New Article:Confronting transitional justice in Nepal

Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD published an article on JusticeInfo. Net.

“In Nepal, former parliamentarian and prominent Maoist leader Bal Krishna Dhungel was arrested on October 31, 2017 in Kathmandu and sent to jail. He had been found guilty in 2004 of killing Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga district, in the eastern hills of Nepal in 1998, at the beginning of the Maoist “Peoples’ War”.

Read the full article here: Confronting transitional justice in Nepal

New Article: Dangerous Alliance

Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD published an article in The Kathmandu Post.

 

“When the top level leaders from both sides of the conflict formed an alliance with security forces and agreed to forget about past abuses, they compromised on their standards for their mutual benefit and position.”

Read the full article here:Dangerous Alliance
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/printedition/news/2017-10-27/dangerous-alliance.html

http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/printedition/news/2017-10-27/dangerous-alliance.html

New Article: Disappeared in Nepal : The survivors’unanswered questions

Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD published an article on JusticeInfo.net

“Every year, as part of the global movement against enforced disappearances, we commemorate the International Day Against Enforced Disappearance. On this day, we, raise up the voices of families affected by enforced disappearance, express solidarity with the struggle for justice worldwide, and remember our beloved family members who were forcibly taken away from their communities and never seen again.”

Read the full article here: Disappeared in Nepal: The survivors’unanswered questions

New Article: Political cynicism and stagnation

Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD published an article in The Kathmandu Post.

“Nepal has suffered greatly over the past two decades. There has been minimal progress on social transformation, transitional justice, criminal accountability and access to justice. The cyclical nature of Nepali politics and lack of progress have placed the transformative agenda squarely in the hands of narrow elites who have full control of the state apparatus.”

Read the full article here: Political cynicism and stagnation


New Article: Rivalry in high places


Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD published an article in The Kathmandu Post.

“The long standoff between the executive and the judiciary has ended with the ruling parties withdrawing the impeachment motion against Supreme Court Chief Justice Sushila Karki in the name of ‘political consensus’. However, this has raised a serious question about the independence of the judiciary and the politicisation of the courts in the name of parliamentary supremacy.”

Read the full article here: Rivalry in high places

New Article: End the Conflict

Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD published an article in The Kathmandu Post.

  “Supreme Court Justice Anand Mohan Bhattarai stated, “If government agencies keep silent when the judiciary receives threats and intimidation from convicted perpetrators, the judges and the court will lose credibility.” This statement appears to have been directed at the government.”

Read the full article here: End the Conflict 

 

 

New Article: Nepal : for an alternative route to resist global transitional justice

Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD published an article on JusticeInfo.net.

“Nepal’s transitional justice process has been disturbed by a lack of accountability due to political interference a culture of impunity and a non-transformative process rooted in liberal ideas of global transitional justice.”

Read the full article here: Nepal : for an alternative route to resist global transitional justice
 

New Article: Victim’s Critical Engagement

Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD, published an article in The Kathmandu Post.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission for the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) have thus been formed and have enjoyed rhetorical political support. The problem lies in the fact that support remains confined to rhetoric… The stalled transitional justice process has eroded trust between victims’ advocacy groups and the two commissions.”

Read the full article here: Victim’s Critical engagement

 

 

An Interview with Ram Bhandari

An interview with Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD, was published in The Kathmandu Post.

Ram says, “The dilemma among the victims was whether they should work with the commissions in making the process victim-friendly or whether to pressure the government to make the system and policies victim-friendly. The commissions neither became adequately victim-friendly nor has there been joint pressure on the government to make the policies victim-friendly.”

Read the full interview here: Transitional justice should also address root causes of the conflict