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Special Rapporteur on Work and Descent Based Discrinination

by udaya — last modified 2009-04-06 14:24

Prof. Chin Sung Chung, UN’s Special Rapporteur on Work and Descent Based Discrimination, was on an informal visit to India from 24th February to 1st March 2006.

Prof. Chin Sung Chung, UN’s Special Rapporteur on Work and Descent Based Discrimination, was on an informal visit to India from 24th February to 1st March 2006. Prof. Chung was taken for a field visit to Rajasthan from 25th to 26th February. Prof. Chung also visited Nand Nagri in Delhi to meet Safai Karamcharis.

 Exposure Visit to Rajasthan

 Prof. Chung, Mr. Paul Divakar, Mr. P. L. Mimroth and couple of other people visited the following places:

  1. Jethran, District-Pali: Meeting with Victim’s Family and Dalit Community - case of brutal murder of a Dalit Human Rights  Defender
  2.  Kansel: Meeting with Dalit community whose well was desecrated five times with human excreta
  3.  Nare: Meeting with Dalit Community where a Dalit youth was burnt alive
  4.  Peethalpur: Meeting with Dalit Community – case of mass pollution and desecration of Dalit settlement

Meetings in Delhi

    •  On 27th February 2006, an informal Consultation with UNICEF and DFID was organized wherein various issues related to caste discrimination was shared at great length.
    • Dr. R.K.Nayak, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) met Prof. Chung in New Delhi and shared his views on the multifaceted dimension of caste discrimination, and how UN and its various agencies like ILO and others could be involved in tackling casteism and caste based discrimination.
    •  Dr. Justice Shivraj V Patil, Member, NHRC met Prof. Chung for about 45 minutes. During the discussion various issues came up which were related to discrimination faced by Dalits and the role of NHRC.
    • An ILO delegation led by Dr. Leyla Tegmo-Reddy met Prof. Chung for another       round of informal discussions. During this discussion, issues related to Dalit bonded labour and some of the ILO Conventions came up in a significant way.
    • Prof. Chung held wide-ranging discussions with Dr. Suraj Bhan, Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Castes and other Members of the Commission on the 1st March 2006.Dr. Suraj Bhan expressed that the condition of Dalits within the country is still very bad. Untouchability and atrocities were the main problems faced by Dalits despite the fact that untouchability has been abolished by law and an Act has been passed to protect them from atrocities
    • She also met and had discussions with the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.

 

 Visit to Nand Nagri, Delhi

On 1st March 2006, Prof. Chung visited Nand Nagri in Delhi to see the condition of Safai Karamchari (Manual Scavengers). She was visibly moved after this visit where she was exposed to the deplorable conditions under which Safai Karamcharis are forced to work and subsist

 

 

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