Nepal: Violations in the name of conservation

Nepal has been cited for decades as a “success story” for its efforts to protect wildlife and the natural environment. However, this has come at a high cost for forest-dependent Indigenous peoples. In this report, Amnesty International the Community Self-Reliance Centre (CSRC) unpack the failures of the Government of Nepal to uphold the rights of these Indigenous peoples, focusing on Chitwan National Park (CNP) and Bardiya National Park (BNP). Amnesty and the CSRC documented human rights violations such as forced evictions, unjustified restrictions on access to the forests and natural resources on which they traditionally rely, arbitrary arrests, unlawful killings, detention and torture or other ill-treatment by the Nepal Army and National Park personnel.

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