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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Nepal: 39 transvestites arrested and at risk of torture

Amnesty International has issued an urgent international appeal on behalf of 39 male transvestites in Nepal who have been arrested and are at risk of ill-treatment and rape in police custody.
All 39 ‘metis’ (male transvestites) are members of the Blue Diamond Society, an organisation in Kathmandu that campaigns for the rights of sexual minorities and provides sexual health advice and support services. They were reportedly given no food or water for their first 15 hours in custody on the night of 9 August, and have not been charged with any offence.


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