Disappearance Bill Amendments

In May of 2010, the advocacy group on Transitional Justice – supported by human rights organizations in Nepal including Advocacy Forum, International Centre for Transitional Justice, International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International and INSEC – drafted a series of proposed amendments to the Disappearance Commission Bill.
NEFAD Chairman Ram Kumar Bhandari drafted these amendments on behalf of the Transitional Justice advocacy group. They were submitted to the chief whip of each of the major political parties – Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal – United Marxist-Leninist, Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist, and the Madhesi Front – as well as members of the committees on the DC and TRC and more than 30 members of the Constituent Assembly.
Unfortunately at this point in time there is significantly less discussion regarding the Disappearance Commission Bill than the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The DC bill is often overlooked in political deals including recent and previous extensions of the Constituent Assembly.
We will be posting the proposed amendments to the constitution over the next days, be sure to check back for detailed updates.

Advocacy Meeting on TJ in Fall of 2009

 Photo by Erik B. Wilson

International Day of the Disappeared

Each year August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared, an important day for the more than 1,300 families in Nepal who continue to wait for the truth concerning the whereabouts of their loved ones.  Since its inception two years ago, NEFAD has been an active organizer and participant of events to commemorate IDD.  This year, the organization and its representatives took part in 3 days of programs including those organized by Amnesty International, INSEC and Advocacy Forum in the Kathmandu Valley.  The final event on the evening of August 30th was a candlelight vigil in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square where a candle was lit in memory of each disappeared person.  NEFAD also unveiled its poster and logo at this event (seen below).  NEFAD would like to thank all those in attendance and express our eternal solidarity in the continued struggle for truth and justice.
NEFAD Poster

NEFAD Members hold the newly designed campaign poster

IDD Basantapur

NEFAD members light candles in memory of those disappeared

IDD Basantapur

NEFAD members light candles in memory of those disappeared

IDD Basantapur

Candle lighting ceremony at Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Photos by Erik B. Wilson