13th International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance – ‘State a mute spectator in search for the missing’
On August 30, which marked the 13th International Day against Enforced Disappearances in 2023, various organizations, including the Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC), Advocacy Forum, Nepal Red Cross Society Kaski, and Civil Society Network for Peace Kaski, organized an interaction program in Pokhara, focusing on the theme of “Transitional Justice and the Voice of the Victims.” During the event, family members of victims who have disappeared shared their concerns about the state’s response to enforced disappearances.
Sushila Simkhada, the Minister of Social Development and Health of the Gandaki Province government, emphasized the importance of unity among families of martyrs and missing persons to seek justice. She reassured the attendees that the government is dedicated to finding ways to provide relief to the families of victims.
Annath Baral, the President of the Disappeared Society in Kaski, urged the government to address the issue of missing persons promptly, so that the need to mark the International Day against Disappearances in the following year could be avoided.
During the program, family members of disappeared persons expressed their dissatisfaction with the functioning of the Commission of Inquiry, which was established to investigate disappearances that occurred during the armed conflict. They voiced concerns that the commission has not been effective in addressing the grievances of the victims. Shaligram Paudel, representing a family with a missing member, questioned why the state seems inactive in searching for those who have disappeared.
The event shed light on the challenges faced by families when a main breadwinner goes missing, leaving their dependents in distress. Participants stressed the importance of the government providing support, employment, education, and healthcare for these families.
Advocate Kunjani Pariyar, Coordinator of Advocacy Forum Nepal in Gandaki Province, presented the current situation of transitional justice during the program.
Tank Khanal, an Official from the National Human Rights Commission in Gandaki Province, called on the government to take proactive steps to instill hope in victims and ensure justice. He urged the government to approach the issue with a deep sense of empathy and commitment to address the concerns of the victims.
INSEC Gandaki Province Office, Pokhara
Most Cases Of Domestic Violence End Through Settlement
The majority of domestic violence cases are reported to the District Police Office in Tanahun and often conclude with settlement. 340 cases of domestic violence have been registered in Tanahun…
Accuse Of Beating Arrested
The police arrested 23-year-old Jiang Ghising and 27-year-old Sagar Ghising, both residents of Baiteshwar Rural Municipality-1, on November 27 for beating 21-year-old Chhiring Sherpa and 27-year-old Yanarbu Sherpa at a…
Accuse Of Killing Arrested
Police arrested 23-year-old Ashish Tamang on the charge of killing his 45-year-old father Bholakumar Tamang of Kamal Rural Municipality-4 on November 27. DSP Khagendra Prasad Rijal of the District Police…
Accused Of Rape Arrested
The police arrested Manbir Pun, 32, of Rukum West Athbiskot Municipality-13, currently living in Kohalpur Municipality-11, Banke on the charge of raping a 26-year-old woman. The aggrieved filed a complaint…
School Faces Drinking Water Shortage Impacting Teachers and Students.
Lamalekh Primary School, situated in Chankheli Rural Municipality-6, Masidhara, Southern Region, is currently experiencing a shortage of drinking water, adversely affecting both teachers and students. Principal Radhika Shahi expressed her…