The government has extended the deadlines of two transitional justice bodies by one year each.
An ’emergency’ cabinet meeting on Thursday extended the deadlines of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP).
In February 2015, nearly a decade after the end of the Maoist war, the government had set up these two transitional justice bodies. While the TRC is responsible to deliver justice to the conflict victims, the CIEDP has a mandate to find out the whereabouts of the 1,334 people made disappeared during the war.
But the TRC and the CIEDP could not finish their job in two years, and sought a one-year extension early this week. Their tenures nearly expired on Thursday as dispute over who will be the next police chief delayed the cabinet meeting.
Eventually, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called what he said was an ’emergency’ cabinet meeting to extend the TRC-CIEDP deadlines, skipping the agenda of appointment of the new police chief.
However, conflict victims are not hopeful that the TRC-CIEDP will finish their job even in the extended year. The biggest achievements made by these two transitional justice bodies to collect complaints from conflict victims
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