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26 June 2003: Torture in Nepal Today - Centre for Victims of Torture, Nepal (CVICT)

UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture, June 26, 2003
Facts About Torture in Nepal and Bhutan

Prepared by: Centre for Victims of Torture, Nepal (CVICT).

CVICT is the largest Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre for torture victims in Asia. Every year more than 2000 cases are treated medically and psycho-socially, and legal services are also provided for those who are seeking help. CVICT is a Resource Centre for Asia and supporting Centres in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Cambodia and Eastern European nations.

Visits to all jails of Nepal revealed that 70% of the total prisoners interviewed were physically tortured while in Police Custody.

Today we have more than 7,000 prisoners in the prisons of Nepal.

A similar number of detainees are in police custody.

Torture by [government] forest guards is very common.

Torture in some of the prisons is a usual and customary practice. Fellow prisoners (e.g., "Naike" and "Bhai Naike") are used by some jail authority for torture, extortion of money, etc.

60% of the prisoners confessed because they could not tolerate torture pain during interrogation./ They are mainly from the poorest section of society and many of them are ‘dalits’.

Torture by the Royal Nepal Army a serious problem and is under-reported by media and victims themselves for fear of reprisal.

Torture by the CPN(Maoist) is often more severe. Many of the victims have fractured lower limbs, and upper limbs.

Study shows that out of 100 cases of reported torture, 80% are by the state agents and 20% by the CPN(Maoist).

Secondary traumatization is extremely high among the population where whole communities are victims of violence. Children and women are most affected.

Bhutan used wide spread torture as a means to repress its people. At least 2,400 families were tortured. This was scientifically established by medical and psycho-social examination and reported in the journal of the American Medical Association. Gang rape was also used by the Bhutanese government agents against females ranging in age from 8 years to 81 years as a means to terrify the population. At least 300 rape cases were reported. Most rape case do not get reported.

CVICT Contact Information:

Shailendra Guragain
Centre for Victims of Torture,Nepal (CVICT)
P.O.Box 5839
71 Reiyukai Marg, Kathmandu Metropolitan City
Bansbari Ward no. 3
Kathmandu Nepal

Fax + 977 1 437 30 20
Tel (W) + (977 1) 4373902/4373486/4373900/4372710


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