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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 and ICJ Organized National Conference on Sentencing Regime in Nepal's Transitional Justice

AF and ICJ Organized National Conference on Sentencing Regime in Nepal's Transitional Justice

5 September, 2023: Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) and International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have organized a national conference on sentencing regime in the context of transitional justice process in Nepal on 4 September 2023 in Kathmandu.

The program was organized to learn about the experience of transitional justice process in Colombia, especially the provision of sentencing the human rights violators. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal graced the programme with his presence.

At a time when the bill to amend the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act is being deliberated in a parliamentary sub-committee, this program provided a forum for experts to share their views about Nepal's TJ process.

In the opening session, Dr. Mandira Sharma, Senior Legal Consultant at the ICJ, opined that the amendment bill is still in contravention with Nepal's international obligations and failing to ensure justice for conflict victims locally may prompt international jurisdiction to intervene.

Suman Adhikari, founding chairman of the Conflict Victims' Common Platform, expressed his disappointment in the delay in dispensing justice to conflict victims and urged the government to take concrete action.

Hanna Singer-Hamdy, the UN resident coordinator in Nepal, emphasized that transitional justice must be tailored to the unique political and societal circumstances of each country. She expressed confidence in the feasibility of reaching a conclusion in this regard and asserted that it is doable.

During the event, former Chief Justice of Nepal Kalyan Shrestha, shared his perspective, noting that the armed conflict had resulted in various political advancements. However, he also said the prolonged denial of justice to conflict victims is unacceptable.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal reaffirmed the government's commitment to provide justice for the conflict victims to facilitate reconciliation in the society and assured that his government was ready to revise the TJ Bill in line with the genuine concerns of the stakeholders.

During the discussion session, Santiago A Canton, Secretary General, ICJ shared the experience of transitional justice in Argentina where the military junta was prosecuted for human rights violations committed during the dictatorship. He said that independence of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, transparency in justice process and permanent consultation with the civil society is important in transitional justice.

Caterina Heyck, Justice, Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Colombia, shared her experience of dealing with transitional justice process in post-conflict Colombia where the perpetrators who acknowledged the truth were subjected to special restorative sanction.

During the Q and A session, conflict victims rejected the notion of reducing sentences against human rights violators and also emphasized on the need to provide reparation for victims.

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