectives of the program were to shed light on the best practices, challenges and existing remedies of various countries, the effort of the government in addressing the cases of enforced disappearance and strategies to combat enforced disappearances.

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International Week of the Disappeared, 2019 Commemorated in Nepal

International Week of the Disappeared, 2019 Commemorated in Nepal

On the occasion of the International Week of the Disappeared 2019, Advocacy Forum-Nepal together with Conflict Victims' Society for Justice (CVSJ-Nepal) organized and hosted events in Illam, Pokhara, Nepalgunj and Kathmandu during the last week of May 2019.  The program was primarily attended by conflict victims, victims’ families of those disappeared, representatives from human rights organizations, civil society members and local government representatives.  The activities included a discussion program on the situation of the family and the ongoing debate of TJ process, the pain and suffering of victims and how their issues can be addressed at the local and national level. Now, victim families in Nepal have joined hands with the victims’ families of the disappeared from around the world and fight together in search of their disappeared loved ones. 

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AF organized training on "Psychosocial Accompaniment and Documentation"

AF organized training on

Kathmandu: On May 9th and 10th 2019, Advocacy Forum (AF), in coordination with Conflict Victims Society for Justice (CVSJ),organized a two day training sessions on "Psychosocial Accompaniment and Documentation," for 13 family members of enforced disappearance victims during the conflict period in Nepal, in Nepalgunj, Banke district. The participants were from Banke and Bardiya districts. The objective of the training session was to empower family members of disappearance victims to provide psychosocial accompaniment for other victims, to document cases of human rights violations and to support the victims' family advocacy to bring attention to their cases on the national and international level.

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AF Organized a Stakeholders Meeting on Juvenile Justice

AF Organized a Stakeholders Meeting on Juvenile Justice

Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum (AF) organized a one-day consultation meeting entitled "Situation of Juvenile Justice in Nepal and Roles of Stakeholders," on 26 April in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu. The meeting provided meaningful discussion on juvenile justice laws and the fair trial rights of juveniles. The issues of torture and ill-treatment of juveniles in police detention centers, difficulties in determining medical age and further helping children living on the street were key discussion points. Throughout the meeting, different stakeholders shared their valuable experiences, identified problems and provided possible solutions to these problems. 

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Workshop on Strategic Litigation Conducted and A3T Launched in Kathmandu

Workshop on Strategic Litigation Conducted and A3T Launched in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, 21 November (2018) – Advocacy Forum – Nepal, with the support of Open Society Foundation, organized a two day regional workshop on "Strategic Litigation on Torture" in Kathmandu on 20th and 21st November. Thirty participants from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Nepal were present in the workshop. 

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AF organized Workshops on Juvenile Justice

AF organized Workshops on Juvenile Justice

Kathmandu, 4th June 2018: Advocacy Forum (AF) organized 3 workshops on "Juvenile Justice and Roles of Local Judicial Committee" in Bhairahawa of Province 5, Birendranagar of Province 6 and Mahendranagar of Province 7 on different dates. Altogether 60 participants including representatives from Provincial Internal Affairs and Law Ministry, District court, District Public Prosecutors, District Juvenile Welfare Council, Women and Children Cell of Nepal Police and members of Local Judicial Committee (LJC)

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Annual Torture Report Launched

Annual Torture Report Launched Kathmandu 14th September 2017: Advocacy Forum (AF) launched an annual torture report  entitled "Advocating Against Torture in 2016: The Challenges of Achieving Justice" on 13th September in Kathmandu amidst a program. The report was unveiled by ...
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Advocacy Forum honored by FNJ Dailekh

Advocacy Forum honored by FNJ Dailekh Nepalgunj, 25th August 2017: On the occasion of the 13th death anniversary of journalist DekendraThapa,the Dailekh Chapter of Federation of Nepalese Journalists honored Advocacy Forum (AF) for providing legal support and doing advocacy at national ...
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AF Organized Press Meet on UN HRCtee's Views on War Era Rape Case

AF Organized Press Meet on UN HRCtee's Views on War Era Rape Case 26 Jul 2017, Kathmandu: Advocacy Forum (AF) organized a roundtable discussion and press meet on a conflict era rape case in which the UN Human Rights Committee has given its views on 23 July 2017. In the program representative of National Human ...
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