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Transitional justice: Plaint against former king, DPM Thapa
Posted On: Jun 10, 2016

Jun 10, 2016- A joint complaint has been registered against former king Gyanendra Shah and then home minister and incumbent Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Doramba incident, which is mentioned as an emblematic case in the UN’s Conflict Report.

In 2003, security personnel had arrested and killed 22 unarmed cadres of then rebel party CPN (Maoist) in 2003 in Doramba of Ramechhap district. Investigations, conducted by the National Human Rights Commission as well as other rights organisations, had found that the detainees had their hands tied behind their backs and were shot dead at close range.
Thirteen years after the incident, 17 family members of the victims on Thursday lodged a complaint against security personnel, who led the patrol and the local administrator responsible for the incident. “Because it was a mass killing, we decided to lodge a joint compliant,” said the husband of one of the victims, who was one of the 17 persons who lodged the complaint on Thursday.
Ram Mani Pokharel of then Royal Nepal Army had led the patrol to the village.  
“The incident is known to the world as a heinous crime committed by the state,” said the complainant, who is also a central member of the CPN (Maoist Centre). “We have filed complaints against the then head of security forces and the administrator.”
Pyarajung Thapa was the chief of Army and Shyam Bhakta Shrestha was the chief of Nepal Police when the incident took place.
Then home secretary Ananta Raj Sharma Panday, then Chief District Officer Chudamani Basyal and DSP Ram Prasad Shrestha among others also have been named in the complaint.
“We hope the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” said Shyam Shrestha, a lawmaker from Ramechhap district, who accompanied the family members who lodged the complaint.




Victims call for time extension
Conflict victims have urged transitional justice bodies to extend the time for registering complaints. The Conflict Victims Common Platform (CVCP), a national alliance of victims of the decade-long insurgency, have concluded that many victims would not be able to register complaints at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) as they are still unaware of the transitional justice process.
The TRC and CIEDP are set to close complaint registration process next week. “Many victims do not know why they should register their complaints,” said Suman Adhikari, chairperson of the CVCP, which released its monitoring report on Thursday.
The report has highlighted security issues of the victims and witness. “The victims who have registered cases have complained of being watched,” said Adhikari.
The TRC has received over 20,000 complaints while the CIEDP has received around 2,000 complaints till date.