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Nepal: disappeared and tortured for 500 days

22.04.2013 - (Last modified: 13.07.2017)
TRIAL today submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, alleging the unlawful detention, enforced disappearance and torture of Himal Sharma from 2003 to 2005 by state security forces, during the height of the armed conflict in Nepal. Disappeared and tortured On 21 October 2003, Himal Sharma was unlawfully arrested in Kathmandu by members of state sec...

Nepal: Truth and Reconciliation Law a Betrayal of Victims

22.03.2013 - (Last modified: 13.07.2017)
Amnesty for Worst Crimes Violates International Law (Kathmandu, March 22, 2013) - The inclusion of an amnesty provision, which could cover the worst possible crimes, in Nepal's new Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearance Ordinance, will make it impossible for thousands of victims of gross human rights violations to obtain justice, a coalition of international human...

TRIAL concerned over Nepal reaction to UK torture arrest

10.01.2013 - (Last modified: 17.07.2017)
TRIAL (Swiss Association against Impunity) welcomes the arrest of Nepalese Colonel Kumar Lama in the United Kingdom on suspicion of torture. Following the condemnation of the arrest by senior figures in the Nepalese government, the organisation calls on Nepal to show solidarity with victims of the conflict and fully cooperate with the UK investigation of Col. Lama....
One of the main human rights bodies of the United Nations has just ruled that the transitional justice mechanisms envisaged by the Government of Nepal do not meet international human rights standards, as they do not offer sufficient guarantees to victims of the civil war to realise their rights to justice and truth.     On 12 October 2012 the United...
On 23 August 2012, TRIAL together with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Advocacy Forum – Nepal and seven other local organisations working with victims of human rights violations and their families submitted a briefing note to the new Special Rapporteur on the Promotion o...

Nepal: Rights Groups Condemn Amnesty Ordinance

01.09.2012 - (Last modified: 17.07.2017)
Respect Obligations to Prosecute Worst Crimes From Civil War Era (New York, August 31, 2012) – President Ram Baran Yadav of Nepal should return an executive ordinance that would effectively permit amnesty for crimes committed during the country’s civil war from 1996 to 2006, four human rights groups said today in a letter to the president. The president should retu...
In August 2012, TRIAL and other international and national associations active in Nepal submitted a briefing note to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence about the negative consequences of the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly on the transitional justice process.
Geneva / Kathmandu – 21 May 2012 After thirteen years of despair, of denial and of waiting for truth and justice, two families of victims of enforced disappearance during the civil conflict in Nepal bring their case to the United Nations. The perpetrators must be brought to account, says TRIAL - a Geneva-based human rights organisation. Thirteen years ago to thi...
Geneva, 10 February 2012 Hundreds of perpetrators of serious human rights violations in Nepal remain free. The possibility to hold them accountable for their crimes is inexistent as the main Nepalese parties agree to grant a blanket amnesty for most crimes perpetrated by both State and Maoist forces during the armed conflict that ravaged Nepal between 1996 and 2006....
TRIAL has recently submitted two individual communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee regarding the enforced disappearance and torture of Jit Man Basnet in Nepal in February 2004 and regarding the arbitrary arrest, ill-treatment and execution of Ermin Kadiric in Bosnia-Herzegovina July 1992. Jit Man Basnet is a journalist and a lawyer in Kathmandu...
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