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TRC bill tabled

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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After much disruption, the bills on Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on Enforced Disappearance were finally tabled in the Legislature Parliament on Friday.

Minister for Law Narhari Acharya tabled the two bills for deliberation in the House that resumed today after two consecutive days of disruption by the Maoists protesting against revival of conflict era cases. If the bills are endorsed by the parliament then the two commissions will have the sole authority to into all the conflict era human rights abuse cases.

The next meeting of the Legislature Parliament scheduled for Sunday is expected to deliberate on the two bills.

Earlier this morning, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who is also president of ruling Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and UCPN (Maoist) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal had reached to an agreement to amend the bills registered in the parliament by giving the transitional justice commissions full authroity to look at the conflict-era cases.

UCPN (Maoist) leader Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that as per the “gentleman agreement” between the political parties the government will not take up any conflict era cases from now on and that the two leaders have agreed to resolve all the conflict era cases through the two commissions.

The parties reached to this agreement a day after the Chitwan District Court released two Maoist cadres arrested in connection with the conflict-period Adhikari murder case, on bail.

Citing Adhikari murder case and the subsequent arrest of Maoist cadres, the UCPN (Maoist) had been obstructing parliament meeting and boycotting the all-party meeting.

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