England, Scotland, Wales
On 19 June 2007, during written answers in the House of Lords, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government, replied to a question from Lord Lester on caste discrimination. Lord Lester had asked:
Whether caste discrimination is unlawful in the United Kingdom; and
Whether the Government will extend the definition of unlawful discrimination in the Race Relations Act 1976 to include discrimination based on descent, so as to comply with the UK's obligations under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government stated that caste discrimination is not explicitly prohibited by UK law at present. However, the Government is currently assessing the evidence of caste discrimination in the UK and are considering this issue as part of the Discrimination Law Review (see Legal update, Discrimination Law Review: Green Paper on a Single Equality Bill).
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