European Parliament resolution to combat caste discrimination
Protecting citizens against the discrimination, the representatives of the 28 countries in the European Parliament (EP) on 10 October 2013 adopted a strong resolution condemning caste discrimination. The EP advocates European Union institutions to strengthen its policy on the issue.
The committee on Development (DEVE) has prepared the motion for a resolution and its draft was collectively approved on 17 September.
Likewise acknowledging the vast caste-based problem in India, earlier in December 2012, the European Parliament has passed a resolution on caste discrimination in India under rule 122, indicating discrimination violates of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. While, on February 2007 EP sanctioned a resolution on the human rights situation of Dalits in India.
The South Asian campaigners on Dalit Human Rights have welcomed the EP resolution. Campaigners hope the resolution will help to combat discrimination and push the agenda at trade talks with EU and countries where untouchability practices such as India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
About 260 million people prejudices on caste issues around the world. South Asia founds the majority of caste discrimination affected people similar victims figure were found in African countries, Japan, Yemen and in diaspora communities of South Asian origin in Europe, North America and Asia.
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