U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Nepal
Geneva, January 21, 2021
As delivered by Meryn Schneiderhan
The United States welcomes the Nepalese delegation.
We recommend Nepal:
- Register and verify all Tibetan, Bhutanese, and other refugees followed by issuance of identity documents with the formal right to work and access services.
- Resume implementation of the “Gentleman’s Agreement”, provide access and safe passage through its territory for Tibetan New-Arrivals, and implement any legal agreements with China consistent with the principle of non-refoulement.
- Reform the Electronic Transactions Act to eliminate the criminalization of speech.
The United States applauds the Government of Nepal‘s hosting of refugees; however, we are concerned by pending agreements that put them at risk of forced returns. We commend the appointment of new transitional justice commissioners; however, are concerned the process was politicized, failed to meaningfully consult victims, and more than 60,000 complaints have not been thoroughly investigated.