TRC assigns experts to draft reparation policy

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 8, 2018-The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has decided to assign the task of finalising process of the reparation policy to independent experts following a prolongue dispute between its members over the issue.

Two members close to the ruling and the opposition parties were at odds over who should lead the finalisation process. Mobilising four of its members under the supervision of the chair, the commission has already gathered feedbacks from the conflict victims to get final shape to the policy. It plans to consult with the government which is liable for providing the reparation, before finalising the policy.

However, dispute erupted after the members close to the opposition sought the leadership for the entire reparation process while the member close to the ruling party opposed the idea, said a source at the commission.

The member close to the ruling claimed that he should be given the authority to lead the prosecution part if the member close to the opposition is allowed to lead reparation process, leaving TRC Chair Surya Kiran Gurung in a fix. The dispute between the two members is not uncommon, which according to the insiders, is one of the reasons behind the commission’s sluggish performance. The commission now plans to charge an independent expert to have dialogue with the government and prepare the final draft. “An expert will now take the charge on finalisation process. Hopefully the reparation policy gets readied within a month,” said Shree Krishna Subedi, a TRC member. It has been over two years since it started working on the reparation, but to no avail.

The conflict victims with the support from different human rights organisations have finalised the advocacy paper for reparation and submitted to both transitional justice bodies after the latter failed to come out with the policy on time. Reparation is payment or other assistance given to victims as a relief. Though the families of victims killed and disappeared during the decade-long insurgency have received cash support of Rs1 million, no other measure has been offered.

Issuing identity cards to conflict victims, short- and long-term livelihood programmes, rehabilitation of the displaced, employment for the victims, free education for the victims’ children, free health services, and skill and professional training are other recommendations made by the victims. The recommendations also include ensuring security and protection of human rights, construction of parks and memorials in the name of victims. The war-era victims of abduction, maiming, torture, rape and sexual violence, seizure of property, and forced eviction and displacement are eligible for the reparation schemes.

Published: 08-06-2018 09:27

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