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Joint Press Release-UN: Transitional Justice Process must comply with International Law 2011
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Kathmandu, 13 September 2011 – In a joint statement released today the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the Head of the UN Human Rights Office in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) welcomed the Government’s recent commitment to establish the long awaited transitional justice mechanisms and to address abuses of the conflict era. The UN officials urged political parties to facilitate the passage of these bills and to refrain from calling for pardons and the withdrawal of any criminal cases which would be contrary to Nepal’s commitments under international human rights law. Such actions send a contradictory message to the country about the real purpose of transitional justice and the need for accountability for past crimes. “As Nepal moves forward in its peace process and strengthens its democratic institutions to build a strong and stable future, calls for amnesties or for case withdrawals involving serious crimes would be steps in the wrong direction,” said Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal. “These would deny victims justice at a time when the rule of law should be the foundation of the transitional justice process and of the new Constitutional order that is being built.”

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UNOHCHR ,   (2011 )
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Press Release in English
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TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, INTERNATIONAL LAW, CONFLICT, POLITICAL PARTIES, CRIME, PEACE, JUSTICE, RULE OF LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, WAR CRIMES, SUMMARY EXECUTIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS, RAPE, EMERGENCY RELIEF
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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01.07.00  -  General And National Law
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