Giving Compass’ Take:
• Mia Swart covers human rights group’s criticisms of Nepal’s transitional justice, and its failure to protect victims and prosecute perpetrators.
• Why is transitional justice important in the victim’s healing process and how can they be supported? What other systems need to be fostered in countries transitioning from a time of conflict?
• Learn about African-led transitional justice.
Thirteen years after a peace agreement was signed between the Maoist rebels and the Nepali government, ending the decade-old civil war, little progress has been made on the question of transitional justice, rights organizations say.
No real progress has been made on questions of justice, truth, and reparations for victims, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW), and TRIAL International said last month.
More than 16,000 people were killed and nearly 1,400 disappeared – mostly at the hands of security forces – during the civil war, which ended after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed on November 21, 2006.
Two transitional bodies, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, were created in 2015 to address the atrocities committed during the conflict.
But the four groups say the truth commissions have not made sufficient progress and that the impunity of perpetrators of human rights violations during the conflict prevails.
“There is no witness protection policy. It is clearly a perpetrator-led process that serves the interests of the perpetrators not the victims,” Ram Bhandari told Al Jazeera.
Read the full article about Nepal’s transitional justice making little progress by Mia Swart at Aljazeera.
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