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[16days_discussion] Fwd: Urgent Action Appeal Nepal

16 Days 16days at
Tue Sep 4 11:58:29 EDT 2012

Dear Fellow Activists,

Please see the action alert below, issued by the Asian Human Rights 
Commission on behalf of WOREC and Mitini Nepal.  More information is 
available at:

In solidarity,
The 16 Days Team

  NEPAL: Women human rights defenders are facing threats and harassment
  for protecting a victim of domestic violence

  *The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information
  that human rights defenders working with WOREC Nepal, a leading
  women's rights organization, and Mitini Nepal, an organization working
  for the rights of LGBTI women, have come under threat after supporting
  a victim of domestic violence. Anita (name changed) filed for divorce
  after living through domestic violence for three years and has faced
  threats and attacks from her husband and her family for making this
  choice. The organizations and human rights defenders helping to
  protect her have themselves come under threat. Last week, the office
  of Mitini Nepal and the houses of its staff have been visited
  repeatedly by the police and the relatives of the victim and their
  director has been receiving threatening phone calls. The victim's
  relatives have also forced their way into WOREC's office, accompanied
  by police personnel. The AHRC is extremely concerned about Anita's
  security and that of the women human rights defenders who have worked
  to protect her and of the apparent involvement of the police in their

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