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Durban Review Conference: Break the UN silence on caste discrimination

by safdar — last modified 2009-04-28 12:45

260 million people worldwide suffer from caste discrimination and are being silenced by the Durban Review Conference, which claims to aim at protecting all victims affected by discrimination and contemporary forms of racism. To break this silence, Human Rights Watch, IDSN, NCDHR and other human rights organizations, have issued a joint position paper calling on the conference to address this crucial issue.
Caste discrimination constitutes one of the most serious and widespread global human rights challenges today. Victims of caste discrimination suffer a hidden apartheid of segregation, modern-day slavery and other forms of severe discrimination as a result of having been born into a marginalized and stigmatised social group or caste. It is therefore deeply concerning that the Durban Review Conference is failing to tackle this type of discrimination and thereby silencing much needed debate on one of the most brutal and systematic forms of discrimination in the world today.

The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and other human rights organisations, are challenging this silence in a joint position paper urging UN member states to address caste-based discrimination at the Durban Review Conference, taking place in Geneva from the 20-24 April.

With the pending failure to address this issue at the UN conference, it is crucial that the problem is addressed in the public arena and through the media. This global human rights issue, affecting 260 million people worldwide, is currently being exemplified in the electoral process in India, where it is being reported that Dalit (or "low caste") citizens are being threatened, assaulted, and physically prevented from voting in the ongoing election campaign. The website dalitvotes.in offers up to date insight into this problem, which is eroding the very roots of the world's largest democracy.

 

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