Stories By 'Ram Kumar Bhandari'
The government has disregarded the courts and lied with regard to transitional justice
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Maoist leaders have dissolved their party and sold out those who fought for them
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It is time to make the Nepali transitional justice model truly victim-centric and local
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Any international experience on the TJ needs to be validated through wider consultation
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Thousands of conflict victims suffer because of the stalled transitional justice (TJ) process that has produced no results since 2006. The two TJ bodies, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission for the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) are facing challenges due to the lack of political will to deliver a solution. With their limited legal mandate and political constraints, the transitional justice bodies fail to meet the victim’s expectations.
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Nepal’s transitional justice movement is at high risk of being undermined by the establishment, specifically from top level government bodies and security institutions. To marginalised victims and grassroots activists, these institutions are the root of corruption and impunity. The country has seen a major shift in the political environment from violent conflict to peaceful transformation. However, there has been little change in the structure of the government and society, and no change in the security sector regarding those who were directly involved during the Maoist conflict.
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