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ICTJ report on Nepal

The International Center for Transitional Justice’s article titled “In Nepal Victim’s Silence Cannot be Bought” is one of relevance to our discourse on transitional justice. Within this piece, the issue of the Nepal’s absence of a comprehensive repartitions program is of importance. While the Nepal government, in cooperation with the Maoist insurgents, developed with Interim Relief Program-which provides financial support to the conflicted victims- after six years there has still been no more developments. Questions of whether or not the Nepal government has confused the “issuance of relief through material benefits for the implementation of a comprehensive reparations program” have surfaced. Keeping this in mind, I cannot help to recall Bronwyn Leebaw’s piece on The Irreconcilable Goals of Transitional Justice.

In Bronwyn Leebaw’s The Irreconcilable Goals of Transitional Justice, she highlights several downfalls of transitional justice, claiming that “more attention should be given to ways in which efforts to expose, remember, and understand political violence are in tension with their roles as tools for establishing stability and legitimating transitional compromises.” Important in this dissection is the issue of efficiency. Moreover, is the assertion that “individual healing is often in tension with other transitional justice goals.” Accountability is a key element in transitional justice; one that the Nepal government has ignored in light of their financial expenditures. Through this, one can find that Leebaw’s claims are in fact vindicated. The sluggish pace of criminal prosecution and thus legal accountability, if any are in process, are not in sync with the inherent human feelings of revenge. Consequently, this ideological opposition, according to Leebaw, may lead to renewed violence….


One response to “ICTJ report on Nepal

  1. ICTJ (@theICTJ) October 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for the mention and comments on our feature on Nepal (although we are the “Center” for Transitional Justice, not a “Commission!”).

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