Stories Tagged 'Transitional justice act'
 The National Human Rights Commission could withdraw its representative from a recommendation committee formed to select new officials for the two transitional justice bodies as a last resort to put pressure on the government to revise the amendment bill to the National Human Rights Commission Act 2012 and to initiate the process to amend the existing transitional justice Act.
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Despite repeated promises, the government has yet to amend the Act in line with the 2015 ruling of the top court in which it sought clarity on categorisation of serious crimes, serious human rights violations, and other crimes of serious nature, and struck down almost a dozen provisions, including those which could permit amnesty for the perpetrators.
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In the 10-page letter, which was sent through Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, the rapporteurs have said the existing selection procedure lacks impartiality, independence and transparency.
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The government has ruled out any kind of international mediation to conclude the remaining tasks of the transitional justice process which has been dragging on for more than a decade.
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The federal parliament on Wednesday endorsed an amendment bill on the Commission on Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act-2014, clearing the legal hurdles for the extension of the terms of two transitional justice bodies.
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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has welcomed the government’s initiative towards amending the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act, while calling for making the amendment bill fully consistent with Nepal’s obligations under international law.
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