• Nepal: Seeking justice for a father's murder

    04 Oct 2013

    Suman Adhikari, third from the right, protests against impunity in Nepal.

    My father was a school teacher at the Sanskrit high school in our village. He was also a social worker and an activist at Amnesty International. During the conflict, Maoist fighters approached him and demanded a quarter of his salary. But my father said he would not give money to support the torture and killing of innocent people.

    One day in 2002, while he was teaching class, the armed fighters tied his hands and feet and dragged him away. They tied him to a tree not far from our home and shot him. They said that anyone who touched the body would suffer the same fate.

    There were many similar episodes of violence across the country. People were brutally tortured and killed. Though my family and I couldn't get our father back, we decided to do something in his name to help others. Today, we provide scholarships at my father's school for students who are poor or affected by the conflict and, through the Conflict Victims Orphans' Society, we help children who lost their parents.

    But justice is still not a reality. After the peace agreement in 2006, we hoped that the truth commissions and the government would bring the perpetrators to justice and help the victims build back their lives. Now it is 2013 and we still haven't seen any truth commissions or reparations. Earlier this year, the government passed a bill to provide an amnesty for the crimes committed during the conflict. We are now challenging the Supreme Court to repeal the bill.

    We are still waiting for a final decision. Until then, the victims will get no justice at all.

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About the Author

Suman Adhikari is a programme officer at the UNDP-funded Transitional Justice Resource Centre in Nepal. The centre provides support to victims of the country’s 10-year civil conflict, which ended in 2006, killing 15,000 people and displacing more than 100,000.

 

UNDP in Nepal