International Standards Regarding Accountability for
Violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Jeffrey R. Seul
June 16, 2008
The role of Padma Ratna Tuladhar as an insider mediator in the conflict between the Nepalese Maoists and the parliamentary political parties has been characterized by the constant engagement to generate dialogue between the parties, which can be labelled as a ‘messenger role’. Tuladhar received the necessary legitimacy mainly due to his background as a human rights activist and as an independent leftist member of the parliament in the beginning of the 1990s. During this time, he had been involved to alleviate the emerging conflict between the Maoists, the democratic forces and the Royal regime. After this successful engagement, he was appointed by the government to act as a formal and informal mediator.