'Ratify Rome Statute to end impunity'

KATHMANDU: Speakers at a programme today urged the government to ratify the Rome Statute to end the culture of impunity prevailing in the country.

They had urged for the timely rectification of the statute for ending every type of impunity in the country and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Upendra Yadav, chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF), said that the crime is being 'institutionalised' at present where professionals are being hired to commit crime. He added that the open border is also helping to fuel impunity in the country. "The government has the information about the criminals who are involved in the crime but they are hesitant to arrest them due to fear," alleged Yadav.

Addressing an interaction: 'Accession to the Rome Statute' organised here by the Amnesty International, he said that the concerned bodies are hesitant to punish the perpetrators of crime during the conflict period.

He urged the concerned agencies to establish rule of law and help promote tolerance in the society. Nepal should rectify the statute for ensuring all these," viewed Yadav.

The parliament had issued a directive to the government for rectifying the Rome Statute on July 25, 2006. A working committee was also formed on October 18, 2006 for studying the pros and cons of the statute which submitted its report to the parliament on February 11, 2009. However, Yadav said that the Bill is gathering dust in the parliament for years now.

Krishna Kandel, formerpresident, AI, said that human rights condition is in critical phase due to breakdown of law and order. "The agencies concerned are not working as per the aspiration of the Comprehensive Peace Accord," he alleged, adding the government was unable to form the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.