TRC categorizes over 25,000 complaints

Published On: September 15, 2016 10:19 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has started its preliminary investigation on more than 25,000 complaints among the 53,016 complaints it has received.

"The staffers at the commission have gone through more than 25,000 complaints so far and categorized them as per the crime. While looking into the 25,000 complaints, the staffers have presented around 800 files to the commission to decide whether to put them on hold or not," said Commissioner Shree Krishna Subedi.

"The staffers have claimed that those files suggested for putting on hold are related to the cases beyond TRC's jurisdiction," he added.

According to a source at the TRC, the complaints suggested for putting on hold are related to the human rights violations perpetrated by parties other than the state and the then rebel Maoists.

"The commission will have to go through all the files once again and take formal decision on every complaint before putting them on hold," said Subedi.

According to Subedi, the TRC has sent at least a dozen complaints to the Commission on Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) as they were related to enforced disappearances.

CIEDP scanning 1,200 complaints

Likewise, the CIEDP has been scanning at least 1200 complaints at present. According to Professor Bishnu Pathak, the spokesperson of the commission, the CIEDP has also collected ante-mortem data of at least 42 disappeared persons. 

The CIEDP has received 2,870 complaints on disappeared persons. "We have started preliminary investigation into at least 1,200 complaints and collected ante-mortem data of at least 42 disappeared persons from the Kathmandu Valley. We are entering the collected data in our database. We'll start full-fledged investigation on the complaints soon," said Pathak.

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