Since its establishment in 2001, Advocacy Forum has been at the forefront of adopting integrated intervention measures to reduce the prevailing practice of torture in Nepal by promoting state accountability. AF lawyers visit police detention centers, monitor detainees’ legal rights and provide legal support to needy detainees. Every year, the organisation publishes its lawyers’ findings in the form of a report. This year, AF focused on child rights and juvenile justice. We regret to report that torture of juveniles is still prevalent in Nepal. In 2014 and 2015, Advocacy Forum had found that 24.1% and 21.7% of juveniles had reported that they were tortured by police respectively. In comparison with the frequency of torture in 2014 and 2015, it is deduced that the level of torture reported by the juveniles visited by AF staff has slightly decreased in the past 3 years. Nevertheless, the figure of 20% in 2017 remains unjustifiably high. We are publishing this report to mark the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with the sincere hope that it will assist relevant authorities in Nepal to take necessary measures to prevent torture, investigate and prosecute cases of torture, punish those responsible and provide justice to those who suffered torture in police detention centers and rehabilitate and support them. Advocacy Forum wishes to acknowledge and express sincere thanks to all the individuals who were involved, both directly and indirectly, in the preparation of this report. They are numerous to be named here, but their inputs were vital.
In particular, we would like to extend our gratitude to Ashmita Bhattarai for drafting the report by compiling the relevant documents and Mandira Sharma and Ingrid Massage for their inputs. Our highest appreciation goes to the detainees and survivors who have shared their experience with us, and above all, we are deeply indebted to the survivors, their families, and the major stakeholders of the criminal justice system in Nepal. We also thank the police officers who have allowed Advocacy Forum lawyers to visit detainees in some of the working districts of AF. We hope that this report will prove beneficial to raise several issues surrounding the discourse of torture and ill-treatment in police custody in Nepal. Advocacy Forum greatly appreciates the determined lawyers of AF who visit the police detention centers, child correction homes and courts on a regular basis and work tirelessly to collect evidence of injustice, documenting the distresses and pains suffered by the victims. Finally, we would like to thank DKA Austria for providing technical and financial support for the project during which Advocacy Forum collected the data presented in this report and to support the publication of this report.
Om Prakash Sen Thakuri (Advocate) Director Advocacy Forum – Nepal June 2018
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