THE VIOLATIONS OF THE RIGHTS OF LGBTI PERSONS IN NEPAL – REPORT – NEPAL

The Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights, in collaboration with the Blue Diamond Society published this report in 2013.

This report identifies the ongoing human rights violations against sexual minorities in Nepal. It also assesses the Nepali government’s compliance with the International Covenant on  Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Furthermore, it provides recommendations to safeguard and promote the rights of sexual minorities in Nepal.

First, the report provides a framework of the laws and policies pertaining to the protection of the rights of sexual minorities. It notes that Nepal is a signatory to the ICCPR since 1991 and has undergone a Universal Periodic Review in 2011.

Secondly, it recognises that the rights of LGBTI persons were recognised in the Supreme Court decision, Pant Vs Nepal. The apex court had then directed the government to enact legislation to secure the rights of LGBTI persons. Due to political instability, no legislation has been enacted to secure LGBTI rights.

The report notes that the community continues to face a violation of their fundamental rights. These include:

  1. Hindrance in accessing healthcare.
  2. Harassment, mistreatment and detainment by members of Nepali security forces and other public officials.
  3. Obstacles in obtaining identification documents reflecting the gender identity.
  4. Deficiencies in the Nepalese laws
  5. Harassment limiting participation in public life.

The report urged the government of Nepal to take immediate steps to address the serious human rights violations, in compliance with its international obligations.

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