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Document - Nepal: Further information on - Fear of 'Disappearance' - Krishna Sen,
PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 31/006/2001
19 March 2001
Further information on UA 57/01 (ASA 31/005/2001, 13 March 2001) - Fear of "Disappearance"
NEPAL Krishna Sen, editor of Janadesh Weekly
Krishna Sen was released around 4.15pm on 15 March. He was met by a group of concerned journalists and member of a human rights organization. He had been held at Jaleshwor Jail, Mahottari District since his "disappearance" a few days earlier.
Krishna Sen, editor of Janadesh Weekly, had been missing since 10 March, when he was rearrested under the Public Security Act soon after being released from prison on the orders of the Supreme Court. Prior to his release and rearrest, he spent two years in prison after the newspaper published an interview with one of the leaders of a Nepalese Maoist armed opposition group.
Krishna Sen held a press conference on 16 March. He reportedly appeared to be frightened. There are concerns that he may be arrested again. Amnesty International will be monitoring the situation closely.
Please send a final round of telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/ airmail letters in English or in your own language:
- welcoming the release of Krishna Sen;
- asking the authorities to guarantee his safety and to ensure that his human rights are not violated.
Rt Hon Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala
Office of the Prime Minister
Telegrams:Prime Minister, Kathmandu, Nepal
Faxes:+ 977 1 227 286 or 428 570
Salutation:Dear Prime Minister
Hon Ram Chandra Poudel
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
Telegrams:Home Affairs Minister, Kathmandu, Nepal
Faxes:+ 977 1 225 156
Mr Pradeep Shamsher J B Rana
Inspector General of Police
GPO Box 407
Telegrams:Inspector General of Police, Kathmandu, Nepal
Faxes: + 977 1 415 593 or 415 594
Salutation:Dear Inspector General
Nayan Bahadur Khatri
National Human Rights Commission
Telegrams: Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Nepal
Faxes:+ 977 1 525 842
and to diplomatic representatives of Nepal accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.