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[PDF] Durban Review Conference and caste-based discrimination

Author: International Dalit Solidarity Network, Human Rights Watch, the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights and 6 other supporting organisations, Published on: 15 April 2009

Caste-based discrimination…subjects an estimated 260 million people globally to discrimination on the grounds of work and descent…Victims suffer a hidden apartheid of segregation, modern-day slavery and other forms of discrimination...While the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action…does not refer explicitly to caste-based discrimination, it includes several provisions that recognize the importance of the problem of racism and xenophobia based on descent…[T]he United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination…ha[s] repeatedly reaffirmed that caste falls under the aegis of the Race Convention. The Review Conference should build on this…and…States Parties are…encouraged…to work for the inclusion of relevant language into the final outcome document.

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