DPM Rawal assures conflict victims of justice

Kathmandu, January 3

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Bhim Rawal today said regulations relating to the victims of the decade-long insurgency will be endorsed soon.

Due to lack of regulations, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has been formed to investigate conflict-era cases of human rights violation, extrajudicial punishment and compensation to victims, is functioning only partially.

Inaugurating a national conference on ‘Conflict victims from the security sector and families dependent on them,” organised by Women for Human Rights, DPM Rawal said, they were currently holding discussions on approving the regulations as soon as possible. “The government had established Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the country to ensure justice to conflict victims,” he said.

He also reiterated that it would be the top priority of the government to provide compensation to conflict victims and their families.

DPM Rawal said the government would make necessary changes in the constitution to address the concerns of the disgruntled parties.

Lily Thapa, executive director, WHR hailed the efforts made by security forces to maintain peace and security in the country. “The government should not set an age bar for security allowance to widows,” she said.

More than 1,000 conflict victims, their families and single women shared their sufferings at the programme. The slogan for the conference was ‘Our concern on equal facilities, rights and opportunities.’