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Press Release –2nd August 2008- 5th National General Council of National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)

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The 5th National General Council of National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) held on the 1st and 2nd of August 2008 in St. Pius College Campus and Mumbai University, Kalina- Mumbai. More than 150 delegates from 15 states of India participated.

 

National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)
Press Release – 2nd August 2008.
The 5th National General Council of National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) held on the 1st and 2nd of August 2008 in St. Pius College Campus and  Mumbai University, Kalina- Mumbai. More than 150 delegates from 15 states of India participated.
The main resolutions passed by this august body are as follows:
·         Adopted promotion of 4 Movements to address the 4 core issues of Dalits -  Land Rights, Women Rights, Economic Rights and Civil & Political Rights.
o        AIDMAM – All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch -  for women Rights,
o        NDMJ- National Dalit Movement for Justice -  for Civil & Political Rights
o        DAAA- Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan -  for Economic Rights
o        NFDLRM- National Federation of Dalit Land Rights Movements -  for Land Rights
·         These four movements will be autonomous,  secular and political in character but will not indulge in  party politics.
·         These movements will concentrate both in Advocacy interventions to hold the state accountable for all the human rights violation on dalits and also to involve in Mass Action by mobilizing the Dalits at the gross root level
·         Also will take these rights at the International Forums to bring pressure to the Government of India and duty bearers to address this issue of Caste and Caste based Discrimination to ensure dignity, equality and justice to dalits.    
·         To promote a Coalition to Facilitate strengthening these 4 movements and also to assist them in Policy Guiding, Governance and Financial Management.
·         The Coalition to have a National Advocacy Desk to assist the 4 movements in National Advocacy and also to undertake the task of initiating various options to address other ESC issues like Dalit Minorities issues, Education Rights, Health Rights, Water Rights, Housing Rights etc., in order to enable Dalits to enjoy their legitimate space and rights in par with other Indians.
·         Also to have an International Advocacy Desk to co-operate and co-ordinate with IDSN to intensify the Advocacy initiatives in UN, EU and other Bilateral and Multilateral bodies for bringing pressure on GOI to fulfill its universal obligations in protecting and promoting the HRs of Dalits.  Also this Desk should concentrate in strengthening ADRM – Asia Dalit Rights Movement – by bringing together all the National Dalit Platforms function in Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India.
·         To have alliance with other Dalit movements and critical collaboration with other social and mass movements of the marginalized like Adivasis, Muslims, Women and Bahujans.
The National Council passed a resolution to make an Appeal to the National Commission on SC/ST to review its position on using the word Dalit and demanded the   withdrawal of  its orders recommending the word of SC only to be used in all government records and communication. The Council reaffirmed that the word  Dalit denotes all those who are broken and oppressed, and clearly articulates the emphasis for assertion, resistance against all forms of discrimination, to pose  challenge on  oppressors, and calls for inclusiveness and striving for Dignity, Equality, Justice and Peace for all. This word Dalit  has got all acceptance world wide and gone into the records of various documents in the national and international arena although it does not find a place in the Official records.   
The delegates joined by the dalit mass of Mumbai, undertook a Mammoth Dalit Rights Rally  from Vakola to Mumbai University on the 2nd August 2008,  raising slogans demanding protection of their Socio economic political rights.
It was culminated by a Public Meeting in Mumbai University, Kalina, Mumbai,  where in Various Dalit Leaders and other dignitaries addressed. Dr. Prakash Ambedkar, the well known Dalit Leader thundered that these movements should demand our share in all wealth and systems of this country whether it is social, economic or political. Dalits have lost their dignity, life and livelihood by the caste system and all movements should strive to regain our lost human personality by eliminating this obnoxious system. Also we need to get our share in power at all levels for enjoying our rights at all spheres. Justice Suresh voiced that what our constitution ensured – both democracy and republic – has not been realized by the people of this country especially Dalits. He  declared that the next decade should be a decade for revolution for dalits and other marginalized to get their rights and needs. Others who spoke in the public meeting, includes, Mr. Paul Divakar, Mr. Vincent Manoharan, Ms. Pratima Joshi, Sr. Sudha Varghees, Prof. P.J. Jogdand, Mr. Vijay Parmar, Mr. P.L. Mimroth, Prof. Ramayya, Mr. Manas Jena, Mr Lalit Babar and Dr. Prasad.
J. Vincent Manoharan – General Secretary – NCDHR
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