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Dalit women activists bring the struggle to end violence against Dalit women to Europe

Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of the National Dalit Women’s movement in India (AIDMAM), and Dalit filmmaker Thenmozhi Soundararajan, brought the campaign to end violence against Dalit women to European decision-makers and public gathering in May. The two women spoke at a number of significant events in Europe to report back on the recent Self-respect march for Dalit women in India.

June 7th, 2014|European Union, UK|

Britain bans caste discrimination

As the first country outside South Asia, the UK has decided to legislate against caste discrimination. This form of discrimination will now be included as “an aspect of race” in Britain’s equality legislation.

April 24th, 2013|Access to justice, UK|

UK: Fight for caste legislation goes on

Following yesterday’s vote in the House of Commons against outlawing caste discrimination, campaigners - including the Dalit Solidarity Network UK - have vowed to continue their struggle to make this form of discrimination illegal.

April 17th, 2013|Access to justice, Diaspora, UK|

Rally decries UK government caste policy

As anti-caste discrimination campaigners demonstrated outside the British Parliament, the House of Lords decided to back an amendment to a bill that would make caste discrimination illegal in the UK.

March 4th, 2013|Access to justice, UK|

UPRs of India and the UK: Observations on outcomes and follow up

As a follow up to the Universal Periodic Reviews of India and the UK on 24 May, IDSN calls for the effective implementation of all caste-related recommendations and for constructive engagement with civil society in the implementation process.

June 11th, 2012|India, UK, United Nations|

Caste included in the adopted report on the UK UPR review

The report on the UN human rights review of the UK was adopted today. A significant recommendation on caste discrimination has been included in the final report. This will provide the basis for monitoring and reporting on the UK’s efforts to amend its legislation to include caste and promote a national strategy to eliminate caste discrimination in the next four years.

May 30th, 2012|UK, United Nations|

UPR-Reviews of the UK and India: Time to act on caste discrimination

When India and the UK come up for review by the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 24 May, IDSN urges all UN member states to seize this important opportunity to address concerns about caste discrimination based on recommendations by civil society and UN human rights bodies.

May 14th, 2012|India, UK, United Nations|

UPR recommendations: Caste discrimination in India and the UK

India and the UK will be up for review by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the Human Rights Council at the 13th UPR session in May. Both countries have been scheduled to take place on the same day, 24 May 2012.

March 30th, 2012|India, UK|

UN Committee: Caste discrimination in the UK should be outlawed

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommends that the UK Government prohibit caste discrimination and provide remedies to victims of this form of discrimination.

September 12th, 2011|UK, United Nations|

UN review: UK Government fails to acknowledge the need for outlawing caste discrimination

During a review by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on 23 and 24 August, the UK delegation said that there was "no consensus" on the need for prohibiting caste discrimination in the UK. Furthermore, the Government had “not made a decision” on the findings of a government-commissioned report, which concludes that caste discrimination exists in the UK. "Why are you so afraid?" a CERD Committee member asked during the dialogue.

August 25th, 2011|Diaspora, UK, United Nations|