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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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Commemoration of the 19th Killing Anniversary of Maina Sunuwar and Reena Rasaili: When will the wait for truth and justice be over?

17 February 2022, Kathmandu: To commemorate the 19th killing anniversary of teenagers Reena Rasaili and Maina Sunuwar by the then Royal Nepal Army, Maina Bal Bikash Samiti and Reena Arpan Dalit Utthan Manch organized a commemoration event on 17 February 2022 at Alfa House, Kathmandu. Around 70 people, including the family members of Maina and Reena, representatives from the conflict victim groups, members of civil societies, and media personnel attended the event.

Facilitating the program, Advocate Sushila Chaudhary, General Secretary of Conflict Victims' Women National Network (CVWN) briefed about the cases of both Reena and Maina, along with the long legal battle the family has been through for truth and justice. Likewise, Geeta Rasaili, younger sister of Reena Rasaili recited a heartfelt poem depicting what her sisters had to go through at the hands of the then Royal Nepal Army and expressed her commitment that the family will continue the fight for their justice.

Following the garland offering ceremony and paying silent tribute to the victims, Devi Sunuwar, mother of Maina Sunuwar, read out the open letter she had written to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, demanding the implementation of the Court orders and ensuring the protection of the victim's right to justice over the interests of the perpetrators.

Pledging solidarity with the family members of Maina and Reena, victim leaders and activists Suman Adhikari and Dr. Ram Kumar Bhandari expressed the need for unity and common understanding among the victims in relation to the conflict-related cases for a victim victim-centric and transparent transitional justice process in Nepal.

Speaking in the program, Murari Prasad Kharel, Acting Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Maina Karki, member of the Federal Parliament expressed their commitment to work for the justice of Maina and Reena, along with other conflict victims.
Karki, who had lost her husband during the armed conflict was also felicitated in the program for her appointment as a member of the Federal Parliament.

Sharing the words of encouragement, Dr. Mandira Sharma, Founder of Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF), stated that we have come a long way in this journey to justice and we still have a long way to go. Likewise, she admired the determination of the family and expressed that with unity and resilience, justice will be served.

Concluding the event, Devi Sunuwar thanked all the participants for their continuous support and shared that they have not and will not give up on this fight for truth and justice for Maina, Reena, and all other innocent victims who lost their life during the armed conflict.

AF provided technical and financial support in organizing the event. Likewise, AF has been providing legal support since the beginning of the case.

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