Monday, 5 September 2016
More than 1,000 people remain unaccounted for in Nepal following a decade of violence that concluded in 2006, and the circumstances behind their disappearances have yet to be officially investigated. A new official body, the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP), began its work this March and aims to shed light on these abductions. To support this critical mandate, ICTJ hosted an intensive three-week course for the commission, providing CIEDP the technical and operational support necessary to finally tell the truth about Nepal’s disappeared. Conflict raged in Nepal for nearly 10 years beginning in 1996, resulting in the deaths of over 13,000 people and the enforced disappearance of 1,300 more. The Comprehensive Peace Accord, signed in 2006, laid out steps for a transition into peace, aiming to heal the wounds of victims and their families through truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition. Given the widespread use of enforced disappearances, one of the key measures born from this transitional process was the implementation of CIEDP. “During the conflict, enforced disappearances were a systematic violation. It has negatively impacted the lives of victims’ families, especially wives who are still suffering from the repercussions of the disappearance of their loved ones both socially and legally,” said Rim El Gantri, ICTJ Head of Office in Nepal. “Knowing the truth about what happened will help heal the wounds of the Nepali society and be a relief for these families, notably for women, liberating them from the social stigma of being ‘non- declared’ widows.” CIEDP was established in 2015 but did not become operational until March 2016, when the government approved its regulations. According to its mandate, the CIEDP will investigate matters related to the enforced disappearances in order to “find out and record the truth and bring it out for the general public.”
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.