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Eliminating discrimination in Nepal will take a fundamental shift in attitudes - among the general population and also among the security forces and other authorities who systematically under-serve marglinalised communities. The OHCHR is working to ensure that the government enacts legislation in line with international human rights standards against discrimination. At the same time, by monitoring abuses and helping victims to file cases, the Office is working to remove the culture of impunity for those who commit crimes against the weakest members of Nepal's fractured society. <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.

Eliminating discrimination in Nepal will take a fundamental shift in attitudes - among the general population and also among the security forces and other authorities who systematically under-serve marglinalised communities. The OHCHR is working to ensure that the government enacts legislation in line with international human rights standards against discrimination. At the same time, by monitoring abuses and helping victims to file cases, the Office is working to remove the culture of...
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