UN bodies concerned over Nanda Prasad’s death

  • Urge govt to step up probe into murder of his son
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 24, 2014-

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed sadness over the death of Nanda Prasad Adhikari and urged the government to expedite the investigation to book his son’s murderers.

Adhikari, 56, along with his spouse Ganga Maya, 54, had been staging fast-onto-death for the past 11 months demanding justice for the murder of his 18-year-old Krishna Prasad, who was allegedly killed by the then rebel Maoists in 2004.

“The tragic outcome of the protest by Nanda Prasad Adhikari shows the desperation of the demands for justice by victims of the conflict in Nepal,” Rory Mungoven, head of the OHCHR Asia-Pacific Section, said in a statement.  

The couple had broken their 47-day fast in the presence of government officials and human rights activists in September 2013, following government assurance to investigate the murder of their son. But they resumed the protest as the government failed to arrest main accused Rudra Acharya, who is said to be outside the country. The government had opened a murder case and issued an Interpol red corner notice against Acharya.

The government and human rights activists had urged the couple to end the fast, but they insisted on continuing with the strike until justice is served.

“The Nepalese authorities should step up their investigation into the murder of Krishna Prasad as promised by the Government in 2013 and take every possible step to bring the killers to justice without political interference,” Mungoven said. “The deteriorating health of Ganga Maya, Adhikari’s wife, makes it even more important to address this case urgently.”   

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Nepal, Jamie McGoldrick, echoed the OHCHR.

“Transitional Justice mechanisms should have been in place and implemented a long time ago as was stipulated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” he said in a separate statement on Wednesday.

“The UN did its utmost to support human rights organisations and other stakeholders in their efforts to prevent the death of Nanda Prasad and now calls on them to come together to save the life of Ganga Maya, Adhikari’s wife,” he added.

Published: 25-09-2014 09:13

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