HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Human rights defenders have taken exception to the government bid to introduce Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Bill and Bill on Disappearances through an ordinance.
The bills endorsed through ordinance will not do justice to the victims, their families, an Advocacy Forum-Nepal press release stated today, adding that such bills are unacceptable to the rights fraternity.
The government move will curtail the power of the National Human Rights Commission, Advocacy Forum chairperson Mandira Sharma said, adding that the move to bring the bills through an ordinance right after the exit of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights in Nepal appears premeditated. The effort to form commissions three years after Constituent Assembly polls only displays the lack of government’s empathy towards the victims’ demands, the statement said.
The laws passed through the ordinance will not comply with norms and standards entrenched in international laws and in treaties, it said. The government is also withdrawing criminal cases instead of prosecuting the guilty damaging the rule of law and rights protection initiatives in Nepal, Hong Kong-based policy and programme director for Asian Human Rights Commission, Basil Fernando, said.