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A man holding a rainbow flag participates in the opening ceremony of the first South Asia Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Sports Festival in Kathmandu on October 12, 2012. © 2012 Reuters
Nepal: Climate of Fear Imperils LGBT People

in NEPAL, 24/04/2013

The government of Nepal should allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups to operate freely and end arbitrary arrests of LGBT people, Human Rights Watch said. The government should investigate threats and attacks against LGBT people. Widespread harassment, including by the government, has contributed to a climate of fear among LGBT people and activists in Nepal, and has interrupted vital activities, including HIV prevention work.

“The LGBT rights movement in Nepal is a regional and international leader but is under serious threat,” said Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. “While Nepal has made immense progress on LGBT rights in the past decade, the government cannot afford to ignore the many problems facing LGBT people inside its borders.” Reda the full story.

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