Rights groups ask PM for transparency in appts

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- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Rights groups ask PM for transparency in appts

Dec 19, 2014-

Human rights organisations have urged the government to ensure more participation and improve transparency while selecting commissioners for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission Enforced Disappearances.

In a letter written to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday, eight rights groups have brought to Koirala’s attention the petitions pending in the Supreme Court challenging various provisions on TRC Act, 2014, that could undermine the investigation and justice delivery to conflict victims, and called for bringing the Act in line with the international law. They have expressly demanded that those accused of committing crimes of serious nature should not be amnestied.

“The TRC Act is fundamentally flawed, and the government should take these steps to ensure that this important exercise in transitional justice remedies the flaws,” the letter reads. To win the trust of conflict-era survivors as well as local and international observers, the rights groups have said that there should be “consultative and transparent” selection of  commissioners.

The rights bodies— Accountability Watch Committee, Amnesty International, Center for Legal Studies, Conflict Victims’ Committee, Conflict Victims Orphan Society, Conflict Victims’ Society for Justice , Human Rights Watch, and International Commission of Jurists— have also urged the government to disclose the selection criteria used by Om Bhakta Shrestha headed Recommendation Committee.

They have demanded to make public the Recommen-dation Committee’s consultations reports with victims, civil society and donors, respecting the privacy and confidentiality of individual victims, and measures taken by the Committee to enable full participation of survivors of sexual violence during consultations with victims.

They have also demanded that the five days period given to the public to file grievances against candidates short-listed for the commissions should be increased. 

Published: 20-12-2014 09:27

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