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Conflict Victims from 15 Districts Meet in Nepalgunj to Examine the Two Draft Bills to Establish Transitional Justice Mechanisms
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Victims from 15 districts of the Far-Western and Mid-Western regions met in Nepalgunj on 4 and 5 April to examine the two transitional justice draft bills currently pending before the Legislative Parliament.Three Constituent
Assembly members - Ekraj Bhandari (UCPN-M), and Mohammadi Siddiqui (Nepali
Congress), and Shankar Pokhrel(CPN-UML)- were present to receive the views
of the victims and undertook to incorporate these into future discussions of the laws within Parliament. This event is the first of three workshops that will be conducted across Nepal in April and May (Biratnagar and Kathmandu will follow) to allow victims’ the opportunity for their voices to be heard and their views properly considered in finalising the draft Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill and Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances Bill. In relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill, victims concerns focused on the independence and impartiality of the Commission, and it was emphasized that the composition of the Commission should be inclusive and
reflect Nepal’s ethnic and religious diversity. Furthermore, victims stressed their opposition to any provisions in the law that could undermine criminal
accountability for the most serious crimes committed during the conflict, in part through tasking the Commission with providing evidence and recommendations
for prosecution directly to the Attorney General for action. The establishment of a victim and witness protection fund is also of significant concern to victims as is ensuring that reparations are targeted to ensure support for those who have suffered most and those who are most vulnerable.
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UNOHCHR ,   (2011 )
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Press Release in English
Keywords:
CONFLICT VICTIMS, HUMAN RIGHTS, REPARATION, RIGHT TO PEACE, RECONCILIATION, COMISSION OF INQUIRY AND DISAPPEARANCES, VULNERABLE, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, LEGISLATIVE PARLIAMENT, TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, JUSTICE MECHANISM
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Thesaurus:
14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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