NEW YORK, Sept 24:A senior UN official has urged Nepal to work on the solidification of the achievements made in the peace process so far for early conclusion of the transitional justice process.

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Conflict victims have urged the government to replace the existing recommendation committee formed to suggest commissioners for the transitional justice (TJ) bodies or suspend its work "if the TJ process is to be pushed ahead".

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: In a bid to bring the derailed transitional justice (TJ) process back on track, the government is weighing two options — appointing office-bearers to two TJ bodies and finalize the disputed TJ draft bills by consulting with stakeholders simultaneously - so that the conflict victims could own up the process.

To forgive or not to forgive

September 12, 2019 01:00 am

Failure of the government to adhere to the Supreme Court verdict in relation to amnesty could further agonize the victims, setting the ground for vengeance and violence

When justice fails

September 10, 2019 01:00 am

As justice has been endlessly deferred, the conflict victims will be left with no option but to seek justice outside of the country

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Despite strong warnings by several quarters including key stakeholders, the conflict victims, against recommending the past commissioners and controversial individuals to the transitional justice (TJ) bodies, the committee formed to recommend commissioners for the bodies is set to make public its nominees this week.

KATHMANDU, Sept 7:  Conflict victims have warned that they may stay away from the transitional justice (TJ)  process if former commissioners who were earlier ‘removed’ from their positions for failing to resolve conflict-era cases or controversial people are appointed to the TJ bodies.

Derailing justice

August 27, 2019 01:25 am

Transitional Justice (TJ) is once again hogging the news lines following the run-off-the-mill discussions among the political leaders to agree on the leadership of the bodies constituted to look into war-era cases. But what will the appointment do? Who is the appointment for? Given that TJ remains a delicate thread in the power balance within the corridors of Singha Durbar, it is clear that the appointment will be made to facilitate the existing power structure rather than make it victim-friendly. One needs to examine the nature of engagement of various stakeholders in the process.

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: Appointment of commissioners for the transitional justice (TJ) bodies has become further complicated after a prospective nominee declined the offer made to him by the major political parties.

PM says TJ appointments in a week

August 19, 2019 06:00 am

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Prime Minister KP Oli on Sunday said that commissioners for the transitional justice (TJ) bodies will be appointed within a week.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Key members of parliament (MPs) within the ruling Nepal Communist Party have pressed the government to form the Transitional Justice (TJ) bodies without further delay.

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KATHMANDU, Aug 3: Human right activists on Saturday said that foreign intervention is on the rise in Nepal's internal affairs due to an inordinate delay in the transitional justice process.

KATHMANDU, July 29: Four international organizations working for human rights- Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch, and TRIAL International-have said that Nepal government has reneged its promise to administer justice to the victims of decade-long armed conflict.

Heed the victims’ call

July 21, 2019 08:56 am

Nepal’s transitional justice process is getting prolonged further while the victims of the atrocities carried out by both the state forces and rebels during the decade-long Maoist insurgency are still waiting for justice. This is a great injustice to the victims and betrayal to the national cause of finding the truths about extra-judicial killings and other atrocities that took place during the war. This is no time for complacency.

KATHMANDU, July 19: While questioning the independence of the ongoing selection process to appoint commissioners at the two transitional justice bodies, the Conflict Victims' Common Platform (CVCP) has demanded to put on hold all works of the recommendation committee immediately.

KATHMANDU, July 1: The committee formed to recommend chairpersons and members for the transitional justice (TJ) bodies has formed yet another panel with former justice Prakash Wasti as head to develop new criteria to pick candidates other than those who have already applied for the posts.

KATHMANDU, June 24: A meeting of the recommendation committee formed to suggest the names of office-bearers for two crucial transitional justice (TJ) bodies of the government has failed yet again to do so. The meeting of the committee headed by former chief justice Om Prakash Mishra was scheduled for Sunday but it was cancelled in the last hour citing one of its members was unable to attend the meeting.

KATHMANDU, May 27: The recommendation committee formed to suggest new names for the chairs and commissioners of the two crucial transitional justice (TJ) bodies is in a fix following stern warning from the conflict victims that they would not accept the new commissioners if their concerns were not addressed.

Call for justice, once again

May 27, 2019 01:00 am

Government should not miss this opportunity to conclude Nepal’s transitional justice process under Nepal’s own leadership and ownership

KATHMANDU, May 26: Senior leader of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Jhala Nath Khanal has drawn the attention of the government to reach political consensus in a bid to settle the conflict-era cases as early as possible.

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.

KATHMANDU, April 29: A section of conflict victims and civil society members staged demonstration in the capital on Monday demanding a credible transitional justice in Nepal.

Way forward for transitional justice

April 14, 2019 02:25 am

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.

Reviewing transitional justice

April 14, 2019 01:05 am

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, March 1: The Conflict Victims Common Platform (CVCP) has called on the government to incorporate the survivors of a decade-long armed conflict in transitional justice process.

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.

TJ bodies to get 3rd new lease of life

February 7, 2019 07:39 am

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

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.

Road to justice

December 31, 2018 01:00 am

Nepal’s transitional justice process failed to pursue transformative agenda of CPA. It seems to be moving away from socio-economic dimensions of conflict

KATMANDU, Nov 24: Rift among conflict victims has widened with two groups coming up with separate approaches to resolving the protracted quest for transitional justice.

SURKHET, Nov 21: Nepali Congress (NC) leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula has blamed that the incumbent government was not serious towards serving justice to the conflict-victims.

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.