The conference, involving around 100 representatives of church-related organisation from all over the world and members of affected communities, presents an opportunity to share experiences and perspectives to help meet the challenge of securing justice for Dalits. The event also serves to underscore the magnitude of the problem, which affects 260 million people worldwide.

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Caste discrimination involves serious human rights violations and is an unacceptable practice which requires global as well as national action.

The Lutheran World Federation furthermore stresses that, “The event will also serve to raise awareness of caste discrimination as a relevant pressing issue that was not addressed by the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in 2001. One of the secondary purposes of the Justice for Dalits conference will be to send a message to the Durban Review Conference meeting a month later in order to highlight once again the importance of a concerted international response to this challenge.”

Learn more about the conference: LWF | WCC

Documents: Conference concept paper | Conference draft program 

Contacts: Rev. Dr Deenabandhu Manchala (WCC) | Rev. Chandran Paul Martin (LWF) | Mr Peter Prove (LWF)

Find more information about the Durban Review Conference (DRC) here