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‘Delay in formation of TRC results in various problems, denies justice to conflict victims’

KATHMANDU: Attention should be paid to ensure justice to the conflict victims and building a conciliatory atmosphere in the country while preparing the bill on the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Enforced Disappearances.
Various speakers at a programme here today pointed out the need of making the two commissions balanced and victim-friendly that would promote reconciliation in society.
The speakers also stressed that the bill should not contain provisions providing for giving general amnesty in such a way that it will constrict the survivors’ right to get justice, as a variety of complications have arisen due to the delay in the formation of the two commissions which are the integral parts of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. Seven years have passed by since the signing of the accord.
More than 13 thousand people were killed both by the rebel side and the state side during the decade-long conflict in the country. Thousands of people were rendered handicapped and thousands more displaced from home. Hundreds of thousands of common people were affected.
Some of the speakers also pointed out that the country could face problems as a state party to the international convention if the bill is lenient towards the perpetrators of serious types of crimes and neglects the victims’ right to justice.
The speakers concluded that failure to constitute the two important commissions in time has resulted in the cancellation of important programmes of high ranking officials of the security bodies abroad, in the arrest of Nepalese Army Colonel Kumar Lama getting arrested in Great Britain and in situation in which people like Nanda Prasad Adhikari and Ganga Maya Adhikari having to sit on a hunger strike for a long time demanding justice on incidents that took place in course of the conflict.
The speakers underlined the need for taking into account the Supreme Court’s directives regarding the formation of the commissions, the views of the victims and the international practices to that connection.
They stressed that the bill should focus on ending the current political transition and be reconciliatory in nature rather than retributive. It should not target any person or any party for that matter, they said.
Expressing these views at an interaction programme today are CPN (UML) leader Pradip Gyawali, Nepali Congress ledr Ramesh Lekhak and UCPN (Maoist) leader Haribol Gajurel, among others. RSS

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