Please send this below letter to the offices of Prime Minister; Home Minister, Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission, Attorney General and Inspector General of Police.
I am sincerely writing to voice my concern regarding the suspected deaths in various police custodies and detention centers of Nepal. Human rights organizations monitored and documented six different custodial deaths (Sambhu Sada in Danusha district; Raj Kumar Chepang in Chitwan; Durgesh Yadav in Lalitpur; Bijay Ram in Rautahat; Amar Bahadur Chand and Roshan BK in Kailali) that have taken place in police custody since 24 March 2020 when the government imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Families of the victims who died in custody recently have accused that their family members were killed due to torture and other degrading treatment or negligence by the security personnel. The details of custodial death show that those people died in mysterious circumstances and there were evidence suggesting that they were tortured.
Several international conventions including the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment that Nepal is party to, and the Constitution of Nepal have guaranteed the right against torture and other degrading treatments. Additionally, the new penal code has criminalized torture and inhuman or degrading treatment. In a democratic country, it is the state’s responsibility to probe custodial deaths and punish those whose negligence lead to the death of a person or who intentionally kills somebody in the custody.
Therefore, I respectfully urge you to ensure that the Law Enforcement Agency mandatorily investigates the deaths in custody incident and prosecutes those responsible for the human rights violations.
The Government must ensure and guarantee that the Office of Attorney General and National Human Rights Commission mandated by the Constitution also investigates the deaths in custody and ensure justice to the victim’s family.
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