The United Nations Human Rights Office in
The report recognizes progress made by
At the same time, the report identifies the challenges and obstacles that continue to prevent victims from accessing the justice system. These include the low levels of awareness that caste-based discrimination is a crime; lack of appropriate support from law enforcement agencies; and the social and economic factors that further hinder progress, such as poverty.
The report presents findings in relation to cases investigated by the Office over the past five years, primarily in the Far Western region of
“Recently, Nepal has taken significant steps forward in combating caste-based discrimination, including the passage of the Untouchability Act criminalizing the practice in both public and private places,” said Jyoti Sanghera, Head of OHCHR-Nepal, adding “now is the time to ensure the effective implementation of the Act, to open the door to justice for those who suffer from caste discrimination every day. This will not only address one of the root causes of the conflict but also further consolidate the peace process.”
“The national campaign and launch of the OHCHR report is also important for the region, since it engages many participants from neighbouring countries, where caste-based discrimination is an equally important challenge,” remarked Marcia V. J. Kran, Director, Research and Right to Development Division, OHCHR, adding, “The end of this campaign will be the beginning of a next step, a new phase in which we hope our national partners will be able to consider the gaps and recommendations highlighted in the OHCHR report.”
You can find electronic version of the English full text report here:
The report has been released as part of the OHCHR-Nepal and the National Dalit Commission’s 100 day campaign - “I commit to end caste based discrimination and untouchability” - launched on