“Transitional Justice Proving Elusive”: says International Human Rights Organizations
A joint press statement has been released by Amnesty International, International Commission for Jurists (ICJ) and Human Rights Watch on February 13 stated that the one-year extensions of Nepal’s two transitional justice mechanisms without necessary legal and institutional reforms ordered by the Supreme Court and the United Nations, are insufficient to comply with international standards.
The three organizations warned that only by adding the time periods of two transitional justice mechanisms TRC and CIEDP are meaningless until the justice process is improved. Amnesty International’s South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik, said “”The net worth of these two bodies has now been tested by the victims in Nepal who are deeply dismayed and disappointed at not having been served truth and justice even after years of delay,”
The government of Nepal had extended the tenure of both the commission for the second time without taking any measures to ensure their credibility and human rights compliance, and to increase the capacity of the Commissions as demanded by victims, civil society groups, and the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (NHRC).
The joint press statement also showed its concern on both commission spending time on receiving complaints from the victims. It further stated,” Despite flaws in the law, and questions of legitimacy and capacity, victims and their families have given the benefit of the doubt to these bodies, and submitted thousands of complaints. As of February 2018, the TRC has received 60,298 complaints of human rights violations, and the CIEDP has received 3,093 complaints of enforced disappearance. Though the Commissions have stated that they have initiated investigations into some of these cases, there are serious concerns about the quality of these investigations, and to date, not a single case has been recommended for prosecution”.
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