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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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AF, HRW and REDRESS Release Two Reports on Nepal's Endemic Impunity

30 November 2011. Advocacy Forum (AF), New York-based rights agency Human Rights Watch (HRW) and UK-based human rights organization REDRESS have jointly released two separate reports on Nepal's endemic impunity and have reiterated their calls for the government to investigate and prosecute those responsible for crimes committed during and after the conflict.
The first report on de jure impunity titled "Held to Account: Making the Law Work to Fight Impunity in Nepal" (and its Nepali version) makes the case for legislative review and reform. The report examines 20 pieces of Nepali legislation currently in force, against international human rights standards and Nepali constitutional law in terms of how they contribute to impunity for serious human rights violations, both past and current.

The second report on de facto impunity titled “Adding Insult to Injury: Continued Impunity for War Time Abuses” calls on the government to stand by its public commitments and international treaty obligations to conduct credible investigations and prosecute those responsible for abuses. This report follows three previous joint reports of AF and HRW, Waiting for Justice: Unpunished Crimes form Nepal's Armed Conflict (2008), Still Waiting for Justice: No End to Impunity in Nepal (2009) and Indifference to Duty : Impunity for Crimes Committed (2010) and provides a detailed look at six emblematic cases of killings, disappearances, and torture.

"Laws are used and abused to shield perpetrators from justice and to deny victims’ rights" a press statement issued by AF and REDRESS said, adding:

"Nepal is in grave breach of its international human rights obligations to hold perpetrators accountable and provide prompt and effective justice to victims of serious international crimes – including torture, rape, extrajudicial executions and disappearances – both during the conflict and since. Recent developments, including the attempted pardon by the Cabinet of a Maoist Constituent Assembly member convicted of murder during the conflict period show that there is a danger of Nepal slipping even further into this pattern of abuse of power and denial of victims’ rights."

"Five years after the end of Nepal’s civil war, victims are still waiting for justice. Alleged perpetrators have been appointed to senior government positions and sent abroad on UN peace-keeping missions without ever facing an independent and effective criminal investigation", reads the press statement issued by AF and HRW.

The families of victims have fought hard for justice but not a single perpetrator has been successfully prosecuted for serious violations in a civilian court, the press release further said.
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