Mr. Lila Udasi Khanal is the Member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Mr. Khanal is also a Senior Advocate from 2067 B.S. Mr. Khanal was involved as the advocate and senior advocate in various Courts such as District Court Jhapa, Mechi Zonal Court, Purwanchal Regional Court Dhankuta, Appellate Courts Illam and Biratnagar, and Supreme Court of Nepal. Mr. Khanal was also Member of the Nepal Law Commission (2066 to 2068). Mr. Khanal was also Member of Advisory Board of Nepal Bar Association, Chairman of the Jhapa Bar, coordinator of the Human Rights Shell and advisor of various committees, etc. Mr. Khanal did Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Diploma Degree in Law from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Before appointing as a member of TRC, Mr. Shree Krishna Subedi had worked as the President of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation (PILAL) Nepal. PILAL Nepal was established by PILnet International Fellows of Nepal as a nonprofit sharing organization (National NGO) in 2010. The main objective of PILAL Nepal is to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy. In addition to this, Mr. Subedi had represented Election Observation Committee Nepal as a Vice President. Election Observation Committee Nepal was established in Nepal in 2013 with a principal aim to monitor national and local elections. It earned very good track records during the second CA elections in Nepal. Mr. Subedi is also a founding member of Young Lawyers for Human Rights.
Similarly, Mr. Subedi also holds a membership of the Nepal Bar Association and World Society of Victimology. During his tenure at INHURED International, a national NGO working in the areas of Human Rights, as Executive Director between 2007-2013, Mr. Subedi coordinated CPA monitoring project that was basically developed to monitor the CPA across the country.
Mr. Subedi has completed LL.B and M.A. in Political Science from Tribhuwan University of Nepal. Similalry, Mr. Subedi has also participated in the PILnet International Fellowship (2006-07) at Columbia University of USA, in which he developed a project on transitional justice in Nepal. As a part of Fellowship, Mr. Subedi completed an internership at ICTJ Headquarter in New York. In addition to this Mr. Subedi has earned a Post-graduate Diploma in Victimology and Victim Assistance Program from Tokiwa University (Japan) in 2008, Post-graduate Diploma in the Refugee Rights Advocacy Program from York University, UK in 2011. Mr. Subedi has written/Researched/edited/co-edited more than twenty books, related to Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Legal Rights and Education, Comprehensive Peace Agreement, among others. Similarly, Mr. Subedi has published several articles related with Transitional Justice and Human Rights in National daily newspapers and Journals.
Dr. Madhabi Bhatta earned Ph.D. in Sociology from the prestigious Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. Her research and study areas include conflict, peace building, democratic consolidation, women studies, social/gender stratification and social policy. Prior to be appointed as a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Nepal, Dr. Bhatta worked at the Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur as an adjunct faculty. She had been teaching courses such as; change and development and social/gender stratification for graduate students in the university. She supervised students’ dissertation and contributed to design curriculums.
Dr. Bhatta visited many countries in the last two decades and had the opportunity to advance her academic/journalistic knowledge. She had been resided in South Korea for six years to earn the Ph.D. and the United States of America for two years where she pursued advance English courses at North Carolina State University. She has participated a number of national and international seminars covering wider themes and topics from truth seeking, peace building, and conflict management to leadership, politics and gender empowerment. She had been advocating for women rights, human rights and rule of laws since the early age of her life.
Commissioner Bhatta’s background also includes journalism. She worked as a journalist for two leading newspapers of the nation. She was reporter/sub-editor for the Kantipur daily during years 1996- 2006 and the special correspondent for the Nagarik Daily from 2008 to 2010. While working for the Kantipur, she reported and analyzed news from the corner of the conflict affected districts. Similarly, she dispatched several news and articles from South Korea for the Nagarik. She also contributed articles for the leading newspaper such as the Korea Times and the alternative media Internet Broadcasting for migration in Korea. While working as a professional journalist she was widely known for her exclusive and breaking news. These days she is contributing articles for national dailies covering the current major issues on post-conflict management, human rights, women rights and politics. With the unique skills of reporting, writings and discussing she has proven herself as one of the notable journalist and active sociologist in Nepal.
Dr. Bhatta received Ewha Global Partnership Program fellowship in South Korea and bagged other many awards for social activities in Nepal. She was also popular for her art-of-speech. She grabbed the first position in the nationwide and intercampus debate and poetry competitions many times. In addition, she became presidential candidate of the free student union in the excessively male-dominated Saraswoti Multiple Campus, Kathmandu. During that time the post of treasurer is traditionally offer to women. If some women student politicians wanted to get a better position at the co-ed campus they used to get the chance to be vice-president but not president.
Dr. Bhatta was born in Dec. 25, 1975 in Gorkhato politician father Rohini Dev Bhatta (Member of Parliament of National Assembly) and housewife mother Mrs. Tirtha Kumari Bhatta. Her father was a freedom fighter who suffered and endured different forms of torture from the Panchayat Regime. He had holding undying determination for democracy and national sovereignty. The then repressive government forced him to live several years in exile and seized his all properties. Daughter Bhatt is admirer of her father and always dreams to follow his footstep. Dr. Bhatta Married to Dr. Niranjan Parajuli in 2002. They are proud parents of two sons Sarwesh and Nikhilesh.
Mrs. Manchala kumari Jha, a well-known freelancer and writer in National dailies, was appointedas one of the members of TRC in February 2015. Prior to this appointment Mrs. Jha was a lecturer of T.U. in the Central department of Hindi. Born in Saptari Rajbiraj, Mrs. Jha started her carrier as a writer and teacher. Shestarted her journey in journalism from 2052 B.S. writing for “Maithil Sandesh Weekly”, a local paper from Mahottari district.She raised issues related towomen, children and marginalized community. She frequently invoked national issues on peace process and contemporary political situations of Nepal in National dailies (Gorkhapatra, Kantipur, Annapurna post ) as a political commentator and analyst . Her insightfull writing during transitional period has created a deep impact amongst national intelligentia. As a scholar, Mrs. Jha was selected as a member of high level “Istanbul Program Of Action (2011-2020) National Implementation Oversight Committee” by the Foreign Ministry Of Nepal (2070). She has contributed her service as an expert of the high level commission for the inclusive communication policy established by the Information and Communication Ministry of Nepal (2069). She has also contributed her expertise for the communication media Policy for the information and communication Ministry of Nepal (2068). She has also contributed her expertise for five years strategic plan (2009-2014) of National Women Commission. As a social and a Human Right Activist, she has contributed her expertiseas an advisor of THRD ALLIANCE, member of Sancharika Samuha, member of Women Act and executive member of Democracy and Election Watch (DEW) Nepal. Working in these areas Mrs. Jha closely interacted with the victims of conflict, civil society and marginalized community. Mrs. Jha has presented papers and spoke as a Panelist on different issues such as: Women in Conflict, the role of Women in Peace Building, Human Rights and Women, Fundamental Rights of Women, Role of Women in Nation Building, Social and Cultural Violence on Women, Violence against Women, Nepalese Women and Constituent Assembly, problems of Single Women ,challenges of Conflict victim Women, Single Women and the Role of Media, Federalism, Local Government and Women, Gender Responsive Budgeting etc .Mrs. Jha has imparted fruitful trainings on the UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 specially, in Terai regions of Nepal. Mrs. Jha has actively participated in seminars , workshop and interaction programs such as , role of civil society in peace building, role of national business initiative for peace and development,economics of conflict and peace with focus on Nepal,strengthening peace process through track 3 approaches in Nepal ( Seminar by CETS 2008-2014), Women in the Battle as a Moist guerrillas in the heart of Himalayaspaper by Kiyoko Ogura( WWJ) , Extra judicial killings in Terai (THRD ALLIANCE), Package program for Maoist combatants (by NIPS ) etc. Mrs. Jha has written research papers on ‘Strategy for Women’s participation in the State Mechanism (2011) , Participation of Women in different National Commission , focus on planning commission (2011) , Situation of Women Journalists in Nepal (2010 ),Issue of Inclusion in the State Mechanism in Nepal (2011) ,Women issues in New Constitution(2009) etc. Mrs. Jha was awarded with Mahendra Vidya Bhusan by Late King Birendra in 1994. World Bank award For the Best Article writing in 1990 , Embassy Of India award for the best essay writing in 1993, Madheshi Women Society and Madheshi Civil Society award in 2009 and 2010 for Raising the Voice of Voiceless .Awarded by NAWHRD in 2012for advocacy of conflict victim women and violence against women and creating awareness related to violence against women. Mrs.Jha holds a bachelor degree in Economics, B.Ed in English, master’s degree in Hindi and Master’s degree in political science from Tribhuvan University of Nepal. She has an excellent communication and presentation skills, ability to liaise with members of diverse communities and is easily adaptable to changed environments.
Mr. Ramesh Dhakal is the Secretary to the Government of Nepal and currently assigned as the Secretary to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Nepal. Mr. Dhakal joined government service as a Section Officer of Nepal Judicial Service of the Government of Nepal in 2057 B.S. and gained experiences working at various levels of the District Court, High Court and Supreme Court and various Ministries including Ministry of Law and Justice. Mr. Dhakal has done Master of Law (LLM), Master of Sociology and Political Science from the Tribhuvan University of the Nepal. As per the decision of the Government of Nepal, Council of Ministers, dated 2075-6-21 B.S., Mr. Dhakal has been promoted to the special class of the Government of Nepal.