April 8, 2024, Kathmandu – Saathi organized a workshop to discuss the importance of localizing transitional justice processes and the National Action Plan (NAP-II) for the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820.
Held on April 8th, 2024, the workshop saw the participation of deputy heads from various local government units collaborating with Saathi. The representatives from provincial government also took part in the workshop. Attendees were provided with insights from the research report titled “Transitional Justice in Nepal: Stumbling Blocks and Way Forward,” a collaborative effort between Saathi and the Global Network of Women Peace Builders.
Bandana Rana, leading the research team, shed light on the alignment between transitional justice (TJ) and NAP-II, stressing the importance of effective implementation at the provincial and local levels. Her focus was on ensuring survivor participation and ownership in the TJ process for sustainable peace in the country.
Chiranjibi Bhandari, the principal investigator, emphasized the local and provincial implications of the research findings. He highlighted the simple yet crucial demands of conflict victims, including support in daily life, recognition, and truth-seeking regarding disappeared family members.
Babita Basnet, media person and member of the 1325 Action Group, discussed the effective implementation of NAP-II. She underscored the significant role of provincial and local governments in addressing the concerns of conflict victims due to their proximity. Basnet also raised concerns about the delayed implementation of provisions in NAP-II despite its endorsement by the government.
The workshop drew the participation of around 35 individuals, including media representatives, civil society organizations, members of the 1325 Action Group, and provincial and local government officials. Discussions centered on collaborative efforts to ensure the effective localization and implementation of transitional justice and NAP-II for sustainable peace and justice in Nepal.