Nepal asked to redress teen’s murder case

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 28, 2015-

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has asked the government of Nepal to provide redress for the extrajudicial killing of a 17-year-old schoolgirl during the conflict.

In February 2004, a group of Nepal Army soldiers dragged Subhadra Chaulagian out of her house in Kavre on suspicion of being a Maoist and shot her dead in front of her father, Kedar. The soldiers had also assaulted Kedar.

After his numerous attempts for justice failed at home, Kedar had taken the case to the UN agency. He was assisted by Advocacy Forum and the London-based REDRESS in the process.   

In its ruling made public this week, the UN committee, which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Nepal is a signatory, said that Nepal should conduct an “effective and complete investigation of the facts”, prosecute and punish the guilty and provide full reparation. The committee also deemed interim relief of Rs 100,000 and Rs 200,000 provided in 2008 and 2010 to the families of the dead inadequate.

This is the 8th such verdict the UN body has issued in war-era cases from Nepal. Before this, the committee had made similar decisions in the disappearances of Surya Prasad Sharma (2008), Mukunda Sedhai (2013), Tej Bahadur Bhandari (2014) and Gyanendra Tripathi (2014); and in the detention and torture of Yubraj Giri (2011), Dev Bahadur Maharjan (2012), and Jit Man Basnet (2014).

Nepal has so far refused to act on war-era cases, saying that the proposed commissions on enforced disappearance and truth and reconciliation would look into those cases. The transitional justice Act was passed in April last year. The commissions are yet to be formed.  

Trilochan Upreti, director of Advocacy Forum, said, “It is in Nepal’s interest to implement the decision[s] of the committee.”

Published: 29-01-2015 08:47

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