Peace committee receives tepid response

Ramechhap, April 30

Despite the government’s call to victims to register their complaints related to human rights violations during the conflict era without any fear, the local peace committee has received less than a dozen complaints in Ramechhap so far.

According to April Shrestha, secretary of Local Peace Committee, Ramechhap, they have received only nine complaints so far.

“Although the Commission for Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons had started registering complaints from April 14 and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from April 17, the transitional justice mechanisms have received only nine complaints so far,” he said.

Hoping that more complaints would be received in the weeks before the deadline expires, Shrestha informed about the committee’s preparation to launch a campaign to encourage the victims to file complaints and seek justice.

Tahal Bahadur Karki, a conflict victim of Deurali, said that he would file his complaint within a few days.

“Although late, the commissions formed by the government has given us hope of justice,” said Karki.

Karki was displaced from his home after then Maoist rebels seized his property.

Similarly, Saraswoti Mahatara of Tiplung-2, whose father was murdered by the Maoist rebels during the decade-long conflict, said she would visit the local peace committee and file a complaint after discussing the matter with family members.