The Accountability Watch Committee (AWC) expressed its serious concern on the government decision to extend the tenure of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappearance (CIEDP) on 6 February 2018 by Ordinance, ignoring the legitimate demands of the conflict-victims and the human rights community. The Committee released a press statement on 8 February and demanded amendments to the law in line with Supreme Court decisions and reconstitution of commission that have failed to exercise their mandate.
The joint press statement released by AWC, INSEC, JuRI-Nepal DFHRI, INHURED including Human rights activists and civil society members on February 8 stated that both commissions have failed completely to investigate complaints, establish the truth about conflict-related human rights violations and to pave way for justice and reparations and strongly shows its objection on extending its tenure . The statement says “It is deplorable that Nepal, a recently elected member to the United Nations Human Rights Council, has refrained from taking concrete steps towards ensuring credibility, effectiveness and success of the transitional justice processes. This could have been achieved through amendments to the law pursuant to the orders of the Supreme Court and Nepal’s international legal obligations relating to truth, justice and reparations as well as “appropriate reconfiguration of the Commissions”. It further strongly demanded the government to address the legitimate concerns and interests, to make the transitional justice processes more effective and credible.