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Nepal: New Constitution fails to adequately protect women and marginalized communities

, Index number: ASA 31/3664/2016

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Nepal on 16 March 2016 during its 31st session. Amnesty International is concerned by several provisions of Nepal’s new Constitution, adopted on 20 September 2015, which do not adequately protect the rights of women and marginalized communities, including Dalits. These concerns were addressed in a number of recommendations during Nepal’s UPR; however, regrettably Nepal rejected recommendations to protect religious freedom and to allow women to convey their citizenship to their children and foreign spouses on an equal basis with men.

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