Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2021 seminar on…
The Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2021 focuses on Azerbaijan. This seminar on 21 January addresses challenges faced by lawyers there in practising their profession.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
We’ve sent a letter to Nepalese authorities to express concern about the safety of Badri Bhusal, a Nepalese lawyer and human rights defender. He is chair of the Collective Campaign for Peace, a national network of 43 peace and human rights non-governmental organisations from 29 districts in Nepal.
Mr Bhusal has represented clients in high-profile cases, reported on prison conditions, and advocated against the use of torture by the police.
His security situation has worsened because he represented victims in a case involving the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta, a 14-year-old schoolgirl. There were serious deficiencies in the police investigation, and eight police officers have been charged concerning cover-up of facts.
With Lawyers For Lawyers, we’ve called on the Nepalese authorities to:
26 July 2018 – Nirmala Panta was raped and murdered in the Kanchanpur District, Nepal
August 2018 – Mr Bhusal represented victims in the Nirmala Panta case, and has since been threatened and harassed
20 February 2019 – a police superintendent accused Mr Bhusal of working against the police and advised him to stop his involvement in the case
19 April 2019 – Mr Bhusal was told that he was taking risks to his personal security by his continued