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UN Experts urge Nepal to amend discriminatory Citizenship Bill

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In a letter sent to the Government of Nepal on 21 September 2020, the relevant UN special procedure mandate holders showed their serious concerns over the discriminatory provisions against women, trans and gender-diverse persons in the Citizenship Act 2006 Amendment Bill. They are of the view that some of the proposed provisions are not in compliance with international human rights norms and standards.

Victor Madrigal-Borloz – Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; Dubravka ┼áimonovic – Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; and Elizabeth Broderick – Chair Rapporteur of the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls called upon the government to address the bill’s shortcomings.

On 7 August 2018, a bill to amend the Citizenship Act was registered in the House of Representatives. On 21 June 2020, its Parliamentary Committee on State Affairs and Good Governance passed the bill with amendments and presented it to the
House of Representatives for deliberation. The bill is expected to be discussed in the House in the upcoming week

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