Petition filed questioning legality of panel for TRC nominations

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 5, 2014-

A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court seeking an interim order to instruct the Recommendation Committee for nominating chairperson and members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to halt its works.

Gyanendra Raj Aran, advocate and chairperson of National Society for Conflict Victims, on Tuesday filed the petition questioning the legitimacy of the committee. The petitioner argued the committee was formed violating the provision of the newly enacted transitional justice act itself.

As per the law, the committee comprises of five members with minimum one woman under the former chief justice. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson or a member designated by the NHRC chairperson. However, all the five NHRC posts, including the chairperson’s, have been lying vacant since September 2013. The committee was formed without NHRC representative, the petitioner has argued.

“The government formed the committee without consulting with victims or their relatives,” said Aran, who is also a conflict victim. “We were never asked what we really want.”

A committee member refused to join the committee saying the government follow a due process to form the committee. Currently, the committee has only three members. On June 17, the government had formed the committee to expedite the TRC process. However, the government failed to give it a full shape till date.

Published: 06-08-2014 08:54

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