In 2014, the DFHRI held twenty-five interactive discussions in twenty districts and in five regional headquarters of Nepal. The discussions focused on the Nepal Conflict Report 2012 with the aim of disseminating main issues contained in the report. The main issues including the scope and purpose of the report were presented by a human rights lawyer, who was invited as a technical export. The cases and data compiled in the Transitional Justice Reference Archive (TJRA), a database of approximately 30,000 documents and cases, were also shown to the participants through the OHCHR website http://nepalconflictreport.ohchr.org/.
In the interactions, a number of issues raised by the participants on the report, including the roles and responsibilities of the Transitional Justice Mechanisms and concept of Universal Jurisdiction under international law were explained by the technical expert.
This programme contributed to make long-term impact in two ways: firstly, it helped create a better understanding of conflict victims and local leaders about gross violation of human rights during the conflict period, obligation of the Government of Nepal to investigate and prosecute those violations, and the role of universal jurisdiction when prosecutions are not undertaken in Nepal. The conflict victims at the local level came to know that the cases of rights violations have been recorded and if the government did not act to provide the victims with justice then international jurisdiction can be invoked. This understanding made them encouraged to continue their fight for justice that would help ensure justice for conflict victims in the long run.
Secondly, the programme passed on the message to the concerned stakeholders including the government authorities and political party leaders that there is no other way than to provide justice to the victims as per their demand. People from different corners have requested to provide them with the Nepal Conflict Report for their information. It all will ultimately help ensure justice to the victims and establish lasting peace in the society.