According to BK, who attended the UPR session, the UN member states called on Nepal to strengthen and implement existing laws and policies aimed at ending and preventing all forms of discrimination, particularly against women and Dalits.
Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa, in his address to the session, said Nepal has adopted “zero tolerance against discrimination”, which is guaranteed by the new constitution. Thapa underlined that all forms of discrimination based on caste, religion and gender are punishable by law. He expressed confidence that the existing wrong social practices would end with strong legislation and infrastructure in place.
The member states also raised the issue of violence against women, including trafficking in especially Dalit women and girls and called for specific action to end the caste-based violence and discrimination. They urged the government to adopt public policies to eliminate all forms of discrimination against Dalits, women, indigenous peoples and minorities.
Nepali delegates told the session that Dalit access to justice was a priority and promised an integrated action plan to address discriminatory practices.