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 considers the Nepali government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Further, it makes recommendations to safeguard and promote the rights of sexual minorities.
First, the report provides a framework of the laws and policies for the protection of the rights of sexual minorities. It notes that Nepal is a signatory to the ICCPR since 1991. In 2011, it took part in a Universal Periodic Review in 2011.
Secondly, it recognises that the rights of LGBTI persons were affirmed in the Supreme Court decision, Pant v. Nepal. The apex court had then directed the government to enact legislation to secure the rights of LGBTI persons. Due to political instability, Nepal has not enacted legislation to secure LGBTI rights.
The report notes that the community continues to face a violation of their fundamental rights. These include:
- Obstacles in accessing healthcare.
- Harassment, mistreatment and detainment by Nepali security forces and other public officials.
- Obstacles in obtaining identification documents reflecting gender identity.
- Deficiencies in the Nepali laws
- Harassment limiting participation in public life.
The report urged the government of Nepal to take steps to address the human rights violations, in compliance with its international obligations.
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