Preliminary investigation starts

- DEWAN RAI, Kathmandu
transitional justice

May 19, 2016-The transitional justice bodies have started preliminary investigation into the cases registered from conflict victims in the past one month in a major step forward for transitional justice process.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has registered 7,789 cases, which is half the number of verified 14,375 incidents of killings registered by the Peace Ministry, in the last one month. 

The TRC has so far distributed 14,581 complaint registration forms and expects to receive them in a month.The transitional justice bodies started taking complaints from mid-April and will receive complaints till mid-June. 

A government taskforce to verify the incidents of killings has put the number of extra-judicial killings during the decade-long conflict at 17,800. A report by UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has put the number of deaths during the conflict at 13,246. 

Similarly, the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP), another transitional justice body, has registered 1,245 cases (82 percent of the total 1,522 cases registered at the Peace Ministry). The National Human Rights Commission has recorded 970 disappearance cases.

“We have started preliminary investigation into the cases that have been registered so far,” said Surya Kiran Gurung, chair, TRC. “We have a lot of tasks before we conclude the investigation and make recommendations for action against perpetrators.” According to the CIEDP, it has already completed preliminary examination of around 200 cases. 

“We started classifying the cases based on their nature just as we received the complaints,” said Lokendra Mallick, chair, CIEDP. “We needed to make sure that the cases fall under our jurisdiction.” 

The preliminary probe includes classifying the cases of similar nature and ascertaining that the incidents took place during the decade-long conflict, besides establishing that the incidents indeed were related to the conflict and the basis for the claims made. 

According to Mallick, testimonies of witnesses and relatives will be recorded in the second stage, which would be followed by ante-mortem, exhumation, forensic tests, statement of the accused and filling out of reparation forms. “The remaining time will not be enough for completing all these tasks,” said Mallick. “Besides, we are supposed to recommend policy reforms as well.”

progress So far

  •  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) so far has registered 7,789 cases, which is half the number of verified 14,375 incidents of killings registered by the Peace Ministry 
  • The TRC has so far distributed 14,581 complaint registration forms and expects to receive them in a month
  • The Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) has registered 1,245 cases (82 percent of the total 1,522 cases registered at the Peace Ministry) so far
  • The CIEDP has already completed preliminary examination of around 200 cases

Published: 19-05-2016 08:11

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