Our serious attention has been drawn on the decision made by cabinet ministry on January 5 regarding issuing ordinance to extend the time period of TRC and CIEDP. The major responsibilities of both the commissions formed in 2015, February 11 were to investigate the complaints on conflict victims, identifying the guilt and recommending for action, security of victim and providing reparation to them.
But, the tenure of these two commissions expired only on collecting complaints of victims. The commissions would have handed over its final report if it had worked as per the imagination of the act.
The Supreme Court issued ordinance in the name of government and appealed United Nations, victims and Human Rights organizations to make act favorable to victims. But, the government and political parties took the issues of transitional justice as a normal phenomenon which was completely against the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA).
The commissions were proved to be useless due to the lack of skill and capabilities, internal conflict, political vested interest, lack of necessary laws and strong willingness. This is the right time to correct mistakes in act based on the recommendations received from victims and Human Rights organizations, OHCHR and Supreme Court mandamus prior on issuing ordinance for the extension of tenure of both the commissions. We would like to request the government to give attention that only extension of tenure but not changing the infrastructure and working pattern on the issue of transitional justice will be like a mirage.
Subodh Raj Pyakurel