17 February 2018
Maina Sunuwar’s Case: 14 years of Impunity
In April 2017, after a 13-year-long legal battle the Kavrepalanchowk (Kavre) District Court convicted three soldiers namely Babi Khatri, Sunil Prasad Adhikari and Amit Pun involved in the murder of Maina Sunuwar.1 While the Court acquitted a fourth soldier namely Major Niranjan Basnet, who is still serving the army, three were given sentence to 20 years’ imprisonment.
However, the Nepal army in September 2017 filed the petition in the Supreme Court to vacate the decision of the District Court. The army has claimed: (1) that the principle of double jeopardy was violated, on the argument that the army has already prosecuted the three convicted officers, (2) that the case comes under the jurisdiction of the Transitional Justice system rather than the criminal justice system, and (3) that as the incident took place under a military operation and therefore military rules should be applied. The petition also argues that all other conflict era cases should not be placed under the jurisdiction of the Court.
Sowing Disrespect,HinderingJustice: AFAD Condemns India for Prohibiting APDP to Pay its Respects to Atta Mohammed Khan
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) expresses its utmost concern for the safety of human rights defenders and the situation of human rights in Indian-‐occupied Kashmir. On the 4th of February 2018, a team led by Advocate Parvez Imroz along with activists, family members of the disappeared, and lawyers were detained at Boniyar Police Station in Baramulla, district of North Kashmir.
Criminalization of politics and violence
Mass arrest of opposition party activists, suppression and
hindrance to freedom of assembly
Dhaka North and South City Corporation polls stayed
Death in jail
Torture, inhuman treatment and lack of accountability
‘Extremism’ and human rights
Independence of the Judiciary
Interference on freedom of expression and the media
Cabinet approves the draft Digital Security Act 2018
Violence against Women
Aggressive policy of Indian government towards Bangladesh
Genocide against Rohingya people in Myanmar
Activities of Odhikar hindered