Government to Provide Term Extension for Transitional Justice Bodies, But Not for Officials in the Commissions


On Monday night, the Nepalese Cabinet decided to extend the terms of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) by at least one year without extending the terms of the officials presiding over them. On Tuesday, in line with the Cabinet decision, the government registered a bill to amend the 2014 law that enabled the TRC in the National Assembly.

This move largely addresses the concerns of victims who have long demanded reform of the two commissions, arguing that they have failed to deliver results since their establishment in 2015. However, it is still unclear how the transitional justice process will move forward. According to a source, the amendment bill does not deal with other crucial issues, including amending the transitional justice law to comply with the 2015 Supreme Court verdict that struck down the provision of amnesty for those found guilty of serious human rights violations.

The amendment bill now has to be endorsed by both houses of Parliament and authenticated by the president to get legal status. Both houses might have to suspend some clauses of their regulations to meet the February 9 deadline. 

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The Kathmandu Post