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International Social Justice Week announced

Staff Correspondent

Marches in Nepal and Bangladesh, solidarity programmes planned in 19 countries

NEW DELHI: The World Dignity Forum (WDF) and the Social Movements International Network have announced that December 5 to 10 will be celebrated as the International Week for Social Justice.

The organisations will observe December 5 as World Dignity Day and the International Day of Dalits' Struggles. The International Week for Social Justice will coincide with the death anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on December 6 and International Human Rights Day on December 10.

A People's Dignity Rally will be taken out on December 5 beginning at Ram Leela grounds and converging at Jantar Mantar.

Marches have been planned in Nepal and Bangladesh and solidarity programmes in 19 countries, including Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Not to be mute spectator

Addressing the press here on Wednesday, Ashok Chaudhury, convener of the National Forum of Forest People and Workers, said that the WDF has been trying to integrate social, tribal and environmental movements. Ashok Bharti, convener of the National Conference of Dalit Organisations said that people remained silent spectators after elections in the Parliamentary democracy model. People's movements would not remain silent spectators to violations of rights, he said.

Launched at the World Social Forum, Mumbai in 2004, the WDF aims at fighting casteism, racism and other forms of exclusion, and to establish people's power and governance through participatory and inclusive governance. The WDF has opposed a deal at the World Trade Organisation's Hong Kong Ministerial. The forum has called for reservation in the private sector, legislation to protect the interests of forest workers and dwellers, Scheduled Caste status for Muslims and Christian Dalits, and a law to protect workers in the unorganised sector and artisans. The forum has opposed the privatisation of essential services and public sector companies.

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