The promulgation of the constitution does not mean the transition has come to an end. It will not be complete until restorative justice has been provided. There is not much appreciation of the fact that conflict victims are not only from the Maoist side. There are those from the side of the army and others. Until all of these are dealt with and matters of reparations agreed upon, this issue is not going to be settled.
We have been putting pressure on the government to provide resources to the two commissions so that they can function properly. These were formed after eight whole years [since the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA)]. If you look at the CPA, it commits to the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission soon after the CPA.
But we at NHRC also have some reservations [about the transitional justice process] as well. The main issue is that of witness protection. The other is the proposed amendments that aim to remove certain categories of crimes from the process. Not everything should be viewed from a political angle. If certain incidents happened in the past, the commissions should be allowed to investigate them and find the truth no matter who was responsible.
Our concern is that there should not be any compromise on≈the issue of torture, extra-judicial killings, sexual violence against women and also on international principles.