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Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, E/CN.4/2006/95/Add.5, March 6, 2006: Nepal

1159. The Special Representative reiterates her deep concern over reports of serious violations being committed against human rights defenders by both sides in the conflict. The information on cases of violations increased alarmingly during 2004 and 2005. Cases reported to her frequently involved allegations of arrest and of torture during arrests and detention, in addition to rape by police, both of female and male (transvestite) defenders. One communication concerned 39 unnamed male transvestites, who are campaigning for the rights of sexual minorities.

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