Nepal: “There are prisons inside prisons”
A call for help from human rights defenders
Nepal has been marked by many human rights violations, especially since the civil war1. Although the conflict ended, human rights abuses remain. The prison system counts 15,400 cells but holds 25,400 persons. The sanitary situation is deemed “inhumane”. Civil society actors are alarmed and try to make their voices heard.
Om Prakash Sen Thakuri is the executive director of Advocacy Forum Nepal, an organisation providing legal, medical and psychological support to prisoners and victims of crime. Advocacy Forum documents cases of human rights abuse and publishes reports on ill-treatment in detention. Prison Insider asked him three questions.
The armed conflict took place between 1996 and 2006. Violence escalated in 2001 when the royal family was killed by the prince. A period of political, economic and social instability ensued. ↩