Revamp justice bodies rights groups suggest

  • The AWC has also urged the UN and other international agencies to take measures not to support and condone the process that would promote de-facto impunity in relation to gross violations of human rights in Nepal
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 11, 2018-

The Accountability Watch Committee (AWC), a network of conflict victims and civil society members, has raised its concerns over the continuous delay and lack of transparency in the transitional justice process of the country.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the committee has also demanded the government to reconstitute the two TJ bodies saying that they hardly had anything to show off in the past three years. “The TJ bodies should be restructured for ensuring greater participation of the victims and the civil society,” committee’s coordinator Charan Prasai said in the statement.

The victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency have been saying the two commissions have failed to assure them justice and needed to be revamped. The term of the TJ bodies has been extended for the second time till February 9 2019 as the neither has completed a single investigation into complaints. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission received 60,298 complaints, while 3,093 cases were filed at the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons. 

“We welcome the efforts of the New Government to amend the TRC Act, fully respecting the order of the Supreme Court of February 26, 2015. However, we are seriously concerned about the lack of transparency in the amendment process. 

Lack of transparency and informed engagement of the victims and civil society will not only erode the legitimacy of the process, but also the confidence and support of these actors to the TRC process,” reads the statement.

The AWC has also urged the UN and other international agencies to take measures not to support and condone the process that would promote de-facto impunity in relation to gross violations of human rights in Nepal. 

“Impunity is the single biggest threat to the rule of law and equality in Nepal,” it added. “We also demand greater transparency of the support that the international community has extended into this process.”

Published: 11-04-2018 06:31

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