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TRC bill guideline to address war-era crimes, says Gautam
May 27, 2014-Officiating Prime Minister Bam Dev Gautam has asserted that the transitional justice bill is the guideline to address the war-era crimes amicably. Speaking at the 14th anniversary of the National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday, Gautam highlighted the TRC Act as the government’s achievement in safeguarding human rights in the country.
“Truth and Reconciliation Commission is meant for reconciliation but perpetrators of serious rights violations will not be granted amnesty,” he said.
The recently-enacted TRC Act has been criticised for provision of amnesty, which rights activists and victims associations have been saying would allow perpetrator go scot-free. A provision in the Act categorically prohibits amnesty to rape, but the proposed commission can use its discretion to condone other crimes.
UN Resident Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick, called on the government to respect international law and to fully implement the decision of the Supreme Court, referring to promulgation of the Act. The OHCHR has already expressed concerns over the provision of the Act.
Commission’s acting secretary Bed Prasad Bhattarai urged the government to ratify Rome Statue of International Criminal Court to pre-empt incident of rights violation. “It is crystal clear that justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law would become downright mockery if in the present situation, the incidents of rights violations are settled with mere departmental action,” said Bhattarai.
The NHRC has made more than 735 recommendations to the government on human rights violations as well as on policy matters, which the latter has been ignoring.
Published: 28-05-2014 08:41