Although the CIEDP has already prepared a work plan for three years, it has made up its mind to consult the TRC on extension of its tenure.
“We are holding a meeting on Friday to make a unanimous decision on how to go about it,” said CIEDP Chair Lokendra Mallick.
The CIEDP has more challenges ahead, as the act of disappearance is not criminalised in Nepal. The government has been sitting on the draft of the bill the commission had forwarded last year seeking to criminalise the act of disappearance.
Mallick said the commission would immediately start investigation into the complaints once the government decides on two major issues: legal reforms and extension of office term.
Human rights bodies have blamed the government for failing to keep its promises to amend the law in line with the international laws and standards of transitional justice process. The incumbent government was formed in August with promises to expedite the transitional justice process and conclude the remaining tasks of the peace process. But the government is yet to amend the transitional justice act.
“It has been too long a wait for justice,” said Ram Kumar Bhandari, general secretary of Conflict Victims’ Common Platform (CVCP). “The government should be responsible for the consequences if the ongoing transitional justice process, which is half way through, fails without result.”
Failure to extend the terms, amend legislation in line with court orders and punish perpetrators threatens to render the work completed by the commissions so far null, which will leave conflict victims out in the cold.Published: 2017-01-19 08:44:32