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US to hold 1st global conference on 'Defending Dalit Rights'

US to hold 1st global conference on Defending Dalit Rights
The three-day conference on 'Defending Dalit Rights' entitled 'Establishing Justice, Dignity, Equality and Humanity' is being organised by the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) and Global Conference Organizing Committee (GCOC) from on Thursday at Trinity Washington University. At the conclusion of the conference, GCOC will announce its strategy and the Declaration of Dalit Rights during a human chain demonstration in front of the White House, a statement has said.

The demonstration will implore US President Barack Obama and Congress members to support Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's House Resolution that calls for Congress to condemn discrimination against Dalit people. "The purpose of the Global Conference is to increase awareness of the injustices visited upon an estimated 260 million caste-affected individuals worldwide, who face caste-based discrimination, exclusion, inequality, and violence," ICDR statement has said. While caste-based discrimination is widely practised in South Asian nations like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, it can also be found in other parts of the world including Japan, Yemen, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Somalia, it said.
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