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Speak Up Stop Discrimination - NDC and OHCHR-Nepal Observations on the Untouchability Bill
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The water source was on her land, yet she was prohibited from using it. When she dared, she was attacked with an axe. Just because she was a Dalit.
Practices of caste-based discrimination and untouchability are illegal in Nepal. However, in many parts of the country, Dalits - the so-called lowest caste within the Hindu caste hierarchy - are still considered to be and treated as “untouchable”, unable to enjoy the same rights and freedoms as other groups in society. Despite the illegality of such practices, cultural barriers, structural poverty and inadequate action by state authorities prevent victims from accessing justice. Furthermore, the lack of a appropriate legal framework to properly address the issue of discrimination, and to punish those who discriminate based on caste, is a further impediment to progress. Against this reality, the submission of the draft Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability, Crime Elimination and Punishment Act to the Legislature-Parliament provides an opportunity to improve the legislative framework and fight discriminatory practices. This document assesses the draft bill and offers specific recommendations to policy makers and others, particularly on how to ensure its consistency with international human rights standards and best practices. If the current shortcomings are addressed, the proposed law could become a pivotal instrument in tackling the long-standing issue of caste-based discrimination and untouchability in the country.

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GoN- OHCHR ,   (2010 )
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HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, SPECIAL PROCEDURES, HUMAN RIGHTS INDICATORS, HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING, HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY, HUMAN SECURITY, HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION, ANTI-RACISM MEASURES, ANTI-RACISM PROGRAMMES, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, DISCRIMINATION
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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