PM Dahal pledges to address concerns of conflict victims


September 4, 2023


PM Dahal pledges to address concerns of conflict victims

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister (PM) and Chairman of the Maoist Center, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, has reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to promptly resolve issues related to transitional justice.

He vowed to provide compensation to conflict victims and ensure the truth is uncovered by holding those responsible for serious human rights violations accountable.

Speaking at a program in Kathmandu on Monday, Prime Minister Dahal stated, “In this endeavor, we will incorporate the comprehensive peace agreement, directives from Nepal’s Supreme Court, relevant international commitments, and the concerns of the victims.”

To fulfill this commitment, the Disappearance and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act of 2014 was amended and presented to Parliament for approval in July 2022, following consultations with the victims and stakeholders.

However, it was not passed at that time. Now, with the commencement of the new parliamentary session, the bill has been reintroduced with some amendments and is currently under consideration in a parliamentary committee.

Prime Minister Prachanda expressed optimism that the committee will address the concerns raised by stakeholders and guide Nepal towards sustainable peace.

He emphasized that the new constitution became a reality thanks to the People’s Movement and “People’s War.”

Furthermore, he noted that economic, social, and cultural rights were achieved through the people’s war.

Prime Minister Dahal stressed the importance of recognizing the nature of the struggle, the context, and the role it played in bringing about social change and the establishment of democracy, especially in the context of transitional justice.