Int’l rights groups call for amending flawed provisions

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 9, 2014-

Human rights organisations— Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists— have urged Nepal government to fix crucial flaws in the transitional justice Act as highlighted by the United Nations.

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, the rights organisations said the Act, if implemented without amendments, would deny justice to the conflict victims.

“The Act allows the commission to recommend amnesties for crimes under international law, including war crimes, which flies in the face of Nepal’s obligations under international law,” the statement said.

International human rights community has been saying that the Act even overlooked the Supreme Court ruling regarding setting up transitional justice mechanism. The court on January 2 had ruled that transitional justice process must conform with the international legal standards and guarantee victims’ right to remedy and reparation.

The statement read: “By defying the Supreme Court’s recent principled ruling, the Nepal government is violating its obligations under national and international law to provide justice and accountability.”

The signatory parties in the statement have also urged the donors to refuse participation in any process that strips victims of their rights.  A decade-long insurgency left more than 16,000 dead and 1,300 disappeared without a trace.

On June 2, the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights had pointed out that some of the provisions in the newly enacted Act were inconsistent with international laws. Two days later, five experts for the UN Human Rights Council had voiced a similar concern over the Act, which could also grant amnesty to the perpetrators of grave rights violation.

Published: 10-07-2014 08:51

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