National Assembly Passes Amendment Bill on Transitional Justice


On Sunday, Nepal’s National Assembly (NA) endorsed an amendment bill for the 2014 law that enabled the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP). The NA suspended the rule that allows lawmakers 72 hours to register amendments to the bill because the terms of the two transitional justice bodies are due to expire on February 8.

The bill extends the tenures of the TRC and the CIEDP for one more year, but the chairpersons’ and members’ tenure expire after mid-April. Law Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal tabled the bill, saying its extension would be necessary in order to conclude the remaining tasks. “If the two transitional justice bodies fail to complete their remaining tasks in the next one year, their term can be extended for one more year,” he said. Lawmaker Badri Pande opposed extending the tenure of the transitional justice bodies, saying the government has been slow to conclude the remaining work on the peace process.

The bill is now waiting to be endorsed by the House of Representatives, which could happen before the end of the week.

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The Kathmandu Post