Nepal: Stop Protecting Human Rights Offenders From Prosecution

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Target: President Ram Baran Yaday

Goal: To obtain justice for those who had their human rights abused during Nepal’s Civil War

Nepal’s new ‘Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearance Ordinance’ (TRDO), will make it nearly impossible for victims of human rights violations in the country to seek and obtain justice. The new law, passed by President Ram Baran Yaday, limits the scope in which violators of human rights can be prosecuted.

During Nepal’s decade-long conflict between the government and Maoist rebels, at least 13,000 people were killed and over 1,300 were forcibly disappeared. While the fighting ended in 2006 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the search for justice for those disappeared and killed continues on. The government in Nepal has done very little to ensure that those responsible for crimes against humanity during the fighting will be prosecuted. This recent ordinance will make it even easier for the government to avoid calls for justice from its own people as well as from the international community.

The ordinance calls for the formation of a government controlled commission to investigate serious human rights violations committed during the conflict. It gives the commission the direction to recommend amnesty for a perpetrator if the grounds for amnesty are “reasonable.” There is no language within the ordinance that determines what reasonable means. This will allow the commission to more or less make up any reason they see fit to let offenders go.

The record of human rights abuses during the Nepalese civil war is long, and with this new bill, the record will remain on the conscience of the Nepalese people and the international community. Leaders in Nepal must be forced to do everything they can to bring charges against those who gave the orders to commit human rights abuses. Sign this petition and demand justice for those who have been wronged.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Ram Baran Yaday,

The recent signing of the Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearance Ordinance will make it nearly impossible for victims of human rights violations in your country to obtain justice. The ordinance simply gives the appearance to both your people and the international community that you are serious about human rights abuses.

Those who were responsible for abuses committed during the war from 1996-2006 must be held accountable. I ask that you allow an independent commission from the United Nations find and convict those that are deemed as human rights violators. This must be done to ensure your country’s legitimacy in the eyes of the international community.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Nirmal Dulal via Wikimedia Commons

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