House panel seeks NHRC help

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 9, 2014-

The Parliament’s Social Justice and Human Rights Committee on Sunday held discussions with commissioners of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the establishment of commissions of inquiry on truth and reconciliation and enforced disappearances.

During the meeting, members of the House panel asked the national rights watchdog to cooperate with the proposed committee in finding and establishing the truth, as most of the evidence of the incidents during the insurgency has been lost over the period. The NHRC has documented and investigated into the major war time incidents.

Of the total 11,000 complaints lodged at the commission, around 7,000 are related to incidents during the insurgency. Presenting the policy and programme, NHRC Chairperson Anup Raj Sharma assured full support to the would-be commissions in bringing the guilty to justice. He also reiterated that the commission would recall its representative from the Recommendation Committee, responsible for nominating the commissioners to the proposed commissions, if the transitional justice mechanism grants amnesty to persons involved in serious rights violations. The amnesty provision of the TRC Act has been challenged in the Supreme Court by victims groups, arguing that the provision contradicts the court order.

Published: 10-11-2014 08:45

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