DSN-UK News Archive

2018 23rdJuly – UK government decided not to explicitly recognise caste-based discrimination as a form...

2018

23rdJuly – UK government decided not to explicitly recognise caste-based discrimination as a form of discrimination under equality legislation. This decision leaves victims of caste discrimination with no legal protection. The decision was made in large part due to lobbying from rich and influential organisations.

18thJuly – global solidarity in the fight against caste discrimination grows as the Australian Parliament passes a motion asking their government to step up its efforts on this front.

13thJuly – UN experts, NGOs and Dalit Women Fight call on the world to act against caste-based violence.

21stJune – Dalit Women Fight run a session about fighting against caste-based violence at the UN HRC 38 side-event in Geneva.

16thJune – Dalit Women Fight host a day long tweetathon on international anti-caste activism.

15thJune – UN rights chief references the unjust 10 year deferral of IDSN application for UN ECOSOC accreditation in his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. This 10 year delay amounts to a blockading of anti-caste activism, despite the UN’s principle of right to association.

13thJune – Minority Rights Group International launch www.peoplesunderthreat.org

11thJune – Human Rights Watch World Report 2018, Amnesty Report 2018 and the US State Department reports on India and Nepal find that caste-based discrimination and violence remain a serious threat and human rights violations against Dalits are widespread.

May – UN anti-racism committee issues strong recommendations on fighting caste discrimination in Nepal.

23rdMay – UN Special Rapporteur on racism expresses her concerns ‘regarding the legal status of caste-based discrimination’ in the UK in her end of mission statement.

 

2017