Target: President Ram Baran Yadav
Goal: Reject Truth and Reconciliation bill
Nepal’s parliament should immediately reject a Truth and Reconciliation bill, which includes provision giving amnesty to war criminals violates international law. The bill provides amnesty for those who commit gross human rights violations, which is prohibited by international law. Sign this petition and urge the president of Nepal to reject the bill, as it is unfair and provides forgiveness to criminals.
Nepal’s Supreme Court rejected this amnesty bill in 2012, stating that parliament must make it compliant with international laws. The bill has only been mildly worked upon since then, and contains the same measures and provisions made in 2012. Nepal stated that it would draft laws to create the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a commission of inquiry into disappearances. Serious human rights violations would fall under the commission to review and investigate. These violations include murder, abduction, rape, sexual violence, forced evictions, and mental and physical torture.
Unfortunately the vague language of the bill does not completely reject amnesty, leaving the possibility that perpetrators will receive protection.
The bill needs to be modified to include the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappeared Persons. The bill needs to criminalize gross human rights violations and prohibit amnesty for such actions. There should also be no time limits on the prosecution of serious crimes. Sign this petition and urge the president to reject this current bill and for his country to draft one that fits international standards.
Dear President Ram Baran Yadav,
Your nation’s Truth and Reconciliation bill is extremely flawed and very weak. The bill provides amnesty for gross human rights violations, and in some cases doesn’t even allow a victim to seek justice. Your country’s Supreme Court ordered parliament to make changes to the bill so that it complies with international law. This ruling was made in 2012, and very little changes have been added.
I am writing to urge you to reject this bill. This bill does not comply with international law, and it will endanger those who are victims of gross human rights violation. Please ensure that your parliament will construct a bill that is fair, transparent, and allows victims to seek justice.
[Your Name Here]
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