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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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Journalists Urge Conflict Victims to Unite for Justice

15 April 2024, Kathmandu: In an interaction programme with journalists to discuss the latest updates in the transitional justice process organized by Advocacy Forum-Nepal, participants urged the conflict victims to unite for the cause of justice.

Before opening the floor for discussion, Victim Leader Suman Adhikari, Accountability Watch Committee Coordinator Raju Chapagain and Conflict Victim Women National Network Chairperson Srijana Shrestha gave their opinions regarding the government's formation of a recommendation committee to elect officebearers in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission for the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons without amending the Enforced Disappearance Inquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act (TJ Act).

Adhikari said that the government formed the recommendation committee reportedly to honour the Supreme Court mandamus, but it is merely a show as the government has not implemented any court decisions regarding TJ till now. There is a risk that the newly formed recommendation committee will recommend commissioners loyal to one or the other political party, and it will delay and dilute the TJ process, he said.

Chapagain said that the latest mandamus issued by the Supreme Court is good in spirit, but its language is problematic. The court could have asked the government to expedite the TJ Act amendment process first and only then form the recommendation committee, he said. The government's unilateral actions will make the commission dysfunctional like in the past. Speaking at the event, Srijana Shrestha lamented the non-implementation of the National Action Plan to implement the UN Resolution on Women, Peace, and Security. She also said that the National Human Rights Commission should have played an active role in facilitating justice for victims, but its actions are not satisfactory.

Journalists participating in the event emphasized the unity of victims for the common cause of justice. Durga Dulal from Nepal Live urged the victims to increase their bargaining power in front of the government. Ramesh Wagle from said that the victims need to put more effort into getting justice. While Radio Kantipur's Anil Bogati blamed the international community for contributing to the failure of the TJ process, Binod Ghimire from The Kathmandu Post said that the victim community and civil society organizations need to launch a big movement to demand justice for conflict victims.

AF's Director Bikash Basnet and Radio Kantipur's Kamala Panthi facilitated the programme.

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