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Remarks by Mr. Anthony Cardon Officer-in-charge for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) at a programme to Mark Human Rights Day organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),
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Non-discrimination and equality are core international human rights principles, binding on all states. The government of Nepal has an obligation to take measures to prohibit caste-based discrimination and untouchability under international human rights law. OHCHR welcomes the fact that the government of Nepal has ratified a number of important international legal instruments which require Nepal to undertake appropriate measures in this regard, and that the Interim Constitution prohibits any discrimination based on caste and the practice of untouchability in any form. These are undoubtedly positive steps.
However, for these standards to have actual impact at the grassroots level in Nepal,
where discrimination remains a daily reality for hundreds of thousands of Nepalis,
there must be specific, operable legislation. The government’s decision to submit a
relevant draft law to parliament in July 2009 was a move in the right direction.
However, the fact that this law has not been considered further by parliament since
that time raises concerns that the issue is not being treated with the necessary level of
seriousness or urgency.
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INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS IN ARMED CONFLICTS, RIGHT OF ASYLUM, RIGHT TO PEACE, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, WORKERS' RIGHTS
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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