Conflict victims demand proper role in transitional justice
A two-day national conference of conflict victims on transitional justice ended on November 21, calling for meaningful participation of the conflict victims themselves in the overall transitional justice process and related mechanisms.
The conference also issued 23-point Charter of Conflict Victims at the conclusion of the national conference calls for the establishment of a credible high-level mechanism with the involvement of all stakeholders in order to create an environment of openness and trust for proceeding with the transitional justice process on the basis of Nepal’s unique experience in the management of arms and armies.
While expressing serious distrust toward the existing Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission for the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP), the charter issued by the Conflict Victims Common Platform (CVCP) has demanded that these two transitional justice mechanisms be restructured on the basis of laws rewritten or amended with the consent of the conflict victims.
The commissions to be established thereafter must be impartial, independent, empowered and autonomous, with the goal of ending impunity and ensuring lasting peace through a transitional justice process that is transparent, gender-sensitive, inclusive and participatory,” states the charter issued by the conference of conflict victims from across the country .
The charter has also called for a broadminded National Reparation Policy to promote self-respect and self-reliance among conflict victims, incorporating their sentiments and including measures in education, health, reservations in employment and social security. “Such a policy must incorporate United Nations guidelines on reparation, and it must be adopted with the concurrence of conflict victims,” it further said.
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