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The ICRC in Nepal

A father and mother in front of a gate set up in memory of missing persons by their families with support from the ICRC's psychosocial support (Hateymalo) programme. The father is pointing out the name of their son.

Since the end of Nepal’s armed conflict in 2006, the ICRC has been addressing the humanitarian consequences of the conflict and helping people affected by current unrest. We help the Nepal Red Cross Society, State authorities and other bodies to boost their emergency capacities, and we promote international humanitarian law. The ICRC carries out most of its work jointly with the National Society. Read full overview


Nepal: The disappeared

Read Tharu's story and others on the disappearance of their relatives. Tharu’s story was echoed by other women in a Heifer International self-help group that is part of a unique partnership with the ICRC in Nepal. The article includes a video interview with Jerome Fontana, then deputy head of the ICRC in Kathmandu. >> Read the more

Facts and Figures

ICRC activities in Nepal between January and June 2014:

  • Families of missing persons continued to receive interim relief from the government, facilitated by the ICRC;
  • Nearly 400 families of missing persons received psychosocial support through the Nepal Red Cross Society/ICRC/NGO project, which further expanded in 17 more districts, reaching 330 additional families. Nearly 1,000 families have benefited from ICRC services since 2010;
  • The fate of four missing persons was ascertained;
  • Nepal’s international humanitarian law (IHL) committee endorsed the draft Geneva Conventions Bill, paving the way for future enactment; the 5th South Asian IHL conference took place, with support from the government of Nepal;
  • Cooperation with the Nepalese armed police force (APF) in international human rights law (IHRL) training courses resumed; similar courses for the Nepal police service were also agreed;
  • People injured during unrest/natural disasters received care from trained National Society responders, while armed police force personnel also received training in first aid.

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  • Hateymalo accompaniment programme

    The Hateymalo programme helps the families of missing persons cope with the ambiguity of their loss by providing psychological, socio-cultural, economic, and legal/administrative support. Support groups help them discover new connections so that they can move on, and the programme aims to restore the functioning of the families at individual, family and community level.

  • The ICRC in Nepal

    During the 1996-2006 conflict between Nepalese security forces and Maoist insurgents the ICRC served as a neutral intermediary, helping civilians and visiting detainees. Since 2006, we have been busy tracing missing persons and addressing the consequences of the conflict.

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