The Commission on Enforced Disappearances and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are more interested in letting war criminals off the hook than in providing justice. The commissioners are selected on the basis of party wheeling-dealing, and it looks like their sole intention is to protect the perpetrators.
And we hear that they want a blanket amnesty for all war crimes by both sides in the conflict. International norms say that whether a perpetrator of a crime is to be pardoned or not is solely at the discretion of the victim.
Still, they address political rallies and blatantly boast that they killed 5,000 people and those who were responsible for conflict-era crimes are walking openly in broad daylight. My father, who had no connection at all to the Maoist insurgency, was killed by them.
We lost our father. Nothing will bring him back. If his murderers are not caught there is a danger there will be another conflict like this, and there will be other orphans like us. That is why we are still fighting for justice.
I just hope no one in Nepal in future has to bear the kind of physical and mental torture that we did as a family.
Twenty years later, my father appears to me in my dreams sometimes. I am so happy to see him alive. But then I wake up, and weep. I wish my dream would never end.
Translated from the Nepali original in himalkhabar.com