The International Commission for Dalit Rights in collaboration with Dalit and Amebedakarite Organizations from USA, Canada, UK, Europe, India, Nepal, Pakistan and other South Asian Countries organized Global March in DC to increase awareness of the issues faced by millions of caste-affected individuals worldwide. The rally began at 2:00pm ET and concluded at5:00pm at the Capitol Hill Upper Senate Park. The organizers announced post-march activities such as Global Conference on Drafting Dalit Rights, Drafting Binding Resolution and Congressional Hearing, Online Campaigns for continues alert and educate US and international policy-makers. Over 260 million Dalits around the world are socially, politically, and economically oppressed. Every day Dalits are forced into slave and bonded labor, denied access to communal water sources, and refused service at public establishments solely on the basis of their caste or descent. 

ICDR Founder and President Dil Bishwakarma (who goes by DB Sagar) said “This march is about restoring the basic human rights that are denied to people every day at the hands of the caste system. The United Nations has done extensive work that documents the perils of caste discrimination and The United States can take the global lead in eradicating this gross injustice. ICDR is grateful for the support it has received from organizations across the US and internationally, and we think this will be a historic milestone in the fight for equality.”  

In-front of the White House, Mr. DB Sagar made a special remark and urged the President Obama to speak up and stand for the elimination of Caste-based Discrimination and sexual violence. He urged Mr. President to endorse Draft UN Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination based on Work and Descent established by the UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/11/CRP.3); and also called the US Congress to pass a binding resolution against caste-based discrimination that mandates action by US government agencies in caste-affected countries.

Caste Freedom Index provides ample information and advocacy frameworks:

Caste Freedom Index (CFI) as a unique and universal framework addressing inequalities and measure discrimination based on caste or descent of nearly 260 million the world’s most marginalized and socially excluded population known as “Dalits” or “Oppressed people”, who have been victimized, discriminated against and excluded from mainstream development progress based on their caste or work and descent in South Asia, parts of Africa, the Middle East and other part of the world.
The CFI covers a total of six Human Rights domains, and will expand its implementation to the whole of caste-affected countries. The pilot phase has been focused on two subject domains, Political Representation of Dalits and Family Life, Privacy, and Personal Dignity.  The pilot project team has been working in selected districts of Nepal in collaboration with Dalit NGO Federation with a technical support of Statistics Without Borders (SWB), and arms of American Association of Statistics.

A letter from the President:

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, it is time to recognize the rights and dignity of nearly 300 million Dalit people worldwide. We appeal on international policy-makers to make good on their broken promises to govern towards increased social justice, equality, inclusion and the recognition of human rights. The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) calls on member states of the United Nations to endorse the “Draft Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination based on Work and Descent” by the UN Human Rights Council. The UN Principles and Guidelines constitute a strong tool to encourage specific anti-discrimination legislation and relevant policy measures for governments and their agencies, UN and other international agencies, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

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