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Thursday, February 02, 2006  
New York University Law School expresses concern over Nepal

OneWorld South Asia
2 Februrary 2006

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the dissolution of multiparty democracy in Nepal, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law requested U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy to draw attention to the critical situation in Nepal, and in particular, the heightened vulnerability of "low-caste" Dalits or so-called untouchables in the conflict. In a letter dated January 27, 2006 the CHRGJ highlighted the key findings of its report "The Missing Piece of the Puzzle: Caste Discrimination and the Conflict in Nepal."

Based on extensive investigations, the report concludes that caste discrimination is both a root cause and insidious consequence of the Nepalese conflict. CHRGJ's letter to Senator Leahy also highlights the deterioration of human rights in the country since the end of the Maoists' unilateral ceasefire earlier this month and the urgent need for action by the international community to restore peace and democracy in Nepal.

The letter to Senator Patrick Leahy, the Center's report, and other interventions on Nepal can be accessed at: http://www.nyuhr.org/nepalreport.htm.

For more information please contact: Prof. Smita Narula, 212-992-8824, Jayne Huckerby, 212-992-8186.

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