KATHMANDU, Aug 30 : The Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) on Sunday called on the government to facilitate its activities by amending the existing transitional justice (TJ) law in line with the Supreme Court order to make it victim-friendly.
Issuing a press release on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the CIEDP called upon the government to facilitate the investigation by the commission by amending the existing TJ law.
The commission also stated that there are some provisions in the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons and Truth and Reconciliation Act, 2014 which need to be amended as per the order of the Supreme Court.
The press release issued by the spokesperson for the commission, Dr Gangadhar Parajuli reads: "The commission is making efforts in order to do its task as soon as possible but the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been hampering its investigation at the local level. This has saddened us."
Although the commission has been continuing its investigation internally by adopting health safety measures in the adverse situation as well. The commission has formed four province-wise committees in order to continue the investigation and discuss the procedures to provide relief to the victims.
The commission also added that it will distribute identity cards to the victims as soon as possible, recommend them for relief, and record the statement of the perpetrators and complete the responsibilities according to the laws.
According to the commission, of the total 3,223 complaints registered at the commission, preliminary investigations have been completed on 23 complaints, and comprehensive investigations are being carried out on the other 2,507 complaints.