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Nepal: PM Pledges to Ban Dowry System, Criminalize Caste-Based Discrimination

(Feb. 2, 2009) It was reported on January 26, 2009, that Nepal's Prime Minister, the Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dhal, known as Prachanda (“the fierce one”), had announced his government's intention to ban the dowry system and to criminalize caste-based discrimination. There has apparently been a surge in dowry-related violence against women over the last […]

Nepal: Supreme Court Orders Drafting of Same-Sex Partnership/Marriage Law

(Dec. 30, 2008) On November 17, 2008, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a “landmark” ruling ordering the government to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, “to extend equal rights to gender minorities,” and to formulate “a same-sex partnership and marriage act based on legislation in other countries,” according to a report in the online […]

Nepal: Smoking in Public Places to Be Banned

(Nov. 18, 2008) It was reported on November 6, 2008, that the Government of Nepal soon plans to introduce a law banning smoking in public areas, some two years after the country's Supreme Court had mandated formulation of such legislation. Studies indicate that 49 percent of men and 29 percent of women in Nepal are […]

Nepal: Government Ordered to Enact Law Against Excessive Use of Force

(May 2, 2008) On May 12, 2008, the Supreme Court of Nepal ordered the government to enact a law that would address human rights violations resulting from excessive use of force, and also provide for compensation for the victims. In drafting the law, the order further states, the government is to seek the help of […]

Nepal: Amnesty for War Criminals Planned

(Mar. 2, 2008) Nepal's Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction has finalized draft laws on constituting a truth and reconciliation commission and a commission on the disappeared for crimes committed during the country's ten years of armed conflict. It was reported in the Nepalese press on February 1, 2008, however, that the government was planning to […]

Nepal: Term of U.N. Mission Extended

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Cabinet of the interim government of Nepal agreed on November 20, 2007, to extend the term of the U.N. mission in Nepal by six months. The government must formally notify U.N. headquarters at least one month before the expiry of the term, which began on January 23, 2007, in order to […]

Nepal: Petition for Muslim Public Holidays

(Dec. 2, 2007) It was reported on November 20, 2007, that the Supreme Court of Nepal, in response to a writ petition seeking that major Muslim festivals be declared public holidays and that a Muslim Promotion Commission be formed, had issued show cause notices to the Prime Minister's Office, the Cabinet, Speaker Subas Nembang, and […]

Nepal: Accident Victim Compensation in Disarray

(Dec. 2, 2007) Street justice, in the form of obstruction of vehicular traffic to press for higher compensation, has in recent months come to determine the amount paid to "third party" victims, as a result of contradictory provisions in Nepal's laws on compensation for accident victims. Reportedly, "the more pressure the victim's party is able […]

Nepal: Key Elections Postponed

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 5, 2007, Nepalese officials announced that the scheduled November 22 elections had been postponed for at least three, and possibly as long as six, months. The delay was caused by the failure of the coalition interim government and Maoists to reach agreement over the fate of the monarchy and the […]