HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Human rights activists and lawyers have opposed the government plan to form the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Inquiry of Disappeared (CoID) through an ordinance.
“ The ordinance clearly intends to grant amnesty to the perpetrators and deny justice to the victims,” they said in a joint press release, pointing that the government had decided to withdraw the bills on TRC and CoID, which had been pending for more than three years from the now-dissolved Constituent Assembly.
In the press release, chairman of the Civil Rights Association Baburam Giri, chair of the Human Rights and Development Nepal Pradip Pokhrel and coordinator of the Human Rights Joint Forum Charan Prasai questioned the intention of the government.
“It is crucial to provide justice to the conflict victims at this juncture of transition,” they said, adding, “And, there is no alternative to letting the TRC deal with the matter.”
Bijaya Mishra, secretary-general of the Nepal Bar Association, said the government wants to rule through ordinance.
“It is undemocratic, unconstitutional and immoral on the part of the government to bring ordinance to deal with every case,” Mishra said.