Parliamentary committee meeting to discuss TRC Bill on Sunday

Published On: March 1, 2024 07:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 1: The Law, Justice, and Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives has called a meeting to deliberate on the ‘Bill to amend the Act on Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth, and Reconciliation, 2071.

The committee which is waiting for the agreement of the top leaders of the major parties on the remaining four issues, has  scheduled  a meeting for 11:30 AM on Sunday.

The parliamentary sub-committee formed to reach agreement on the bill registered in parliament on 9 March 2023 submitted a report on the bill to the committee saying that more clarity was needed on four issues.

One of these four issues is the definition of a ‘serious violation of human rights’. The sub-committee has suggested in the report to write "arbitrarily brutally committed murder" or "murder committed without double confrontation" in the definition and reach a decision after further discussion. 

The committee is also discussing how to address the people involved and affected during the armed conflict. The sub-committee has made such a suggestion to the committee to address the issue of whether or not to include the phrase ‘child soldier’ in the bill.

The issue of 'what to do if the victim does not have free consent for reconciliation in the event of violation of human rights' is also under discussion.

The issue ‘regarding the reduced sentence in the case of transitional justice, whether to reduce the sentence by explaining the reason or to move ahead by determining the percentage of the sentence to be reduced' is also under discussion. The committee has not been able to reach a conclusion on these four issues.


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