Conflict Victims Seek Role in Transitional Justice Bodies Appointments

4/9/2019

A week before the incumbent officials of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons step down, conflict victims in Nepal, represented by Conflict Victims Common Platform and Conflict Victims National Network, have warned that they will not accept the selection of new officials without proper consultation.

They have also asked the government and the recommendation committee not to repeat past mistakes by nominating the new officials on the basis of a political party quota system. This was a criticism leveled at the previous chairpersons and members of the two transitional justice bodies, who were appointed in 2015.

The victims’ groups have said the entire transitional justice process, including the selection of new officials, must be victim-centric. It has claimed that those who could be convicted have been influencing the process. “We will be forced to take to the streets if unnecessary interference continues in the transitional justice process,” they said in a statement.

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