Govt decides to register truth and reconciliation law amendment bill in parliament

Pushpa Kamal Dahal vote of confidence
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal smiles before he appeals to lawmakers for a vote of confidence, on January 10, 2023. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

Kathmandu, March 9

The government has decided to register a bill in the parliament seeking an amendment to The Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Act 2014 (TRC Act).

A meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Kathmandu on Thursday morning made the decision, according to a source.

While concerns about transitional justice issues are coming to the fore once again, the government made a decision to amend the Enforced Disappearances Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Act in its bid to conclude the peace process as soon as possible.

The government launched a similar effort last year also, however, it was stalled halfway through the parliament as a section of lawmakers, as well as war survivor groups and human rights activists, opposed the government’s proposal to form a special judicial body to look into conflict-era criminal cases.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday is hearing a petition filed against Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal concerning the murders of 5,000 people during the Maoist war.

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