Archive

Press Release ‘UK government challenged on its non-implementation of law to outlaw caste discrimination’, September 2016.

An open letter to the Prime Minister of India, prior to his visit in the UK 2015.

A letter to the HMG Cabinet, 2014.

DSN-UK Submissions to:

The UK International Development Select Committee

A joint submission with Asia Dalit Rights Forum for the inquiry on the Sustainable Development Goals, 2016.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

A joint submission to CERD for Consultation with Civil Society on engagement with CERD, 23 November 2016.

A joint alternative report on ‘Caste-based discrimination in the UK’ to the UK review under CERD 2016.

A joint alternative report on ‘Caste-based discrimination in the UK’ to the UK review under CERD 2011.

The United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

A joint alternative report on ‘Caste-based discrimination in the UK’ to the UK review under UPR, 2016.

A joint alternative report to the UK review under the UPR, 2011.

The United Nations Special Procedures

A joint submission with READ on access to justice to the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, contributing to her annual report 2017.

A joint submission with READ on bonded labour to the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, contributing to her annual report 2016.

Evidence of Caste Discrimination in the UK revealed

2018

National Secular Society, 23 July 2018, ‘NSS: government decision on caste discrimination shows ‘callous disregard for victims’.

Kirkko ja Kaupunki, 26 March 2018, ‘Koska dalitit ovat vähemmän kuin ihmisiä, heitä kohdellaan kuin kulutustavaraa – kastisorto on maailman suurin vaiettu ihmisoikeusongelma’ (in Finnish).

Landscape Institute, 19 March 2018, ‘The Modern Slavery Act: what does it mean for landscape professionals?

Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 53, issue 10, 10 March 2018, ‘Public consultation on caste and equality law: caste in Britain’.

National Secular Society, 15 February 2018, ‘NSS announces shortlist for Secularist of the year 2018’.

2017

Casteaside, December 2017, ‘Casteaside: the fight to legislate caste in the UK’ (documentary).

The Diplomat, 06 December 2017, ‘Has caste discrimination followed Indians overseas?’  

Daily Mail Online India, 31 October 2017, ‘Modi’s India on Britain’s doorstep? MP and “Hindutva” charity accused of “pushing into the long grass” the proposed law on caste discrimination’.

Outlook India, 19 September 2017, ‘Public consultation on caste legislation closes in the UK’.

Little India, 18 September 2017, ‘Indian diaspora divided over caste ban legislation in the UK

The Sunday Times, 17 September 2017, ‘Untouchables: Anish Kapoor backs Dalits discriminated against by British Hindus’.

The International News, 16 September 2017, ‘Fifth Column: caste in faith’.

The Wire, 11 July 2017, ‘Hindu groups in UK hit back at British Government’s plans to ban caste-based discrimination’.

First Post, 4 July 2017, ‘Divisions within Indian diaspora as UK conducts public consultation into caste law’.

Open Democracy, 24 May 2017, ‘Why is the UK government wheeling back on legislation against caste discrimination?

BBC Asian Network, 18 January 2017, ‘The Caste Divide’ on Asian Network’s big debate programme with Nomia Iqbal (starting at 2:00 hours).

2016

Liberation (formerly the Movement for Colonial Freedom), Journal of Liberation vol. 59.(5), Universal Human Rights Day Issue, December 2016. ‘Dalit Solidarity Network UK challenges UK government on caste discrimination legislation’, by Meena Varma, page 3.

i (newspaper), 29 November 2016, ‘Why hasn’t Britain done more to outlaw the forced labour of ‘untouchable’ Indians?

Thomson Reuters Foundation News, November 2016, ‘The challenge to Britain’s anti-slavery ambitions: India’ by Meena Varma (Dalit Solidarity Network UK) and Aidan McQuade (Anti-Slavery International).

Christians Aware, November 2016, Action card ‘Dalits’. BBC Asian Network, 10 October 2016.

DSN-UK Director, Meena Varma, on Lunchtime (minutes 5:25- 9:00). Mishcon de Reya, 22 September, ‘Mishcon de Reya supports Dalit Solidarity Network UK in effort to outlaw caste discrimination’.

Al Jazeera, August 2016, ‘How to address the plight of India’s Dalits?’, interviews facilitated by DSN-UK.

Le Monde diplomatique, March 2016, ‘Persistance des discriminations chez les indiens: Au Royaume-Uni, des immigrés prisonniers des castes’ (apologies to non-French speakers but this is a great article on caste discrimination in the UK DSN-UK contributed to).

2015

The Economist, 2015, ‘Arguments over caste spread from India to Britain’.

Leading Britain’s Conversation, DAB digital radio 97.3, Drive Time, 2015, ‘How common is Caste Discrimination in Britain?

Channel 4, November 2015, an excellent piece featuring DSN-UK members ‘Caste discrimination fears as Modi visits UK’.

International Business Times, November 2015, ‘Modi UK visit: Indian Prime Minister ‘not welcome’ as Awaaz projects warning onto Parliament’.

SOAS South Asia Institute, September 2015, conference co-organised by DSN-UK ‘Caste out of the Shadows’ podcast.

Older

BBC Radio 4, Woman’s hour, 2010, ‘Caste discrimination in the UK’.

Outlook Business, 2009. ‘End the Apartheid’, by Meena Varma.

The Guardian, 11 February 2009, ‘India’s elephant in the room’ by Meena Varma.