Hearing of transitional justice writ postponed

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 23, 2015-

The Supreme Court has rescheduled the hearing of a writ petition against the transitional justice law for February 12. It is the fifth time the hearing has been postponed due to lack of time.

The case is being heard in the special bench of Justices Kalyan Shrestha, Baidhya Nath Upadhyay and Cholendra Shumsher Rana.

Two other petitions against the Recommendation Committee, responsible for nominating chairperson and members of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Enforced Disappearances, are put together with the writ petition.

In June, a total of 234 victims from both rebel and state sides lodged the petition claiming the provisions in the Truth and Reconciliation Act regarding amnesty and reconciliation are inconsistent with the apex court verdict, which ordered the government not to grant amnesty to perpetrators of serious rights violation.

Later, they also challenged the formation of the Committee arguing it was against constitutional provision that bars the retired chief justice to head any government bodies other than the National Human Rights Commission.

Besides, a petition is filed against the Committee claiming it was not inclusive in selecting its members.

The victims, meanwhile, said they are losing hope of the case being heard as it is being postponed repeatedly. They claimed that the delay was intentional.

“We sensed that the case will be heard only after the Committee nominates chairpersons and commissioners of the TRC and the CED,” said Ram Bhandari, general secretary of the Conflict Victims’ Common Platform.

Pradip Pokharel, member of the Recommendation Committee, said the panel is meeting on Saturday to finalise the candidates for the proposed commissions.

“We have prepared a list of candidates, which should be discussed with the ministry concerned,” he said.

Last week, the Committee had made public a roster of candidates for the proposed commissions seeking public opinions.

It has received only three complaints questioning the process, only one is against candidate.


Published: 24-01-2015 09:18

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