CVCP concerned over nine-point deal

Kathmandu, May 6

Conflict Victims Common Platform has said that the nine- point political agreement signed between the ruling CPN-UML and the Unified CPN-Maoist yesterday was against the current transitional justice process.

Expressing concern over the agreement, the Conflict Victims Common Platform said it was shocked to learn that the two parties decided to withdraw conflict-era cases and grant amnesty to the perpetrators.

“We are shocked by the major two ruling parties’ intent to interfere in the current transitional justice process and withdraw conflict-era cases from court and grant amnesty to perpetrators,” Conflict Victims Common Platorm Chairman Suman Adhikari and General Secretary Ram Bhandari said in a statement.

It said said it had demanded amendment to transitional justice laws but such amendment should have been made as per the Supreme Court’s order.

It said there should be no amnesty for heinous crimes such as murder, rape, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, among others.

“We had been drawing the attention of the major parties to problems in the current transitional process and unless they are addressed properly, truth, justice and reparation would not be ensured,” said the statement by Conflict Victims Common Platform.

It said the agreement made it feel that the parties were neither in favour of justice and nor were serious about resolution of problems.