Michelle Bachelet. (File photo/Reuters)
KATHMANDU: Chief of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet has remarked that Nepal is at another crucial juncture in its transitional justice process.
Addressing the 43rd Session of Human Rights Council Geneva, Bachelet said, “I urge the authorities to build trust in these processes by genuinely consulting a wide range of stakeholders, including victim groups and the larger civil society.”
The latest statement comes as Nepal has failed to make progress in transitional justice delivery.
Making his address to the session, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali had said that Nepal presents a uniquely successful case of nationally led and owned conflict transformation and the peace process.
“We are dealing with the incidences of conflict era human rights violations through two independent Commissions – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission for Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons,” he had said, “The term of the Commissions has been extended to ensure the completion of their work. The newly appointed Commissioners have started functioning in full swing.”
Experts say the questions raised over Nepal before a review about Nepal’s human rights situation in November can be taken meaningfully.
Chairman of National Human Rights Commission former Chief Justice Anup Raj Sharma said the remarks by the UN Human Rights Chief reflects that the world is suspicious with Nepal in delivering transitional justice.