Focus on socio-economic needs of victims: Sharma

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 22, 2014-

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Anup Raj Sharma has said the transitional justice mechanism should focus more on social and economic needs of conflict victims.

Receiving a memorandum from the families of people disappeared during the insurgency, Sharma said the cases of conflict era should not be viewed solely through the criminal justice system. “Criminal justice system alone does not address the problems and sufferings of the victims,” he said, underlining the need of transitional justice mechanism.

The delegates led by National Victims Alliance on Tuesday handed over a memorandum demanding implementation of the recommendations made in the past in cases of disappearances. The relatives of victims also drew the attention of the commission to the Supreme Court’s verdicts on disappearances and one on the transitional justice process.

In 2007, the SC directed the government to include the conflict victims in the transitional justice process, while the court issued another verdict in similar line in January this year. However, the government failed to include representatives of the victim community in the committee responsible for nominating candidates for commissions of enquiry  into truth and reconciliation and enforced disappearances. Sharma has assured that he would keep pressurising the government to implement the recommendations.

Published: 23-10-2014 09:00

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