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Nepal fails to meet human rights commitments

in NEPAL, 18/02/2013

The Nepal government failed to take significant steps towards fulfilling numerous key human rights commitments in 2012, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

In its 665-page World Report 2013, it said that failures in Nepal included a lack of movement on measures to improve the rights of women, children and Tibetan refugees.

A May deadline to draft a new constitution lapsed and since then the country has been left with a caretaker cabinet and without an elected legislature, with only vague promises of fresh elections. Despite policy initiatives aimed to ensure equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as an inclusive education system for children with disabilities, government rhetoric for those initiatives exceeded actual implementation.

"2012 was a sorry replay of Nepal's past seven years of impunity and government unwillingness or inability to deliver on its commitments to human rights," said Brad Adams of HRW.

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