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20th March 2014 - AHO Briefing for APPG British Hindus (click Here)

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5th March 2014 - EHRC Publishes Caste report.. (click here)

13th November 2013 - Serious Flaws in EHRC research surface.. (click here)

29 July 2013 - Government announces Consultation Timetable (click here)

18 July 2013 - NIESR Boss confirms UNSUITABILITY of report (click here)

14 June 2013 - Final OCHS Report (click here)

05 June 2013 - URGENT EDM 117 Update

03 June 2013 - MP's "Consultn Briefing" Document (click here)

03 June 2013 - OCHS Caste Draft Discussion Document (click here)

23 May 2013 - AHO Charter Published (click here)

20 May 2013 - EDM Press release (click here)

18 May 2013 - Online ePetition goes Live - vote online NOW

18 May 2013 - AHO Full page feature in Asian Voice (click here)

17 May 2013 - Govt Equalities Office Letter (click here)

17 May 2013 - AHO Early Day Motion in Parliament (click here)

07 May 2013 - Letter to Helen Grant, Minister (click here)

09 May 2013 - Letter from Helen Grant, Minister (click here)

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stoppress.gifEHRC report published ..... NIESR mark 2..?

Dr Meena Dhanda's team supported by the EHRC have published their report into Caste in the UK, the AHO have had an initial opportunity to review its contents and conclusion and not unsurprisingly, it too lacks internal integrity and the conclusion rather than being a strong well supported, clearly evidenced contribution to this issue, seems to be a bit of a damp squib... which is hardly surprising if one is trying to project an unsupported, undevidenced proposition. Thousands of pounds of our taxes, for a conclusion which pretty much agrees with the very initial AHO legal understanding and with the position of the Government..... draw your own conclusions as to what this whole exercise has been about .... click here to read the AHO response and briefing for Rt Hon Bob Blackman, Chairman of the APPG for British Hndus.

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Jonathan Portes - NIESR report did NOT present reliable evidence on the Prevalence and severity of Discrimination

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The Alliance of Hindu Organisations has long argued that the research by National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in December 2010 on caste discrimination, upon which much of the pro-legislation lobby's arguments were based, was limited in scope and flawed. In a recent statement to the AHO by Jonathan Portes, Director of NEISR, the Alliance's argument has now been confirmed.
 
Portes said: "The report was qualitative research, limited in budget and scope" and went to on to say it "was not designed to establish reliable and robust evidence on the prevalence and severity of such discrimination." 
 
In addition, Portes said: "You are therefore correct in stating that the report, in itself, does not present reliable evidence on the prevalence and severity of caste discrimination, and whether discrimination is reducing or increasing over time; more broadly, given the scope and complexity of this topic, and the inherent limitations of this type of research, it is far from being the definitive last word on caste discrimination in the UK.  You are also entirely entitled to argue - and as a research organisation with an interest in these issues, we would of course assent - that further research would contribute to a better and more informed debate."
 
This is consistent with the independent OCHS report, led by Professor Gavin Flood, which argued NEISR's report contained "a number of methodological problems. For instance, the report is based on research drawn from 36 interview and would require a much larger sample to be representative of the respective community. . The report also acknowledges that some of the evidence is inconclusive...It is not clear if the cases of discrimination presented in the report cannot be dealt with under current legislation about religion and race." It also states: "even the primary association of caste with Hindu communities needs to be scrutinized as the NIESR report mostly cites cases of caste discrimination among Sikhs and Muslims." The report is available on the Alliance website at http://mycasteishindu.org/images/OCHS-report-on-caste-legislation-Final-June-2013.pdf.
 
Portes now agrees, and stated to the Alliance: "It is certainly legitimate for you to highlight, in the public domain, that the report did not present reliable evidence on prevalence or severity; nor did the report highlight particular religions." The NEISR report also says: ""The percentage that experiences caste discrimination and the frequency of discrimination is unknown. Only a major programme of research could establish this. Similarly, we could find no evidence on whether there has been any change in the extent of caste discrimination."
 
In the Alliance's view, this is further evidence that the basis upon which caste discrimination legislation was passed was flawed, and deeply offensive to Hindus, as much of the debate in the House of Lords was focused on alleged caste discrimination evidence in the Hindu community from the NEISR report.
 
However, the Alliance is very pleased that the Rt Honourable Helen Grant, Minister for Equalities has taken the time to meet with them and has also invited them to submit their views to the ongoing consultation into the implementation of the new law on caste discrimination. The Alliance is confident that the Ministers' very sensible and entirely reasonable open approach towards full and thorough consultation with the affected stakeholders, and with those grassroots citizens who are directly affected by this legislation, is entirely appropriate and in this, the Minister has our full support.

The Alliance....

The Alliance of Hindu Organisations UK has been formed in response to the threat posed by the unplanned, ill concieved undefined amendment to the Equality Act 2010. The Alliance includes the organisations below that represent the vast majority of the 816,633 Hindus in the UK (2011 census figures) and tried to challenge the Legislation helping to reduce a Lords majority from 103 to an unprecedented 13! Still, the Bill was passed by too many MPs and Lords voting against the Government position and voting to PASS this law, without speaking to their Hindu constituents.

Please remember, at this moment its not about Truth, Dharma, the Vedas etc, its not about ADVICE.... its about ACTION and specifically its about NUMBERS OF VOTERS. Please get involved NOW and add your voice to the AHO voice.

If you have any queries, please contact us via this web site by clicking here.

The AHO Family...

Hindu Council UK

National Council of Hindu Temples UK

Vishwa Hindu Kendra, Southall UK

Lohana Community North London

Wanza Samaj UK

Satkarma Mission

Lohana Community UK

Hindu Cultural Society, Slough

Sai School of Harrow

Navnat Vanik Association

Shri Vallabh Nidhi Uk

National Association of Patidar Samaj

Metropolitan Police Hindu Associations

Natnl Congress of Gujarati Associations

Brahmin Society of North London

Art of Living Foundation

East London Brahman Samaj

Rajput Samaj

Nepalese Hindu Forum

Jain Network

 

 

...and many more..

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"Caste" becomes Law..

On the 8th May 2013 the Queen gave Royal Assent to a Bill which introduces Caste into British Law. The Alliance of Hindu Organisations came into being in answer to the threat of this Legislation but was not able to prevent it. Although it sounds ridiculous, the Law was passed but Caste wasnt defined, nor was the system of implementation discussed.

Because of the AHO and the organisations representing Hindus in the UK, we did manage to get the Government to agree to a consultation period during which we would be able to contribute to the Consultation and try and make the Hindu case. This site is about raising awareness amongst the Hindu Community and to getting the Hindu Community to demand to be heard.

For those of you who came to the BAPS Swaminarayan gathering last night and contributed your support and blessings, thank you. This is a challenge which cannot be faced by a small group but one which requires the Hindu community of Great Britain to come together like never before. The very growth and future happiness of the Hindu community of the UK is threatened by the imposition of this Caste Law and uness we meet this challenge TOGETHER, we Hindus will see everything we have striven for disappear before our very eyes and our children will be dragged backwards into a Caste driven society. We need you to to tell us how you can help and what you can bring to meet this challenge and you can start this process by getting in touch by clicking here. If you dont do it no one else will, if we Hindu's don't do it no one else will. If you are a Hindu and want to preserve the caste-free Hindu Community we have established here in the UK, its time to step forward and join us NOW.

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