Truth and justice are the rights of every human being. In Nepal, after 8 years of signing an peace agreement, finally the promised two commissions the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and Commission for Investigation for Enforced Disappeared Person has came to an existence. Although both the commissions are colossally delayed, regardless it still embarks hope to the many people who are still seeking justice and truth after almost a decade.
Understanding the sentiments of the conflict-affected community Nagarik Aawaz came to a decision to launch an immediate initiative to aid conflict victims in this process. TRC and CIEDP are in the process of collecting the cases from the victims from every part of Nepal, Nagarik Aawaz mobilized 22 skilled peace social activists (trained for 4 years by Nagarik Aawaz in leadership and community peace building) to aid the victims and also become observer of the process of ‘how the case is being collected?’ in 20 districts of Nepal. They were working in their respective districts from the mid-May 2016 as volunteers to help the victims and because observer of the process.
On June 9, 2016 there were called to attend a workshop, were they could debrief their experiences and also share what they saw in their district regarding the process of TRC & CIEDP. Following are some their significant observations:
Many argued the process was not gender friendly. As most of the staffs that were in-charge of collecting the cases were male. The female victims were not comfortable to come-up with their cases with them. The atrocities faced by the female victims are different from the male counterparts, and the repercussions are far greater to female than male.
Many victims and their family are still living the horror and don’t want to remember the incidence which gave them so much pain. The volunteers expressed that people like these need psychosocial intervention as well and they are emotionally weak.
There is a lack of awareness. The volunteers encountered many victims who were not aware of the process at all.
TRC and CIEDP are not reaching people of rural areas. The collection point is only in the district headquarters and people cannot reach because of the distance and lack of money as well.
TRC and CIEDP need to increase the time frame for the case collection, as many people are still left out of this process and many people still needs awareness. (Which both of the commission agreed and also did likewise)
The TRC & CIEDP staffs were not helpful to the victims who are coming to fill out the form. As some give wrong information (as some themselves are not informed properly), and mistreat.
These findings were also presented with the representatives of both the commissions and the ‘Conflict Victim’s Common Platform’, in a joint interaction program on June 10, 2016. Other civil society members, media and conflict-affected victims also attended the interaction.