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UN women’s committee raises concern over intersecting caste, religious and gender discrimination in Pakistan (IDSN News)
Dalit women in Pakistan are at high risk of human rights abuses due to intersecting caste, religious and gender discrimination. In the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) review of Pakistan, the Committee recommends that the state addresses intersecting discrimination directly and note concern over the persistence of abductions and forced conversions, stereotypes and insufficient disaggregated data.
CEDAW  Pakistan  UN  treatybodies  Dalit  women  dalitwomen  2020  forcedconversions  forcedmarriage  data  recommendations  concludingobs 
4 hours ago by idsn
IDSN Annual Report 2019-2020
The report covers key developments and activities within IDSN’s work under the thematic areas Dalit women and gender justice, business and human rights and equality and participation, within the United Nations, European Union, and communications and networking programmes.
IDSN  publication  annualreport  2020  2019  southasia  Dalit  caste  UN  EU  India  Bangladesh  Pakistan  Nepal 
4 hours ago by idsn
The power of human rights education - OHCHR
"Before, I was not aware of my rights. Now, I am aware of all of them. I have the courage to stand up for myself and to ask for my rights when I am denied them," says Premalatha Tamilselvan, a Dalit woman who took part in a human rights training programme offered by IDSN member People’s Watch as a child and is now defending human rights and fighting to end caste discrimination. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights documents her story.
humanrights  hrdefenders  dalitwomen  dalit  women  2020  press  ohchr  UN 
18 days ago by idsn
IDSN takes part in a National Stakeholder Consultation on the UN UPR in Nepal
In February, the IDSN Membership Coordinator took part in the National Stakeholder Consultation on the UN UPR in Nepal, organised by IDSN members the Dalit NGO Federation, Feminist Dalit Organization & Jagaran Media Centre together with IDSN Affiliate the Dalit Welfare Organisation and over thirty other Dalit NGOs in Nepal. The Consultation highlighted the need to act to end caste discrimination and promote caste gender justice. Over 70 participants from CSOs, media, academia, and Government took part in the consultation.
IDSN  idsnnews  caste  Nepal  UN  UPR  uprnepal  2020  news  consultation  political_participation 
18 days ago by idsn
IDSN highlights rights violations against Dalits for the UN women's committee review of Pakistan
IDSN submitted a report detailing the challenges faced by Dalit women and girls in Pakistan, for the review of the government’s report on compliance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW review), which took place Tuesday 11th February.
2020  Pakistan  women  caste  gender  castegenderjustice  idsnnews  IDSN  news  UN  CEDAW  Report  submission  Dalit  dalitwomen 
18 days ago by idsn
Caste extracts from: Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers: An Initial Assessment.” By World Bank, ILO, WaterAid, and WHO - 2019
“Low-grade, unskilled sanitation workers often face social stigma and discrimination. This is especially true when sanitation is linked to a caste-based structure and often allocated to castes perceived to be lower in the caste hierarchy, such as in India and Bangladesh, where sanitation work is perceived to belong to the Dalit caste. This stigma compounds the social ostracizing and limitations on social mobility that workers face and often results in intergenerational discrimination, where children of sanitation workers often struggle to escape the vicious cycle of limited opportunities and sanitation work.”

“[In Bangladesh] Many live in segregated sweeper colonies, which are unhygienic slumlike areas offering poor and overcrowded living conditions. Dalits (low-caste Hindus) and Christian and Muslim Bengalis”

"challenges include combating the systemic discrimination Dalits face, which affects their education and real opportunities to become entrepreneurs, and the multiple layers of subcontracting that enable manual scavenging to continue without oversight or enforcement of laws by local authorities"
water_sanitation  sanitation  2019  Bangladesh  India  WHO  ILO  UN  wateraid  publication 
5 weeks ago by idsn
IMADR and IDSN joint workshop on strategies to tackle caste and gender discrimination held at Beijing +25 forum (IDSN News)
Participants and presenters shared stories, ideas and strategies at the workshop Minority Women: 25 Years as Agents of Change Together, organised by IDSN and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) at the Beijing+25 Regional CSO Forum in Bangkok, on 26 November. The presenters included Judith Anne Lal, from the National Dalit Movement for Justice-NCDHR and the event was moderated by IDSN board member, Megumi Komori from IMADR. A video from the event was also shared.
2019  video  IMADR  IDSN  event  joint  caste  dalit  women  dalitwomen  womenkey  ndmj  ncdhr  UN  idsnnews  news 
11 weeks ago by idsn
IDSN highlights caste-related labour issues at the Business and human rights forum 2019 (IDSN)
DSN leaves its mark on the UN Business and human rights forum with a very popular stand, highlighting the links between caste and human rights violations in global supply chains. At the stand Dalit human rights defender Ankita Paudel from IDSN member organization, Feminist Dalit Organisation – Nepal (FEDO), and IDSN staff, spoke with participants to improve their understanding and urge them to take action. Ms. Paudel also took part in key events at the forum and made connections with other relevant stakeholders. The IDSN Director, Meena Varma, also gave a snapshot presentation on what Governments can do to start addressing these issues with businesses and IDSN Ambassador, Gerard Oonk, made important new connections and raised awareness of key stakeholders.
UN  businessandhr  business  businesskey  event  participation  equality  dalit  caste  slavery  2019  idsnnews  news  IDSN 
11 weeks ago by idsn
IDSN Participates at UN Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights (IDSN News)
Henri Tiphagne, member of the IDSN board, represented IDSN in the Global Consultation on National Human Rights Institutions and access to remedy (Project on the Role of NHRIs in facilitating access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses), on the 10 and 11 October. This consultation is part of an ongoing project of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about accountability for human rights. violations and abuses committed by corporations.
UN  business  businessandhr  2019  caste  dalit  slavery  ohchr 
11 weeks ago by idsn
IDSN statements and recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session
IDSN has contributed to the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session with two joint statements with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) on slavery and on safe drinking water and sanitation. IDSN also issued specific recommendations aimed at states and circulated by IDSN.
idsnnews  IDSN  statement  MRG  2019  news  caste  water_sanitation  recommendations  hrc  hrc42  UN  sr_water  slavery  sr_slavery  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
october 2019 by idsn
Caste and Gender Justice event at the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN news)
Dalit human rights defenders and UN experts raise concerns over intersectional caste and gender discrimination and its adverse impact on access to human rights, at the Dalit Women and Gender Justice side-event at the UN Human Rights Council’s 41st Session in Geneva.

On 25 June 2019, IDSN International Associate IMADR, and others organised a side-event during the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council, on Dalit women and gender justice. The panel was composed of Dubravka Simonovic, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Renu Sijapati, General Secretary of the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO-Nepal) and Abirami Jotheeswaran, from the National Dalit Movement for Justice-National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NDMJ-NCDHR). The event was moderated by Henri Tiphagne, from Peoples’ Watch, in India.
caste  gender  castegenderjustice  UN  hrc  fedo  ncdhr  idsnnews  idsn  news  dalit  women  dalitwomen  2019  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
october 2019 by idsn
Nepal encouraged to implement UN experts recommendations
Renu Sijapati, from the Feminist Dalit Organisation – FEDO Nepal, delivered an oral statement at the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019, encouraging Nepal to implement the recommendations in the UN Nepal visit report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. The visit took place in October 2018.
UN  2019  caste  dalit  Nepal  women  dalitwomen  hrc  HRC41  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  idsnnews 
october 2019 by idsn
IDSN submission on India to the UN Human Rights Committee 2019
IDSN and The National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ)-NCDHR have submitted input to the UN ahead of the adoption of the list of issues for the 126th session for India. The submission sets out some key concerns about violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant) vis-à-vis the Constitution of India with regard to Dalits and Adivasis. IDSN member Human Rights Watch has also raised the issue of caste discrimination in the HRW submission to the UN ahead of the review.
UN  hrc  india  caste  2019  submission 
july 2019 by idsn
US blocking of Gay McDougall for UN anti-racism committee is a major setback for the fight against racism, says MRG (Minority Rights Group)
The decision of the government of the United States of America (USA) not to back the candidature of Ms. Gay McDougall for the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is a setback in the fight against racism in the United States and around the world. ‘The disappointing news about the failure of the USA to maintain a presence on CERD comes at a time of growing intolerance and hate in society’, says Joshua Castellino, MRG’s Executive Director.
UN  cerd  treatybodies  caste 
july 2019 by idsn
From where I stand: “Local and global political and economic systems create and maintain social inequality” (UN Women – article)
Article by UN Women on Durga Sob, founder of IDSN’s member organization the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO). She is among the 500 activists meeting in Tunisia from 24-26 April for the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on. Read the full article by UN Women
Nepal  women  dalit  dalitwomenfight  castegenderjustice  UN  unwomen  unagencies  2019  caste  FEDO  press 
july 2019 by idsn
“Today, we are not here only to speak of our plight. We are also agents of change”, says Ruth Manorama at the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN News)
On Friday 8 March, Ruth Manorama, a Dalit human rights defender, delivered a statement, co-sponsored by the International Movement Against All Forms of Racial Discrimination and by the Right Livelihood Award (in solidarity with IDSN), during the 40th regular session of the Human Rights Council. She also spoke on the panel at the Right Livelihood side-event on Women Human Rights Defenders.
caste  dalit  2019  idsnnews  IDSN  India  sexual_violence  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  HRC  HRC40  women  dalitwomen  resistance  dalitwomenfight  UN  news 
april 2019 by idsn
CIVICUS calls on the UN NGO Committee to stop blocking human rights organisations
The statement from CIVICUS highlights the 10-year deferral of IDSN’s application for UN consultative status and calls for all members of the committee to immediately discontinue any arbitrary actions to block applications from non-governmental organisations and strongly encourages governments that are committed to promoting an enabling environment for civil society to nominate themselves for future seats on the Committee.
2019  statement  UN  ecosoc  ingo  humanrights 
april 2019 by idsn
UN rights chief warns against "increasing harassment and targeting of” Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis in India (IDSN News)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, raises concern over increasing marginalisation and discrimination in India, in her speech to the UN Human Rights Council in March. Speaking about the situation in India, the High Commissioner shows concern over the fact that, despite significant poverty reduction in general terms, there has been, “increasing harassment and targeting of minorities – in particular Muslims and people from historically disadvantaged and marginalised groups, such as Dalits and Adivasis”. She points out to narrow political agendas in that country lead to further marginalisation of vulnerable people.
2019  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  UN  high_commissioner  bachelet  hrc  HRC40  statement 
april 2019 by idsn
Caste discrimination is blocking progress on the SDGs says UK NGO development network BOND (IDSN News)
The new report Caste and Development: Tackling Discrimination Based on Work and Descent has just been released by the UK NGO development network BOND, highlighting the urgent need to address caste discrimination in order to progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. "Caste affects a fifth of the world’s population but the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) don’t mention it, despite caste-based discrimination being a significant barrier to leaving no one behind. Bond explores this crucial omission in this report and identifies a set of practical actions for policymakers and civil society organisations."
ingo  caste  dalit  2019  development  sdgs  UN  idsn  news  idsnnews 
april 2019 by idsn
Ambassadors join the fight to end caste discrimination (IDSN News)
A brand new IDSN Ambassadors Group is launched today. The group is made up of several highly distinguished human rights advocates, who will use their knowledge and skills to ensure that caste discrimination never falls off the global human rights agenda.
IDSN  news  idsnnews  caste  dalit  humanrights  UN  2019 
april 2019 by idsn
Attacks on UN civil society allies raise alarm (OHCHR 2018)
The UN OHCHR have released a news piece stating that, “Many speakers highlighted the "emblematic" case of the International Dalit Solidarity Network, whose application for accreditation has been deferred by the NGO Committee for 10 years now. The organization advocates for non-discrimination of Dalits. Over the 10 years, its application has received some 83 questions, all from India, in some cases the same question several times over, resulting in its application being repeatedly postponed for consideration until the following year.
Read the full news article by the OHCHR.
caste  ecosoc  2018  news  ohchr  UN  hrdefenders  humanrights 
february 2019 by idsn
'Statelessness' of Dalit communities raised at the UN Forum on Minority Issues (IDSN News 2018)
IDSN participated actively in the 11th Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues from the 29-30 November, under the theme "Statelessness: A Minority Issue". IDSN members from Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan presented on how Dalits in reality often suffer de facto statelessness, due to extreme marginalization and lack of access to rights. Read the IDSN news article on the forum here.
idsnnews  IDSN  news  2018  UN  minorities  minority_forum  caste  special_rapporteurs  specialprocedures  Bangladesh  Nepal  Pakistan 
february 2019 by idsn
UN Special Rapporteur asks Nepal to act on violence against Dalit women (IDSN News 2018)
The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dubravka Šimonović made a preliminary assessment on violence against women in Nepal, after her official visit to the country, which took place from the 19 to the 29 November. On the same occasion, she released an urgent appeal for the Nepalese State to step up efforts to fight against impunity and to secure access to justice for victims of gender-based violence. Read the IDSN article on the assessment here.
UN  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  2018  nepal  dalitwomen  women 
february 2019 by idsn
European Parliament calls on the EU to step up action at the UN and delegation levels to eliminate caste-based discrimination (IDSN Press Release 2018)
IDSN welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2017 and the European Union’s policy on the matter. The report specifically asks the EU to step up action to address caste-based discrimination at the UN and delegation levels.

“It’s time for the EU and its member states to fully heed the European Parliament’s recommendations. In particular, IDSN would like to see the EU use every opportunity in its trade, development and foreign policy to address caste-based discrimination. The EU should also actively support applications for UN consultative status submitted by NGOs, such as IDSN, which would enable the voices of Dalit advocates to be heard at the UN level”, said Meena Varma, Executive Chair, IDSN following the adoption of the report.
Read the IDSN press release on the report here >>
EU  2018  report  EP  eu_parliament  eu_commission  eu_council  eeas  dalit  caste  UN 
february 2019 by idsn
We have a dream (IDSN Statement 2018)
In IDSN’s 10th December statement on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we share our dream that one day love and respect for human rights will prevail over brutal caste oppression and injustice.
2018  idsnnews  idsn  statement  un  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight  caste  children  education  violence  atrocities  women  press_release 
february 2019 by idsn
Factsheet: IDSN application for ECOSOC Status – the longest pending NGO application - International Dalit Solidarity Network
Download the factsheet on the IDSN application for ECOSOC Status – the longest pending NGO application
IDSN  factsheet  ecosoc  UN  2019 
january 2019 by idsn
IDSN ECOSOC Case - Detailed Note - International Dalit Solidarity Network
Please find a detailed note including all questions posed to IDSN by the NGO Committee in the IDSN ECOSOC case here >>
ecosoc  note  2019  idsn  UN 
january 2019 by idsn
Renu Sijapati from FEDO speaks about the UN CEDAW review of Nepal 2018 (Video)
Renu Sijapati from FEDO speaks about the UN CEDAW review of Nepal 2018
video  UN  2018  caste  dalitwomen  Nepal  CEDAW  FEDO  treatybodies  women 
december 2018 by idsn
Durga Sob from FEDO speaks about Dalit women at the UN CEDAW review of Nepal 2018 (Video)
Durga Sob from FEDO speaks about Dalit women at the UN CEDAW review of Nepal 2018
video  UN  2018  caste  dalitwomen  Nepal  CEDAW  FEDO  treatybodies  women 
december 2018 by idsn
Durga Sob from FEDO speaking about her experience of the UN CEDAW review of Nepal 2018 - YouTube
Durga Sob from FEDO speaking about her experience of the UN CEDAW review of Nepal 2018
video  UN  2018  caste  dalitwomen  Nepal  CEDAW  FEDO  treatybodies  women 
december 2018 by idsn
Kala Swarnaka from FEDO speaks about the UN CEDAW review of Nepal 2018 (Video)
Kala Swarnaka from FEDO speaks about the UN CEDAW review of Nepal 2018
video  UN  2018  caste  dalitwomen  Nepal  CEDAW  FEDO  treatybodies  women 
december 2018 by idsn
UN CEDAW committee voices concern over difficulties faced by Dalit women in Nepal (IDSN News)
UN experts on gender discrimination voiced concerns over the difficulties elected Dalit women face in Nepal, the need for proportional inclusion of Dalit women in the Judiciary, and extreme poverty faced by many Dalit women as a result of discrimination and stigmatization. The comments were made by the CEDAW committee members at the review of the 6th periodic report of Nepal, on 23 October 2018.
dalitwomenfight  dalit  dalitwomen  women  nepal  UN  cedaw  treatybodies  2018  news  IDSN  idsnnews 
november 2018 by idsn
Declaration for the Elimination of Descent-Based Discrimination - 2018 (IDSN)
Prior to the International Symposium on UN Guidance Tool on Descent-Based Discrimination in Tokyo. IMADR and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) held the International Consultation for the Elimination of Descent- Based Discrimination in Osaka on 9 April. The Consultation was attended by representatives from Dalit civil society in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, leaders of Buraku Liberation League (BLL), the former UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues and a representative from the OHCHR. As an outcome document of the consultation, Dalit and Buraku civil society organisations adopted the “Declaration for the Elimination of Descent-Based Discrimination”.
IMADR  2018  caste  declaration  UN  ohchr 
october 2018 by idsn
EU High Representative asked to outline how the EU intends to support IDSN’s application for UN consultative status (IDSN News)
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, has been asked by a Member of the European Parliament, Jean Lambert, to outline any specific steps that the EU has taken to proactively support IDSN’s Consultative Status at the UN to date and what plans exist for future support.
eu  eu_parliament  2018  caste  ecosoc  UN  eu_commission  MEP  idsnnews  idsn  news 
october 2018 by idsn
Joint NGO statement for meeting between the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs and accredited NGOs (IDSN)
IDSN and 257 other NGOs issued a statement for the meeting between the ECOSOC NGO Committee and accredited NGOS, raising concern over the “practices of the Committee that have inappropriately blocked the participation of some NGOs, in particular human rights NGOs, through procedural tactics including perpetual and repetitive questioning of applicants."
IDSN  caste  2018  ecosoc  UN  statement  hrdefenders  hr_defenders 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 Joint statement on global caste discrimination by IDSN-MRG for the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council
IDSN made a joint statement with Minority Rights Group under Item 8. This statement focused on the global prevalence of caste-based discrimination despite the Vienna Declaration and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Caste based discrimination, or discrimination based on work and descent, affects almost every human right, and can be perpetuated throughout generations. Despite legislation and policy development, lack of enforcement and judicial caste bias often lead to complete impunity for perpetrators who have violated Dalits’ rights. This statement also stressed the intersectional effects on Dalit women, who suffer gender-based violence as well as caste-based violence. According to the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dalit women are often “displaced, pushed into prostitution and victims of trafficking”. IDSN and MRG urged the Council to pay more attention to those affected by caste-based discrimination.
2018  hrc  hrc39  UN  MRG  IDSN  statement 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 Joint statement by IDSN-IMADR-Jansahas on water and sanitation for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
The International Movement against All forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) delivered a joint statement with IDSN, Jan Sahas and the Movement to end Manual Scavenging, in response to the Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation. The statement thanked the Rapporteur for his country report and echoed the Rapporteur’s concerns regarding the vulnerability of Dalits to physical assault, violence and discrimination. This statement stressed the dire situation of Dalit women who are “often subject to sexual violence including rape due to their lack of access to safe sanitation facilities”. IMADR, IDSN, Jan Sahas and the Movement to end Manual Scavenging are concerned about the pervasive culture of impunity and the continuing practice of manual scavenging. The joint statement urged India to “secure safe access to water and sanitation for Dalits and ensure justice for Dalit victims of violence”.
2018  IMADR  IDSN  jansahas  manualscavenging  water_sanitation  water  UN  hrc  hrc39  caste 
october 2018 by idsn
Statement by Mr. Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation at the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (OHCHR)
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr Leo Heller, delivered a statement outlining his report on his country visit to India in 2017. He noted that caste-based discrimination has led to unequal access to water and sanitation services. India responded to this observation stating that the constitution prohibits any form of caste-based discrimination, which is a criminal offence, and according to India, “liable to harsh punishment”.
sr_water  UN  hrc  hrc39  caste  india  water_sanitation  water  2018 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 statement by Anti-Slavery for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
Anti-Slavery delivered a statement highlighting the danger that migrant domestic workers face, particularly those who are “members of socially excluded and marginalised groups, such as indigenous people and Dalits”. The statement strongly urged States to implement the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations, especially concerning the adoption of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, extending the coverage of national labour law and ending sponsorship systems.
antislavery  2018  caste  slavery  un  hrc  hrc39 
october 2018 by idsn
Joint statement by IDSN-MRG on caste-related slavery for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
IDSN, in a joint statement with Minority Rights Group (MRG), delivered a strong statement in response welcoming the report and highlighting the issues faced by Dalit women who are discriminated against, not only because of their caste, but because of their gender. These women are “particularly subject to bonded debt in the area of domestic work”. It is a practice that is prevalent in many countries in Asia and one that needs to urgently be addressed. IDSN and MRG urged the Rapporteur to continue monitoring those who are discriminated against on the basis of their caste, specifically those who are subject to servitude and modern slavery.
statement  MRG  IDSN  2018  un  hrc  hrc39  sr_slavery  slavery 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences
The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Ms. Urmila Bhoola, made a special reference to caste-affected groups in the context of discriminatory attitudes in domestic work in her report to the HRC. She urged states to increase their efforts “in addressing and preventing domestic servitude”.
sr_slavery  2018  hrc39  hrc  un  slavery 
october 2018 by idsn
IDSN engages with the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN)
IDSN engaged with the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), held in the Palais des Nations from the 10th to the 28th of September 2018. IDSN delivered statements, lobbied Member States and OHCHR staff and met with the High Commissioner and the NGO Committee. Read a summary of IDSN's interventions in this IDSN news piece.
2018  hrc  UN  hrc39  sr_slavery  sr_water  dalit  caste  slavery  water_sanitation  idsn  idsnnews  news  justice  women  dalitwomen 
october 2018 by idsn
Women subjected to caste-based attacks in India call on the UN to act (IDSN)
UN side-event hears cases of caste-based violence against Dalit women in India where UN and legal experts respond with calls for action. The report ‘Voices Against Caste Impunity: Narratives of Dalit Women in India’, was also released at the event and an outcome document with recommendations from the event has been produced.
dalitwomenfight  idsn  idsnnews  news  2018  caste  India  violence  violence_against_women  atrocities  justice  UN  sideevent 
october 2018 by idsn
Senior UN official raises concern over the ‘de facto’ rejection of ECOSOC status for IDSN (IDSN News)
In his address to the Human Rights Council, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, raised concern over the “repeated deferrals and apparent lack of transparency amounting to a de facto rejection on the granting of IDSN’s UN consultative status.”
ecosoc  IDSN  UN  idsnnews  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  2018 
september 2018 by idsn
Dalit rights activists break new grounds in South Asia (UN Women)
Moni Rani Das, born and raised in a “cleaners’ colony”—poor and segregated settlements where street cleaners and domestic workers live—in Dhaka, Bangladesh, never imagined that she would be advocating for her rights and those of nearly 3 million Dalit [1] women of her country. Today, she is the first Dalit person to be part of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh.
unwomen  un  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight  2018  Bangladesh  bangladeshkey  political_participation 
july 2018 by idsn
Discrimination against Dalits, Muslims in India deeply disturbing, says UN human rights chief
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said he is concerned that criticism of the government is met by claims that it constitutes sedition or a threat to national security.
press  2018  india  UN  high_commissioner  ohchr 
july 2018 by idsn
Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability against Dalit in Nepal - 2018 - (Alternative Report by Civil Society to the UN CERD review of Nepal)
Nepal's Civil Society
ALTERNATIVE REPORT
to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination in addition to the Government of Nepal periodic
reports 17 to 23, to be reviewed at the 95th session,
23 April -11 May 2018
Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability against Dalit in Nepal
February 2018
un  cerd  nepal  submission  2018  Report  treatybodies  key 
july 2018 by idsn
Situation of Dalits in Bangladesh - Joint NGO submission related to the review of Bangladesh at the 30th Universal Periodic Review session in 2018
IDSN, the Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) and Nagorik Uddyog submitted a joint report to the UPR process and distributed a factsheet with recommendations on protecting the human rights of Dalits in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh  bangladeshkey  2018  upr  un  submission  IDSN  joint  bderm 
july 2018 by idsn
UN anti-racism committee issues strong recommendations on fighting caste discrimination in Nepal - International Dalit Solidarity Network
The Concluding Observations of the May 2018 review of Nepal, by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), includes dozens of remarks relating to caste-based discrimination and several strongly worded recommendations on fighting it. Read the full IDSN analysis
Nepal  2018  idsnnews  UPR  recommendations  outcome  UN  idsn  news  violence  education  dalitwomen  women  humanitarian  justice  cerd  key  treatybodies 
july 2018 by idsn
UN rights chief references the unjust 10-year deferral of IDSN’s application for UN accreditation in his annual report to the UN Human Rights council (IDSN news)
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has presented his Annual Report to the UN Human Rights Council. The report features concern over the continuous deferral of applications for UN consultative status from civil society organisations and includes direct reference to IDSN’s application, which has been unjustly deferred by the NGO Committee for 10 years.
2018  ecosoc  idsnnews  idsn  news  UN  high_commissioner  ohchr 
july 2018 by idsn
Dalit rights inadequately addressed at the UN rights review of Bangladesh (IDSN 2018)
Despite ample information provided by the UN system itself and civil society groups working on Dalit rights in Bangladesh, only one recommendation addressing the rights abuses faced by Dalits was brought forward at the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights situation in Bangladesh.
idsnnews  idsn  news  2018  caste  Bangladesh  UPR  UN  treatybodies 
july 2018 by idsn
UN experts condemn deadly police response to protest against copper smelting plant in India, call for probe (OHCHR)
Many Dalits were among the protesters when police opened fire and shot and killed 10 people protesting in India. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has reacted by calling for a probe and condemning what is seen as an unwarranted use of force by the police.
2018  caste  india  UN  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  ohchr  sr_executions  sr_water  sr_freedomexpression  sr_hrd  violence 
july 2018 by idsn
UN experts urge immediate release of detained Mauritanian blogger (OHCHR)
A group of UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about the continued detention of Mauritanian blogger Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’kheitir on charges that violate his human rights. Mr. M’kheitir was arrested in January 2014 and sentenced to death for apostasy in after publishing an article online questioning the use of religious justification to legitimise caste discrimination.
2018  ohchr  UN  mauritania  mauritaniakey  caste  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  special_rapporteurs  specialprocedures  sr_hrd  sr_executions  sr_freedomexpression 
july 2018 by idsn
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on racism visit to the UK (DSN-UK)
The Special Rapporteur (SR) on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume, on Friday, 11 May 2018, concluded her official visit to the UK and issued her end of mission statement. During the visit the Special Rapporteur met with the UK government and Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales representatives. Ms Achiume also met with civil society in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast.
sr_racism  UN  UK  2018  diaspora  diasporakey 
july 2018 by idsn
UN review of Bangladesh highlights the need to ensure non-discrimination of Dalits
Bangladesh was reviewed by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 15-16 March 2018. An IDSN delegation, including Dalit representatives from Bangladesh, took part in the review where several issues relating to caste-based discrimination were discussed.

Ahead of the review IDSN and its members in Bangladesh - BDERM and NNMC submitted a joint report for the consideration of the committee. BDERM also issued a press release on the review.
IDSN  Bangladesh  2018  bderm  nnmc  cescr  UN  treatybodies 
may 2018 by idsn
IDSN input to the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council
In advance of the UN HRC 37 IDSN distributed its recommendations, referring to the High Commissioner on Human Rights reports, the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, and the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan. IDSN board member Henri Tiphagne also spoke at key side-events and the situation of Dalits was noted in several debates.
hrc  hrc37  IDSN  submission  UN  2018  Pakistan  UPR  sr_minorities 
may 2018 by idsn
IDSN Annual Report 2017-18
The report covers key developments and activities within IDSN’s United Nations, European Union, and communications and networking work. The report can be downloaded from our website on http://www.idsn.org/ar2017.
The highlights of the report include:
The UN OHCHR launched a guidance tool addressing caste-based discrimination and IDSN publishes a roadmap to the new tool
The UPRs of India and Pakistan yielded several recommendations on caste-based discrimination
Treaty body reviews of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka included recommendations on caste discrimination
Young Dalit women speak out at the UN Forum on Minority Issues
Reports and statements from Special Rapporteurs include references to caste-based discrimination
Dalit activists take part in IDSN’s workshop on UN and EU advocacy in Nepal
MEPs send an open letter on caste discrimination ahead of the EU-India summit
EU’s Annual Report, and the European Parliament’s Annual Report, on human rights highlight concern over caste discrimination
Dalit activists take part in the EU NGO forum
IDSN  annualreport  2017  2018  publication  UN  EU 
may 2018 by idsn
UN Report: Average Dalit woman dies 14.6 years younger than women from dominant castes
A new report by UN Women finds that a woman’s caste in India increases her exposure to mortality because of intersectional discrimination, poor sanitation and inadequate healthcare. The global report Turning promises into action: gender equality in the 2030 Agenda, examines through a gender lens the progress and challenges in the implementation of all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
women  dalitwomen  womenkey  india  UN  unwomen  2018  caste  idsn  idsnnews 
may 2018 by idsn
Caste-based slavery pg. 15 article in UN Slavery Fund publication
Rekha’s story - Rekha Bai is a 32-year-old woman from Rajasthan, India. When she was a child she was married off to a man whose mother, because of her caste, was engaged in “manual scavenging.” Traditionally, women of the Dalit caste are obligated to empty the dry latrines of people from higher castes — with their bare hands. They must then carry the waste on their heads, in wicker baskets, to a dumpsite outside the village. Following tradition, Rekha inherited this responsibility when her mother-in-law became too old.
“As payment for my labour I got just one chapatti from each household.”
slavery  UN  2018  india 
april 2018 by idsn
Young Dalit activists speak out at the UN Minority Forum on youth and inclusion
Young Dalit activists played an active role at the 2017 Forum on Minority Issues, which took place in Geneva from 30 November to 1 December. Dalit women from Nepal and India, forming part of an IDSN delegation, gave powerful presentations under the theme of Minority youth: towards diverse and inclusive societies. They explained to participants how deeply ingrained caste-based discrimination continues to pose severe obstacles to equal participation in most aspects of life and how social media offers both new opportunities for change and new challenges.
UN  minority_forum  minorities  idsnnews  2017  Nepal  India  sr_minorities  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
january 2018 by idsn
UN Expert criticizes India’s sanitation drive for exacerbating manual scavenging
The UN Expert on Water and Sanitation, Léo Heller, has stated that the failure to end the practice of manual scavenging in India coupled with the construction of more non-flush toilets, is contributing to an increase in the discriminatory practice of manual scavenging, where the lowest castes are made to undertake the duty of cleaning excrements from non-flush toilets by hand. The statement forms part of Mr. Heller’s official statement on his November 2017 mission in India.
manualscavenging  2017  idsnnews  idsn  news  un  sr_water  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  water_sanitation  India  indiakey 
december 2017 by idsn
Joint statement - Pakistan must act immediately to protect Dalits against forced disappearances, slavery and discrimination
Joint statement by the International Dalit Solidarity Network, Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network, International Movement Against All Forms of Racism and Discrimination (IMADR), Minority Rights Group International, Anti-Slavery International and FORUM-ASIA.

As the UN review Pakistan’s human rights record on 13 November, we urge the Government to commit with time bound action plans to end ongoing serious human rights violations against Dalits in Pakistan. Despite general commitments made to this effect at previous UN UPR reviews of Pakistan these have not been implemented and violations such as bonded labour, forced conversions and disappearances, murder and persecution of Dalit rights defenders continue unabated. As a newly elected member of the UN Human Rights Council, Pakistan must ensure that commitments to protect the rights of Dalits are urgently and duly implemented.
statement  IDSN  2017  idsnnews  idsnpressrelease  news  joint  imadr  antislavery  mrg  forumasia  Pakistan  key  pakistankey  UN  UPR  slavery  women 
december 2017 by idsn
UNOHCHR Guidance Tool on Descent-Based Discrimination
UNOHCHR Guidance Tool on Descent-Based Discrimination: Key Challenges and Strategic Approaches to Combat Caste-Based and Analogous Forms of Discrimination. Published by the United Nations Network in Racial Discrimination.
ungt  UN  2017  ohchr 
november 2017 by idsn
EU Chapter of the 2015 IDSN Annual Report
The EU Chapter of the 2015 IDSN Annual Report detailing developments at the EU level in 2015 in the fight against caste discrimination.
IDSN  EU  UN  2015  annualreport 
november 2017 by idsn
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