Nepal’s legal/justice system is mostly prosecution-driven and punishment-heavy. It fails to address the holistic issues or ideals of justice, such as the ones espoused by the restorative justice.
We at NIJ have been involved in the very formative stages of introducing restorative justice in Nepal through our engagements in various organizations in the past. Now, we at NIJ hope to create a nation-wide alliance on restorative and collaborative justice, and is working to expand its network with interested individuals and local partners all across the country and beyond.
Restorative Justice in Nepal’s Transitional Justice Contexts:
Transitional justice (TJ) is perhaps one of the biggest fields, where RJ values have enormous potential to complement. TJ mechanisms, epitomized typically by Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) are set up in the aftermath of conflict to address crimes (and their consequences) carried during the times of conflict. The TRCs also aim at holding perpetrators accountable to their conflict-time deeds, to address victims’ needs, and to restore relationships between these two.
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