EP resolution on caste-based discrimination (2013)

On 10 October 2013, the European Parliament debated – and then adopted – a resolution on caste discrimination, calling on the EU to strengthen its policy on the issue. The resolution had been prepared by the Committee on Development (DEVE), which unanimously approved the draft resolution on 17 September.

Summary of the resolution

Text of the adopted resolution

Transcript of the EP debate (IDSN)

Motion for an EP resolution on caste discrimination

Oral questions for the debate on caste discrimination

EP: The EU must fight caste discrimination (IDSN news release)

EP resolution – links and references

EP resolution on caste discrimination in India (2012/2909(RSP))

In December 2012, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on caste discrimination in India under rule 122, breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The text included strong calls for action by the Indian Government to ensure protection of its citizens against caste-based human rights violations. The resolution furthermore called for the adoption of an EU policy on caste discrimination.

Read the resolution here

IDSN news story on the EP resolution

EP resolution on the human rights situation of Dalits in India

In February 2007, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation of Dalits in India. The resolution noted that “implementation of laws protecting the rights of Dalits remains grossly inadequate” and expressed concern over “the lack of substantive EU engagement with the Indian Government, notably within the EU-India Summits, on the vast problem of caste-based discrimination.”

Read the resolution here