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Government assurances to NDC and OHCHR to implement court verdicts on caste-based discrimination
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Local Government authorities, including the Senior Superintendent of Police of Mahakali zone and the Deputy Superintendent of Police in Baitadi have assured the National Dalit Commission (NDC) and the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR) to swiftly implement two ground breaking discrimination related verdicts. The first verdict issued in January 2009, relates to a sentence of two years imprisonment issued by the Baitadi district court to the main perpetrator and a fine of rupees twenty five thousand. In this case, twelve Dalits were physically assaulted and robbed after they
refused to follow discriminatory rituals. The second decision, issued by the same court in March 2010, is in relation to an assault of the father of a Dalit groom during a wedding ceremony for practicing “rituals reserved for high-caste communities”. Despite repeated calls by human rights organisations, including the NDC, the National Human Rights Commission and OHCHR, the court decisions have yet to be implemented and have remained pending for many months. The members of a joint OHCHR-NDC mission raised serious concerns regarding this matter and urged the authorities to take the necessary action in accordance with the law. OHCHR and the NDC welcome the assurance of the local authorities to enforce the verdicts during their meetings and expect appropriate steps to be taken as a matter of urgency. The four-day joint mission,led by the Chairperson of the NDC, was aimed at assessing the overall human rights situation of Dalit communities in the region.
Publisher:
GoN, NDC, OHCHR ,   (2010 )
Type / Script:
Annual Report in English
Keywords:
CASTE BASED DISCRIMINATION, GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES, MATTER OF URGENCY, RITUALS RESERVED FOR HIGH CLASS COMMUNITY, VIOLENCE, UNTOUCHABILITY, INFORMATION REPORTS, LOCAL AUTHORITIES, HUMAN RIGHTS, ALLEGATION, LAW AND ORDER, IMPRISONMENT, DALITS, GOVERNMENT ASSURANCE, PHYSICAL ASSULT, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Thesaurus:
14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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