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Toronto school board becomes first in Canada to recognise caste discrimination

FILE PHOTO: Students arrive for the first time since the start of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Hunter's Glen Junior Public School, part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Reuters Toronto’s school board has become the first in Canada to recognise that caste discrimination exists in the city’s schools and has asked a provincial human rights body to help in creating a framework to address the issue. The Toronto District School Board on Wednesday voted in favour of a motion to that effect, which […]

Seattle becomes first US city to ban caste discrimination

Thenmozhi Soundararajan, founder and executive director of Equality Labs, speaks to supporters and opponents a of a proposed ordinance to add caste to Seattle’s anti-discrimination laws rally at Seattle City Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, in Seattle. Council Member Kshama Sawant proposed the ordinance. (AP Photo/John Froschaue

Seattle, US AP The Seattle City Council on Tuesday added caste to the city’s anti-discrimination laws, becoming the first US city to ban caste discrimination and the first in the world to pass such a law outside South Asia. Calls to outlaw discrimination based on caste, a division of people based on birth or descent, have grown […]

Contemporary slavery extensive around globe – UN investigator

China Xinjiang Uyghurs

United NationsAP A UN investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labour for China’s Uyghur minority, bonded labour for the lowest caste Dalits in South Asia, and domestic servitude in Gulf countries, Brazil and Colombia. Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur Tomoya Obokata adds that traditional enslavement, especially of […]

Musk’s Twitter deal stirs fears of abuse in Asia, Middle East

US San Francisco Twitter logo outside company HQ

Bangkok, Thailand/Beirut, LebanonThomson Reuters Foundation Elon Musk’s plan to acquire Twitter has alarmed human rights activists in Asia and the Middle East, where social media platforms have been accused of inciting violence. Musk has called himself a free speech absolutist and criticised Twitter’s policy of moderating content. But rolling back such curbs on hate speech […]