TRC for extending its tenure by one year

Kathmandu, January 29

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission today sought extension of its tenure by one year. A meeting of the commission held here took a decision to this effect.

The constitutional body was set up on 10 February 2015 with a two-year mandate to probe insurgency-era rights violation cases and recommend action against perpetrators and reparation for victims.

TRC said additional time was needed to complete the given assignments.

“We have decided to recommend to the government to extend the TRC’s term,” said TRC member Madhabi Bhatta. She said TRC itself had to recommend to the government to extend its term. Without TRC recommendation the government cannot take a decision on its term extension. “As per the constitution, the Cabinet can extend TRC’s tenure by one year. Only the Parliament can take a decision on further extension of the TRC’s tenure,” he added. TRC’s two-year term expires on February 9. The commission has to investigate more than 58,052 complaints of rights violation that allegedly took place during the decade-long Maoist insurgency.

Meanwhile, the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons stated that it had also recommended to the government to extend its term by one year, CIEDP spokesperson Bishnu Pathak told THT. Both the TRC and CIEDP were formed some two years ago. He said the commission had been preparing to start data collection from mid-February.

According to Pathak, the commission has made 25-page questionnaire to collect ante-mortem data of

disappeared people. Ante-mortem is a process under which surveyors collect materials or properties belongings to victims prior to their disappearance.