CPN-Maoist for TRC before all-party meet

- Roshan Sedhai, Kathmandu

Sep 10, 2014-

The CPN-Maoist has asked the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML to establish the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), a transitional justice mechanism, before holding the all-party political conference.

CPN-Maoist leaders say that the party will not enter into the contentious issues of the constitution writing unless the major parties agree to form the TRC as per the past accord between the former rebels and the government.

The CPN-Maoist on Tuesday also asked the ruling parties to set up a high-level mechanism to facilitate the peace process and mediate contentious issues of constitution writing.

According to the party leaders, the proposed mechanism, similar to the previous High Level Political Mechanism, should be allowed to guide the government while making decisions with long-term impact. The UCPN (Maoist) has also stood in favour of setting up a top level mechanism and forming the TRC before indulging into the debated issues of the constitution.

Following the arrest of its leaders and cadres for war-era crimes in recent months, the CPN-Maoist fears that the state might revive more similar cases. The former rebels believe that the delay in the formation of the TRC could result in the arrest of its cadres on charges of human rights violations committed during the decade-long conflict. “The peace process and the constitution are interlinked. The constitution makes no sense unless we complete the peace process,” said Pampha Bhusal, a CPN-Maoist leader.

Though the major parties ‘in principle’ agreed to form the commission, objection to some of the terms in the TRC delayed its formation.

President Ram Baran Yadav had endorsed the ordinance on TRC in March last year. But the Supreme Court subsequently halted the process saying the law did not meet international standards since some provisions could grant amnesty to those involved in serious cases of rights violation. The apex court later ordered the government to form the Commission on Enforced Disappearance alongside the TRC to dig in the conflict-era cases.

CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung blames the NC and UML leaders for the delay in the talks. He said the taskforce will handover the duties back to the top leaders of the four parties.

Published: 11-09-2014 09:04

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