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Statement by the Asia Dalit Rights Forum

by ragini — last modified 2014-07-09 15:23

6th AMCDRR

Statement by the Asia Dalit Rights Forum on Inclusion of communities affected by

                     Caste Based Discrimination (CBD) in Disaster Risk Reduction

                 At the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

                                    22-26 June 2014, Bangkok, Thailand


Recognising the high vulnerability of Asia region to disasters, and hence, the importance of the 6th AMCDRR as a platform to input into the HFA 2 process for inclusive DRR and climate change adaptation, to influence and inform the national and local level policy, and upholding the need for convergence with the Sustainable Development Goals;

Recognising that 260 million are affected worldwide with Caste-based discrimination (social arrangement based on occupation, leading to untouchability of those hailing from the so called lower castes) (Caste discrimination: A global concern, Human Rights Watch report 2001), and its intersectionality with gender, age and disability;

Acknowledging the findings of vigilant monitoring by civil society groups in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka that has revealed the consistent pattern of discrimination and exclusion faced by caste affected and discriminated Dalit vulnerable communities in all interventions pertaining to disaster response, mitigation and risk reduction, and climate change adaptation;
 
We, the members of the Asia Dalits Rights Forum engaged in protection of the rights of caste discriminated groups, at the national, regional and international levels over many years, call upon the leaders of the Conference to give urgent attention to the recommendations below:

1. Principle
Explicitly recognise the problem of caste-based discrimination and exclusion in disaster prevention and response in the Asia region into the DRR and Climate change adaptation/HFA 2 frameworks.

2. Practice

Encourage disaggregated data gathering by the governments and humanitarian stakeholders and reporting to assess the extent of outreach and service provision to these caste affected communities in DRR and Climate change adaptation with a common approach to addressing the risk of caste-based discrimination in humanitarian programming across the spectrum of interventions from disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
3. Policy and legislation
Support the development and implementation of inclusive and appropriate disaster management law and policy at local, national and international level that enable the effective targeting of marginalised and excluded groups for disaster prevention and response and climate change adaptaton, with a specific focus on CBD.

4. Inclusive vulnerability and risk assessments and Monitoring
Promote the use of appropriate tools based on participatory methods and principles of social equity audit for monitoring and auditing the extent of social equity and inclusion of persons affected by caste–based discrimination in disaster response and risk reduction programmes.

5. Encourage advocacy with the governments and UN agencies to take measures to address exclusion and CBD in all the programmes they fund, with a particular emphasis on addressing the pre existing socio-political and economic vulnerabilities of caste discriminated communities and disaggregated reporting of resilience building programmes for these caste affected communities.




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*ADRF is a platform of civil society organizations in Bangladesh, India, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka working for the empowerment and emancipation of the communities subjected to descent and work based discrimination and violence.
It aims at addressing the rights and entitlements of these communities in the respective countries and collectively in Asia and at international level.
It has a decade old history, when the idea was mooted at the gathering of Dalit rights activists and those in Solidarity at the World Social Forum in 2004. This was further strengthened at the Karachi Social Forum wherein Dalit rights activists gathered from the South Asian countries. The rationale for this networking lay in the contiguity of the countries of this region, the commonality of the systemic nature of discrimination suffered by the peoples living in these countries and the felt need to make collective interventions in UN bodies, EU and in individual governments on the one hand and the international human rights organizations and donor partner organizations on the other hand.
The objective of such interventions was to gain global visibility and recognition to the issue of caste based discrimination and to engage the governments in South Asia to make responsive policy changes for the betterment of Dalit communities.







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