Caste in the UK

No Escape - Caste Discrimination within the UK The Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN-UK) regards caste...

No Escape – Caste Discrimination within the UK

Demonstration in the UK against caste-based discrimination within the Asian diaspora

Demonstration in the UK against caste-based discrimination within the Asian diaspora

The Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN-UK) regards caste discrimination as one of the most severe human rights problems in the world today. DSN-UK was established in 1998 to undertake advocacy and lobbying activities in the UK to raise awareness of caste discrimination and to campaign for its eradication. DSN-UK is part of the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) and is an influential organisation whose members include international development NGOs, MPs, journalists, Dalit organisations and individuals.

I first became truly aware of the extent of caste discrimination in India, and of the resistance to it, when I attended the World Social Forum in Mumbai in January 2004.

I had been aware that there was such a system, and that it did affect many poor people, but the reality of it struck home in that experience.

There were several thousand Dalits at the World Social Forum protesting about the vicious effects of the caste system in India and other countries of South Asia. Hundreds of them marched, dancing and beating their drums, objecting to being regarded as the polluted outcastes of society.

I then learnt more about the problem when I met a group of Dalit activists on a second visit to Mumbai in February 2006.

I was therefore horrified to realise that caste discrimination has actually been exported to the UK through the Indian Diaspora.

The same attitudes of superiority, pollution and separateness appear to be present in South Asian communities now settled in the UK. This is an issue the Government and all those concerned about good community relations must address. Any discrimination, of whatever kind, is unacceptable and must be both legislated against and challenged by all appropriate means.

Jeremy Corbyn MP

DSN-UK Chairman and Member of the Parliamentary Group on Human Rights

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> No Escape Report : Caste in the UK

UK (2010) – Study finds evidence of caste discrimination in UK

The UK Government commissioned a report into the prevalance of caste prejudice and discrimination undertaken by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Caste discrimination and harassment has not been explicitly covered by British discrimination legislation. However, the Equality Act 2010 includes the provision that, by order of a Minister, caste may be treated as an aspect of race. This research was commissioned to help inform the Government whether to exercise this power. The research sought to identify whether caste discrimination and harassment in relation to aspects covered by discrimination legislation (i.e. work, education and the supply of goods and services) exists in Britain. Evidence suggesting such discrimination and harassment was found.

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In April 2013, after a prolonged campaign by civil society organisations, the UK government finally decided to outlaw caste discrimination.


Global Call Recommendation to End Caste Discrimination in the UK

Treaty Body Recommendations on Caste Discrimination in the UK

Universal Periodic Review and Caste Discrimination in the UK



International Dalit Solidarity Network has created an extensive database on caste-based discrimination.

All documents on the UK 

News on the UK in IDSN’s database


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