Insurgency victims doubt justice will be served

Kavre, June 16

Families of victims of the decade long insurgency era s till are uncertain that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Enforced Disappearances in Nepal, which was formed by the state one and half years ago, will ensure justice for them.

They are doubtful they will get justice as they haven’t witness any significant progress in this direction though it has already been more than a decade since the rebellious army joined the peace process.

Yagya Bahadur Lama of Panchkhal Municipality-12, who has been demanding action against his son’s murder, complained that there had been no progress so far. “Hundreds have been waiting for justice for more than a decade. How can we be convinced there will be justice?” he questioned.

Another victim Bishnu Timalsina of Dhungkharka said he would reach out to the international court seeking action against the perpetrator/s of his father’s murder. “The state might grant amnesty to the convict/s, but we won’t,” argued Timalsina.

Tirtha Lal Gautam, another victim, said that the state should provide education, health and nutrition to the children of victims. “The commission is facing excessive political meddling. In such a situation, how can it give us justice?” wondered Man Kumari Ranjit, chairperson of Families of Disappeared and Conflict Victims’ Society Nepal.

She also complained that it was not fair to demand documents from victims at a time when the administration did not have exact data.

Usha Shivashakti, who sustained injuries during the conflict, expressed concern about the commission’s ability to provide justice.

Another victim Rita Bista, the wife of a disappeared state army personnel said, “Though it has been a decade since the peace process was initiated, the state doesn’t have exact data of the disappeared. When and how will the commission give us justice?”

Gita Rasaili, who lost her brother and sister during the conflict, said that the commission was facing diffiulties serving justice due to unnecessary political pressure. “The commission itself is not fair due to political influence. How can it assure us the truth. At least the victims should be given mental relief.

However, even this is questionable,” she said.

Victim Ram Chandra Sapkota said that conflict victims were divided due to their political inclinations. “The leaders of different political parties differentiate among victims based on their political interest.

Hence, it is doubtful that the commission will provide justice to the people,” argued Sapkota.