Global day of action to end caste discrimination - marches in London, Washington DC, San Francisco and India30/06/14
The 21st of June has been marked as a global day of action to end caste discrimination and marches were carried out in London, Washington DC, San Francisco and India on this day. In London, a letter was presented to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for action on enacting caste legislation in the UK, on caste-based rape and on endorsing the draft UN Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination based on Work and Descent (UN P&Gs). In Washington DC protesters picketed outside the Capitol demanding that Congress pass a binding resolution mandating action by US agencies in caste-affected countries and asking the US Government to take action on caste discrimination by endorsing the UN P&Gs. In other cities, protesters marked their solidarity with the global march by gathering and marching with placards and holding speeches.
Key demands by the many protesters from a wide-range of organisations in the US working to end caste-based discrimination and representatives from organisations in South Asia including Asha Kowtal of AIDMAM/NCDHR and in coalition with the Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network and the Dalit NGO Federation in Nepal:
- Endorsement by the White House of Draft UN Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination based on Work and Descent established by the UN Human Rights Council
- Passage by the US Congress of a binding resolution against caste-based discrimination that mandates action by US government agencies in caste-affected countries