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Truth interrupted, Annapurna Post



In 1980, Argentina became the first country to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Since then 34 post-war states have successfully established similar commissions. While providing justice is the primary aim of TRC, it also ensures that no such atrocities occur in the future. However, even after years of deliberation, Nepal has failed to deliver justice to the victims of the conflict.

The TRC bill has been stuck in the CA for more than a year and half and even if a commission eventually gets formed, justice for the victims and their families is not guaranteed. The political parties are pressing for mass amnesty for all offenders, except in the case of rape and if this happens, there is little use of having a commission in the first place.

Just because the parties happen to reconcile their differences, they don't have the authority to condone the crimes committed. It should be up to the victims or their families to decide if they want to pardon the perpetrators," says human rights worker Charan Prasain.

The activists are frustrated over the apathy the state has shown so far towards their repeated calls to look into cases of forced disappearances, murders, rapes and other war crimes. Acting on the writ petition filed by activists, the Supreme Court issued a show cause notice to the government, but it has neglected the SC's interim order.



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