The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, has said that relief work in his country should not be influenced by considerations of caste, creed or ethnicity. IDSN is urging the international community to incorporate measures against caste discrimination in disaster relief operations.
Thousands of Dalit families in Pakistan’s Sindh province are thought to be affected by flooding and now face discrimination during relief efforts.
A Pakistani Dalit activist and human rights defender was released by his abductors on 28 October after having endured 34 days of captivity.
When Pakistan conducts its upcoming National Census, Pakistani low-caste or sub-caste members are strongly urged to register themselves as Dalits rather than Hindus. For while they may be considered ‘untouchable’, they must not also be made invisible, when the population is counted and divided into categories that will determine what reservations, development initiatives and means of political participation will be made available to them.
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Pakistan promises to address caste-based discrimination in dialogue with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
On 19-20 February, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination considered the 15th-20th periodic reports of Pakistan on the implementation of the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination.
IDSN has submitted a contribution to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on caste-based discrimination for the review of Pakistan by the Committee at its 74th session in February 2009. The […]