International Centre for Ethnic Studies (first part)


minorities remain excluded from decision-making processes in national life, particularly in



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minorities remain excluded from decision-making processes in national life, particularly in various levels of administration, formation and function of representative bodies which at times include assemblies, formulation of cultural policies, and significant norms of citizenship. With the consequence that constitutionally and legally provided rights are not implemented in practice, and widespread violations of minority rights and discrimination against particular groups of the population continue on a daily basis, with citizenship having become an impoverished reality. I may draw the attention of the Working Group to the existence of a large number of what we may call non-State persons in South Asia, particularly the South Bhutanese refugees who are now in Nepal, any of who m are not acknowledged as refugees by Nepal and on the other hand they are not acknowledged as citizens of Bhutan by the administration. They form a significant section of the Bhutanese minority in Nepal. Members of minorities, including religious minorities, have been exposed to abuses perpetrated by private persons sometimes with the connivance or acquiescence of governments, with the criminal justice system failing in many instances in providing persons belonging to minorities


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