NHRC says it cannot send official to panel for picking TRC team

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
NHRC says it cannot send official to panel for picking TRC team

Jul 2, 2014-

The National Human Rights Commission has expressed inability to send its representative to the Recommendation Committee, responsible for nominating chairperson and members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, citing legal and ethical grounds.

Responding to the request of the committee on Wednesday, the national rights watchdog said that there is no official to represent the institution to the committee as required by the Act on transitional justice. All five major posts, including chairperson, in NHRC are lying vacant for 10 months.

In its reply, NHRC also mentioned that some of the provisions under the Act are not compliant with the international human rights law. NHRC has been critical about provisions of amnesty, reconciliation, reparations and victims justice in the TRC Act that was formed after a seven years delay, without incorporating the victims’ concerns and suggestions of rights organisations and civil society members.

“The commission, when all members were there, had formally made recommendations and suggestions at different times while drafting the Act, which were never incorporated, even the spirit of it,” said Bed Prasad Bhattarai, acting secretary at the NHRC.

He added that the transitional justice should be victim-centric, but the Act has left lacunae for perpetrators to escape.

Advocate Sapana Malla Pradhan, one of the nominees for the committee, has also refused to join demanding that the government follow due process to form the committee first. She has been reiterating that the government should first nominate the chair and commissioners at the NHRC and wait for court verdict on a writ filed against the Act.

On June 17, the Cabinet had formed a four-member recommendation committee instead of five, under former chief justice Om Bhakta Shrestha. The government is yet to nominate the fifth member representing the NHRC.

Published: 03-07-2014 08:55

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