Monthly Archives: January 2013

House of Lords 9th January 2013

10th January 2013

Baroness Thornton

Baroness Thornton’s amendment clause 28ZD on Caste in the Equality Act to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012 was tabled in the House of Lords in the evening of Jan 9. 2013

Both DSN-UK and ACDA were present at the meeting

Unfortunately, in spite of very powerful arguments from Baroness Thornton, herself, Lord Avebury ; Lord Harries and Lord Deben all calling for the legislation to be activated the Government felt unable to accept this amendment. Baroness Stowell of Beeston, speaking on behalf of the Government, did however agree to a further meeting with all stakeholders

Baroness Thornton proposed an ‘big thank you’ to Lord Avebury and Lord Harries for their enormous contribution to this campaign as well as to Lord Deben for his significant comments made during the debate. She concluded by saying: ‘The Government are getting this wrong and they need to remedy it’.

For the ‘Hansard’ transcript of this meeting please hit the link below


International Human Rights Day 10th December 2012

7th January 2013

Human Rights Day 10 December 2012

At a reception to mark the London launch of the UK’s campaign for election to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DSN-UK and CasteWatch UK continue to take up the cause for Dalit people in the UK and internationally.

Here they met with the  Ambassador of Nepal; Keith Porteous Wood – Executive Director, National Secular Society; Baroness Sayeeda Warsi – Senior Minister of State for Human Rights, Foreign and Commonwealth Office  and Baroness Uddin – Politician and Community Activist.

Issues discussed included the need for the UK Equality Act legislation to be activated as well as further discussions on the campaigns in South Asia specifically India and Nepal  

 Meena Varma,Director DSN-UK; Davinder Prasad, Director, CasteWatch UK              Davinder Prasad; Baroness Warsi  Davinder Prasad; Ambassador of Nepal (cenre)  from left:Keith Porteous Wood; Baroness Uddin; Meena Varma; Davinder Prasad