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Nepal leads the way with constitutional change

Fri 2 Oct 2015 In: International News View at NDHA

Nepal’s constitution now formally includes protection for sexual and gender minority rights. Local support group The Blue Diamond Society says under the principle of ‘inclusion’, the new constitution of Nepal acknowledges the “sexual and gender minority” community in the right to equality and the right to social justice. It also uses gender neutral language in regards to Citizenship IDs and protects gender and sexual minorities and people with HIV from discrimination in the ground ‘health status’. “With this, Nepal is in the list of very few countries in the world that provides constitutional rights to its sexual and gender minority citizens,” the Society says “In addition, with this progressive provision, Nepal will be an exemplary country to all the human rights advocates and institutes in the world, including ones from developed countries. “This victory is not only the victory of sexual and gender minority community, but the victory of all Nepali citizens and all Nepali citizens should be proud of it.”    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 2nd October 2015 - 10:43am

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