Trapped by Inequality: Bhutanese Refugee Women in Nepal

Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Human Rights Watch
Southern Asia

Bhutanese women who are living as refugees in Nepal, many for more than a decade, confront not only the hardship of life in refugee camps, but also the injustice of gender-based violence and discrimination. Refugee women and girls have reported rape, sexual assault, polygamy, trafficking, domestic violence, and child marriage in the camps. Women suffering domestic violence are unable to obtain safety or their full share of humanitarian aid because of discriminatory refugee registration procedures and inadequate protection measures. The registration system also prevents married refugee women from applying for repatriation or rations independently and prohibits them from registering children not fathered by a refugee.

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Trapped by Inequality: Bhutanese Refugee Women in Nepal, HRW (2003).