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Leaving no-one behind

Building community capacity in Nepal for inclusive transitional justice and long-term peacebuilding.

The effects of a brutal civil war in Nepal that lasted a decade (1996 to 2006), where tens of thousands were killed, disappeared, tortured or injured, with numerous gross violations of human rights perpetuated by both sides, still reverberate across the society, especially among the marginalised communities.

Progress of transitional justice, in the pursuit of truth, justice and reconciliation for victims of Nepal’s civil war, has stalled and left the victims of the conflict and the civil society groups that represent them underserved, marginalised from the transitional justice processes and unable to live with dignity and wellbeing.

Lack of effective, fair and inclusive transitional justice could hinder Nepal's progress towards sustainable peace, stability and could possibly contribute to violence and conflict.

The objective of the project is to contribute towards formal and informal transitional justice processes in Nepal that are more inclusive, participatory and responsive to the needs of marginalised communities. The expected impact of the project includes;

  1. Marginalised communities are able to shape transitional justice processes to meet their needs and make them more victim responsive.
  2. Local communities have the capacity and willingness to undertake truth-telling and meaningful relationship building and social cohesion at a local level.
  3. Inter-communal dialogues and better local conflict resolution capacity reduces the risk of unresolved drivers of conflict causing a reoccurrence of violence in the future.

In the long run, these important changes will lead to more sustainable peace in Nepal. The project has already formed and started to build the capacity of district transitional justice networks in each of the four project districts. These networks bring together major transitional justice stakeholders to discuss victims’ needs and support local priorities for transitional justice, social cohesion and conflict resolution. The outputs of these meetings will shape advocacy messaging and activities with local, regional and national level Government’s representatives such as mayors, deputy mayors, ministers and high-level government officials to garner government support for inclusive local level transitional justice and conflict resolution.

The project has already implemented storytelling as an approach to sharing details about and dealing with the past. As a result, a story booklet and video documentary were created, which serve as a memorial to and narrative of the lives of conflict victims.

The project also aims to introduce a family-centred model that empowers women who are victims of conflict, especially those who suffered sexual and other violence during the armed conflict, to challenge social norms, gain support of male family members including in-laws, increase the accountability and resilience of families, reduce vulnerabilities to gender-based violence and help the economic empowerment of women.

It started in September 2017 and will end in September 2021.