The Disappeared and the Struggle of Justice in Nepal


Ram Kumar Bhandari, Founder and President of NEFAD National Network of Families of the Disappeared and Missing, Nepal
29.08.16 Ram Kumar Bhandari, Founder and President of NEFAD National Network of Families of the Disappeared and Missing, Nepal

August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared, an opportunity for the world to remember those missing and disappeared during conflict. In Nepal there is little discussion about the more than 1,500 Nepalese who disappeared during the ‘People’s War’ (1996-2006). Who were they? Why were they forcibly disappeared? Where are they now? Their relatives still wait for answers, living in a state of protracted ambiguity and...

Read more
Bangladesh upholds Islamist tycoon's death...
AFP 30.08 - A wealthy tycoon who was a chief financier for Bangladesh's largest Islamist party...
Bangladesh upholds Islamist tycoon's death...
AFP 30.08 - A wealthy tycoon who was a chief financier for Bangladesh's largest Islamist party...
Bangladesh upholds Islamist tycoon's death...
AFP 30.08 - Bangladesh's top court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence for a top tycoon and...
US alarm as Turkey warns Syrian Kurd militia of...
AFP 29.08 - Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia...
US alarm as Turkey warns Syrian Kurd militia of...
AFP 29.08 - Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia...
Rwanda turns the clock back on access to justice
11.03.16

Until this month, Rwanda was one of only eight countries that recognized the right...

Vote limbo for Central African refugees
15.09.15

BERTOUA/DAKAR, 14 September 2015 (IRIN) - Attempts to foster reconciliation in Central...

Did the Khmer Rouge commit genocide?
15.09.15

PHNOM PENH, 14 September 2015 (IRIN) - During its short stay in power in the late 1970s, the...

Opinion: three concerns ahead of Côte d’Ivoire...
10.09.15

ABIDJAN, 21 July 2015 (IRIN) - Five years after Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed...

Opinion : Tunisia's "Reconciliation Bill"...
03.09.15

 Tunisia has until now inspired the region and the rest of...

Is South Sudan’s latest peace accord the real...
27.08.15

NAIROBI, 26 August 2015 (IRIN) - After months of foot-dragging and under the threat of United...

Inside Tunisia's Prison Hell
09.06.15

Lawyer and photographer Hèla Ammar recently published a book of images and...

Follow us

This Week

The week in review : Malian jihadist’s trial cut...
29.08.16
François Sergent, JusticeInfo.net

The week in transitional justice was marked by the trial before the International Criminal Court of Malian jihadist Ahmed Al Faqi Al Mahdi, accused of having destroyed nine mausoleums in Timbuktu, the “city of 333 saints”. For the first time in the ICC’s history, destruction of cultural heritage is recognized as a war crime, and for the first time also an accused person has pleaded guilty. “Cultural heritage should bring people together rather than tearing them apart,” Marc-André Renold, Director of the Art-Law Centre at the University of Geneva, told JusticeInfo in an interview. “In a...

Read more
The Disappeared and the Struggle of Justice in...

August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared, an opportunity for the world to remember those missing and disappeared during conflict. In Nepal there is little discussion about the more than 1,500 Nepalese who disappeared during the ‘People’s War’ (1996-2006). Who were they? Why were they forcibly disappeared? Where are they now? Their relatives still wait for answers, living in a state of protracted ambiguity and anguish. They live with the memory of their missing loved ones, grieving their loss while holding out hope that their search will not be in vain.  These challenges...

Read more
New Peruvian law offers hope to relatives of the...

The majestic yet forbidding landscape of the Peruvian highlands hides grim secrets. The country’s Ayacucho region was the cradle of Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path, which waged a total and ultimately futile war against the Peruvian state between 1980 and 2000. Many of the forgotten victims of the 20-year internal armed conflict lie buried or simply abandoned in Ayacucho’s mountain passes, old mineshafts, and makeshift hillside cemeteries. Thousands of peasant farmers and highland townsfolk were slaughtered in the internecine warfare, with state and guerrilla forces vying to outdo one...

Read more
Timeline of the Colombian conflict
25.08.16
afp

After a half-century of conflict, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Colombian government announced Wednesday they have reached a historic peace deal. Here are key dates in Latin America's longest armed conflict, which has killed 260,000 people.   - 1964: FARC formed -   The government launches an offensive against communist groups in the center and west of the country. On May 27, rebel commander Manuel Marulanda Velez flees the government assault with 47 other men and forms the FARC.   - 1984: First peace bid -   On March 28, conservative president Belisario Betancur launches peace talks with the FARC under a bilateral truce. The initiative breaks down in 1987...

Read more

News by Region

Africa
The week in review : Malian jihadist’s trial cut...
29.08.16
François Sergent, JusticeInfo.net

The week in transitional justice was marked by the trial before the International Criminal Court of Malian jihadist Ahmed Al Faqi Al Mahdi, accused of having destroyed nine mausoleums in Timbuktu, the “city of 333 saints”. For the first time in the ICC’s history, destruction of cultural heritage is recognized as a war crime, and for the first time also an accused person has pleaded guilty. “Cultural heritage should bring people together rather than tearing them apart,” Marc-André Renold, Director of the Art-Law Centre at the University of...

Read more
Americas
Colombia: Peace Pact a Key Opportunity to Curb Abuses

(Washington, DC, August 25, 2016) – The agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas on August 24, 2016, to end their 52-year conflict is an unprecedented opportunity to curtail abuses in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. But it includes a serious defect that risks its unraveling: a flawed victims’ agreement reached in December 2015, that could guarantee impunity for those responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes. Peace talks with guerrillas, which began in...

Read more
Asia
The Disappeared and the Struggle of Justice in Nepal

August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared, an opportunity for the world to remember those missing and disappeared during conflict. In Nepal there is little discussion about the more than 1,500 Nepalese who disappeared during the ‘People’s War’ (1996-2006). Who were they? Why were they forcibly disappeared? Where are they now? Their relatives still wait for answers, living in a state of protracted ambiguity and anguish. They live with the memory of their missing loved ones, grieving their loss while holding out hope that...

Read more
Europe
Independence was won, now South Sudan's freedom is in...
20.07.16
AFP

South Sudan journalist John Gatluak knew the risks of war: his radio station was destroyed twice but he never stopped broadcasting the news, even when hiding in swamps. But the quiet, deeply committed journalist was shot dead on July 11 in the capital Juba, the latest in a string of killings and assaults on media and rights groups daring to criticise the leaders of a conflict that has driven the world's youngest nation to the depths of despair. "Being a journalist in South Sudan is risking one's life," Gatluak said last year when his...

Read more
On the Web
Finding a Way Forward in South Sudan policy...
15.08.16

The Transitional Justice Working Group

Burundi's Human Rights Crisis
22.07.16

Human Rights Watch

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: The...
21.07.16

Justice in Conflict  

Kenya: The Prosecutor and the President
23.06.16

New York Times Magazine

Human Rights Watch Daily Brief, 6 June 2016
06.06.16

Human Rights Watch 

Indonesia: Protect Mass Graves of 1965-66...
23.05.16

Human Rights Watch 

A Conspiracy to Commit Genocide
11.05.16

The Journal of International Criminal Justice

Yeah, Right… ICC Officials Say There’s No...
06.05.16

Justice in Conflict 

In the Central African Republic, Radio Ndeke...
26.04.16

Reporters without borders

International criminal law and Daesh
22.04.16

Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World

Rupturing Official Histories in the Trial of...
14.04.16

Justice In Conflict 

The Assad Files
12.04.16

The New Yorker

"The issues and challenges faced by memory...
16.03.16

RCN Justice & Démocratie

Efforts to hold DPRK’s leadership accountable...
14.03.16

United Nations Human Rights

Uganda : post-election wave of arbitrary arrests...
02.03.16

Reporters Without Borders, RSF

Amnesty International annual report 2015/2016 :...
24.02.16

Amnesty International 

Syria 2015: Documenting war‐wounded and war‐dead...
18.02.16

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders

Uganda Elections 2016
15.02.16

Human Rights Watch

Workshop: International Criminal Justice on/and...
10.02.16

Centre for International Studies and the London School of Economics Department of Law

An Investment in Colombia’s Peace
08.02.16

The New York Times 

Russia and the Separatists in Eastern Ukraine
08.02.16

International Crisis Group

Tunisia: Landmark Step for Detainee Rights
04.02.16

Human Rights Watch

RAPE AND OTHER FORMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AS...
02.02.16

Berkeley's University, school of law 

Mass Atrocity Monday, 2/1/2016
01.02.16

Justice in Conflict

World Report 2016
27.01.16

Human Rights Watch

Eight Ways to Solve the World Refugee Crisis
25.01.16

Amnesty International

Making a Murderer in Uganda
21.01.16

Foreign Policy

ICC: First Major Hearing on LRA Crimes
21.01.16

Human Rights Watch

Staggering civilian death toll in Iraq – UN report
19.01.16

United Nations Human Rights

Obama’s Fragile Legacy on Human Rights
14.01.16

Human Rights Watch

For Refugees, Home Is a Place Called Never
13.01.16

Zocalo Public Square

Growing Up Guantanamo
12.01.16

Al Jazeera English

Afghanistan Peace Talks Begin
11.01.16

Council Foreign Relations

China and the Saudi-Iran conflict
07.01.16

Al Jazeera English

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2016
03.01.16

Crisisgroup

No End to Torture in Bahrain
22.11.15

Human Rights Watch

"One Day, We Will Start a Big War"
29.10.15

Foreign Policy

How to Counter Rape During War
29.10.15

The New York Times

Reporter beaten up by ruling party activists
09.10.15

Reporters Without Borders

Mali’s Voice of Reason
08.10.15

foreignpolicy.com

Syria : The Cesar report
30.09.15

static.guim.co.uk

Surface Calm Masks Deep Divides Ahead of Cote...
30.09.15

World Politics Review

Basta Ya! Report Illuminates Issues at Crux of...
25.09.15

vbouvier.wordpress.com

The world map shows risk for an episode of...
22.09.15

earlywarningproject.com

Africa Research Group
21.09.15

Africaresearchgroup.co.uk

Spaces of remembrance
16.09.15

ictj.org

The Refugee Crisis That Isn't
03.09.15

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Council: Report of the Independent...
13.08.15

United Nations Human Rights

Haiti Elections
09.08.15

Haiti Election 2015

The ICC: Too important to let fail
07.08.15

The Globe And Mail

Rumours and violence in Burundi
05.08.15

The Guardian

The ICCt: Bringing justice to the world
03.08.15

The Bogota Post

Forgotten Conflicts
03.08.15

IRIN

Libya: Flawed trial of al-Gaddafi officials
28.07.15

Amnesty International

Security, Governance and Humanitarian Need in CAR
27.07.15

International Rescue Committee

War Crimes and Rwandan Realities
19.07.15

New York Times

Our man in Africa
15.07.15

Foreign Policy

Tell the world why #JusticeMatters
09.07.15

Global Justice

Violence and boycott in Burundi
29.06.15

Deutsche Welle

Colombia's Peace Process
23.06.15

Colombia Peace

Will Mali's peace deal hold?
21.06.15

Al Jazeera

Failure to Refer the Conflict in Syria to the ICC
17.06.15

Queen's Political Review

Transitional Justice in Libya
09.06.15

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ntaganda Trial in DRC?
28.05.15

Coalition for the ICC

20 Years of Challenging Impunity in Rwanda
27.05.15

Coalition for the ICC

Mali : An Imposed Peace?
22.05.15

International Crisis Group

Women's Voices in Tunisia
21.05.15

International Center for Transitional Justice

Sexual violence as weapon of war
18.05.15

International Justice Tribune

Trouble with judicial cooperation in Africa
17.05.15

International Justice Tribune

Hold the US accountable on human rights
11.05.15

Al Jazeera America

Burundi's women as game-changer?
11.05.15

Mail & Guardian Africa

A Serbian Village Trying to Forget
06.05.15

Balkan Insight

Syria's 'Circle of hell'
05.05.15

Amnesty International

Iraq urged to join ICC
30.04.15

Rûdaw English