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Sunil Pant
Nepal gov hosts LGBTI rights seminar, but decides not to renew only gay rights group's license

in NEPAL, 08/04/2013

Details have been released for a UN seminar on LGBTI human rights in Nepal this week, demonstrating the progressive attitude of the government. But at the same time it has decided not to renew the license for Nepal's only gay rights group.

The seminar will be held on Friday and Saturday this week (22 and 23 March) with a welcome from the Minister for Social Welfare, Women, and Children Riddhi Baba Pradhan, a presentation on how international human rights law can end violence against sexual orientation and gender identity minorities and testimonials from Asian lesbian, gay and transgender people.

'Its interesting but also embarrassing that in one hand Nepal is hosting regional seminar on Human Rights, sexual orientations and gender identity but in other hand it does not renew Blue Diamond Society's license and causing big crisis to LGBTI community in Nepal,' Sunil Babu Pant, who is speaking at the seminar, told Gay Star News.

Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal's only LGBT rights group, had its license discontinued after Pant was accused of drawing salaries from two different government sources while he was an MP and the head of BDS.

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