Former UN official responds to Post’s story
- Voice of the People
Dec 25, 2018-
Your story (‘Ex-UN official in Nepal to discuss transitional justice issues’, TKP Online, 21 December, 2018) completely misrepresents a short personal visit I had the pleasure to make to Kathmandu, and is riddled with falsehoods. As on earlier occasions, since I left Nepal in 2009, I visited the country in order to visit old friends, who of course, include former colleagues from my time heading OHCHR-Nepal and UNMIN and some of those I came to know in civil society. They told me about many developments since I was last in Nepal, including regarding transitional justice. But I was certainly not looking into a potential UN role, and the views attributed to me are fictitious. I have no current affiliation with the UN or any other institution, other than two UK universities. I left as planned on Thursday. I would have been happy to explain this to the Kathmandu Post had your correspondent contacted me. But since I represent only myself, let me say this: having first come to work in Nepal more than 13 years ago when the conflict was still raging and having met many of its victims, I fervently hope that their cries for truth and justice will eventually receive the response they deserve. I wish success to the efforts of anyone who sincerely seeks to bring that about.
Published: 25-12-2018 11:31
- IAN MARTIN