NHRC role in probing conflict-era cases urged

January 9, 2017 00:30 AM Republica


KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Experts have said that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) could also play its role in ending impunity related to the conflict-era human rights violations.

As the government has been conducting investigation into insurgency-era cases through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Person (CIEDP), they argued that the NHRC would also have to play its role in investigating conflict-related human rights violations.

At a function organized to launch a book titled “Ending Impunity of Conflict-Related Human Rights Violations,” written by human rights expert Shiva Datta Bhandari, on Sunday, they said the NHRC could also play an important role to study the conflict related cases.

“We are ready to sit with the NHRC for discussion as we have already received over 50,000 conflict-era complaints,” said Surya Kiran Gurung, chairperson of the TRC. “Definitely, the NHRC can play an effective role in ending impunity related to conflict-era human rights violations. So, we should go together.”
Speaking at the function, Anupraj Upadhyaya, chairperson at NHRC, said that they would play an important role in investigating the complaints. “Before establishing the TRC and CIEDP, we had given several pieces of advice to the government. But now all those files have been lost,” he said.
 
“The book also highlights the vital role of NHRC in transitional justice management,” writer Shiva Datta Bhandari, human rights expert, said.

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