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In this newsletter:
  • Indian Government under attack for atrocities against Dalits 
  • Has the Dalit uprising in Gujarat given birth to a movement?
  • Caste discrimination in the United Kingdom
  • Caste at the Human Rights Council’s 33 session
  • Caste in the Diaspora Survey 2016
  • Dalit Human Rights Defenders awarded 
  • Caste, social justice and democracy conference in Sri Lanka
  • Press clippings 2016

Indian Government under attack for atrocities against Dalits

The Indian government has come under attack for atrocities against Dalits. In a debate on Dalit atrocities in the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) on Thursday, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh  disputed claims of increasing rates of crime against Dalits in India, since Modi’s government took charge. The parliamentary debate was held after a series of violent attacks on caste grounds against Dalits over the last few months.
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Has the Dalit uprising in Gujarat given birth to a movement?

There has never been such a concerted show of Dalit strength, author and blogger, Mari Marcel Thekaekara reports in the New Internationalist:

While most of India was busy celebrating its 70thIndependence Day, many people were trying to comprehend and make sense of a sudden Dalit uprising in Gujarat. Gujarati Dalits had begun a huge march for dignity and respect culminating in a rally on 15 August, Indian Independence day. They were demanding justice for four young Dalit men who had been stripped, tied to a car and viciously thrashed for hours in public on 11 July, by cow vigilantes, known locally as gau rakshaks, for skinning a dead cow.
Read the full article here

Caste discrimination in the United Kingdom

On 28 August 2016, as a part of the regular review process, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published its concluding observations to the UK. The Committee expressed its concern that several provisions of the Equality Act 2010 have not yet been brought into legal effect, including Section 9(5)(a) on caste-based discrimination’. Once again the UK government is being urged to Invoke Section 9(5)(a) of the Equality Act 2010 without further delay to ensure that caste-based discrimination is explicitly prohibited under law and that victims of this form of discrimination have access to effective remedies, taking into account the Committee’s general recommendation No. 29 (2002) on descent’.
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Caste at the Human Rights Council’s 33 session

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) commenced its 33rd session on 13 September. This year the report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences has a thematic focus on debt bondage. The rapporteur notes that “the majority of those in debt bondage are reported to be in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal...
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Caste in the Diaspora Survey 2016

Dalit American Foundation in collaboration with the Ambedkar International Mission, Ambedkar Association of North America, and the Dalit American Women’s Association launched a worldwide survey, calling all South Asians in diaspora to take part. The survey aims to collect primary data on ‘how past and present class status or political leanings are connected to caste, how caste behaviours have changed post-immigration and to what extent caste discrimination is practiced in schools, places of employment or place of worship’.

To take the survey please click here.
 

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Dalit Human Rights Defenders awarded 

Raksha Ram Chamar (Harijan) from Madhesi Dalit community has been awarded the first Darnal International Award for Social Justice. Read more here.

Lenin Raghuvanshi receives the M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award 2016 for his work with the marginalised community, particularly the Dalits and adivasis (tribal people) in Varanasi. Read more here.
 
Bezwada Wilson receives a prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016 for his efforts in leading a grassroots movement to eradicate the degrading servitude of manual scavenging in India. Read more here.
 

Caste, social justice and democracy conference in Sri Lanka

International Center for Ethnic Studies is holding a conference on Caste, Social Justice and Democracy on 19 & 20 November.  
Click here to see the conference programme


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