Nepal
20.03.02
Urgent Interventions

Nepal: death threats proffered against 30-year old Sarita Chapagain Sharma by security officials

Case NPL 200302
Death threats and Looting

The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Nepal.

Brief description of the situation

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by the Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC), a member of the OMCT network, of death threats proffered against 30-year old Sarita Chapagain Sharma by security officials on March 12th, 2002 in Kohalpur Bazaar, Banke district, Nepal.

According to the information received, a group of 15 to 20 security officers arrived at Sarita Chapagain’s house at around 3 a.m. on March 12th, 2002. When Sarita Chapagain opened the door, the security personnel reportedly pulled her by the hair and kicked her. They also pushed and dragged her 11-year old son out of the room. Two of the security officers then reportedly pointed their guns at her chest and demanded that she hand over money that they claimed belonged to Maoist rebels, which she denied having in her possesion. Intimidated by the death threats being proferred by the security officers, she gave them 25,000 rupees that she had reportedly collected from selling rice (Rs. 21,000), milk and ghee (Rs. 4,000). Sarita Chapagain’s husband, Sesha Kanta Sharma, who has been charged with being a Maoist, has reportedly been in detention since November 29 th, 2001.

The International Secretariat of OMCT is gravely concerned with the Nepalese’s authorities use of death threats against Sarita Chapagain Sharma and the looting of her money. OMCT fears that the alleged perpetrators of these acts will not be brought to justice and that Sarita Chapagain Sharma will not be awarded adequate compensation and full restoration of the plundered money.

Action requested

Please write to the authorities in Nepal urging them to:

1. guarantee adequate reparation to Sarita Chapagain Sharma;
2. order a thorough and impartial investigation into the circumstances of these events, in order to identify those responsible, bring them to trial and apply the penal, civil and/or administrative sanctions as provided by law;
3. guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.

Addresses

· Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal, Office of the Prime Minister, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal, Fax: +977 1 227786

· Mr. Khum Bahadur Khadka, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal, Fax: +977 1 227186 or 1 227187, E-mail: homehmg@wlink.com.np

Please also write to the embassies of Nepal in your respective country.

Geneva, March 20th, 2002

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.
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