Incident Reports

Demonstration outside Shital Niwas; 12 held


Bagmati, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: Human rights activists have demonstrated in front of Shital Niwas protesting the election of Agni Prasad Sapkota as the Speaker of House of Representatives (HoR).

Demonstrators hit the streets outside Shitwal Niwas saying that a murder-accused cannot qualify for the post of the Speaker.

Sapkota has been accused of murdering Arjun Lama of Chhatrabans of Kavre district.

The dead body of Lama, who was abducted by the Maoist cadres on April 30, 2005, had been found at Charkilo of Budakhani of the district.

A meeting of HoR on Sunday (January 26) unanimously elected Sapkota as the Speaker representing ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).

Meanwhile, police have arrested over 12 demonstrators including former chairmen of Amnesty International Rajan Kuinkel, human rights activists Charan Prarain, Indra Aryal, Janak Raut, Mahamunishwor Acharya, Niranjan Thapaliya, Purna Maya Lama among others.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Demonstration
Secondary Form Detention of Protesters
Primary Cause Contestation related to transitional justice and human rights
Secondary Cause Freedom of Assembly
Actor 1 - Number of people 12
Actor 1 - Affiliations CSO/NGO
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people N
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Other state institutions
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media