Independent TRC commissioners for int’l reputation: Swire

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 4, 2014-

Visiting British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire has said appointment of independent commissioners for two separate commissions on enforced disappearnces and truth and reconciliation will “safeguard” Nepal’s international reputation.

“International laws, endorsed by Nepal, state that certain crimes cannot be amnestied. Nepal’s reputation will be safeguarded, indeed enhanced, by choosing independent and competent commissioners who will be ready to recommend amnesty only where consistent with those laws,” Minister Swire told a press conference at the end of his three-day visit here on Wednesday.

The British Minister’s remark comes a day after conflict victims from both rebel and state sides challenged the newly-enacted transitional justice law, claiming that its provisions contravene the Supreme Court ruling to follow international standards while forming the two-seperate commissions.  

Applauding the main political parties for agreeing to form Commissions on Truth and Reconciliation and on Enforced Disappearances to deal with the legacy issues from the conflict, he stressed the need for Nepal’s political leaders to find a common ground and deliver a new constitution. “That alone would not be enough to guarantee the sustainable and inclusive economic growth that the people of Nepal need and deserve.” He said the future of UK-Nepal relationship will be built around working together for mutual security and prosperity of the two countries.

Published: 05-06-2014 08:51

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