Target: President Ram Baran Yadav
Goal: Prevent war criminals in Nepal from walking free
The government of Nepal must reject a proposed law that would allow amnesty for individuals who have violated international law. This Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill was introduced in early April, and contradicts a decision by the Nepali Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered legislators to draft the law in a way that would meet international legal standards. In particular, the bill protects people who committed crimes against humanity during the Nepalese civil war. Such amnesty is against international law, and the government must halt this bill before it passes through the legislature.
The human rights violations that would be excused by the bill include murder, abduction, rape, forced evictions and torture. Loopholes in the TRC bill allow for this amnesty. As previously stated, the Supreme Court is attempting to halt this bill so that victims may gain reparation, which includes the right to justice and guarantees of safety from reprisal against those who made them victims. The TRC bill must be immediately amended.
This bill makes a mockery of international justice. The citizens of Nepal who suffered incredibly during the civil war deserve the right to seek pure justice. By passing this bill, the Nepali legislature would show the international community that they have little interest in accommodating international treaties to which they are signees. Sign this petition and demand that victims of the Nepali civil war be able to gain justice.
Dear President Ram Baran Yadav,
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill currently being considered by your legislature goes against international law. Your country’s Supreme Court has admitted as much. I ask that you immediately revise the bill so that victims of human rights abuses be allowed to seek justice for the wrongs committed against them. Allowing perpetrators to walk free would be a disgrace.
If the legislature does not make the correct amendments, the international community would understand that your government has little interest in protecting human rights. This would harm your country economically, socially and politically. I ask that you do what is right for your citizens and ensure that the TRC bill does not become law.
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