‘Global March against Caste Discrimination’ in USA
The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) has organized the ‘Global March against Caste Discrimination’ in Washington DC on the 21st June 2014. In solidarity with the march, many community organizations, American Dalits, anti-caste activists and other social activists joined the protest events in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The San Francisco solidarity demonstration was held at the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza and was the second largest mobilization in numbers. Members and activists affiliated to organizations like the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), Association for India’s Development (AID-Bay Area), BAMCEF-International, International Bahujan Organization and Guru Ravidasiji Temple- Sacramento and Friends of South Asia (FSA) actively participated in it.
These events were organized in the background of the recent incidents of gruesome rapes and ‘honour’ killings of Dalit women in India. The demonstration is intended to communicate to the new government in India that the overseas Dalits and other concerned sections are deeply hurt by such incidents.
The March and the related solidarity events are the first such public events in the US initiated by the Washington DC based ICDR with the goal of increasing awareness among the policy makers in the US Congress and the White House regarding key issues that impact Dalits globally. Even in the US, a section amongst the immigrants face caste discrimination and prejudice, necessitating policy reform to assure fairness and justice to Dalits and other socially excluded groups. The main objectives of the Global March are to advocate:
- Endorsement by the White House of the Draft Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination based on Work and Descent (A/HRC/11/CRP.3).
- Passage by the US Congress to pass a binding resolution that requires action against caste-based discrimination and expands the geographic scope of its historical Concurrent Resolution on Untouchability in India (House Concurrent Resolution 139 of 2007).
The protest was peaceful and well attended. The protesters carried anti-caste banners and shouted slogans demanding speedy justice to the victims of caste violence and discrimination.
Report: Benjamin P. Kaila & Camera: KabirChumberPosted on June 25, 2014
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