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Hillary Clinton lauds Nepal's SC verdict on LGBT



KATHMANDU: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has lauded the verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) of Nepal for it ruled in the favor of protecting the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

“In Nepal, the supreme court has ruled that equal rights apply to LGBT ( Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) citizen,” stated Clinton in a speech to mark Human Rights Day, which falls on Saturday.

Clinton called on governments across the world to stop discrimination and bullying against gays and lesbians.

Speaking at the United Nations' human rights wing in Geneva, Clinton said, “I am talking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, human beings born free and given bestowed equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which is now one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time.”

She also divulged that the United States is committed to provide more than $3 million in aid to start a global campaign in expanding the rights of gay people and urged other governments to join U.S. efforts against gender discrimination.

Clinton noted that obstacles are being laid on various endeavors to promote gender equality due to deeply held personal, political, cultural and religious beliefs.

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