KATHMANDU, May 8: The process initiated to recommend officials of two crucial transitional justice (TJ) bodies has further prolonged after a committee formed to recommend office bearers of the TJ bodies said the applications from aspirants were incomplete.
Once again concerns are being raised from victims’ community, human rights organizations and even international community regarding the fate of transitional justice process. These concerns are legitimate for the transitional justice bodies—Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commissioners of the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) created in 2015 with the mandate of investigating conflict-era cases, establishing the truth, recommending reparation and suggesting ways to prevent reoccurrence of conflict in the future—are going to be nearly defunct from this week onwards.
After over four years of official truth commissions, their legacy raises several concerns that demand a serious review. Previous mistakes need to be corrected immediately to avoid a further legitimacy crisis in transitional justice mechanisms. The government did not amend legal flaws in the current transitional justice act in line with Supreme Court verdict, thereby ignoring the calls of victim alliances and civil society. This is one major cause of lack of progress in transitional justice (TJ) process.
KATHMANDU, April 13: The members of two crucial transitional justice (TJ) bodies spent nearly Rs 460 million during their four years plus stay in office. But justice for the conflict victims still remains illusive.
KATHMANDU, April 12: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has expressed concerns on data security. The TRC and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP)'s tenure ends today – four years after both the transitional justice bodies – were established in February 2015.
KATHMANDU, March 16: The Transitional Justice (TJ) bodies are likely to be left without any commissioners, at least for a certain period after mid-April, given the government’s delay in forming a recommendations committee as provisioned by law. Mid-April is when the terms of the commissioners expire.
KATHMANDU, March 11: As confusion surrounds the future transitional justice (TJ) process, the government has said that it wants to resolve the conflict-era cases according to its own model and urged the conflict victims to come up with a common voice for the future TJ process.
KATHMANDU, March 6: A parliamentarian delegation from the German House of Representatives which is on a five-day official visit to Nepal discussed transitional justice and human rights situation in Nepal with the prime minister and the president.
KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Following the one-year term extension of transitional justice (TJ) bodies, victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency have demanded the government to overhaul these two bodies in terms of capabilities and performance.
KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Rights bodies and conflict victims have urged the government to begin consultations on transitional justice-related law and appoint competent professionals to fill the leadership void in Transitional Justice bodies without further delay.
KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Parliament has endorsed the bill for extending the terms of the transitional justice (TJ) mechanisms, to give a new lease of life to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, for a year.
KATHMANDU, Feb 6: The government plans to endorse the amendment bill for extending the terms of the two transitional justice (TJ) bodies through parliament on Wednesday, three days before the terms expire.
KATHMANDU, Feb 3: A week before expiry of the extended tenures of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP)— officials at the transitional justice (TJ) bodies say they are compiling the progress they have achieved so far in settling conflict-era cases, in preparation for submitting interim reports to the government.
KATHMANDU, Feb 1: While terming transitional justice an “internal matter,” Nepal has said that it remains committed to addressing the remaining components of transitional justice in the best interest of the country and people.
KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The government has decided to extend the terms of the two transitional justice (TJ) bodies for a year and is also planning to change the office bearers, through an amendment of the existing law.
KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Two weeks before the expiry of the terms of two crucial transitional justice (TJ) commissions, the government is preparing to hold nation-wide consultations with major stakeholders including conflict victims about the future the transitional justice process.
KATHMANDU, Jan 25: While expressing dissatisfaction over a joint statement issued by some Western countries and the United Nations on transitional justice, the government of Nepal has said that ‘foreigners’ do not need to remind Nepal about this since transitional justice issues in Nepal are being expedited under its own unique model.
KATHMANDU, Jan 24: At a time when the tenure of two transitional justice mechanisms is expiring in two weeks, the Kathmandu-based diplomatic missions including the United Nations have urged the government to clarify to the public regarding its plans to take the transitional justice process forward in 2019.
KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The Transitional Justice (TJ) bodies are likely to get yet another round of term extensions as these bodies have been unable to conclude investigations into conflict-era cases and ensure justice for the victims within the existing deadline.
KATHMANDU, Jan 18: International rights defender Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Government of Nepal to address the long-delayed transitional justice (TJ) process. The request from the rights body comes at a time when years-long efforts have failed to ensure justice to the conflict victims and the extended terms of two commissions are expiring within less than a month.
KATHMANDU, Nov 17: Top political leaders in Nepal have informed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, who was on two-day visit here, that the government will make some progress on resolving decade-old transitional justice issues by next month.