Panel on disappeared not okay: ICJ

Kathmandu, July 16:

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today said it has written to the eight-party alliance that the High Level Inquiry Commission on Disappeared Citizens was formed without taking the international human rights standards into account.

The panel is to investigate cases of forced disappearances blamed on the security forces and the CPN (Maoists) during the decade-long conflict.

After an apex court verdict, the government had formed a committee headed by a former SC judge Narendra Bahadur Neupane to look into the cases of forced disappearance. Raman Kumar Shrestha and Sher Bahadur KC were other members of the panel, which is not functioning.

“The terms of reference, composition, procedures, powers and resources of a commission of inquiry should be in accordance with international human rights standards,” the press release stated.