Target: Prime Minister Khil Raj Regmi
Goal: Conduct a full and impartial investigation into the murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, a supposed informant
Krishna Prasad Adhikari was allegedly abducted and killed by Maoist forces in June 5, 2005; Adhikari was also suspected of being an informant. An investigation was started, but ended when the government decided to wait until the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Currently Adhikari’s parents are on a hunger strike, demanding to know what happened to their child.
A recommendation from the National Human Rights Commission prompted the Nepal government to conduct an investigation of Adhikari’s death. Unfortunately before the government even begun answering questions, Adhikari’s parents were pressured to give up and stop asking questions. Refusing to relent, both parents began a hunger strike in front of the prime minister’s house but when that yielded no result, the parents vowed to continue their hunger strike until they were given answers. Both are now in an intensive care unit at a hospital and the investigation has halted. The chairman of the Maoist party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, warned that the government shouldn’t reopen war time cases, and allow those to be handled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is currently stalled. He believes that opening up such cases would hinder the peace process and even believes that Adhikari’s parents are actually members of the opposing force.
Sadly the Maoist party is not the first political party to dismiss accountability in war crimes. The nation has several governments that claim most of the cases in the conflict era are politically motivated, and thus don’t need to be investigated. Hundreds of cases have been withdrawn, especially those that are affiliated with the Maoist forces and other political parties. Also the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is flawed and does not have the resources to fully prosecute or conduct a thorough investigation concerning cases. One could even deduce that the commission is rigged, and sways towards the Maoist party. With 13,000 people killed during a decade long conflict, it is imperative that the nation start prosecuting those responsible for war crimes in an impartial manner. There are many families and victims who want justice and need closure for them to move on with their lives. Sign this petition and urge the Prime Minister of Nepal to grant Adhikari’s case a full and impartial investigation.
Dear Prime Minister Khil Raj Regmi,
I hope you remember the parents of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, who went on hunger strike in front of your home because they wished to know what happened to their child. Adhikari was abducted from the village of Bakular because Maoist believed that Adhikari was an informant, and was subsequently murdered. A full and thorough investigation was requested by the parents, and recommended by the United Nations, but the government closed all cases regarding the conflict between Maoist forces and other political parties because they were all deemed politically motivated. I do not believe that there should be any reason to cancel an investigation simply because of a motive; in all crimes there is a motive so that shouldn’t disqualify a case. In Nepal, hundreds of cases were withdrawn because of a political motive, but how could your officials know that if they haven’t even begun investigating?
Currently Adhikari’s parents are in an intensive care unit waiting for answers regarding their child. They have been on a hunger strike ever since they visited your home. I am writing to demand you to grant their wishes and open the investigation. It is obvious that the parents are still grieving and mourning for the unfair loss of their child. To not give them justice tells them and rest of your nation that you do not care and are indifferent to their losses in the conflict.
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