New briefing paper: challenges to freedom of religion or belief in Nepal

The ICJ has issued Challenges to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Nepal, in which the ICJ identified a number of challenges related to the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of religion or belief in the country.

These challenges are:

1. the prohibition and criminalization of “proselytism”;
2. criminal offences related to “blasphemy” and “hurting religious sentiment”;
3. discrimination against religious minorities arising from denial of use of burial grounds and cemeteries in and around Kathmandu; and
4. Tibetan Refugees’ exercise of their right to freedom of religion or belief.

In light of concerns detailed in the briefing, and arising in connection with the above-mentioned challenges, the ICJ made a number of recommendations to the authorities of Nepal.

Nepal-Freedom of religion brief-Advocacy-Analysis brief-2018-ENG (full text, PDF)

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