Nepal

Discrimination based on caste and ethnicity remains rampant in Nepal. A constitution that would protect rights was due to be completed in 2012 but remains uncompleted, creating political instability. Promises of justice for thousands of victims of Nepal’s 1996-2006 civil war remained unfulfilled, while the army and Maoists focus on amnesty for their members implicated in abuses. Victims of sexual assault and torture continued to be excluded from official compensation schemes. Devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April and May 2015 killed over 8,500 people and destroyed large parts of the country. The government’s lack of commitment to economic and social rights was reflected in its poor response to the earthquake.