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in NEPAL, 16/07/2004

Nepal’s Supreme Court to ban open homosexual activities

Dear Friends, Colleague, Activists and leaders,

I am writing to express my deep concern about the situation of all sexual minorities and Blue Diamond Society, the only organization of such, in Nepal after the latest development (the case against us in the supreme court in Nepal) and ask your solidarity and support us.

Blue Diamond Society has been working on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights for sexual minorities and sex workers since last 3 years.

Now there has been case filed in the supreme court of Nepal against us demanding to close down our activities. Now court has asked to the home ministry to respond within 15 days.
So we are very concern about the development in Nepal (which is against the spirit of the International AIDS conference in Bangkok) which may stop the HIV prevention work we are doing and raising the awareness about HIV/AIDS, care support for the PLWHA and working on reduce the stigma/discrimination and violence against marginalized community in Nepal.

So please read the news below from Kathmandu Post published on the 13th July 2004 and respond accordingly.

In solidarity and support.

Sunil Babu Pant
President Blue Diamond Society
Kathmandu Nepal.

From Kathmandu post.

KATHMANDU, July 13

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a show cause notice to the Home Ministry regarding open homosexual activities in recent years.

According to the apex court order issued by a single bench of Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha, the Ministry is required to reply to the apex court ruling within 15 days whether activities of homosexuals should be banned or not.

The apex court ruling was in response to a written petition seeking a ban on activities of homosexuals since the constitution does not recognize sexual relationship between people of the same sex. Advocate Achyut Kharel had filed the petition on June 18 accusing the Home Ministry of being silent to the open activities of homosexuals in the capital.
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