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Urgent Appeal: Police Arbitrariness

In Nepal
Immediately release Doctor Chandra Kant Raut who have been conined
into illegal and arbitrary coninement
! "eptember #$% &'#(% Kathmandu) *ong
Kong "AR% "ri +an,a -uardian. /0he police station in 1orang% Nepal% has arbitrarily
arrested Dr Chandra Kant Raut% a social activist% at 2:#3 P1 on #$ "eptember &'#(%4
reported by the Asian *uman Rights Commission% a right group head5uartered in
*ong Kong "AR6
0he report urther reads as ollows7
0he police also arrested "atyanarayan 1andal who was travelling with him to
8iratnagar ater attending Chata 1ela in Rangeli 1unicipality6 0hey are currently
being detained at the 1orang Police 9ice6 0he A*RC ears or the saety o Dr Raut
and "atyanarayn 1andal6
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0he Asian *uman Rights Commission is concerned on the arbitrary arrest o Dr
Chandra Kant Raut at 2:#3 P1 on #$ "eptember &'#( by the 1orang Police6
"atyanarayan 1andal who was travelling with him was also arrested6 0he arbitrary
arrest too, place at Aamtola <ard Number $ o Rangeli 1unicipality6 Around #& police
oicers who came in & police vans stopped his vehicle and too, them orcibly6Doctor
Raut was returning to 8iratnagar ater attending Chata 1ela !Celebration o "anthal
Community. in a car% 1aruti ;an% number "h6 # Ch6 #3(6
Doctor Raut holds a PhD rom the Cambridge University% UK and wor,ed as a scientist
in the U"A prior to returning to Nepal to advocate or the rights o the 1adheshis% the
native and indigenous people o the southern plains6 *e has been advocating or
reedom o 1adhesh through peaceul and non=violent means in the capacity o
Central Coordinator o the Alliance or Independent 1adhesh !AI1.6
AI1 has been recently conducting interaction programs targeted mainly at raising
awareness about the history as well as the current political scenario o 1adhesh6 0hey
have been conducting these inormal programs in various districts o Nepal or the last
one month% and the participants attend the programs usually by invitation=only6 8ut in
many programs% oicers rom the Nepal Police and Investigation Department !and in
one program even army stas. were present% to which Dr Raut and his organisation
did not ob>ect and continued their program6 *owever% on #'th "eptember &'#(% in
8ardiya district% police personnel intervened in their program and as,ed the organisers
to stop that raising ear and panic among the participants6 +ater the police 5uestioned
several participants6 0hey even went to their homes% and reportedly attempted to
harass them6
Ac,nowledging that everyone has the rights to reedom o speech% movement% peaceul
assembly and association are the undamental rights o all human beings everywhere%
as also mandated by the United Nations Universal Declaration o *uman Rights% o
which Nepal is a signatory% we e?pect ac,nowledgement and assurance o our rights
rom the state and its agencies6
0he A*RC urges the government o Nepal to immediately release Dr Chandra Kant
Raut and "atyanarayan 1andal6 0he A*RC is worried about the physical saety o Dr
Raut and 1r 1andal6 0he A*RC ears possible torture% harassment and other ill
treatment during their arbitrary arrest by the 1orang Police6
"U--:"0:D AC0I9N:
Please send letters to authorities listed below% e?pressing concern about this arbitrary
arrest% re5uesting immediate intervention6 Dr Chandra Kant Raut and "atyanarayan
1andal must be released at the earliest6
"A1P+: +:00:R:
Dear @@@@@@%
N:PA+: Immediately release Doctor Chandra Kant Raut who have been conined into
illegal and arbitrary coninement
Name o victims: Dr6 Chandra Kant Raut A "atyanarayan 1andal
Names o alleged perpetrators: Police 9icers rom the 1orang Police 9ice
Date o incident: 2:#3 P1% #$ "eptember &'#(
Place o incident: 1orang Police 9ice% 1orang District% Nepal
I write with deep concern that the 1orang Police has arbitrarily arrested Dr6 Chandra
Kant Raut at 2:#3 P1 Nepali time on #$ "eptember &'#(6 "atyanarayan 1andal who
was travelling with him was also arrested6 0he arbitrary arrest too, place at Aamtola
<ard Number $ o Rangeli 1unicipality6 Around #& police oicers who came in &
police vans stopped his vehicle and too, them orcibly6Doctor Raut was returning to
8iratnagar ater attending Chata 1ela !Celebration o "anthal Community. in a car%
1aruti ;an% number "h6 # Ch6 #3(6
Doctor Raut holds a PhD rom the Cambridge University% UK and wor,ed as a scientist
in the U"A prior to returning to Nepal to advocate or the rights o the 1adheshis% the
native and indigenous people o the southern plains6 *e has been advocating or
reedom o 1adhesh through peaceul and non=violent means in the capacity o
Central Coordinator o the Alliance or Independent 1adhesh !AI1.6
AI1 has been recently conducting interaction programs targeted mainly at raising
awareness about the history as well as the current political scenario o 1adhesh6 0hey
have been conducting these inormal programs in various districts o Nepal or the last
one month% and the participants attend the programs usually by invitation=only6 8ut in
many programs% oicers rom the Nepal Police and Investigation Department !and in
one program even army stas. were present% to which Dr Raut and his organisation
did not ob>ect and continued their program6 *owever% on #'th "eptember &'#(% in
8ardiya district% police personnel intervened in their program and as,ed the organisers
to stop that raising ear and panic among the participants6 +ater the police 5uestioned
several participants6 0hey even went to their homes% and reportedly attempted to
harass them6
Ac,nowledging that everyone has the rights to reedom o speech% movement% peaceul
assembly and association are the undamental rights o all human beings everywhere%
as also mandated by the United Nations Universal Declaration o *uman Rights% o
which Nepal is a signatory% we e?pect ac,nowledgement and assurance o our rights
rom the state and its agencies6
0hereore% I urge the government o Nepal to immediately intervene and release Dr
Chandra Kant Raut and "atyanarayan 1andal6 0he A*RC is worried about the
physical saety o Dr Raut and 1r 1andal6 0he A*RC ears possible torture%
harassment and other ill treatment during their arbitrary arrest by the 1orang Police6
I loo, orward to your immediate attention in this matter6
Bours "incerely%
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#6 1r6 "ushil Koirala
Prime 1inister
9ice o the Prime 1inister and Council o 1inisters o Nepal
"ingh Darbar% Kathmandu
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*ome 1inister o Nepal
1inistry o *ome Aairs
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Acting "ecretary
National *uman Rights Commission
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(6 1r6 8aburam Kunwar
9ice o Attorney -eneral
Ramshah Path% Kathmandu
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Police *ead Iuarters
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Urgent Appeals Programme
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