Conflict victims welcome TJ amendment bill

Published On: January 31, 2019 08:07 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Conflict Victims Common Platform (CVCP) has welcomed the government decision to reshuffle the transitional justice bodies along with their term extensions.

Issuing a statement on Wednesday, the platform, an umbrella organization of conflict victims, has stated that the bill to amend the existing TJ law has paved the way for incorporating conflict victims in the transitional justice bodies as per their demands. 

“The proposed amendment to the bill has paved the way for addressing issues raised in the charter of the conflict victims issued on November 21 last year,” reads the statement issued by CVCP Chairperson Bhagiram Chaudhary and General Secretary Janak Bahadur Raut. 

The government registered a bill at the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday proposing term extensions for the two TJ bodies – Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons – for a year at first and another year if needed. The bill has also proposed that the government may appoint fresh individuals at the office bearers of the two commissions paving way for reshuffling.  

The twice-extended terms of the two TJ commissions are expiring on February 9 without having concluded their investigations into conflict-era crimes. Conflict victims had been pressing the government to restructure the two commissions and change the office bearers.

The CVCP has also demanded that the government ensure the participation of conflict victims in each and every process of the TJ process. The CVCP has also demanded dialogue with stakeholders, cooperation, consultation and formation of a trustworthy commission through restructuring/formulation of reconciliation policy at the earliest.

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