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 Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything.
 —Peter, Dominica,…
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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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Third Gender Column on Job Application Form Makes a Difference

More than 600 transgender people applied for civil service jobs in Nepal last year, according to a government report released last week. LGBT rights activists hail the announcement as practical progress toward implementing Nepal’s identity-based legal…
A reveller gets ready to take part in a LGBT pride parade to mark Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2015.
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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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Monica Shahi made history today as Nepal’s first citizen to carry a passport that allows its bearer to select a gender other than male or female. This acknowledgement of her gender identity follows years of activism that pushed the legal system to…
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Urgent Action Needed to Uphold Rights, Support HIV Prevention Work

(New York) – The government of Nepal should allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups to operate freely and end arbitrary arrests of LGBT people, Human Rights Watch said. The government should investigate threats and attacks against LGBT…
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Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination

(New York) - The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate of violence based on gender identity that authorities should urgently take steps to combat, Human Rights Watch said today…
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Minister Khadga Bahadur Biswokarma Ministry of Women, Children & Social Welfare Facsimile: +977-1-4241728; +977-1-4241516 Dear Minister, Human Rights Watch is gravely concerned by anti-gay rhetoric and violence targeting people because of their…
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Kidnapping Contradicts Promise ‘Not to Punish Homosexuals’

(New York) - The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, which is now part of the Nepalese government, must stop anti-gay violence by its cadres and renounce anti-gay rhetoric, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to lawmakers today. In the most recent known…
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New Arrests of Transgender People, HIV Workers

(New York) - New arrests of metis (an indigenous term for transgender people) and HIV/AIDS outreach workers in Kathmandu show that a persistent pattern of police violence and abuse has not abated, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has…
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Transgender People Routinely Subjected to Physical and Sexual Abuse

(New York) - A string of police attacks on transgender people reflects the vulnerability of Nepalis in a climate of violence where civil liberties remain restricted, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Nepalese authorities. “Police in Kathmandu…
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The Hon. Kamal Thapa Minister of Home Affairs Ministry of Home Affairs, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal Cc: Ministry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Singha Durbar Kathmandu Nepal Dear Minister: Human Rights Watch is gravely concerned by a…
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Pattern of Police Abuse Highlights Broader Threat to Civil Society

(Geneva) -- Police in Kathmandu attacked a group of transgender people on Wednesday, underscoring the vulnerability of all Nepalese to police abuse since King Gyanendra seized direct power in February and suspended most civil liberties, Human Rights…