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Govt to draft laws discarding amnesty on cases of serious HR violations


Jun 21, 2018

Kathmandu, June 21 (RSS): The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs is preparing to formulate laws ensuring no exemption of actions on the cases of serious human rights violations occurred during the insurgency.
The Ministry is mulling to discard amnesty on the cases of serious human rights violations, extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance, torture and forced rape or other sexual violence despite the consensus between the victims and perpetrators for reconciliation.
Informing the stakeholders about the first amendment to the two commissions’ acts formed on transitional justice, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Bahadur Tamang said, “There will be no reconciliation on the cases of serious human rights violation even if the perpetrators and survivors agree on it. The commission too cannot give amnesty. ”
The Commission on Enforced Disappearance Act and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act, 2071 are being amended and a new act on transitional justice has been proposed.
As per the amendment bill, reparation should be understood as psychosocial counseling, interim relief, compensation, rehabilitation, facilities, compensation and others. Similarly, a special court would be constituted on the case of serious human rights violation taken place during the insurgency and hearing would be conducted. The commission can file case after the formation of the court.
The bill has proposed no limitation for the complaint registration in the cases of rape and sexual violence.
Ministry’s spokesperson Ramesh Dhakal said that the bill would be finalized only after holding intensive discussions with the stakeholders. (Photo Available)

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