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Nutan Thapaliya, lawyer by profession, established Amnesty International (AI) in Nepal in 1969. AI Nepal was recognized as "AI Nepal Section" by the International Executive Committee (IEC) of the AI in 1971. The first President of the organization was late Hrishikesh Shah. Due to the unfavorable situation to undertake its functions, AI Nepal was dissolved in 1982. Later, some of the AI's local Groups established and continued different activities of AI in Nepal.After restoration of multiparty democracy in 1990, Krishna Pahadi and other activists took initiation to establish AI's structure in Nepal again. Finally, the IEC decided to recognize AI Nepal as AI's Section in 1993. There after, the organization has been functioning and contributing in the human rights movement significantly.