Dalits

The UK works with foreign governments to promote the inclusion of Dalits into society and to support the efforts of civil society and NGOs in raising awareness of the situation of Dalits worldwide . In India, Dalits have historically been at the bottom of the Hindu caste system. The Indian constitution (1950) abolished discrimination on the basis of caste and contains provisions to reserve public sector jobs and places in education for Dalits. There are also many successful people in India from t he Dalit community. Nevertheless,many Dalits still continue to face discrimination in their everyday lives, particularly in rural areas of India where the caste system still prevails. We welcome the ongoing measures that the Indian government has taken to address discrimination, and will continue to discuss these issues with the relevant Indian authorities. We have also supported the Indian government¶s efforts to help ensure equal treatment and access to services for the most disadvantaged communities in India, including Dalits, through a number of projects. The Indian government will carry out a caste -based census in 2011 which will help it to target assistance and employment opportunities more accurately at disadvantaged groups . In Nepal,our Embassy provided support for a consultation exercise which brought together 235 grassroots NGOs, including organisations representing Dalit rights, to assist in the preparation of a shadow report for Nepal¶s Universal Periodic Review at the UN¶s Human Rights Council. The Embassy also funded a Dalit representative to attend the review session to gain first hand exposure to UN mechanisms.

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