Lords Voted by 256 to 153 outlaw discrimination against people on the basis of their caste


91e33811fbSong of the day by Bob Marley and the Wailers :

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny
And in this judgment there is no partiality
So arm in arms, with arms
We will fight this little struggle
‘Cause that’s the only way
We can overcome our little trouble

Brother you’re right, you’re right
You’re right, you’re right, you’re so right
We gonna fight, we’ll have to fight
We gonna fight, fight for our rights

Natty dread it in a Zimbabwe
Set it up ina Zimbabwe
Mash it up in a Zimbabwe
Africans a liberate
Zimbabwe
No more internal power struggle
We come together, to over come the little trouble
Soon we will find out
Who is the real revolutionary
‘Cause I don’t want my people
To be contrary

Brothers you’re right, you’re right
You’re right, you’re right, you’re so right

We’ll have to fight, we gonna fight
We’ll have to fight, fighting for our rights

Mash it up ina Zimbabwe
Natty trash it ina Zimbabwe
Africans to liberate
I and I a liberate Zimbabwe

Brother you’re right, you’re right
You’re right, you’re right, you’re so right

We gonna fight, we’ll have to fight
We gonna fight, fighting for our rights

To divide and rule
Could only tear us apart
In everyman chest there beats a heart
So soon we’ll find out
Who is the real revolutionaries
And I don’t want my people
To be tricked by mercenaries

Brother you’re right, you’re right
You’re right, you’re right, you’re so right
We gonna fight, we’ll have to fight
We gonna fight, fighting for our rights

Natty trash it ina Zimbabwe
Mash it up ina Zimbabwe
Set it up ina Zimbabwe
Africans a liberate
Zimbabwe
Africans a liberate Zimbabwe

Natty dub it ina Zimbabwe
Set it up ina Zimbabwe
Africans a liberate Zimbabwe

Every man got a right
To decide his own destiny

My Thoughts on Caste Discrimination:

It was a Labour government who introduce the 2010 Equalities Act and it was a proud moment for many but not for the few. Why am I not surprised of this coalition fails to accept that Caste discrimination is an offence.

To put it into content there are many forms of discrimination be it race, creed, religious believes, disabilities, sex, same-sex or cultural  be they be a man or woman there should not be any different from us all.  Today Britain has a vast multi culture society with a many diversity that this Coalition Government has continue to recognise but not just them but also Labour lets take a further look into this and lets examine  the third largest community the Chinese community in the UK.  The  2011  Census  says  there  over  700,000  Chinese  and  East Asians  of   which  over  393,000  are  Chinese  in  England &  Wales.

So  why  are  the  Chinese  invisible  in  arts,  theatre,  national
institutions,  charities, think  tanks  and politic?

So  why  don’t  we  see  the  Chinese  or  East  Asian  actor s  in  the
National  Theatre?

So  why  did  the  RSC  use  white  actors  made  up  to  play  Chinese  in
their  recent  play, The Orphan of   Zhao –  utterly  shameful.

So  why  is it  that  they get tax  payers  f unding?

They  should  ref lect  the  makeup  of   society  or  I   say  be  stripped  of
tax  payers  funding.

The  Chinese  are  invisible  again  when  it  comes  to  appointments  t o
Public  Bodies.

Why has the Government not taken  action to ensure mor e than  the
119  Public  Appointments  out of   1,740  went to ethnic minorities?

I s  it  right  that  onl y  six  in  every  one  hundred  appointments  –  many of  them  made  by  Ministers  –  i s  f rom  a  Black  and  Minority  Ethnic background?

So  invisible  are  the  Chinese  in  t he  governance  of   Brittan  that   no
offical  statistic  of   the  number  of  Chinese  member s  of   Publicc
Bodies  is  published.

Another shocking statistic I  want to share with  you is the  number of
Chinese  awarded national  honours. So  invisible  are  the  Chinese  that  only  1  Chinese  out  of   1,223 people  received  an award  in  this year’s honours list.

Surely  even  using  George  Osborne’s  legendary  creative
mathematics  this doesn’t  look  a  representative  number?

So  where  are  the  Chinese  Dames,  Sirs  –  there  are  many  who  are
worthy  of   these  honours  but  society  has  failed  to  formally
recognise.

Now that I got that out of my chest I would like this coalition to address those concerns that I have raised what is the bet that I will not receive a reply from them. When Labour got into power there was an early day motion from five Labour MPs calling for Caste discrimination to be addressed but it did not have enough signatures for it to be debated ony 27 MPs from a cross-section see content of the motion:

CASTE DISCRIMINATION AND DALIT PEOPLES

Primary sponsor Corbyn, Jeremy  and  Sponsors

Bottomley, Peter

Drew, David

Gidley, Sandra

Simpson, Alan

Vis, Rudi

That this House welcomes the three-year study on caste discrimination agreed by the UN Human Rights Commission in April; notes the concerns expressed in recent International Development Committee and Department for International Development (DFID) Reports and the continuing threats and violence against Dalits resisting caste discrimination; urges the Foreign Office and DFID actively to support the UN study, including financially if necessary, and to work vigorously in the EU and beyond to end discrimination by work and descent; and further urges the Department of Trade and Industry to encourage all UK companies operating in India to adopt the Ambedkar Employment Principles aimed at overcoming such discrimination in India and elsewhere.

When I listen to this the above song about discrimination if reminds me that I have to tackle it day in and day out:

See article below:

Discrimination on the grounds of caste should be outlawed in the UK, peers said as they defeated the government in a vote in the House of Lords.

Peers backed an Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill amendment to add caste to race discrimination laws.

The government opposed the move, saying it had set up an education programme to tackle caste discrimination.

But peers said this was not enough, and the law needed to be changed. The government was defeated by 256 to 153.

downloadThe defeat was the second of the day for the government, with peers also challenging the government over the role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in promoting a more equal society.

Ministers want to remove a general duty on the commission underlining the need to protect human rights and promote equal opportunity for all in society, but peers blocked the move.

‘Racial prejudice’

indexAs the debate took place, more than 400 members of the Dalit community – so-called untouchables – protested outside Parliament.

The Bishop of Oxford Lord Harries of Pentregarth – who introduced the amendment – said the British Dalit community had reached 480,000 and evidence showed they suffered discrimination in education, employment and the provision of public goods and service.

At the moment, the bishop said, there was no means of legal redress for those suffering discrimination.

“We know in the case of race that nothing has been more effective in reducing racial prejudice than the law. It has had a most powerful educative effect,” he said.

“Nothing could be more significant and effective in reducing discrimination on the grounds of caste than to have a clear-cut law that discrimination in the public law would not be tolerated.”

Former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Deben, who spoke passionately in favour of the amendment, said: “You can change the name from untouchable to Dalit, but you cannot change the fact that some people are treated in an appalling way simply because of the person they were born.

“I have absolutely no doubt that it would be utterly wrong for us to say to the world that we had the opportunity to protect people from this disgraceful discrimination and we decided not to do it because we had to have another investigation.”

He said the history of the fight against discrimination was marked by people who did not want to change, arguing the issue should be looked at further.

‘Programme of education’

“It was only when we changed the law and made it wrong not only morally but legally that we actually had the change in attitude and gained the protection that we needed,” he said.

Crossbench peer Lord Alton said: “There are some values that we hold firmly in this country and we must stand firmly on those principles and not suggest to others that somehow or other to import those kind of conditions into the United Kingdom would ever be acceptable.

“However important things like trade relations are to British industry and developing cordial good relations with India and China, nonetheless the stand we take for upholding human rights and human dignity – the belief that no one is untouchable and that every person is of equal value – is the reason I am very happy to support this amendment.”

Former Conservative Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern gave his “full support” to the amendment which he said dealt with an issue “which ought not to disfigure our national life”.

For the government, Baroness Stowell said there was “some evidence of caste prejudice and discrimination taking place in the United Kingdom”.

“We all want to see an end to caste-based prejudice and discrimination,” she said. “We are not closing the door to legislation.

“From the limited evidence of class prejudice already available we believe that there is much to be gained through a programme of education and that is something we will get on with immediately.”

She said the Equality and Human Rights Commission was also going to look into the issue and report later this year.

Rebels voting in favour of the amendment included 22 Liberal Democrat peers and 9 Conservatives.

Former party leaders Conservative Lord Howard and Lib Dem Lord Steel rebelled, as did Baroness Williams and former Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay.

 

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