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Sunil Babu Pant
UN congratulates Nepal for recognizing third gender

in NEPAL, 05/10/2012

Belated letter from the UN congratulates the government of Nepal for allowing citizens to describe their gender as ‘other’ on official documents.

The late congratulations letter from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at the UN reads:

‘It has taken a long time to open people’s minds to the idea that not all of humanity can be fitted neatly into a binary definition of gender. Refusing to reflect in official documents the preferred gender of those who do not identify as male or female, or whose own sense of gender does not correspond with the sex assigned to them at birth, has succeeded only in marginalizing the individuals concerns and exposed them to violence and discrimination.’

The progression in Nepal follows similar developments in Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan, the letter written on behalf of high commissioner Navanethem Pillay says.

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