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On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

Human Rights Education Campaign, Equality & Social Justice

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  • Date July 2011 to Jan 2012
  • Venue Gondia District

ACJP believes that most of the violations of the human rights are due to ignorance of the victims about their human rights enshrined in to the Indian Constitution and proclaimed by United nations under UN Charter on Human Rights.
India is the largest functioning democracy but people needs to be educated on the functioning of democracy and how to achieve trieir rights and privileges through human rights education. Unless justice is established ,peace can not take root.
India is suffering from worst form of discrimination based on caste and untouchability and this is nothing but a mental disease. Therefore this disease of high caste and low caste mentality needs to be treated through CERD Committee-1996 suggested solution of providing human rights education to all on continuing basis.This will help creating fraternity and provide equality and justice to all.
With this aim in mind,ACJP with the support of Government of Maharashtra,(Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute-BARTI,Ministry of Social Justice and Special Assistance )undertook six months pilot project ( from July 2011 to Jan 2012) "HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ,EQUALITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE" in Gondia District of Vidarbha Region which is one of the most backward district of Maharashtra and sensitive to caste atrocities.
The project was completed successfully with the support of BARTI, District Administration of Gondia, Office of Suptd. of Police and PCR Cell and Office of Distt.Sp.Social Welfare Officer. Local CBO and NGO also supported this project with great enthusiasm.

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Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (1 to 5 Article Bold Added)

Article 2

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Annual Health Report on HDI-MMRDA March 2011-March 2012

ACJP was allotted health intervention project to improve health parameters of project affected slum-dwellers at New Gautam Nagar, Govandi,Mumbai by MMRDA,Govt.Of Maharashtra during 2011-12 and the same was completed successfully.

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Education Annual Report 2012

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  • Date 2011 - 2012
  • Venue Govandi - Mumbai

ACCESS TO EDUCATION

Educational Intervention project on improvement of educational parameters of project affected people and slum-dwellers in Mumbai. ACJP brought all childrens of the project affected colony in schools with 100% enrollment.It reduced dropout rate and conducted adult literacy program, awareness about Right To Education Act.The project was sponsored by MMRDA, Govt.Of Maharashtra during 2011-12 and the same has been completed successfully.

(The detailed project report is placed for reference purpose and not allowed to use any part of project without permission of ACJP)

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ACJP MMRDA HDI enhancement project

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  • Date June 2010 - Jan 2011
  • Venue Govandi - Mumbai

ACJP was allotted HDI enhancement project to improve  the parameter of health, education and  livelihood  for  project affected people and slum-dwellers of rehabilitated colony  constructed by MMRDA,Govt.Of Maharashtra during 2011-12 and the same has been  completed successfully.

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Conference

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  • Date June 6, 1998
  • Venue Toronto, Canada

Presidential Address by Yogesh Varhade, President of Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

"INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY AND THE ROLE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY"

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Fundamental Human Rights Instruments of United Nations

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Universal Human Rights Declaration 1948
India wants "Caste" to be included in the Fundamental Rights *
International Convenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

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General Recommendation xxix

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Recalling the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights according to which all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and are entitled to the rights and freedoms therein without distinction of any kind, including 'race, colour, sex, language, religion, social origin, birth or other status';

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Justice for untouchables

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How do you end India's caste system from Toronto?

Through international pressure, and a lot of dedication and hard work, that's how, according to York economics professor Sam Lanfranco. Lanfranco, an advisor with the Toronto-based Ambedkar Centre for Justice and Peace, an organization founded by Toronto businessman Yogesh Varhade to end a system that determines a person's status in life based on the livelihood of the family they are born into. At the top of the system are the priestly brahmins, the elite. They are followed, in descending order, by: the warrior kshatriyas; the merchant vaishyas; and the servant shudras. At the very bottom of the heap are the so-called scheduled castes, also known as untouchables or dalits (meaning the downtrodden).

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Kherlanji

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  • Date 22 September 2006
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Killings, rapes, beatings, lynching of women, children and me, destroying their homes, of Dalits (Buddhist/Untouchables) Community, is a daily occurrence in India. It has not changed much in rural India after 50 plus years of independence. Child labour, Bonded labour, child prostitution (Devdasi system) is systematically perpetuated by Caste Hindus to benefit from their blood, sweat, and tears. Look at this lynching example on 29th September 2006 in a village in the state of Maharastra, India.

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NGOCHR

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  • Date 3 August 2005
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Dr Charles Graves, secretary general of Interfaith International, an organization that promotes interreligious understanding and co-operation between different faith communities and organizations of religious or spiritual conviction, briefly introduced the topics and speakers at today's briefing. The following proceedings had three speakers talk about three very different topics united under the banner of preventing discrimination and the denial of human rights.

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General Recommendation xxix - Part 2

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Recalling

the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights according to which all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and are entitled to the rights and freedoms therein without distinction of any kind, including ‘race, colour, sex, language, religion, social origin, birth or other status’;

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Human Rights Violations Against Dalits

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DALIT BOY BEATEN TO DEATH FOR TAKING PART IN "GITA PAATH

THE TIMES OF INDIA (DATED:-16 JUNE 2006(Friday)) (DELHI UNIT)

LUCKNOW:- A teenaged dalit named Mukesh was beaten to death in Ferozabad district for daring to participate in a "Bhagwat Paath",organised by the local Lodh Rajput community. The victim's brother and some relatives who came to the rescue of the teenager were also assaulted. The incident took place on Tuesday night(13 JUNE 2006).

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Petition on Untouchability

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Please petition the United Nations and the Indian government. Petition them to publicize appropriately and especially in India the findings of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) slamming the Indian government on the Indian practice of untouchability which is a crime against humanity. This is required by the UN Convention but the Indian government shows no intention of complying.

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Press Release

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  • Date 24th Nov, 2006
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On Friday, 24th Nov, 2006 Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace (ACJP) protested against killings of Dalits in India before United Nations at New York. The protest was observed to highlight the suffering of Dalits/Untouchables and educate the international civil society. ACJP delegation presented the demands in the form of Memorandum to be conveyed to the Prime Minister of India through his Excellency Ambassador Nirupam Sen at the Permanent Mission of India to United Nations. We also presented a copy of Memorandum to the office of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan.

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Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

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We are a global volunteer charity organization with its Global Headquarters at Tunkhannock, PA, USA .

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World Summit on the Information Society

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  • Date 16 November 2005
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ACJP NEWSLETTER
November, 2005
Volume 1, Issue 2

The "World Summit on the Information Society" was held recognizing the revolution in Information and Telecommunication world; and how this revolution has fundamentally changed the way people think, behave, communicate, and earn their living. This world summit was held in two phases. The first summit took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second summit was held in Tunis, Tunisia from 16 to 18 November 2005.

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Elements of a Strategic Canadian Foreign Policy Framework for Action on Child Labour

1. Canadian Leadership within International Organizations and the Multilateral System

Action through the United Nations

The United Nations is the broadest forum in which Canada can use its voice, diplomatic engagement with other nations' governments, and material contributions to address the full range of conditions that must come into play in finding solutions to problems of child labour exploitation. Canada should work through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF's program on Children In Especially Difficult Circumstances, in particular to increase and strengthen projects aimed at providing sustainable alternatives for high-risk child workers (e.g., in situations of bondage or of danger to life and health).

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