The challenges ahead
August 2013 The Government remains determined to stall on caste discrimination legislation Despite letters...
August 2013 The Government remains determined to stall on caste discrimination legislation
Despite letters from Lord Avebury to query the conduct of the Minister Helen Grant MP, the responses from the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Maria Miller MP and the Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron indicate their unwillingness to question the Minister’s conduct despite what appears to be a clear breach of government policy.
July 2013 The Government announcement
The Government published their long anticipated timetable for its consultation and implementation of caste discrimination legislation under Clause 9(5)(a) of the Equality Act
Click here for DSN-UK Press Release
July 2013 Anticipating the timetable to implementation
DSN-UK AGM discussed what and why and how we will overcome the measures that are currently being discussed by the Government which will effectively kick the issue of caste discrimination legislation into the long grass. A proposed and unprecedented consultation period of up to 2 years, further research and review being undertaken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission of at least 6 months are just two of the ways being used to bring unnecessary delay to the implementation and enforcement of the legislation. To date despite letters and communications, there has been no indication of a proposed timetable, brief or guidelines as to how the consultation will be handled. The Dalit groups are still waiting for the much needed legislation to be implemented.
Baroness Stowell stated quite clearly in the House of Lords on 22 April about the timing for the public consultation:
The Alliance of Hindu Organisations have met with the Minister on at least 2 or 3 occasions, and also receive timely and encouraging responses to their letters and demands.
Championing the cause in the House of Lords is Lord Avebury who will leave no stone unturned in his fight for the rights of Dalits – asking Parliamentary Questions and writing to the Ministers in the House of Lords and Commons as well as the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.