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After all mechanisms in Nepal failed to deliver justice to the family of Tej Bhandari, a victim of enforced disappearance, his family has knocked at the doors of UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) in Geneva.
Coinciding with the International Human Rights Day, Swiss Association against Impunity (TRIAL), a Geneva-based international impunity watchdog, took the case to HRC urging justice to the family. TRIAL lodged an application at the committee on behalf of Ram, son of Tej Bhandari, who was reportedly arrested and disappeared by police in Dec. 2001. According to TRIAL, Bhandari was summoned by the Chief District Officer in Besisahar of Lamjung district, in Dec. 2001. Upon arrival at the bus station, a group took him under control and thrashed. Bhandari was reportedly pushed into a police van and taken away to an unknown destination.
“Following the arrest, Bhandari’s family met the concerned authorities, which first refused to have arrested Bhandari, but later said an investigation was underway,” said TRIAL. According to TRIAL, one month after the arrest, the victim’s son appealed to the National Human Rights Commission seeking its intervention.