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Popular dissatisfaction after the "People's Movement" of 2006 has led to frequent protests here and across Nepal. Dozens of people have been killed in clashes among different political factions and between protesters and the security services. The OHCHR monitors demonstrations across the country to try to minimise the violence and to make sure that human rights violations are recorded and prosecuted. <br />
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Dhangadhi town in Far Western Nepal is one of the country's poorer and more isolated regions. It is home to many of Nepal's Dalits - the so-called "untouchables", who are at the bottom of Nepal's strict caste-based system. As well as dealing with abject poverty, these people also have to cope with widespread discrimination by the rest of society, which is fiercest in underdeveloped rural areas. They have little access to services such as healthcare and education and routinely face abuse, from which they are often denied protection by the army and police. In some cases, it is the army and the police who abuse them.

Popular dissatisfaction after the "People's Movement" of 2006 has led to frequent protests here and across Nepal. Dozens of people have been killed in clashes among different political factions and between protesters and the security services. The OHCHR monitors demonstrations across the country to try to minimise the violence and to make sure that human rights violations are recorded and prosecuted.

Dhangadhi town in Far Western Nepal is one of the country's poorer...
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