Leaving no one behind: Building community capacities in Nepal for inclusive transitional justice, reconciliation and conflict resolution
Background: Nepal’s 10-year ‘People’s War’ (1996–2006) radically changed the country. More than 14,000 people lost their lives and thousands more were injured or displaced. Since the end of the armed conflict, which lasted from 1996 to 2006, the Nepal government has struggled to meet the demand for an adequate justice and reconciliation process to support victims that were impacted by it.
Despite assurances that the issue remains a priority, the two commissions that were set up to guide the TJ process, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission for Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) remain chronically under-resourced, opaque and ineffective at meeting even the most basic needs of victims. As of April 2019, the commissioner positions at both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission for Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) remain vacant and no concrete steps or actions have been taken to act on the registered cases by either commission even after the completion of their four year tenures.
The project partners are International Alert, FWLD & TPO Nepal, where TPO Nepal will take lead in effectively implementing the psychosocial support and counselling component of the project. Psychosocial Support will include group healing intervention, psychosocial group support activities, normalizing activities and individual counselling. This will also include activities to advocating to local government and hospitals for the state to make provisions for psychosocial support to the victims for the long-term provision of this service.
Objectives: The objective of the project is to contribute to make formal and informal transitional justice processes in Nepal more inclusive, participatory and responsive to the needs of marginalized communities.
Target group: 200 cases related to human rights violation
Implementation area: Kailali, Bardiya, Banke & Dang
Time frame: December 2019 – September 2021
Supported by: International Alert / U.S. Department of State, The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour (DRL)