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Lamingtan Marg, Baluwatar-4 Kathmandu, Nepal, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Mandira Sharma


Added on: Nov 07, 2016

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016



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Advocacy Forum (AF) works to promote fair trials, prevention of torture, and access to justice for poor and marginalized people in Nepal. It works with a team of 100+ lawyers and human rights defenders that visit 57 police detention centres in Nepal, documenting the stories of detainees, how they are treated in detention and how their rights are observed. Lawyers also offer free legal assistance to those who can afford lawyers to defend themselves.

International laws are also used to combat impunity in relations to the crimes of human rights violations and to empower victims to access avenues for justice at international level. This work also helps to put pressure at the national level for reform. AF is now representing the victims of torture, disappearances and sexual violence before the UN Human Rights Committee of the UN. It has been successful to lay down certain presidents already in number of cases.

This work has given a shock wave to the country’s perpetrators who long thought they were above the law and continue to enjoy impunity. It has also boosted the moral of human rights activists and raised the hope for justice among the victims of human rights violations. AF has prepared a ground for truth and reconciliation commission and enactment of certain laws to criminalise human rights violations.

PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION

Cheryl Sembie

I am a defense counsel working with the Legal Aid Board in Sierra Leone. As a defense counsel I provide legal representation, advise and counselling services for poor people who have been charged with very serious offences like murder, rape and theft offences. My objective for joining this network is to exchange ideas with other other practitioners to obtain practical resources which I can implement in my work as a defense counsel.

Sierra Leone

Kamal Pathak

Kamal Pathak, a Nepalese human rights activist and lawyer, has worked with a human rights NGO Advocacy Forum – Nepal for more than 10 years as a Programme Manager and Acting Director. He is involved in litigating cases at both national and international levels including UN and under universal jurisdiction law in UK and is also involved in campaigning against torture and impunity in Nepal. Currently, he is completing his second master's degree through Erasmus Mundus titled Human Rights Policy and Practice in Sweden, Spain and England, which he started in August 2015.

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Korvah Subah

I am an educator and young advocate.

Liberia

Lily Thapa

Lily Thapa is pioneer to establish an organization which solely focus on the issue of women. She is the founding chairperson of Women for Human Rights (WHR), that has been working for the social, political, economic and legal rights of widows in Nepal and in South Asia from past 20 years and President of Sankalp, an alliance of women’s organization for peace, power and participation of women. Her advocacy has changed government policy, and has been succeed to mainstream the issue of women into the government agenda and have been succeed to change many discriminatory legal policies from country code of Nepal. She continues to raise pertinent issues concerning the need for social security schemes for women at the national level, as has been reflected in the directive principles and policies for the interim constitution. She is also the General Secretary for the South Asian Network for Women Empowerment and Development, (SANWED) where she actively lobby various issues pertaining widow

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Mandira Sharma

Mandira Sharma works to promote rule of law and human rights in Nepal. Her areas of work involve prevention of torture, promotion of fair trial, and access to justice for poor and marginalized people. She is the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Advocacy Forum (AF) in Nepal. AF leads a team of 100+ lawyers and human rights defenders that visit 57 police detention centres in Nepal, documenting the stories of detainees, how they are treated in detention and how their rights are observed. Lawyers also offer free legal assistance to those who can afford lawyers to defend themselves. This work has assisted thousands of detainees to receive a fair trial. Moreover, information collected from these visits is used in advancing advocacy to bring changes in the legal system.

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Om Prakash Sen Thakuri

Om Prakash Sen Thakuri, Director of Advocacy Forum-Nepal, has been working in the human rights field for last 8 years. His expertise is in documentation/ fact finding missions and strategic litigation of human rights violation cases specially torture, extra-judicial killings, rape cases. He has been involved in various researches on core human rights issues. He has graduated from Pokhara University with M. Phil. in English Literature from Tribhuwan University, Nepal and has earned Bachelors of Law (L.LB).

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