‘TRC, CIEPD failed victims of conflict’

Kathmandu, February 2

Conflict victims and human rights defenders have alleged that the transitional justice instruments failed to discharge their duties effectively.

Issuing a joint statement today, conflict victims and rights defenders claimed that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons merely collected complaints from conflict-victims during their two-year tenure, which is expiring on February 9.

The statement was issued by Suman Adhikari, chairman of Conflict Victims Common Platform and Charan Prasai, coordinator of Accountability Watch Committee.

The two transitional justice bodies — TRC and CIEDP— collected some 58,000 and 2,800 complaints of rights violations that took place during the Maoist insurgency, which ended in November 2006.

The transitional justice bodies didn’t make any progress on investigating complaints, establishing the truth, recommending penalty for perpetrators and delivering justice to victims, said Suman Adhikari while addressing an interaction here today.

Meanwhile, Prasai alleged that both the TRC and the CIEDP were designed to protect the perpetrators of human rights abuses rather than doing justice to the victims.

Chairman of Amnesty International, Nepal, Rajan Kuikel said rights defenders would knock the doors of international bodies if the justice was denied to the victims.