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Transitional justice panels to begin work on ‘Dec 10’

- DEWAN RAI, Kathmandu

Nov 11, 2014-The much awaited commissions of inquiry on truth and reconciliation and enforced disappearances will start their work formally on December 10.

The Recommendation Committee, responsible for nominating the chairperson and members of the both the commissions, on Tuesday told the diplomatic community that the selection of office bearers for the commissions would be such that they will assume their office on the Human Rights Day.

Representatives from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Norway, Australia, UNDP and the European Union were present during the consultation.

The committee, headed by former Chief Justice Om Bhakta Shrestha, was formed in June. After holding a series of consultations with stakeholders, the committee is preparing a roster of candidates for the commissions.

Although the committee elaborated on its formation process and the way it carried out its tasks, representatives of foreign missions in Nepal questioned the provision of the transitional justice Act and the legality of the committee challenged in court.

The Supreme Court has got three writ petitions, one against the provisions of the Act and the two questioning the legality of the committee.

The committee clarified that there was no need to wait for the verdict on the writs as the next hearing is set for January 4. “The court has not issued any order so far and there is no need to halt work,” said Pradip Pokharel, a committee member. The representatives also inquired about the financial and human resources for the proposed commissions. As per the law, the Peace Ministry provides the required number of staff and arranges for the expenses.

The amnesty provision in the Act and the independence of the to-be-formed commissions are questioned by the international community.

The Act has it that the commission can recommend amnesty if it deems it necessary for reconciliation. The provision is challenged by conflict victims in court.

Initially a four-member committee, it landed in trouble with one of the nominees declining to join the team insisting that the government appoint commissioners to the National Human Rights Commission first.

The committee got its full shape after the appointment of commissioners to the NHRC whose chairman or a member designated by him is a member.

Meet with donors put off

KATHMANDU: The ruling parties’ plan to brief the international community on the constitution writing process and the country’s political situation did not materialise owing to a “lack of preparations”.

The programme scheduled to be held at Soaltee Crown Plaza on Tuesday was called off at the last minute. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli were preparing to brief the international community on constitution-writing and the current political affairs, and seek foreign investment.

Published: 12-11-2014 09:21

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