Aastha Dahal is a member of the field research team in Nepal, working in the capacity of Researcher. Over the past two years she has conducted extensive interviews with the members of the security forces, government, civil society, doctors, victims, judges and lawyers to build an understanding of the root causes of improper use of force. Aastha has also carried out many hours of observations in police stations in several districts of Nepal. She is currently working with the Human Rights Protection Facilitators of the Nepal Police and Armed Police Force to design and implement their projects.
Aastha’s previous experience is in the areas of transitional justice and criminal prosecutions. Particularly she has carried out studies on sexual violence inflicted during the armed conflict, rights of prisoners and detainees inside Nepali prisons and detention centres and worked on draft policy and legislations with Government offices and national and international nongovernmental organisations. She has an LLB from Tribhuwan University (Nepal) and a BA (Hons) in Human Rights and Law from Carleton University (Canada).