Officials of transitional justice bodies to stay in office until a new law is endorsed

Kathmandu, July 15

The cabinet has decided to extend the term of existing officials of two transitional justice mechanisms–the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons–until the parliament endorses a new law to govern them.

The government also decided to register a new bill to amend the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act, 2014 to let them continue working and appoint new officials after that.

A cabinet meeting held on Friday made the decision.

A minister says the government will issue an order to extend the term of the existing officials by six months at most. “According to the rule, once the new bill is approved by the parliament, the officials will lose their positions automatically.”

Without the extension, the existing term of the officials of the twin commissions formed to provide transitional justice to people affected by the civil war was expiring tomorrow.

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