CIEDP proceeds investigation with no clear law


Oct 27, 2016-

Amid uncertainty over outcome of its investigation, the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) has started corroborating prima facie evidences of the complaints. 

The transitional justice body has been tallying the claims of the complaints with details documented by the National Human Rights Commissions, district administration offices, security agencies and rights organisations to substantiate them.

“We want to gather all available information about the incidents before going to the field to collect ante-mortem details of disappeared persons from next month,” said CIEDP Chairperson Lokendra Mallick. “Then begins detailed investigation and public hearings. What we need now is legal basis on which we carry out investigation and recommend action against the persons found guilty of committing crimes.”

The government has not endorsed a law criminalising the act of disappearance, though the CIEDP had forwarded a draft of the bill to the government a year ago. 

The CIEDP has received 2,893 complaints from the conflict victims. The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, which provided compensation to the conflict victims, has maintained a record of 1,475 disappeared persons. An updated report of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nepal Red Cross Society has put the number at 1,334. 

When Pushpa Kamal Dahal, took the office of prime minister, he had promised that he would prioritise the transitional justice process. But he has been unable to make any headway towards that end even after more than two months in office.

Published: 27-10-2016 08:08

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