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I. Background

Nepal is in a phase of political transition and is currently drafting a new constitution. Human rights violations are rife; many are committed by the security forces and insurgent groups, which mostly operate in the southern part of Nepal and represent various ethnic groups.

The right to privacy, one of the most complicated human rights issues, is slowly developing in Nepal. Most Nepalese people are not yet aware that this fragile legal right exists. Media organizations do not take this right seriously and they regularly breach the privacy of people in Nepal. For example, in one case, no one took responsibility when a media company published the naked photo of a girl, who later committed suicide as a result.

Base data

As of June 2010 the internet penetration rate in Nepal is 2.2%. Government offices are just starting to use Internet as part of their daily work. The private/corporate sector are the main users of the Internet in Nepal.