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Sugam Singh — Transitional Justice Issues in Nepal

Sugam Singh is working towards a concurrent master’s degree in International Studies & Conflict and Dispute Resolution.

Sugam used his Slape Fellowship Award to support his ongoing research on transitional justice issues in Nepal.

He traveled to Nepal in the summer of 2016 to conduct primary research for his thesis. His thesis focuses on Nepal’s road to post-conflict peacebuilding. He looked at the issue of enforced disappearances from the perspective of victim’s families and the government’s actions and response. Sugam worked with the National Network of Families of Disappeared and Missing (NEFAD) and Forum for Protection of Public Interest (Pro Public). The two non-governmental organizations work on transitional justice issues in the country.

He conducted interviews with families of disappeared persons in Kathmandu and in Western Nepal (Bardiya and Rolpha districts), where the rate of enforced disappearance was greatest during the 1996 through 2006 conflict. He also conducted interviews with officials connected to the Commission for Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons and representatives from international organizations working on that thematic issue.