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Sunil Pant, Blue Diamond Society Founder
Nepal, Once A Leader On LGBT Rights, Is Backsliding

in NEPAL, 30/04/2013

“A climate of fear and intimidation” is now pervasive, says a leading Nepali activist. This is a dramatic reversal in a country whose Supreme Court created broad protections for LGBT people in a 2007 court ruling.

Nepal has been seen as a model for LGBT human rights ever since its Supreme Court handed down a ruling in 2007 that created broad protections for LGBT people. This ruling even started a process that could have made it the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage.

But the country has faced a series of political crises that has left it without a functioning government for almost a year. In this climate, police harassment of LGBT people has spiked in recent months. And allegations of corruption have been used by local officials to paralyze the country's leading LGBT rights organization, the Blue Diamond Society.

"The situation in Nepal is deteriorating very fast," said the director of Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Program, Graeme Reid, in an interview with BuzzFeed.

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