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UA 346/93 - Nepal: unacknowledged detention / fear of "disappearance": Pravakar Subedi

, Index number: ASA 31/010/1993

There is concern for the safety of Pravakar Subedi, a 20-year-old student, reported missing since 25 June 1993. Relatives believe that a photograph published in a national magazine, Surya, which depicts a man being carried away bleeding by police, may be of Pravakar. Police have told relatives that there is no record of his arrest or detention.

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UA 346/93 Unacknowledged detention/Fear of "disappearance" 30 September 1993
NEPAL: Pravakar Subedi, aged 20 - student
Amnesty International is deeply concerned for the safety of Pravakar Subedi
who left his residence at the Engineering College Hostel in Kathmandu on 25
June 1993 and did not return. It is feared that he may have "disappeared" or
be held in unacknowledged detention.
Relatives believe that the man depicted being carried away bleeding by policemen
in the above photo is Pravakar. The photo was published in a national Nepali
magazine, Surya. They lodged an appeal at the office of the Deputy Superintendent
of Police at Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu, and contacted all police stations in
Kathmandu Valley to try and establish the whereabouts of Pravakar Subedi, but
were told by police officials that there was no record of his arrest and
detention.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Between 25 June and 20 July at least 20 people were reportedly shot dead by
police in possible extrajudicial executions and several hundred arrested during
nationwide strikes and demonstrations called by the main opposition party,
the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), (CPN-UML), in alliance
with other opposition parties. The alliance had announced a variety of demands
for the government to fulfil, including the setting up of a further commission
of investigation to probe further into the jeep accident at Dasdhunga in which
two senior members of the CPN-UML were killed. In August a settlement was
reached when the government agreed to implement nine of the demands made by
the opposition.
In September it was reported that the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Human
Rights Committee had decided to constitute five teams to investigate the current
human rights situation in Nepal. However, there has been no announcement to
Amnesty International's knowledge of a full, independent investigation into
the possible extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and torture in June
and July, or any official action to bring those responsible to justice.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes and airmail letters
either in English or in your own language:
- urging the government to clarify whether Pravakar Subedi is in custody and
if so, to make public his place of detention and the details of any charges
against him;
- requesting the government to identify the person depicted in the photo if
the person pictured is not Pravakar Subedi and to make public their findings;
- requesting that if Pravakar Subedi is found to be in detention, he be treated
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humanely and given access immediately to a lawyer, doctor and his relatives;
- requesting that he be immediately and unconditionally released if he is not
to be charged with a recognizable criminal offence.
APPEALS TO:
1) Prime Minister:
Girija Prasad Koirala
Cabinet Secretariat
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu, Nepal
Telegrams: Prime Minister Koirala, Kathmandu, Nepal
Faxes: + 977 1 227 286
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
2) Minister of Home Affairs
Sher Bahadur Deupa
Ministry of Home Affairs
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu, Nepal
Telegrams: Minister Home Affairs Deupa, Kathmandu, Nepal
Faxes: + 977 1 227 187
Telexes: 2224 (Care of Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) Minister of Law & Justice:
Maheshwor Prasad Singh
Minister of Law & Justice
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu, Nepal
Telegrams: Minister Law and Justice Singh, Kathmandu, Nepal
Faxes: + 977 1 416016 (Care of Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Telexes: 2224 (Care of Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Salutation: Dear Minister
4) Inspector General of Police
Motilal Bohara
Police Headquarters
Kathmandu
Nepal
Telegrams: Inspector General of Police Bohara, Kathmandu, Nepal
Faxes: + 977-1-415 594
Salutation: Dear Inspector General of Police
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO: diplomatic representatives of Nepal accredited to
your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat
of your section office, if sending appeals after 11 November 1993.

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