(Apr 26, 2013)

Caste discrimination in Great Britain

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommends that the UK Government prohibit caste discrimination and provide remedies to victims of this form of discrimination.

Following the review of the UK Government by the CERD Committee at its 79th session in August, the Committee has published its Concluding Observations (C/CERD/GBR/CO/18-20) where it recommends the UK Government to amend national legislation to prohibit caste discrimination.

During the review, which was held on 23-24 August, Committee members asked the delegation about the existence of caste discrimination in the country. The delegation replied that there was "no consensus" on the need for introducing such legislation, and that the Government had not yet "taken a decision" on evidence that such discrimination exists in the country.

Apr 26, 2013:Britain moves a step closer to combating caste (New Internationalist)
Apr 24, 2013:Britain bans caste discrimination (IDSN)
Apr 23, 2013:Eleventh hour change from the Government turned 1000 protesters into 1000 partygoers - The UK Parliament outlaws Caste-Based Discrimination (Dalit Solidarity Network)
Apr 17, 2013:UK: Fight for caste legislation goes on (IDSN)
Aug 19, 2012:Casting out Caste in Britain (blog Geeta Bandi-Phillips, Huffington Post)
May 30, 2012: Caste included in the adopted report on the UK UPR review (IDSN)
Sep 12, 2011:UN Committee: Caste discrimination in the UK should be outlawed (IDSN)

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