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When the Money Isn’t Enough: Reconstruction Funds Still Don’t Cover Costs in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

Although reconstruction after Nepal’s April 2015 earthquake has been ongoing, funds have been difficult to access. Some people say that the money from government grants isn’t enough to rebuild; but others can’t access it all, since they don’t meet land ownership requirements.

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Local Nepali Government Sending a Message by Paying Families That Have Baby Girls

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

In Nepal, many families view the birth of a baby girl as an economic burden. To reduce sex-selective abortion, one city in Nepal is encouraging families to keep their daughters - and it’s paying them for having baby girls.

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Torture by Police in Nepal Sparks Proposed Law, But Activists Worry It’s Not Enough

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

Lawmakers in Nepal are looking at a proposed anti-torture bill that takes aim at torture by law enforcement officials, including Nepal Police. However, human rights activists worry that the proposal does not do enough to curb police practices of torture and coerced confessions.

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10 Years After War’s End, Nepalese Demand Justice for Human Rights Abuses

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Two major political parties support granting amnesty to those guilty of crimes and atrocities during a decade-long conflict, and this plan is feared to mar the efforts of the two-year-old Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has already been criticized as ineffective. Voices from several points of view convey the tensions surrounding the transitional justice process.

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Nepal’s First Badi Parliament Member Advocates for the Historically Oppressed Group

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

For the first time in Nepal’s history, a member of the historically oppressed Badi community has been elected to the country’s Parliament. Uma Devi Badi has made history – but others wonder whether she can make a change.

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In Nepal’s Children’s Homes, Volunteers Work Illegally and, in Some Cases, Put Kids at Risk

Region: Nepal

Topics: Child RightsHuman Rights

The Nepalese government struggles to enforce a law requiring all international volunteers to apply for work permits before taking even unpaid jobs in the country. Some volunteers take temporary jobs at children’s homes, some of which offer the visitors unfettered access to children.

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Scholarship Programs Help Children of Nepalese Migrant Workers, but Few Are Applying

Region: Nepal

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

Nearly 400,000 Nepalese work abroad, and they pay into a special fund to provide scholarships for children of migrant workers who are killed or seriously injured. There’s a catch, though: Only the children of those who were abroad legally can qualify for the help.

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Despite Promises of Aid, Sex Workers Struggle to Leave Industry in Nepal

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

In Nepal, sex work is common among women of the Badi community, locally considered a sub-caste. Government aid to provide other job prospects for Badi sex workers has declined, forcing many to remain in the trade as they say it affords them a decent income.

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No Money, No Land: Nepal’s Indentured Servants Are Free, but Can’t Escape System

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

The Nepalese government outlawed the haliya - indentured servitude - system in 2008, but thousands of people are still stuck in bonded labor. They say they need land to support themselves, but the government struggles to even find them.

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Demand for Transplants Fuels Booming Black Market for Kidneys in Nepal

Region: Nepal

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

When a kidney is stolen, who’s to blame? In Nepal, police and transplant hospitals seem powerless to thwart a growing trade in black-market kidneys, many taken from young Nepali men in exchange for promised payments that they never receive.

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