Thursday, September 29, 2005

Nepal police bash transgenders in Kathmandu

Threats to crush gay rights movement in Nepal
OutRage! urges protests to Nepali Embassies
London – 28 September 2005

Nepali police have continued their on-going brutality against gay people and metis (effeminate males), with a savage attack on a group of metis in the capital, Kathmandu, on 24 September.

The assault began with plainclothes police officers abusing and sexually harassing several metis who were socialising outside the Himalayan Java Café.

When the metis refused to have sex with the officers and resisted their violent abuse, they were beaten and arrested.

The UK LGBT human rights group OutRage! has been sent a news release about the assaults and arrests by its sister organisation in Nepal, the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), which campaigns for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Nepalese (see a copy of the BDS news release below).

“These assaults are a continuation of a long history of homophobic abuse and violence by sections of the Nepali police,” said Peter Tatchell of OutRage!, which is supporting the work of the BDS.

“We are concerned that LGBT people in Nepal have no legal redress against state violence, and that they get little support from mainstream human rights groups and political parties.

“It is particularly disturbing that the some senior Nepali police officers want to crackdown on the legitimate human rights work of the Blue Diamond Society.

“OutRage! urges LGBT people worldwide to support the struggle of our sisters and brothers in Nepal by protesting to the nearest Nepali Embassy and Ambassador (see details of UK Ambassador and contact information below).

“Protests should urge an end to police violence and sexual abuse of gay and meti people, action to protect the LGBT communities against discrimination and violence, and the prosecution police officers and others who victimise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said Mr Tatchell.

Ambassador Prabal Rana
Embassy of Nepal
12a Kensingston Palace Gardens
London W8 4QU

The Royal Nepalese Embassy
2131 Leroy Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 202 667 4550, Fax: 202 667 5534

Phone: 020 7229 1594
Fax: 020 7792 9861

Further information:

Peter Tatchell, OutRage!: 020 7403 1790

Sunil B Pant, Blue Diamond Society, Kathmandu, Nepal:
Phone: +977 1 4443350, 4445147, Mobile: +977
9851067959, Fax: +977 1 4438600
Email: and


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