हिमाली स्वरहरु – The Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Act of Nepal

The Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Act of Nepal

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May 25, 2011
The Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability (Crime and Punishment) Act of Nepal
The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights and policy organization, welcomes the passing of the Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability (Crime and Punishment) bill by the Legislature Parliament of Nepal on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
The ICDR is pleased with the Government of Nepal’s provisions in the new Act stating that caste-based discrimination and untouchability practices are prohibited in both public and private spheres; increased punishments for public officials found responsible of discrimination will be implemented; requirements for perpetrators to provide compensation to victims will be put in place; and the criminalization of incitement for caste-based discrimination will be enforced. These provisions are important because they establish a means of holding violators of basic human rights accountable for their actions.
While the ICDR is encouraged by the Government of Nepal’s actions on these issues, we feel that the passing of this Act is only one important step in the eradication of caste-based discrimination and untouchability. The ICDR calls on the Government of Nepal, with the support of the OHCHR and the NDC, to properly investigate crimes against humanity and to establish a special law enforcement mechanism within the police force to strengthen the protection of human rights and to advance the elimination of untouchability in Nepal. We also urge the Government of Nepal to ensure inclusive leadership in national human rights institutions and enhance institutional capacity of the National Dalit Commission (NDC).
Sincerely,

DB Sagar Bishwakarma
President
International Commission for Dalit Rights
International Secretariat
Washington, D.C., USA
www.icdrforum.org

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