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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.

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Nepal: Continued denial of justice for crimes relating to torture and ill-treatment – An independent mechanism needed to ensure prompt, thorough and effective investigations

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26 June), victims' groups and associations and national and international human rights organizations call upon the Government of Nepal to immediately establish an independent mechanism to effectively investigate and prosecute all acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. International human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), to which Nepal is a party, oblige Nepal to investigate, prosecute, punish and provide effective remedies and reparations to victims of torture and other acts of ill-treatment. However, Nepal has failed to comply with these obligations.

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AF launches Annual Torture Report entitled "Countering Impunity in Torture: Need for Independent Investigative Mechanism in Nepal”

AF launches Annual Torture Report entitled

25 June 2021, Kathmandu: On the Occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26 June), Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) launches its Annual Torture Report (2021) entitled “Countering Impunity in Torture: Need for Independent Investigative Mechanism in Nepal.” For the past twenty years, AF has been reporting the incidents of torture and ill-treatment of detainees in police custody, and to date, the torture and ill-treatment continue to occur in Nepal. In addition, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has served to perpetuate the culture of police impunity in Nepal. Through this report, AF reminds the concerned authorities of the urgent need for the establishment of an independent investigative mechanism to investigate and prosecute cases of torture and ill-treatment.

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AF expresses solidarity with Gangamaya, ensure justice to the victims

AF expresses solidarity with Gangamaya, ensure justice to the victims

7 June 2021, Kathmandu: Since the day 17-year old Krishna Prasad Adhikari was brutally murdered by Maoist cadres on (24 Jestha 2061) 6 June 2004 in Bakulahar Chowk of Tandi, Chitwan, Ganga Maya Adhikari has been continuously fighting for truth and justice. Ganga Maya along with her husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari started a hunger strike as a part of Satyagraha on 5 February 2012, demanding no amnesty to those who were involved in the murder of their son. The Government turned blind eye to their demands of justice and on 22 September 2014, Nanda Prasad Adhikari passed away, leaving Gangamaya all alone in her journey to justice. Gangamaya’s resilience to seek justice has not shaken yet.

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Demonstration of health workers continues at Bheri Hospital

1 June 2021, Nepalgunj: Demanding immediate enactment of necessary laws for security so as to boost the morale of health workers, the health workers, including doctors and nurses of Bheri Hospital, Nepalgunj, have continued to protest against the attack every day from 9 to 10 am near the eastern main gate of Bheri Hospital. They gathered there with black bands on their hands and carrying play cards demanding security and justice.

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Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) Organized a Psychological Counseling Session (via zoom) for Conflict Victims on the Occasion of International Week of the Disappeared, 2021

Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) Organized a Psychological Counseling Session (via zoom) for Conflict Victims on the Occasion of International Week of the Disappeared, 2021

28 May 2021, Kathmandu: Recently, the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases is pushing already traumatized armed conflict victims into an extremely vulnerable situation, both mentally and physically. Although conflict victims are determined in their persistent fight for truth and justice, they face multi-layer of hardships. The extended prohibitory orders combined with lack of support from the government have brought a serious psychological impact on the overall well-being of the conflict victims. With an aim to ease their pain and sufferings, Advocacy Forum-Nepal convened a counseling session entitled “COVID-19 and its Psychological Impact on Conflict Victims” on 28 May 2021. The session was facilitated by a senior psychologist, Karuna Kunwar. Mr. Bikash Basnet (Program Manager-AF) hosted the event.

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Janakpur High Court Orders Provincial Hospital to Stop Referring COVID-Patients to Private Hospitals

28 May 2021, Janakpur: On 28 May 2021, a single bench of Justice Dal Kumar Khadka of the High Court, Janakpur issued an order to take due care and not to delay in the treatment of the COVID-19 infected patients. The Court ordered the Provincial Hospital to stop refusing patients from admitting and providing treatment citing false pretext of lack of oxygen, PPE, masks and medicines and referring them to the private hospitals. The Court also asked the hospital to submit it the reports of beds details, doctors, health worker allotted for the treatment of COVID-19 infected patients along with the daily list of patients admitted and discharged after recovery every week.

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COVID-19 and Human Rights Situation in detention Centres and Prison of Banke

May 28, 2021, Nepalgunj: Advocacy Forum Nepal’s Advocate Basanta Gautam monitored some of the detention centers from the Human Rights perspective in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The main objective of the monitoring was to find out the condition of the detainees and their overall human rights status. Area Police Office (APO) Dhaunauli, APO Jamunaha, APO Kohalpur, District Police Office (DPO), and the Prison of Banke were monitored via media reports and telephone inquiries The information was collected from May 24 to 26, 2021.

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Advocacy Forum-Nepal Monitors Children Correction Home in Banke: Lack of Medical Treatment for Children

25 May 2021, Nepalgunj: With the increase of COVID-19 cases and subsequent lockdown, the children at the Correction Homes are at more risk than ever. AF has been regularly monitoring the situation of children at the Correction Homes all over the country. In regard to this, on 24 May 2021, AF lawyer Basanta Gautam held a conversation with Bimala Kaucha Magar, the in-charge of Child Correction Home of Aasmanpur, Banke over the phone to collect information about the CCH and the situation of children during the pandemic. Magar informed that currently there are 148 children in the Correction Home which is almost double of its capacity. For their safety, physical visits are prohibited as of now and PCR tests are conducted before detaining and registering any new juveniles.

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AF lawyer monitors the Isolation Centers in Banke: Need for Improvement

AF lawyer monitors the Isolation Centers in Banke: Need for Improvement

19 May 2021, Nepalgunj: AF’s lawyer Basanta Gautam along with Mr. Dhirjung Shah, the head of Public Health Office, Banke monitored the Isolation Centers and Temporary COVID Hospitals established by Khajura Rural Municipality and Baijnath Rural Municipality of Banke District on 18 May 2021.

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