UN briefed on progress in transitional justice

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
UN briefed on progress in transitional justice

Mar 17, 2015-

A high-level delegation of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has briefed the UN high commissioner for human rights on the progress made in setting up the transitional justice mechanism in Nepal.

During a meeting with Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri in Geneva, NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance (CIED) were ready to take up the responsibility shortly.

Nepali delegates also met officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross on the sidelines of the 28th annual meeting of the International Coordination Committee of national human rights institutions held in Switzerland.

“They were curious to know whether the victims’ concerns would be addressed by the transitional justice process,” said Commissioner Mohna Ansari.

According to the delegate, officials inquired about the possibly overlapping roles of the newly formed commissions and the NHRC in recommending the government action against rights violators.

The transitional justice Act gives the NHRC the role to monitor the implementation of the recommendations made by the TRC and the CIED.

The constitutional body is an autonomous institution to investigate into cases of rights violations and recommend action against perpetrators. The NHRC has already presented its recommendations on a majority of the incidents of rights violations committed during the decade-long conflict. The Act is silent on what would be the status of such cases.

Sharma told the UN that the NHRC has already consulted with the government for amendments to the Act in order to clarify the jurisdictions of the three commissions. The UN is said to have reminded the NHRC of its responsibilities to uphold the letter and spirit of universal human rights principles and to protect the rights of minorities and the oppressed.

“They also showed their concerns about the situation of violence against women and the 35-day statute of limitations on reporting rape cases,” said Ansari.

 

Published: 18-03-2015 08:30

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