NEPAL: Mr Keshav Timilsina: Torture and Incommunicado Detention

Dear Friends

The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation of torture and incommunicado detention in Nepal.

Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Desk

Asian Human Rights Commission


NEPAL: OMCT Case NPL 160503 Arbitrary detention/Torture/Incommunicado detention

Brief description of the situation:

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by a reliable source of the arrest, incommunicado detention and torture of Keshav Timilsina, a 21-year-old painter, in Nepal.

According to the information received, Keshav Timilsina, currently residing in Patan, was arrested by three policemen from the Hanumandhoka District Police Office on 06 May 2003. He was arrested on suspicion of theft and murder. He was brought before the District Court for a remand extension on 07 May 2003. In the Interrogation Section of the District Police Office, Mr. Timilsina was badly beaten by between eight to ten policemen wielding bamboo sticks and plastic pipes. He was reportedly given no food for a period of two days.

A lawyer was able to visit Mr. Timilsina on 08 May, but when he returned on 09 May to prepare an application for a medical examination, he was not permitted to see Mr. Timilsina. The lawyer was reportedly told that there was a special order from the Superintendent of Police that Mr. Timilsina could not receive visitors. When, after repeated attempts, the lawyer manage to meet with the Superintendent, the lawyer was informed that there could be no meetings with Mr. Timilsina while there is an ongoing investigation, and that meetings with family members and lawyers would not be permitted for individuals accused of robbery and murder. This decision prevents Mr. Timilsina from receiving a thorough medical examination because the court will not accept an application from a lawyer without the client’s signature indicating he has appointed the lawyer as his legal counsel.

The International Secretariat at OMCT is gravely concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Keshav Timilsina. OMCT calls on the Nepalese government to guarantee his physical and psychological integrity at all times, to ensure that Keshav Timilsina be permitted family visits and access to legal counsel, and to provide him with the necessary medical attention. OMCT also urges the authorities to order his immediate release in the absence of valid legal charges that are in line with international law, or, if such charges exist, to ensure that he receives a prompt and fair trial. OMCT also calls upon the Nepalese government to investigate these allegations of torture, to punish the perpetrators, and to ensure that Mr. Timilsina receives appropriate reparation.


Please write to the authorities in Nepal urging them to:

i. take all necessary measures to guarantee Mr. Timilsina’s physical and psychological integrity;

ii. ensure that he is immediately granted access to legal representation and family visits;

iii. intervene with the appropriate authorities in order to secure that he is provided with adequate medical assistance as a matter of urgency;

iv. order his immediate release in the absence of valid legal charges, or, if such charges exist, bring him before an impartial and competent tribunal and guarantee his procedural rights at all times;

v. guarantee an immediate investigation into the circumstances of these events, notably the allegations of torture, in order to identify those responsible, bring them before a civil competent and impartial tribunal and apply the penal and/or administrative sanctions provided by law;

vi. guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.


?Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Prime Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Fax: + (977 1) 227 286 / 422 3838 / 442 8220 / 442 8570

?Hon Badri Prasad Mandal, Home Affairs Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Fax: + (977 1) 424 0942

?Shyam Bhakta Thapa, Inspector General of Police, Police Headquarters, GPO Box 407, Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Fax: + 977 1 415 593/415 594

?H.E. Dr. Shambhu Ram Simkhada, Ambassador to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Nepal, 81 rue de la Servette, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Fax: + 41 22 7332722


Please also write to the embassies of Nepal in your respective country.


Geneva, 16 May 2003

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.

Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture (OMCT)

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

Organizaci? Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT)

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Document Type : Forwarded Urgent Appeal
Document ID : FA-15-2003
Countries : Nepal,
Issues : Arbitrary arrest & detention, Torture,