Conflict issues remain as pain of nation: leader Khanal

05/26/2019

Kathmandu, May 26: Former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal has said that the issues of transitional justice are not just concerns of the government and the opposition, but also the pain of the nation. In his address to a programme organised by the Common Platform for Conflict Victims here today, the senior leader of the major ruling party Nepal Communist Party (NCP) insisted on the need of working out issues soon. At the programme entitled 'legal revisions and restructuring of the Commission for victims-centered transitional justice', he called for collective efforts to complete the remaining tasks of peace process. He suggested that the Acts related to two transitional justice commissions (Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons) should be revised, keeping the related SC verdict, international treaties and standpoint of the survivors at the center. The NCP senior leader said he was hopeful that the stable government formed after a long battle would sort out the matter. Legislature Parliament's Delegated Management and Governance Assurance Committee president Ram Narayan Bidari was of the view that the Acts should be immediately amended to deliver justice to the victims and persons with good sense of human rights, transitional justice and crime; and with a clean image and abale to empathise with victims should be appointed as Commissions' office-bearers. Nepali Congress lawmaker Radheshyam Adhikari spoke of the need of immediate amendments to the Acts. Nepal Bar Association chair Chandeshwor Shrestha was also of the view of revising the Acts instantly by respecting SC verdict, international treaty and sentiments of victims. Member of a committee formed to recommend names of office bearers of both Acts said pains and suffering of the victims should be taken as own to ensure justice to survivors. Forum chair Bhagiram Chaudhary expressed his concern that victims were not summoned for consultations in any issues of amendment by the government. He demanded the guarantee of participation of victims in the amendment process. RSS

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