The Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Person (CIEDP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) (herein after ‘the commissions’) were established with an objective to investigate the cases of human rights and humanitarian law violation during the armed conflict of Nepal in order to seek the truth, provide reparation to victims, ensure justice and guarantee its non-repetition. However, the two year mandate of the commissions is concluding without any significant achievement. Conflict victims and human rights groups express their serious dissatisfaction towards the failure of the commissions to fulfill their mandated objectives.
February 7th, 2017 – Ten years ago today, the text of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which had been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2006, finally opened for signature on 6 February 2007. During the signing ceremony, 57 states signed.
Manila, 1 February 2017 – Since the beginning of 2017, a new wave of enforced disappearances has been affecting Pakistan. According to local media, only in the first week of the month 4 activists have reportedly disappeared: Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed (January 4, 2017); Salman Haider (January 6, 2017) and Ahmad Raza Naseer (January 7, 2017).
Year 2017 starts with a fresh wave of disappearance in Pakistan. At least Four activist from different part of the country have been reported gone missing in first week of January 2017. It clearly shows zero tolerance policy of the government of Pakistan for human rights activists, Journalists and any other outspoken professionals.