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Report outlines recommendations for action on caste and gender justice in Nepal (IDSN News)
A comprehensive report on the status of Dalit women in Nepal has been released by IDSN member the Feminist Dalit Organization Nepal (FEDO) with support from IDSN and Womankind.

The report details the situation, challenges and recommendations within poverty, education, health, safety, political participation, Dalit women in the media and Dalit girl children in Nepal.

It is clear from the report that while progress has been made, immediate and sustained action targeted at Dalit women in Nepal is crucial.
idsnnews  Report  FEDO  Nepal  Dalit  women  dalitwomen  caste  castegenderjustice  children  health  poverty  education  violence  recommendations 
15 hours 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 
15 hours 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 
19 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 
19 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 
19 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 
19 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 
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
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 
11 weeks ago 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 
11 weeks ago 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
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
#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
No more silence: Companies must address caste in their global supply chains (ETI-UK)
Press Release – Ethical Trading Initiative – UK - Remaining silent about caste discrimination in global supply chains is fueling modern slavery, child labour and the exploitation of workers in South Asia, according to new ETI Base Code guidance for companies published today.
press_release  eti  business  businesskey  businessandhr  children  childlabour  slavery  labour  caste  dalit  2019  News  idsnnews  women  dalitwomen  India  Nepal  Pakistan  Bangladesh  dalitchildren  key 
september 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
Oxfam: Caste and gender underpin employment inequality in India
Inequality in employment along caste and gender lines is a massive obstacle to alleviating poverty and inequality in India, finds the Oxfam India report ‘Mind The Gap – State of Employment in India’. The report documents striking disparities in wages and opportunities. The report also highlights the strong links between caste and gender discrimination and forced, bonded and child labour as well as hazardous work.
caste  gender  women  dalitwomen  dalit  India  Oxfam  ingo  2019  idsnnews  news  business  businessandhr  labour  inequality 
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
Survey of Caste in the United States finds discrimination persists
Equality Labs has released a survey report on Caste in the United States. The report came out of a community driven survey conducted in 2016 and has now emerged as a crucial document that both presents the first evidence of Caste discrimination in the US and helps to map the internal hegemonies within our communities.
diaspora  diasporakey  US  caste  dalit  2018  news  idsnnews 
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
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 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
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
Five female anti-trafficking activists kidnapped and raped in India - EU responds (IDSN)
The EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs has reiterated the EU’s commitment to fighting caste-based discrimination and gender-based violence, following the rape of five female anti-trafficking activists in India, earlier this summer. The women were performing a play against human trafficking in Jharkhand state when they were abducted and gang-raped.
EU  MEP  EP  India  women  caste  dalit  eu_parliament  eu_commission  2018  idsnnews  rape  sexual_violence  atrocities 
august 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 haltthehate.amnesty.org.in 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
Report: Dalit men, women and children enslaved in India’s brick making industry (IDSN news)
A new report by Anti-Slavery International documents widespread slavery in India’s brick making industry and finds that the majority of workers are Dalits. Whole families, including small children, work 9-12 hour days in debt-bondage with little recourse to justice.

The report finds that discrimination and exclusion, along with the way brick kiln moulders are recruited and paid, underpins the widespread existence of slavery in the kilns and the limited opportunities for workers to escape.
idsnnews  2018  antislavery  ingo  India  labour  slavery  slaverykey  childlabour  children  childrenkey 
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
Campaign and new report highlight caste discrimination in schools - International Dalit Solidarity Network
Dalit children being made to sit and eat separately from other children, being beaten, abused and forced to do humiliating tasks, form part of the cases uncovered during the ‘Zero Discrimination in School Education’ campaign in India. These cases are highlighted in the report ‘Exclusion in Schools – A Study on Practice of Discrimination and Violence’ by the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ-NCDHR) and the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion.
education  children  india  caste  dalit  discrimination  2017  idsnnews  ncdhr  ndmj 
march 2018 by idsn
Amnesty International: Dalit human rights defenders face serious risk
A new report released by Amnesty International paints a grim picture of the situation for human rights defenders across the globe who face death, persecution and harassment for carrying out human rights work. The report raises particular concern for Dalit human rights defenders in India.

“In India, those advocating for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and against caste-based discrimination are at ongoing risk of attack. The groups facing most abuses are Dalits (members of the lower castes) and Adivasis (members of Indigenous and tribal groups),” the report states.
2017  IDSN  idsnnews  India  ingo  amnesty 
january 2018 by idsn
Dalit human rights defenders take part in the EU-NGO Rights Forum
The EU-NGO Human Rights Forum took place in Brussels from 5-6 December with the participation of Dalit human rights defenders, who formed part of an IDSN delegation to the forum. The theme of the forum was “Human rights under threat: Exploring new approaches in a challenging global context.”

Dalit defenders participated in discussions on how to move forward and how to ensure more action to fight caste discrimination, also at the EU level. Among recommendations to take forward were the need for the EU to ensure that caste discrimination is addressed in all bilateral dealings with caste-affected countries and for EU member states to raise the issue of caste-related human rights violations at the United Nations. Ankita, representing the Feminist Dalit Organisation – Nepal, also discussed the multiple discrimination faced by Dalit women in caste-affected countries and continued discrimination in Nepal.
idsnnews  idsn  2017  EU  ingo  hrdn  eu_commission  eeas 
january 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
European Parliament report urges EU to step up action on caste discrimination (IDSN News 2017)
In its 2017 Report on the “Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter” the European Parliament (EP) calls for an EU policy on caste discrimination and urges the EU and its Member States to, “intensify efforts and support related initiatives at UN and delegation level by implementing and monitoring the 2030 SDGs, monitoring the new UN Guidance Tool on descent-based discrimination and supporting states’ implementation of recommendations by UN human rights mechanisms on the topic of caste discrimination”.
caste  Dalit  IDSN  idsnnews  europeanparliamentref  europeanparliament  eu_parliament  eukey  key 
december 2017 by idsn
Urgent Appeal for Action - Death threats and withdrawal of police protection for a Dalit human rights activist
The HRDA-India, a forum for the protection of human rights defenders, has issued an urgent appeal for action to protect Dalit human rights defender Mr. Rajat Kalsan. Mr Kalsan is working to help Dalits gain justice and protection from abuses as a lawyer and activist in Haryana state. He has worked on gang-rape cases and cases of attack and arson committed by dominant castes against Dalits and a host of other cases involving serious violations of human rights. The appeal states that due to this work, dominant caste leaders are colluding with local police to file false charges against Mr. Rajat and cause him serious harm.
hrdefenders  hr_defenders  2017  india  justice  atrocities  idsn  news  idsnnews 
december 2017 by idsn
Urgent Appeal for Action – Dalit Professor in need of immediate protection
Human Rights Defenders Alert – India (HRDA) has issued an urgent appeal for the protection of Professor Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – a political analyst, human rights activist and one of India’s most prominent Dalit thinkers and Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy. Prof. Shepherd was allegedly attempted killed in his car, has been physically attacked and is receiving death threats, but has been offered no police protection.
india  2017  caste  hrdefenders  shrinkingspace  idsn  news  idsnnews  justice 
december 2017 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
“Everyone Blames Me” – new report on barriers to justice for sexual assault survivors in India
Survivors of rape and other forms of sexual assault in India face severe barriers to justice and are not receiving the support that the State are obligated to offer them, finds a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report raises particular concern for ‘low caste’ survivors and other marginalised groups.
HRW  2017  report  idsn  news  idsnnews  dalitwomenfight  women  dalit  caste  sexual_violence  justice  justicekey  womenkey  India  indiakey  ingo 
december 2017 by idsn
MEPs call on EU Presidents to address caste discrimination at the EU-India summit - International Dalit Solidarity Network
A cross-party group of prominent Members of the European Parliament has sent an open letter to the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, calling on them to address caste discrimination directly at the October EU-India Summit.
EU  eu_parliament  ep  2017  idsn  news  idsnnews  openletter  India  eu_council  eu_commission  eukey  key 
october 2017 by idsn
Dalit women in Nepal enter local government in record numbers (IDSN News)
When a record number of Dalit women now take their seat in local Government across the country it is indeed a dream come true. IDSN members in Nepal have been working for decades to increase the political participation of Dalit women, resulting in the 2017 Local Level Election Act stipulating that at least one of the four members of each Ward Committee should be a woman from the Dalit community. As a result of this over 7000 Dalit women stood for election and thousands will be set to take their seat in local Government this autumn.
2017  news  idsn  idsnnews  nepal  political_participation  dalit  caste  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight 
october 2017 by idsn
Dalit flood victims need food, water and medicine (IDSN News)
Following the devastating floods in South Asia serious concern for Dalit communities affected by the disaster is being reported. IDSN’s members are on the ground responding and monitoring the situation as it unfolds. Nepal, Bangladesh and India have experienced severe flooding over the past weeks and many Dalit communities are hard hit. In this article we will share some of the reports we have received from members in Nepal. We will be following up on this once more reports have come in from the rest of the region.
2017  news  idsn  idsnnews  nepal  humanitarian  disaster_relief  caste  dalit 
october 2017 by idsn
Rights defenders: legislation meant to stop caste atrocities is failing (IDSN News)
Dalit and Adivasi Civil Society Organisations, Human Rights Defenders from across India met in New Delhi to discuss the status of implementation of India’s legislation to prevent atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis. There was widespread dissatisfaction among participants that key elements of the legislation were not being implemented, and a call was made asking for action to be taken by the authorities in charge.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2017  india  legislation  justice  justicekey  caste  dalit 
september 2017 by idsn
UK caste consultation extended after pressure from human rights defenders (IDSN News)
The UK’s Indian Diaspora community are going head to head as the Government’s consultation on caste discrimination legislation is extended. In several media reports groups that are pro and anti the introduction of legislation against caste discrimination in the UK, are arguing about the impact of such a move.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2017  diaspora  UK  caste  justice 
september 2017 by idsn
Rights defenders: 27 manual scavengers die in one month - Government must act now (IDSN News)
Rights defenders in India are calling on the Indian Government to outline a concrete action plan within one month to end the dangerous and demeaning practice of manual scavenging. The call comes following the death of 27 manual scavengers in India within the span of one month, outlined in a press release by rights NGO Safai Karmchari Andolan (SKA).
2017  IDSN  idsnnews  news  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  manualscavenging  India  slavery  SKA  Jansahas 
september 2017 by idsn
SDGs in action: Dalit women in Nepal (IDSN news)
In connection with their participation at the High Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals in New York, IDSN member in Nepal, FEDO, has produced a valuable briefing paper on the Sustainable Development Goals and how they are directly related to the situation of Dalits, and in particular of Dalit women. The paper offers key insight into the relevance of the SDGs and their implication at the national and local level.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  publication  nepal  dalitwomenfight  women  2017  political_participation  politics  dalit  caste  sdgs  UN  FEDO 
september 2017 by idsn
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