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After the settlement was established, other nearby residents who objected to the presence of their new low-caste neighbours, attacked one night and burned several houses to the ground. The settlers claim that the security forces stood by and watched as their homes were destroyed.<br />
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Staff from the local field office of United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have been alerted to the case. Here they visit one of the torched homes, take witness statements and advise the settlers on what their rights are and how to make sure that the police investigate this crime. <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.

After the settlement was established, other nearby residents who objected to the presence of their new low-caste neighbours, attacked one night and burned several houses to the ground. The settlers claim that the security forces stood by and watched as their homes were destroyed.

Staff from the local field office of United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have been alerted to the case. Here they visit one of the torched homes, take witness...
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