The Global Call for Action to End Caste Discrimination is an outcome of the International Consultation on Good Practices and Strategies to Eliminate Caste Based Discrimination held in Nepal (29 Nov – 1 Dec 2011). In the Global Call, the following overall recommendations were made to governments:
To governments, we applaud those states where progressive legislative and policy measures to eliminate caste-based discrimination have been adopted and we urge the full and immediate implementation of these measures and monitoring of their enforcement. We call for the development of new legislation and policies to eliminate caste-based discrimination where such measures are lacking. We appeal to governments to officially recognize caste-based discrimination and to implement without delay measures for its elimination.
We call for National Action Plans to eliminate caste-based discrimination in all affected countries, to include also specific provisions for women. We demand that all relevant UN recommendations on caste-based discrimination be put into effect immediately.
Recommendations on Good Practice and Strategies to Eliminate Caste-Based Discrimination
Governments should exercise leadership at the local, national and international level to eliminate caste and caste-based discrimination through the application and promotion of good practices. Their efforts should be encouraged and supported by other actors, including civil society organisations, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, international financial institutions, the private sector, UN, European Union (EU), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Organization of American States (OAS), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), African Union (AU), Arab League of Nations, and relevant international organisations.
Moreover, the following recommendations were made to the governments of: