Cases of persecution of indigenous peoples in Nepal under law against cow-slaughter reported in 2012/13

Indigenous peoples in Nepal continue to be persecuted under its law against cow-slaughter—a law deeply rooted and wholly justified by Hindu (and therefore non-secular principles) and one which historically has been used to carry out the State’s forced cultural assimilation of indigenous peoples and to forge a homogenous identity for Nepali citizens.

The act violates namely article 8 of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that states that “indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.” Further, under Article 1 of UNDRIP and Article 3 of International Labour Organisation Convention No. 169 (ILO C. 169), indigenous peoples are due the full measure of human rights and fundamental rights promised to all peoples under international human rights law—including the rights to freedom of religion, equality before the law and minority rights to cultural expression as protected respectively in Articles 18, 26 and 27 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Seven cases involving persecution of more than two dozens indigenous as well as non-indigenous persons under Nepal’s law against cow-slaughter reported in 2012/13 are documented in Khas-Nepali language in the file below.

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These cases were reported by the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) to the Embassy of United States of America in Nepal for their yearly report on freedom of religion in Nepal. Click here to read an earlier communication sent by LAHURNIP to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples regarding cow-slaughter in Nepal.

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  1. Trackback: Indigenous peoples’ access to justice in Nepal (HRC 27th, 2014, Joint-OS) | IMADR: International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism
  2. Trackback: Joint statement on indigenous peoples’ access to justice in Nepal (HRC 27th, 2014) | Indigenous Issues in Asia

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