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Madhav Dulal/Kathmandu (Pahichan), October 17 -The government has registered a draft of Civil Code at the Parliament with provisions that discriminates the Sexual minorities living in the country.
The Code registered at the Parliament Secretariat is contrary to the spirit of the Supreme Court’s decision in 2007, which had issued a verdict that LGBTI persons (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex), or “third gender” persons, are ‘natural persons’ and have the right to enjoy the fundamental human rights guaranteed to all Nepali citizens.
Following the landmark verdict of the apex court, the Ministry of Home Affairs had circulated an order to the District Administration Offices to provide citizenship certificates specifying gender identity of LGBTI. As per the government’s direction, some local administrations have also been issuing citizenship for LGBTI persons using the designation ‘Other’.
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