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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 
8 days ago by idsn
Saving lives by preventing discrimination in COVID-19 relief (IDSN Statement)
As COVID-19 sweeps across the world it is crucial that we ensure that relief, health services and awareness raising efforts are inclusive and accessible to all irrespective of caste, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or other factors. While time is of the essence in the response to COVID-19, taking a moment to ensure that high risk communities such as Dalits are included and addressed in global, national and local responses to COVID-19, can save millions of lives.

IDSN and its members have documented discrimination in relief in relation to numerous disasters in the past including flooding, droughts and earthquakes, where Dalits have been left behind, not provided relief materials on an equitable basis and not given equal access to healthcare, shelter or rehabilitation due to ingrained stigma and discrimination.

There is a high risk that COVID-19 will also be widespread in caste-affected countries and it is therefore crucial that the unique nature of caste discrimination and the discriminatory practice of untouchability are taken into account. Therefore, Dalit communities and civil society organisations must be consulted and included in planning and implementation efforts to mitigate the serious repercussions of COVID-19.

The statement issued by IDSN outlines eight key factors that make Dalits a particularly high-risk group and offers eight key recommendations for state and non-state actors.
statement  IDSN  idsnnews  idsnpressrelease  2020  health  Dalit  caste  India  Nepal  Pakistan  Bangladesh  discrimination  labour  disaster_relief  COVID-19 
8 days ago by idsn
Consultation: Action on caste discrimination is crucial for meeting the Global Goals
In January, IDSN participated in the National Consultation “Localizing SDGs through Dalit perspectives” drawing together over eighty delegates from fifteen states in India, to discuss ways forward to address caste and gender discrimination vis-à-vis the UN Global Goals. The consultation took place in New Delhi.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2020  ncdhr  India  sdgs  caste  castegenderjustice  consultation 
27 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 
27 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 
27 days ago by idsn
Press Release: European Parliament calls for an EU policy to address caste discrimination
The International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2018 and the European Union’s policy on the matter.

The European Parliament’s report notes “with great concern the scale and consequences of caste hierarchies, caste-based discrimination and the perpetuation of caste-based human rights violations, including the denial of access to the legal system or employment, continued segregation, poverty and stigmatisation, and caste-related barriers to the exercise of basic human rights and facilitation of human development”.
EU  press_release  press  pressidsn  idsnnews  IDSN  news  policy  ep  2020 
27 days 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 
january 2020 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 
january 2020 by idsn
Caste guidance launched at seminar on vulnerable workers in business supply chains (IDSN News)
Human rights issues related to caste in global supply chains was a key theme at the seminar on vulnerable workers, held in Copenhagen on 12 November, organised by IDSN, the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) in the UK.

ETI Director, Peter McAllister launched the ETI Caste in Global Supply Chains guidance at the seminar saying. “I am proud and honoured to be here to launch the ETI Base Code Guidance on Caste in Global Supply Chains today … caste underpins so many elements of vulnerability that we must engage with caste issues if we want to address vulnerability,” Mr. McCallister stated.
2019  businessandhr  businesskey  ETI  guidance  seminar  event  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  dalit  slavery 
january 2020 by idsn
IDSN participates in the ALNAP annual meeting on humanitarian action (IDSN News)
IDSN was represented by Innasimuthu Pandiyan, from IDSN Associate the Social Awareness Society for Youths (SASY), at the Annual Meeting of ALNAP, a global network of NGOs, UN agencies, members of the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, donors, academics, and networks - dedicated to learning how to improve the response to humanitarian crises.
2019  equalityinaid  equality  humanitarian  IDSN  news  idsnnews  SASY  youth  alnap  network 
january 2020 by idsn
Dalit women producing leather footwear for global brands suffer serious labour rights abuses
A new report by Homeworkers Worldwide finds Dalit women working in global leather supply chains being subjected to discrimination, insecure work, low wages and labour rights abuses, including sexual harassment.
slavery  children  childlabour  women  Dalit  dalitwomen  caste  India  business  businessandhr  leather  2019  idsnnews  IDSN  news  gender  sexual_violence  labour 
october 2019 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
Norwegian Minister of Development voices support to end caste discrimination
The IDSN Executive Director and the Dalit Solidarity Network in Norway, met with Norway’s Minister of International Development, Dag-Inge Ulstein, who confirmed Norway’s long-standing support to IDSN and eliminating caste-based discrimination.
Norway  dsnno  dsn  caste  2019  idsnnews  news  IDSN 
october 2019 by idsn
Report: Dalits and Adivasis missing from mainstream Indian news media
Indian media is dominated by ‘upper’ castes and media organisations have failed to diversify their newsroom and news coverage, reveals a new report released by Oxfam India and Newslaundry.
media  inequality  business  businessandhr  caste  India  2019  idsnnews  IDSN  news  ingo  report  Oxfam 
october 2019 by idsn
1500 survivors of rape and sexual violence and their families sign a letter to the Supreme Court of India
Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, a survivor centric forum with more than 12,000 survivors of sexual violence and their families, have submitted a letter to the Supreme Court of India asking that it treats commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children as serial rape under the under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (‘POSCO’). Dalit children are especially at risk of rape and sexual exploitation as they are marginalised and offered little protection and recourse to justice in highly caste-stratified societies. IDSN ‘s member organisation in India, Jan Sahas is a part of Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan and has issued the following release.
jansahas  2019  IDSN  idsnnews  news  violence_against_women  violence  dalitwomen  women  caste  gender 
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
Rights Activists: No global goals without tackling caste (Press Release)
From the streets of South Asia, activists fighting for justice, human rights and freedom from caste apartheid are now bringing the campaign #NoCasteLeftBehind to Europe. The activists will be in Brussels to take part in the European Development Days from 18-19 June.
IDSN  idsnnews  idsnpressrelease  press  press_release  2019  caste  nocasteleftbehind  EU  event 
october 2019 by idsn
#NoCasteLeftBehind at the European Development Days
An IDSN delegation with Dalit human rights defenders from Nepal, India and Bangladesh made its mark on the European Development Days 2019, with a stand in the Global Village and participation in key sessions. The event also saw the launch of IDSN’s #NoCasteLeftBehind initiative with participants joining hands to fight caste discrimination. After the European Development Days, the delegation also met with key EU officials, including the new EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore.
idsnnews  news  IDSN  women  caste  EU  2019  EEAS  eu_commission 
october 2019 by idsn
#NoCasteLeftBehind Report: Caste and Gender Justice
Intersectional caste and gender discrimination leaves Dalit women and girls as some of the furthest behind when it comes to achieving the UN Global Goals and therefore this type of discrimination needs special focused attention.
Dalit women are leading the way by standing up for their rights, they need global solidarity and justice to catalyse their access to rights and dignity. In this publication we highlight some of the key challenges faced by Dalit women
and girls in relation to the specific UN Global Goals and targets and offer advice on what you can do to stand in solidarity with these women and be a catalyst of change
castegenderjustice  nocasteleftbehind  dalit  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfigt  caste  gender  justice  sexual_violence  violence_against_women  IDSN  publication  key  keywomen 
july 2019 by idsn
New EU human rights guidelines highlight the need to address caste in EU’s external action (IDSN News)
IDSN welcomes the new EU Human Rights Guidelines on Non-discrimination in External Action, where caste is mentioned several times as a form of discrimination that must be addressed. It is specified in the guidelines that the term ‘descent’, “includes discrimination against members of communities based on forms of social stratification such as caste and analogous systems of inherited status”, and that the EU should, “Participate actively in UN mechanisms and processes dedicated to general and specific discrimination related issues such as … discrimination based on caste (work and descent)”. The guidelines also state the EU must encourage and support active participation of civil society in multilateral fora and mechanisms in relation to discrimination based on caste (work and descent).
IDSN  News  idsnnews  2019  EU  humanrights  policy  guidelines 
july 2019 by idsn
MEP’s ask EU to act to end the unjust blocking of IDSN’s UN accreditation (IDSN News)
MEPs ask EU to act to end the unjust blocking of IDSN’s UN accreditation
Several high-profile members of the European Parliament have sent a letter to the EU High-Representative for Foreign Affairs, Frederica Mogherini, asking the EU to take action to support IDSN’s 10-year quest for UN accreditation, at the UN NGO Committee.
EU  eu_parliament  MEP  ecosoc  IDSN  2019  news  idsnnews  letter  sr_associationassembly 
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
Dalit women defenders featured by UN Women on Women’s Day (Video) IDSN News
Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of the Dalit Women’s Movement AIDMAM-NCDHR, an IDSN member talks about the Dalit Women Fight movement in this 5-minute video made by UN Women and Google. “We are not silent. You are not silent. You are fighting. We are also fighting. We need to connect together because injustice is injustice, whether it’s your class, your caste, your sexuality or your ethnic identity.” Says Asha Kowtal in the video.
Video  2019  caste  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  dalitwomen  India  aidmam  atrocities  justice  sexual_violence  idsnnews  news  idsn 
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
Members of European Parliament Ask India to 'End Crackdown' on Rights Activists (IDSN News)
Twenty members of the European Parliament have written to Central Government ministers in India, expressing concern about “worrying signs of shrinking civil society space in India,” calling for the government to “take urgent steps to change course, release all detained human rights defenders in the country, drop all charges against them, and allow them to carry out their work free from risk or impediment.” Dalit activists were among those mentioned in the letter.
2019  caste  Dalit  india  humanrights  hrdefenders  news  IDSN  idsnnews  MEP  eu_parliament  EP 
april 2019 by idsn
Dalit Film and Cultural Festival held in New York (IDSN News)
Columbia University in New York hosted a pioneering 2-day Dalit Film and Cultural festival, featuring films that give direct voice to the Dalit experience and reflect on society from a Dalit perspective.

The festival took place from 23-24 February, and was organised by the US Ambedkarites.
film  culture  IDSN  diaspora  idsnnews  news  US  caste  dalit  2019 
april 2019 by idsn
Dignity March to end Sexual Violence in India (IDSN News)
On Friday 22 February, thousands marching to end sexual violence against women and children in India, took to the streets of the capital to demand justice and raise awareness about the need to fundamentally change the attitude generally held about victims of sexual violence. The 65-day march has covered over 10,000 km across 24 states. The march was kick-started by 5000 survivors of sexual violence on the 20th of December in Mumbai and organised by Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan.
2019  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  dalit  sexual_violence  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  women  India  resistance  march  jansahas 
april 2019 by idsn
Report finds entrenched caste discrimination in India’s criminal justice system (IDSN News)
“Criminal Justice in the Shadow of Caste” is a pioneering report looking at the administration of criminal justice in India through a caste lens. The findings reveal discrimination at all levels, including within prisons. The report has been released by IDSN member, the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ-NCDHR), in collaboration with the National Centre for Dalit Human Rights.
India  caste  2019  IDSN  news  idsnnews  justice  justicekey  atrocities  violence  women  dalitwomen  ncdhr  ndmj 
april 2019 by idsn
Human Rights Watch: Vigilante ‘Cow Protection’ Groups Attack Minorities in India (IDSN News)
The Indian government should prevent and prosecute mob violence by vigilante groups targeting minorities in the name of so-called cow protection, Human Rights Watch said in a report released in March. The 104-page report, “Violent Cow Protection in India: Vigilante Groups Attack Minorities,” describes the use of communal rhetoric by members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to spur a violent vigilante campaign against consumption of beef and those engaged in the cattle trade. The victims are predominantly Muslims and Dalits.
2019  violence  caste  IDSN  news  idsnnews  HRW  India  ingo 
april 2019 by idsn
Study finds Dalits working in forced and child labour in India’s garment industry (IDSN News)
An extensive study on home-based garment workers in India found 99 per cent of workers toiled in conditions of forced labor under Indian law, with over 99 per cent of the workers found to be either Dalits or Muslims. The prevalence of child labour was over 15 per cent and many cases of bonded labour were also documented. 85 per cent of the workers supplied global brands.The report “Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector” was conducted by leading labour experts at the University of California.
2019  India  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  dalit  bondedlabour  slavery  slaverykey  slaveryindiakey  indiakey  businesskey  businessandhr  business  supplychain  Report  study  children  labour  dalitwomen  women  childlabour  statistics 
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
'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
IDSN Board member, Henri Tiphagne, wins prestigious Civil Liberties Award
Henri Tiphagne has won the prestigious Nani A. Palkhiwala Award for Civil Liberties. A huge congratulations to Henri for this well-deserved recognition of his tireless work to end caste-based discrimination and pursue justice, equality and human rights for all. Upon winning the award Henri commented, "The award is a boost for continuing the fight for dissent, democracy and human rights not only in the courts of law, but also on the streets."
Read a full article in The Wire on the award >>
IDSN  idsnnews  2018  caste  dalit  award  organisation 
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
New IDSN strategy presented at the General Assembly 2018 (IDSN News)
IDSN members and associates from across the globe met in Geneva in November for the IDSN General Assembly. The assembly spread over two days brimming with energy, new ideas, and a determination to strengthen the fight for human rights, justice and equality for all, irrespective of caste.
IDSN  idsnnews  2018  organisation  strategy  governance  caste  Dalit 
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
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
EU high-representative calls the UN NGO Committee “hostile to civil society interests, particularly … caste discrimination.” (IDSN News)
EU high-representative calls the UN NGO Committee “hostile to civil society interests, particularly … caste discrimination.”
In her answer to Member of the European Parliament, Jean Lambert’s, question, on what the EU were doing to support IDSN’s application for UN consultative status, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, stated that, “A critical mass of members of the NGO Committee is hostile to civil society interests, particularly in sensitive areas such as caste discrimination.”
Read the IDSN article on the reply by the EU high-representative here >>
idsn  EU  high_representative  eeas  eu_parliament  ep  MEP  2018 
october 2018 by idsn
Australian Parliament passes motion on caste-based discrimination (IDSN)
The Australian Parliament has passed a landmark motion urging the Government to take action on fighting caste-based discrimination. The motion requests the government to consider interventions in inclusion and non-discrimination in humanitarian aid; inclusive recruitment practice and management practice in all business partners; and strengthening policy and human rights dialogues for the elimination of caste-based discrimination in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The motion also urges the Government to support projects combating caste-based discrimination through Australian International Development Programmes.
IDSN  2018  caste  globalsolidarity  dalit  legislation 
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
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
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
Dalit women participate in the European Development days (IDSN news)
Dalit women activists from India and Nepal took part in the European Development days to share their experiences with, and learn from, other women activists fighting similar struggles across the globe. The women also shared their stories with EU officials and development actors.
idsn  idsnnews  2018  caste  eu_commission  eu  dalitwomen  dalit  women  Nepal  India 
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
The UK fails to ensure legal protection against caste discrimination (IDSN news)
In a U-turn policy change the UK Government has decided that despite reports commissioned by the Government itself finding evidence of caste-based rights violations in the UK, caste will not be included as a protected characteristic alongside race, religion and ethnicity in the UK Equalities Act.
caste  uk  diaspora  2018  dsnuk  IDSN  idsnnews  news  legislation 
october 2018 by idsn
India: MRG & IDSN strongly condemn latest arrests of prominent human rights defenders (IDSN)
On 28 August 2018, five prominent Indian human rights activists were arrested during simultaneous police raids conducted across India. The raids were part of an investigation into events that occurred earlier this year during a Dalit commemoration of an 1818 battle in Bhima Koregaon in which many Dalits lost their lives, and they follow a wider crackdown on Indian activists in recent months.
IDSN  idsnnews  2018  caste  india  hrdefenders  humanrights  hr_defenders  statement  joint  political_participation  press_release 
october 2018 by idsn
Sanitation worker deaths spark protests demanding an end to manual scavenging in India (IDSN)
Dalits in India have for centuries been forced into working without proper tools or protective gear to clean dry latrines, sewers and septic tanks, a practice known as ‘manual scavenging’. This is not only demeaning but also extremely dangerous work and activists have been campaigning for many years for the proper implementation of laws banning the practice and rehabilitating those who have been engaged in it. This past month it has been uncovered that in the Delhi municipality alone, there has been an alarmingly high number of deaths of sanitation workers lowered into the city’s sewers with no equipment to protect them. Activists are sending the message that India must #stopkillingus and that the caste-based practice must end now.
manualscavenging  Dalits  India  2018  idsnnews  idsn  news  discrimination  labour  slavery 
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
MEPs: EU should cancel agreements with India until unjustly jailed human rights defenders are released (IDSN news)
Nine Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have issued a letter to the EU High Representative, Frederica Mogherini, urging for the EU to cancel all agreements with India until human rights activists, that have been unjustly arrested, have been released and “the hunt against the Adivasis, Dalits, religious minorities and Kashmir, Manipuri people is stopped.”
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2018  MEP  EP  eu_parliament  EU  europeanparliament  India  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders 
september 2018 by idsn
Amnesty and HRW ask India to stop arresting Dalit rights activists on politically motivated grounds
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have released a statement asking the Indian Government to end politically motivated arrests of Dalit rights activists who are simply doing their work to defend human rights in the country. IDSN continuously raises this issue in international fora and fully endorses and supports this statement.
amnesty  HRW  ingo  2018  idsnnews  statement  press_release  news  IDSN  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  justice  justicekey  India  indiakey  caste  dalit  key 
august 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
Invitation to the #DalitWomenFight side-event at the UN human rights council – 21 June 2018
IDSN is supporting the side-event #DalitWomenFight against Caste-Based Violence, taking place on 21 June in Geneva, in connection with the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The side-event will explore and discuss aggravated caste-based violence faced by women and girls in India, often with little recourse to justice. Dalit women activists will present witness accounts of the state of affairs in India and a panel of experts will respond to the testimonies. IDSN has also issued a set of recommendations for the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council.
2018  flyer  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  dalit  women  idsn  sideevent  event 
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
The need to address caste-based violence highlighted in international annual human rights reports (IDSN news 2018)
The newly released Human Rights Watch World Report 2018, Amnesty International Report 2018 and the US State Department reports on India and Nepal, find that caste-based discrimination and violence remain a serious threat as hate crimes against Dalits are widespread. Some of the other themes raised in the reports include discrimination in accessing services, ´manual scavenging´ and bonded labour. Read the IDSN summary of these reports
2018  idsnnews  idsn  news  ingo  india  nepal  amnesty  HRW  usstatedept  atrocities  violence  violence_against_women  women  dalitwomen  sexual_violence 
july 2018 by idsn
Dalit women in India march for justice and access to health and education (IDSN News)
Dalit women activists marched from 23 April – 2 May through 30 villages in Rajasthan, to highlight atrocities against Dalit women, and the need for access to justice, education and health. The march, known in India as a ‘Yatra’, was organised by the All India Dalit Mahila Adhikaar Manch (AIDMAM) and comes at a crucial time in Rajasthan where reports of caste-related atrocities are rife. The activists are meeting students, local activists, health workers, local administration and many other actors to understand the issues on the ground and to amplify the voices for justice.
IDSN  idsnnews  2018  caste  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  women  march  aidmam 
may 2018 by idsn
Halt the Hate – Amnesty campaigns to document hate crimes in India (IDSN news)
Amnesty India has launched a new online tool on aimed at collecting documentation for hate crimes from across India. Many of the crimes already documented on the tool are atrocities committed against Dalits. Everyone working on Dalit rights in India are invited to contribute to the database of cases on the site.
2018  idsnnews  IDSN  amnesty  India  campaign  tools  caste  atrocities  violence  violence_against_women 
may 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
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
Urgent Appeal: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police (IDSN news)
Human Rights Defenders’ Alert India have issued the following urgent appeal: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police for seeking action on encroachment of public property in Kochi, Kerala.
IDSN  idsnnews  urgentappeal  india  caste  2018  atrocities  hrdefenders  hr_defenders 
may 2018 by idsn
IDSN Chair nominated for 'Secularist of the year 2018 award' (IDSN news)
IDSN Executive Chair and DSN-UK Director, Meena Varma, has been shortlisted for a ‘Secularist of the year 2018 award’ by the The National Secular Society in the UK . The award ‘recognises a campaigner or group for an outstanding contribution to the secularist movement’. The NSS’s council of management selected the shortlist from nominations which were submitted by its members and supporters.
dsnuk  2018  diaspora  IDSN  idsnnews  UK 
may 2018 by idsn
Indian budget falls far short on allocations for Dalits (IDSN news)
The Dalit community’s analysis of the the 2018 budget of the Government of India shows that less than half of the required amount has been allocated for schemes meant to benefit Dalits and Adivasis in India - Read the full analysis by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) here.
budget  economicrights  2018  ncdhr  india  idsn  idsnnews 
may 2018 by idsn
Dalit Women Speak Out conference – forming a collective for resistance
The December 2017 Dalit Women Speak Out conference in Pune, India, was a celebration of Dalit women power and resistance and a platform from which to map out new strategies and strengthen the collective force. The conference presented an open and free space for over 400 Dalit women from across India to speak their mind and discuss how best to progress with a collective resistance to caste and gender oppression.
2017  dalitwomen  women  dalitwomenfight  caste  india  aidmam  idsn  idsnnews 
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
Video: We can't address sanitation without talking caste, say Bezwada Wilson and Beena Pallical
Bezwada Wilson from the organization SKA, which fights to liberate manual scavengers, and Beena Pallical, from the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, explain why the Government flagship sanitation drive is failing when it neglects to address the role of caste and manual scavenging.
manualscavenging  2017  IDSN  video  India 
january 2018 by idsn
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