Nepal Forum for Restorative Justice organized a consultation program on the reconciliation and reparations of victims in Gandaki Province on 9 July 2023. The program was organized in collaboration with Women for Human Rights (WHR).
Nepal’s current transitional justice has been stalled for long since 2007. While the prosecutorial justice has been the national discourses on transitional justice and human rights, the real focus – the victims – have been left out and the programs of reparations have been devised yet by the government. Reconciliation has been a big mandate of the peace and transitional justice process as one of the transitional justice commission (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) has been formed for reconciliation, there has also not been any advances on reconciliation as such. Reconciliation has been misconstrued as the end outcome of the process after the trials and punitive measures have been panned out.
In this backdrop, the event in Gandaki Province is a series of consultations done with victims,survivors, government stakeholders and others as. way to develop an informed understanding about reconciliation and how this could be achieved through reparations provided to the victims.
Officials from Office of Chief Minister of Gandaki Province, Pokhara Sub-metropolitan City, National Human Rights Commission, representatives from confict victims organizations, civil society and media took part in the consultation meeting.