House Endorses Amendment Bill on Transitional Justice Act


On Wednesday, the federal parliament endorsed an amendment bill on the Commission on Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), clearing the legal hurdles for the extension of the terms of the two transitional justice bodies.

The amendment will come into effect when President Bidya Devi Bhandari authenticates it, extending the terms of the two commissions until February 9, 2020, with a possible extension of one more year after that. Except for the Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party, all the parties were in favor of the amendment, which envisions the restructuring of the commissions as demanded by victims’ organizations.

As expected, commission chairman Surya Kiran Gurung and member Lila Udasi Khanal have resigned from the TRC secretariat with effect from Sunday. The two officials had long expressed their dissatisfaction at the government’s reluctance to amend the 2014 Truth and Reconciliation Act to reflect a supreme court verdict that struck down provisions of amnesty for those involved in serious human rights violations during the decade-long civil war. Three other members of the commission are likely to remain in their posts for now.

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The Kathmandu Post