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US holds 1st global conference on ‘Defending Dalit Rights’

The three-day conference on 'Defending Dalit Rights' is to be held at Trinity Washington University.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Published: March 19, 2015 6:35 pm
dalit rights, US global conference The purpose of the Global Conference is to increase awareness of the injustices visited upon an estimated 260 million caste-affected individuals worldwide. (Source: Express Archive)

The first global conference on Dalit rights will be held  to increase awareness about injustices faced by nearly 260 million people across the globe including people  in India due to caste-based discrimination.

The three-day conference on ‘Defending Dalit Rights’ entitled ‘Establishing Justice, Dignity, Equality and Humanity’ is being organized by the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) and Global Conference Organizing Committee (GCOC) from Thursday at Trinity Washington University.

At the conclusion of the conference, GCOC will announce its strategy and the Declaration of Dalit Rights during a human chain demonstration in front of the White House, a statement has said.

The demonstration will implore US President Barack Obama and Congress members to support Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s House Resolution that calls for Congress to condemn discrimination against Dalit people.

“The purpose of the Global Conference is to increase awareness of the injustices visited upon an estimated 260 million caste-affected individuals worldwide, who face caste-based discrimination, exclusion, inequality, and violence,” ICDR statement said.

While caste-based discrimination is widely practiced in South Asian nations like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, it can also be found in other parts of the world including Japan, Yemen, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Somalia, it said.

President of ICDR, D B Sagar Bishwakarma has said they are expecting senior US Government officers, Congressional and Civil Rights leaders, along with Dalit-rights leaders and dignitaries from South Asia, Europe, Japan, and other parts of world to attend the conference.

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  1. Ruth Mesa
    Mar 19, 2015 at 7:50 pm
    What happened in case of Devyani Khobragade and Recently in case of retired visitor Mr Patel suggest USA is not a country that respects any ones Human rights. USA Government was involved ion Bank rolling entire Khalistan Movement during Cold War. Looks like it is still involved in Naxal and Ultra Movement funding and now opening third front, against Hindus. As long as Italian Mafia family is free, India in in Danger of US interference?.
    1. S
      Mar 20, 2015 at 7:45 am
      All US wants from Dalits is to convert to Christianity Ever hear of a any other social group meet from any other place in the world including the once exploited and raveged by the Whites like the ones in South America.
      1. V
        Mar 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm
        It is time for Indian inefficient Consulate in US to track this new front and persons (their real names), VISA Categories and Pports and their financial supporters, Tax Files etc. Also it is necessary to set up a "Worldwide Atrocity Society" which began displacing Indians, Africans and then Native Indians as a future balance against such a move. Indians (Girmitiya) and Africans (labourers/slave) can lead the front and demand justice. Highlight discrimination based on skin colour which is still in practice and also in some places it is subtle. Indian Govt should have a contingency plan right now rather as usual we always panic at the last minutes hen such designs starts to play big role and blockades and trade embargo etc. Watch out India !! India has adopted job, education and promotions to our deprived society and should enforce other countries to adopt that to help our displaced "Grimitiya Indians".