Conflict Victims Mount Pressure on Leaders to Amend Transitional Justice Act


Victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency in Nepal have been reaching out to political leaders to demand amendments to the transitional justice act. Now, a hearing of a review petition filed by the government against a 2015 Supreme Court ruling on transitional justice is set for June 6.

In 2015, the court had struck down around a dozen of ambiguous provisions in the transitional justice act, including ones that proposed amnesty for those guilty of serious human rights violations during the conflict, which claimed nearly 17,000 lives.

Over the past week, the Conflict Victims’ Common Platform, an umbrella body of victims’ organisations, has met with at least four leaders from the two major political parties, asking them to conclude the transitional justice process in a transparent manner. Conflict victims have for long said that the two commissions failed to work in a transparent manner because party people were appointed there.

The truth commission has received over 63,000 complaints while the disappearance commission is sitting on around 3,000 cases from the victims. Currently, the parties are holding negotiations to ensure that individuals of their choice are appointed in the commissions.

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The Kathmandu Post