Advocate to join suggestion panel on condition

  • TRC formation in trouble
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Advocate to join suggestion panel on condition

Jun 26, 2014-

The government’s plan to expedite the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) formation has suffered a setback, with one of the Recommendation Committee members insisting that the government complete the committee before she could take up the assignment.

Advocate Sapana Malla Pradhan, who has been nominated for the committee, said she would accept the post if the government followed the due process to form the committee.

“The committee cannot be complete and legitimate without the appointment of commissioners at the National Human Rights Commission first,” the former Constituent Assembly member told the Post. “Besides, the TRC Act is sub judice in court.”

As per the newly enacted TRC law, the NHRC chairperson or a member of it designated by the chairperson will be a committee member. As all the five NHRC posts, including the chairperson’s, have been lying vacant since September 2013, the government on June 17, formed a four-member Recommendation Committee under former Chief Justice Om Bhakta Shrestha to expedite the formation of the Commission.

On June 4, a total of 234 victims from both rebel and state sides challenged the TRC law, claiming the amnesty and reconciliation provisions contravene the apex court ruling of January last year. The apex court is set to begin hearing on the petition on July 10.

“The government should have waited for the verdict,” Pradhan argued.

According to her, the government has not informed her formally about her nomination to the committee, let alone the terms of reference to the task.

Rights activists Pradeep Pokharel and Prof Ghanashyam Lal Das are other members of the committee and have received nomination letters. The committee has yet to convene a meeting. According to Pokharel, the committee is holding its first meeting on June 30.

Meanwhile, nine victims’ organisations have jointly expressed concerns over the incomplete committee, formed in violation of the TRC Act itself. They said the government flouted even the Supreme Court ruling to make the TRC process transparent and participatory. The victims have warned not to comply with the government’s “unilateral” decision to form the committee.

Published: 27-06-2014 08:37

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