A memorandum from various districts of the country has been handed over to the Prime Minister through Chief District Officers to approve the international convention protection of people from enforced disappearance people from districts on the occasion of the International Day on protection of enforced disappearance on August 30.
“Enforced disappearance of civilian by anyone is crime against humanity and it is very important to stop such crime in future. It is the responsibility of the state.” The memorandum presented to the District Administration Office states.
“Unless the past crimes against humanity and those involved in such crimes are not made accountable, such nature of crime will in root in human civilization. Taking this in to consideration, United Nation’s Human Rights Council has accepted the draft on Protection of All people from enforced disappearance in 2006, June 29. It came into enforcement from 2010 December 23 and there are total of 96 countries which are state party of this covenant”, the memorandum states.
According to the INSEC data during armed conflict 931 people were disappeared from both state and non-state party.
As per INSEC district representative Srijana Panta of Baglung, A memorandum has been handed over to CDO Bhagirath Pandey led by INSEC and representatives from various organizations. Jashodha Sharma coordinator from disappeared family said that in this modern era disappearing people to fulfill their objective is not acceptable. CDO Pandey said that he will give his full support to bring out the fact on disappeared people. He further showed his commitment that he will send the memorandum to the Prime Minister as it is a sensitive issue.
According to Gorkha District Representative (DR) Hari Ram Uprety, the memorandum demanded the government to approve the covenant and making Nepal a state party.
The memorandum was handed over to the Chief District Offier Narayan Prasad Bhadra with a demand of approval of the covenant. While receiving the memorandum, CDO Bhadra said that disappearing people is a serious and sensitive issue.
INSEC DR of Nawalparasi, Narayan Parajuli said that the memorandum was handed over to the prime minister through CDO demanding the approval of covenant on protection of civilian from being disappeared.
Local Development Officer Lal Krishna Sharma Paudel, DSP Rajendra Chaudhary including others were presented in the program. While receiving the memorandum, CDO Mahadev Pantha showed his solidarity in approval of the covenant and said that the letter will be forwarded to the Prime Misister.
INSEC district representative Indira Bhattarai of Morang District said that a memorandum was handed over to the prime minister through District Administration Office of Biratnagar demanding to make whereabouts of the disappeared people public.
INSEC, including representatives from various organizations were present the program and demanded for the approval of international covenant on protection of civilians from disappearance -2006 to make Nepal a state party.
Receiving a memorandum, Chief District Officer Paudel said that the peace process will not end until the issue of disappeared people is not solved.
According to Yagya Murti Timilsina INSEC district representative of Palpa said that the memorandum was handed over to the prime minister through CDO Babu Ram Gautam. While receiving a memorandum, he said that it will be forwarded to the concerned authority.
Bibek Dhungana, district representative of INSEC, Kathmandu said that a memorandum was handed over to the prime minister through chief district officer Ram Krishna Subedi, demanding tp publish the whereabouts of disappeared people and approval of international convention. On the occasion of Disappearance day, candle was lighted in Babarmahal in the memory of disappeared people. People from various walk of life were present in the program.
According to district representative Dependra Adhikari of Chitwan District, a memorandum was handed over to the prime minister through CDO Binod Prakash Singh. In local peace committee of Chitwan, 55 families of disappeared people have lodged a complaint.
Nati babu Dhital , INSEC district representative of Sindhupalchok said that memorandum was handed over to the prime minister through CDO. While receiving a memorandum, CDO Antar Bahadur Silwal said that he will forward the letter to the Prime Minister. There were 14 activists presented in the memorandum handing over program.
Bimala Pandey of Sindhuli District said that memorandum was handed over to the prime minister through CDO Basudev Kafle demanding to make disappeared people public and approval of international convention. During conflict era 18 people were disappeared from Sindhuli by both state and non-state party.
In Makwanpur District, a memorandum was handed over to CDO Man Bahadur BK according to district representative Pratap Bista of INSEC. During conflict era 11 people were disappeared from the district by both state and non-state actor according to local peace committee.
According to KC Lamichhane of Parsa district, demanding the approval of international convention on protection of civilian from disappearance, a memorandum was handed over to Chief District Officer Keshav Ghimire. While receiving memorandum, he showed his commitment to forward the letter to the prime minister.
As per Uddav Pokhrel of Dolakha District memorandum was handed over to Prime Minister through CDO Pushpa Raj Sahi.
Similarly, INSEC district representatives from Lalitpur, Mahottari district have handed over the memorandum to the respective CDOs.
In Nuwakot district memorandum was handed over to assistant CDO Kamla Raj Dhakal. After receiving the memorandum Dhakal said that it will be forwarded to the prime minister’s office. In Nuwakot District 22 civilians were disappeared during armed conflict by both state and non-state actors.
According to INSEC Myagdi District Representative Amrit Baskune, a memorandum was handed over to the prime minister through acting CDO Yadav Nath Acharya demanding the approval of the international Convention on Protection of Civilian from disappearance.
While receiving the memorandum, Acharya said that the activities of rights organization in the district has been highly rated and further showed his commitment to handover the memorandum to the Prime Minister.
INSEC Parbat representative Kishore Sapkota said that memorandum was handed over to CDO Shambhu Prasad Marasini for the approval of UN convention on disappeared people.
Similarly In Kapilvastu, Arghakhanchi and Gulmi districts, memorandums were handed over to the respective authorities for the approval of UN convention on protection of civilians from disappearance according to our district representatives.