Stakeholders discuss ways to accomplish remaining tasks of the peace process – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper


KATMANDU, JULY 22

Karnali Province Home Affairs and Law Minister Sita Nepali said her government would push the federal government to complete the remaining tasks of the peace process, especially transitional justice.

Speaking today at a virtual event organized by Media Advocacy Group in partnership with the UNDP Parliamentary Support Program, Minister Nepali discussed the treatment program offered by the Government of Karnali Province to victims of the conflict and called on stakeholders to create an enabling environment in which violence, human rights violations and war crimes could be addressed.

Curious speakers from different backgrounds gathered at the event. Organizers said the event contributed to a colossal extent in updating the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

MAG President Anita Bindu said TRC’s work has been slow due to lack of political will.

UNDP’s Dila Datta Panta urged stakeholders to help speed up the process to bring justice to all victims.

Lawyer Govinda Bandi presented a document at the event and stressed that the truth and reconciliation process should actively seek the truth and serve justice while bringing women, children, victims living with disabilities, families of missing persons and victims of sexual violence at the center. He suggested that a broad political understanding be forged on the issue and called on stakeholders to build confidence in the system.

Former Constitutional Assembly member and senior lawyer Ekraj Bhandari called for a political resolution to complete the process. He also explained how the armed conflict started and how it gradually drew reluctant citizens to its center.

Victims’ representatives such as Devi Sunuwar, Bimala Das, Tulasa Lata Amatya and Hemraj Bhatta have demanded swift action and restitution to the victims.

Humakala Pandey, co-secretary at the interior ministry, informed that the next national action plan was being drawn up and that the ministry planned to provide collective aid to victims of the conflict.

Babita Basnet, founder of MAG, said: “The authorized entity should take the necessary measures in response to conflict cases reported to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which should not be limited to paperwork.

A version of this article appears in print July 23, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.


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