Caste-based Discrimination in International Human Rights Law

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2013 - Law - 322 pages
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With particular focus on the Hindu caste system, this book represents a comprehensive analysis of the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination in international law. It evaluates the strategies that have informed the work of the United Nations in this area, mapping a new path that moves from standard-setting to implementation. Combining legal analysis with the meaning and origin of caste, it explores the remedies human rights law can propose towards the prohibition of caste-based discrimination, and the abolition of the caste system itself. The book provides a benchmark on the achievements of the international community in combating all forms of racial discrimination, and the policies that must inform future measures. With its clear and accessible style this volume will be of interest to scholars of law and human rights, as well as policy-makers and practitioners working in this area.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART 1
52
The Origin of Caste 23
67
PART 2
91
The Indian Constitution and the Elimination of Castebased
117
The United Nations and the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
159
PART 3
203
A Legal History of Descentbased Discrimination
213
Enhancing Protection against Castebased Discrimination
239
Conclusion
267
Bibliography
285
Index
297
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Formerly a visiting professor of Canadian history at the University of Victoria and post-doctoral fellow in the history of medicine at McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario, David Keane is now a research associate in educational development in McMaster's Health Sciences Faculty. His current work on nineteenth century Ontario is on the social history of medical education and the medical profession.

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