INSEC opposes deal

Kathmandu, May 9       

Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) today issued a press release saying some points of the nine-point agreement signed between the Unified CPN-Maoist and the CPN-UML recently were against the verdict of the Supreme Court passed on January 2 last year.

This verdict of the court prohibits amnesty in cases of serious human rights violation.

INSEC said point-3 of the agreement states that the process of amending laws related to transitional justice should be initiated within 15 days along with a calendar of transitional justice related works, would affect the works of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) and would further disappoint conflict victims who have been waiting for years to get justice.

INSEC also objected to point-7 of the deal that stated that the signatories would take initiative to withdraw cases filed during the armed conflict and at different times or amnesty would be offered in those cases.

“Attempt to offer amnesty in serious human rights violation such as war crime, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and rape cannot be tolerated,” read the release signed by INSEC Chair Subodh Raj Pyakurel.

Similarly the rights organisation said if point-5 of the agreement related to legalising war era transactions was implemented, then it could render people displaced during

conflict homeless. “We condemn any agreement entered by any political party or group if such agreement violates human rights.”