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Nepal

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage the Government of Nepal to honour its obligations under international human rights treaties by guaranteeing freedom of religion and belief in their new constitution. [HL6317]

We regularly raise with the Government and political parties of Nepal the importance of ensuring that the new constitution is fully in line with Nepal's commitments under international human rights treaties. The interim constitution of Nepal already provides for freedom of religion, and Nepal was declared a secular state by the interim parliament in 2007. We will continue to urge the government of Nepal to give priority to the implementation of all rights and freedoms, including religious freedoms.