ICTJ Dispatch: Eduardo González on Nepal



ICTJ Dispatch is a new podcast series to present expert political, social, and legal analysis of recent developments in transitional societies where ICTJ works to support truth, accountability and reform. It features interviews with our experts who regularly conduct missions to assist ongoing transitional justice efforts around the world.

In this edition of ICTJ Dispatch, Eduardo González, Director of ICTJ's Truth and Memory program, reports on his recent mission to Nepal, where the country's Parliament is discussing key proposal to establish truth-seeking bodies: Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (COID).

Recently, ICTJ expressed deep concern that the bill retains flaws already rejected by the country’s Supreme Court in January, and urged Parliament to use its discussions to amend the draft law.

Last week, we spoke with González about these unfolding developments, which many suspect may finally move Nepal's much-delayed efforts for truth-seeking. In this interview with ICTJ's Hannah Dunphy, González explains why the current debates taking place in Nepal mark a critical moment after years of work towards truth and justice.

"The government and sectors of civil society have been jousting about the provisions for this Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances for the last seven year," said González. "The question is always whether there is sufficient political willingness among policy makers in Nepal to actually comply with a truth commission that will ensure right to the truth that victims have, instead of a truth commission that is there to satisfy interests [...] related to impunity."


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PHOTO: Family members of people who allegedly disappeared during a decade-long civil conflict stage a sit- in protest in front of Nepal prime minister's residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, June, 19, 2007. About 200 people barricaded the Nepalese prime minister's house, demanding the government reveal the whereabouts of hundreds of people who allegedly disappeared during a decade-long civil conflict. (AP Photo/ Binod Joshi)