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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 published a Handbook on Enforced Disappearances in Nepal

AF published a Handbook on Enforced Disappearances in Nepal

30 August 2021, Kathmandu: In Nepal, the crime of enforced disappearances has been criminalized by the National Penal Code, 2017, and taking into account the continuous nature of the crime of enforced disappearances, the State is obligated to establish the whereabouts of the victim even if it means applying the law retrospectively, yet no cases thus far have been investigated under the Code.

This year, to commemorate the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance in a more meaningful way, Advocacy Forum-Nepal has published a handbook entitled ‘Establishing Victims’ Right to Truth, Justice and Reparation in Cases Involving Enforced Disappearances in Nepal’, which:

  • Highlights the State's obligation to investigate, prosecute and punish crimes of enforced disappearances and duty to provide truth and justice under international law;
  • Analyses provisions related to the retroactive effect of criminal law, the statutory limitation, and what international standards exist and how they can be applied to cases involving enforced disappearances;
  • Provides a legal analysis of the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of crimes of enforced disappearances in Nepal under the Penal Code and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act;
  • Analyses the mandates and powers of the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons and assess whether the investigation conducted by the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) fulfills the State's obligations under international law;
  • Support victims, human rights defenders, and the legal community in Nepal working to promote truth, justice, reparation by countering impunity in cases involving enforced disappearances.

To access the electronic copy of the handbook, please follow the link: Establishing Victims’ Right to Truth, Justice and Reparation in Cases Involving Enforced Disappearances in Nepal

Similarly, AF has summarized the major highlights of the handbook in Questions and Answers form, please follow the link: Questions and Answers on Enforced Disappearances - August, 2021

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