The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed concern over the deteriorating health of Krishna Prasad Adhikari on hunger strike for more than a month. “We find it deeply disturbing that the parents of Krishna Prasad Adhikari see this hunger strike as their only recourse to persuade the authorities to investigate their son’s murder which occurred some nine years ago,” said OHCHR Spokesperson, Rupert Colville.
“Our Office welcomes reports that police have now opened an investigation into the case. However, we have been informed that the couple is refusing to end their fast until tangible steps show this investigation to be credible,” said Colville.
“We urge the Nepali authorities, at the highest level of government, to ensure that this case, as well many other pending cases, are promptly, thoroughly, independently and impartially investigated and that perpetrators from all sides to the conflict are held accountable in full compliance with both Nepali and international law,” Colville said.
“The lack of political commitment to investigate and prosecute serious crimes committed by all parties to the conflict is weakening the foundation for lasting peace in Nepal, and has led to desperate protests such as that by Adhikari’s parents,” said Colville.
OHCHR issued the statement after parents of Adhikari Nandan Ram Adhikari his wife's health has deteriorated.