Call for reviewing provisions in TRC bill

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 27, 2014-

Thirteen victims’ organisations have urged the political parties and Parliament to review the provisions of amnesty and reconciliation in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission bill.

In a joint statement, victims’ organisations on Sunday said Parliament bypassed the Supreme Court order, Interim Constitution and the country’s international legal obligations to endorse the bill that provisions amnesty for serious crimes.

The House passed the bill on Friday, paving the way for the formation of two separate commissions on truth, reconciliation and disappearances. The government claims that it has incorporated victims’ concerns as well as national and international legal obligations in the bill.

“The passage of the bill is a welcome step. However, we object to the provisions that allow pardon for heinous crimes,” reads the statement.

The victims’ organisations presented a petition to lawmakers through the Speaker last week, demanding amendment to the bill to make it victim-friendly. “We are not against reconciliation and amnesty but it should be emotional, not mechanical,” said Suman Adhikari, president of Conflict Victims Orphan Society. The bill gives the to-be-formed commission discretionary powers in deciding whether the cases should be pardoned. The commission can also initiate mediation for reconciliation, which victims have found objectionable.

Published: 28-04-2014 08:57

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