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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region. 
 
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Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “
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If Nepal Can’t Prosecute War Crimes at Home, Other Countries May Step In

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Activists hold an event in memory of people who were disappeared during Nepal’s decade-long civil war, Kathmandu, August 30, 2017.
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Nepal Was Far Ahead of Its Neighbors in Protecting Reproductive Rights

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Women activists lie down on the road during a protest demanding women’s rights in the constitution in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 7, 2015.
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Members of Nepal’s LGBT community were once openly derided as “social pollutants,” but now enjoy social and political rights—including legal recognition of a third gender—that put the country leagues ahead of much of the rest of the world. The past decade…
Marchers in the 2013 Gai Jatra LGBTI pride parade fill the streets of Kathmandu.
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A New Prime Minister Takes Over, But There is No Political Will to Ensure Justice for Conflict Victims

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The arrival of a transgender activist from Nepal in Taiwan last Saturday for the 2015 International Lesbian and Gay Association’s Asia conference may seem unremarkable. But it was in fact quite special: The activist, Bhumika Shrestha, is the first Nepali…
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When Nepal's president signed the country’s new constitution on September 20, some minority groups raised black flags in protest; #NotMyConstitution trended on social media. The national charter was imbued with aspirations of inclusion that have long been…
Marchers in the 2013 Gai Jatra LGBTI pride parade fill the streets of Kathmandu.
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As the Nepali man told me this story, his wife—let’s call her Devi—started to cry. “It was during the Emergency. There was so much fear. We did not dare say anything to anyone: police, doctors, no one. I just took care of her. She was in a terrible state…
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My colleagues and I were supposed to meet a human rights lawyer in his Kathmandu office late last month, but when we got there, we found him surrounded by distraught victims of Nepal’s decade-long civil war between government forces and Communist Party of…
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Two steep steps. This is what makes it so hard for Amman to go into his school like the rest of his classmates. His school's entrance has no ramp, and these two steep steps leave him no choice but to crawl into his classroom. Amman, who has a physical…
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After a long wait for political parties to get their act together, there have been some important developments in the faltering peace process since the formation of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in August this year.…