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In February 1996, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) declared a “people’s war” against the ruling classes and launched an armed rebellion against the Government that rapidly spread throughout the country, leading to a decade-long armed conflict. Serious human rights violations such as arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and extrajudicial killings continued to plague the conflict on both sides even after the state of emergency was lifted. Between 2003 and 2006, the Bhairabnath Battalion barracks, located in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, and run by the army, became the main location in the capital for the illegal detention of those suspected of affiliation with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). In the barracks, detainees were forcibly disappeared, tortured or summarily killed.
Mr. Sharma was Secretary-General of the Maoist-affiliated All Nepal National Independent Student Union (Revolutionary). He submits that he was arrested on 21 October 2003 in Kathmandu by army officers dressed as civilians. Blindfolded, and with his hands tied, he was taken to the army barracks located in Maharajgunj in a civilian jeep escorted by military vans. During the first 20 days of his detention, he did not receive any food. For the first month, he was detained in a small, windowless cell he could barely stand or sleep in. Subsequently, he was detained in a larger cell in poor sanitary condition and severely underfed. He was handcuffed and blindfolded at all times and not allowed to communicate with other detainees. Mr. Sharma was repeatedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment by the guards for the purpose of obtaining information on the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). On 4 February 2005, Mr. Sharma’s lawyer filed a request to the Supreme Court to direct the National Human Rights Commission to conduct an investigation into his enforced disappearance.
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HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION, HUMAN RIGHTS INDECATORS, HUMAN RIGHTS POLICIES, TORTURE VICTIMS, CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL TREATMENT, TORTURE PREVENTION, DETENTION, JUSTICE, INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW, CRIME VICTIMS, TORTURE VICTIMS
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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