From victims to actors: Mobilising victims to drive transitional justice process

This is a participatory action research project made in collaboration with NEFAD and three district associations of families of the disappeared in Nepal to advance their mobilisation. The research supported district family associations in Bardiya, Lamjung and Sunsari to interview their members to understand their needs of and constraints on mobilising to raise their voices as victims. The aim is both to understand the challenges of mobilisation and to concretely advance it: and to challenge a transitional justice process that has been entirely Kathmandu based and has marginalised victims. One output of this exercise is a NEFAD Plan of Action prepared in district and regional meetings over the last year that aims to both lay out ways forward for NEFAD and assist an engagement with donors to support the network.

The report was launched during a public element of NEFAD’s first national convention 13 -14th June in Kathmandu, attended by representatives of the families of the Missing from 30 districts. (A report will be posted here soon.)

The research report, NEFAD Plan of Action and other documents can be accessed here:

1. The Research report
2. A summary of the research and the NEFD plan of action (English and Nepali)
3. CVC Bardiya – Building a Family Association and lessons learned (Nepali)