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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 
8 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
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
Sifting the Grain: 6,000 Testimonies of Discrimination and Inequality from Yemen (Report - Equal Rights Trust)
Equal Rights Trust report presenting an analysis of extensive field research on discrimina¬tion, inequality and other human rights abuses conducted in Yemen by eleven field research teams between 2015 and 2017 and analysed by Yemeni researchers in 2018.
Yemen  2019  caste  muhamasheen  akhdam  report  othercountries 
october 2019 by idsn
Indigenous and Dalits of Bangladesh: Challenges and Way Forward for Inclusion in Rights and Services (Transparency International Report)
Transparency International have released a comprehensive report analyising the specific challenges of Dalits in Bangladesh.

The report offers key recommendations for the fulfilment of rights and inclusive public service provisions for Dalits in Bangladesh.
Report  Bangladesh  bangladeshkey  2019  caste  dalit  access_services 
april 2019 by idsn
Hate Crimes in 2018, Reveals ‘Halt the Hate’ Website (Amnesty India)
A disturbing number of alleged hate crimes – including assault, rape and murder – were reported in 2018 against people from marginalized groups, especially Dalits and Muslims, said Amnesty India, as it released data recorded on its interactive website, ‘Halt the Hate’. “The first step to ensuring justice and ending impunity for hate crimes – where people are targeted because they belong to a particular group – is to highlight their occurrence,” said Aakar Patel of Amnesty India.
caste  2019  amnesty  INGO  study  data  dalit  atrocities  violence  hatecrime  Report  India  Indiakey 
april 2019 by idsn
REPORT: India: Vigilante ‘Cow Protection’ Groups Attack Minorities
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 to spur a violent vigilante campaign against consumption of beef and those engaged in the cattle trade. The victims are predominantly Muslims and Dalits.
India  2019  HRW  ingo  caste  atrocities  violence  justice  Report 
april 2019 by idsn
REPORT: Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector
Conducted by leading labour experts at the University of California. Key findings:
99.3% of the workers are either Muslims or belong to a heavily subordinated community, called a “Scheduled Caste.”
99.2% of workers toil in conditions of forced labour under Indian law, which means they do not receive the state stipulated minimum wage. In fact, most workers received between 50% and 90% less than the state-stipulated minimum wages. Only a handful of males working near the city of Jaipur received proper wages for their work.
95.5% of workers are female.
2019  India  caste  dalit  bondedlabour  slavery  slaverykey  slaveryindiakey  indiakey  businesskey  businessandhr  business  supplychain  Report  study  children  labour  dalitwomen  women  childlabour 
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
2018 Trafficking in Persons Report - India (US State Department)
Most of India's trafficking problem is internal, and those from the most disadvantaged social strata – lowest caste Dalits, members of tribal communities, religious minorities, and women and girls from excluded groups – are most vulnerable. Within India, some are subjected to forced labor in sectors such as construction, steel, garment, and textile industries, wire manufacturing for underground cables, biscuit factories, pickling, floriculture, fish farms, and ship breaking. Workers within India who mine for sand are potentially vulnerable to human trafficking. Thousands of unregulated work placement agencies reportedly lure adults and children under false promises of employment into sex trafficking or forced labor, including domestic servitude.
trafficking  slavery  sexual_violence  2018  report  caste  india  women 
february 2019 by idsn
Evolution of wealth inequality in India (World Inequality Lab – Paris School of Economics 2018/14)
This new paper presents findings on the evolution of wealth inequality in India between 1961 and 2012. The article underlines the role of the Indian caste system in wealth inequality, as it shows that past unequal distribution of wealth along caste lines has not been corrected yet. The situation of every caste has improved over time, but there has been no convergence between dominant and lower castes.
Report  2018  caste  economicrights  inequality  india 
february 2019 by idsn
European Parliament calls on the EU to step up action at the UN and delegation levels to eliminate caste-based discrimination (IDSN Press Release 2018)
IDSN welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2017 and the European Union’s policy on the matter. The report specifically asks the EU to step up action to address caste-based discrimination at the UN and delegation levels.

“It’s time for the EU and its member states to fully heed the European Parliament’s recommendations. In particular, IDSN would like to see the EU use every opportunity in its trade, development and foreign policy to address caste-based discrimination. The EU should also actively support applications for UN consultative status submitted by NGOs, such as IDSN, which would enable the voices of Dalit advocates to be heard at the UN level”, said Meena Varma, Executive Chair, IDSN following the adoption of the report.
Read the IDSN press release on the report here >>
EU  2018  report  EP  eu_parliament  eu_commission  eu_council  eeas  dalit  caste  UN 
february 2019 by idsn
India chapter of the 2018 EU Annual Human Rights Report
Passages related to IDSN's work are highlighted.
EU  2018  caste  dalit  EEAS  Report  India 
august 2018 by idsn
Nepal chapter of the 2018 EU Annual Human Rights Report
Passages related to IDSN's work are highlighted.
Nepal  EU  2018  caste  dalit  EEAS  Report 
august 2018 by idsn
Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability against Dalit in Nepal - 2018 - (Alternative Report by Civil Society to the UN CERD review of Nepal)
Nepal's Civil Society
ALTERNATIVE REPORT
to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination in addition to the Government of Nepal periodic
reports 17 to 23, to be reviewed at the 95th session,
23 April -11 May 2018
Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability against Dalit in Nepal
February 2018
un  cerd  nepal  submission  2018  Report  treatybodies  key 
july 2018 by idsn
Cyclone Ockhi - Public Inquest - Final report (People's Watch)
Report on discrimination and issues hampering humanitarian aid after the Cyclen Ockhi in India
India  humanitarian  2018  report  caste  dalit 
january 2018 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
UPR of Pakistan - Factsheet and recommendations - PDSN and IDSN
Factsheet for the UPR of Pakistan
(28th session, 13 November 2017)
IDSN  pdsn  2017  upr  pakistan  submission  report  UN 
october 2017 by idsn
Joint UPR Submission Pakistan 2017 – IDSN and PDSN
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Pakistan 2017 - Discrimination against Dalits in Pakistan
UN  upr  pakistan  2017  pdsn  idsn  report  submission 
october 2017 by idsn
Human Rights in India Joint stakeholders report (wghr)
Alternative report by The Working Group on Human Rights in India including concerns over Dalit rights on page 24
Dalit  caste  India  UN  UPR  humanrights  Report  2017  wghr 
july 2017 by idsn
UN Expert Report: India must act on access to adequate housing for Dalits (IDSN News, 2016)
The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, has released a report on housing in India. The report draws attention to the alarming state of Dalit houses and the need for Government action to improve housing and end discrimination.
caste  Dalit  untouchability  UN  discrimination  India  indiakey  housing  sr_housing  legislation  2017  Report  recommendations  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
april 2017 by idsn
Discrimination Against Dalit Women in Bangladesh (BDERM & IDSN 2016)
Bangladesh is scheduled for consideration by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women during its 65th session, on 8 November. Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) and IDSN has jointly submitted an alternative report focusing on the situation for Dalit women in Bangladesh, who face discrimination at multiple levels as they are discriminated by the dominant caste and other groups in society. While other groups of women and some Dalit men are moving forward in education, economic empowerment, access to justice and government services, Dalit women are left behind.
bderm  IDSN  UN  Report  Bangladesh  cedaw  Dalit  women  caste  2016  discrimination  sr_minorities  2030agenda  treatybodies 
april 2017 by idsn
State of Civil Society Report (Civicus, 2016)
State of Civil Society Report 2016 contains numerous references to caste.
civilsociety  2016  shrinkingspace  caste  Dalit  IDSN  Report  discrimination 
april 2017 by idsn
OHCHR Report 2015 (Ohchr)
The UN High Commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, mentions caste discrimination on par with other forms of discrimination in the foreword to the OHCHR annual report for 2015. He pays tribute to the work of human rights defenders to advance the rights of “oppressed social groups, such as castes and sexual minorities.” The High Commissioner also notes that his office identifies key human rights gaps, including “discrimination by gender, ethnicity and caste”. The OHCHR has played an important role in recognising caste discrimination as an international human rights issue.
caste  Dalit  IDSN  2016  UN  ohchr  Report  minorities  discrimination 
april 2017 by idsn
Report: Side event at the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN)
On 16 March 2016, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hosted a side event in Geneva on ‘Minorities and caste-based discrimination.
IDSN  caste  Dalit  Report  minorities  discrimination  ohchr  sideevent  special_rapporteurs  2016 
april 2017 by idsn
European Parliament report calls for EU policy on caste discrimination (IDSN News, 2017)
In its 2016 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) raises deep concern over grave violations of Dalit human rights. The report calls for an EU policy development on caste discrimination.
idsn  idsnnews  news  ep  eu  eu_parliament  caste  dalit  india  europeanparliament  legislation  Report  eukey  key 
january 2017 by idsn
South Asia State of Minorities Report 2016 (The South Asia Collective, 2016)
On 11 November 2016, in Nepal, Kathmandu, an inaugural report was launched titled 'South Asia State of Minorities Report 2016'. The report is 'a first-of-its-kind effort to bring together research and advocacy groups from various countries in the region to form a “South Asia Collective” that will periodically track and document the situation of minority rights, country by country'. The report pays a significant attention to caste-based discrimination in six countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Nepal  Pakistan  pakistankey  India  indiakey  Bangladesh  bangladeshkey  sri_lanka  srilankakey  Report  minorities  Dalit  caste  discrimination  southasia 
november 2016 by idsn
A review: US State Department Report on human rights in India 2015 (IDSN News, 2016)
The US State Department published its Report 2015 on human rights practices in India, which provides a comprehensive overview of the human rights situation in the country. The report covers areas of deprivation of life, detention, torture, trial procedures, violence, freedom of speech, assembly and religion, cultural rights, freedom of movement, refugees, political rights, workers’ rights, and discrimination against vulnerable groups, including women, Dalits, indigenous, LGBTI, children, people with disabilities and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
caste  discrimination  India  indiakey  IDSN  news  idsnnews  Report  2016 
october 2016 by idsn
MEPs make caste appeal to EU foreign policy chief (IDSN News 2016)
A cross-party group of Members of the European Parliament have asked the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to ensure that EU action to address caste discrimination is prioritised at the highest levels.
caste  Dalit  eu_parliament  openletter  SDGs  UN  Report  idsnnews  2016  sr-minorities  EU  key  eukey 
july 2016 by idsn
Cases of caste-based discrimination rarely reach court (Kathmandu Post, 2016)
Only 45 cases of caste discrimination have been registered in Nepal’s court system in the past four years, the Kathmandu Post writes. This low number does not correspond with regular media reports on the issue. According to Durga Sob of the Feminist Dalit Organisation, exclusion of Dalits is so deeply rooted in Nepal that victims of caste discrimination are unable to speak up for their rights.
caste  Dalit  legislation  Nepal  Report  press  2016 
june 2016 by idsn
How to be free of caste in India (The Hindu)
As India marks the 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar this week, it must acknowledge the pervasiveness of discrimination and confront it head-on.
caste  Dalit  India  UN  ambedkar  HRC31  Report  press  2016 
june 2016 by idsn
Latest news on caste discrimination and the struggle for Dalit rights
The UN High Commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, mentions caste discrimination on par with other forms of discrimination in the foreword to the OHCHR annual report for 2015. He pays tribute to the work of human rights defenders to advance the rights of “oppressed social groups, such as castes and sexual minorities.” The High Commissioner also notes that his office identifies key human rights gaps, including “discrimination by gender, ethnicity and caste”. The OHCHR has played an important role in recognising caste discrimination as an international human rights issue.
caste  Dalit  IDSN  2016  ohchr  UN  discrimination  Report  references 
june 2016 by idsn
HRW urges India to stop treating critics as criminals (IDSN News)
A new report by Human Rights Watch examines how criminal law is used to limit peaceful expression in India, stifle political dissent and target religious minorities and marginalised communities, including Dalits.
India  caste  Dalit  legislation  HRW  Report  2016  idsnnews  indiakey  discrimination 
may 2016 by idsn
Bangladesh: Millions of Dalits need water and sanitation (IDSN Network)
Report on the lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene for millions of Dalits in Bangladesh (IDSN news piece).
Dalit  Bangladesh  caste  water_sanitation  idsnnews  2016  Report 
march 2016 by idsn
Milestone act amending India's caste atrocity legislation passed (IDSN News)
In a victory for the Dalit movement in India and for all committed to justice and equality, a historic act amending the ‘Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) legislation has been passed by the upper house of parliament December 21st 2015, after the lower house passed it in August, 2015. The National Coalition on Strengthening PoA Act (NCSPA) have struggled for six years to ensure amendments to this act strengthening the rights of the victims and witnesses, improving access to justice and introducing preventative measures.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2015  legislation  justice  india  report  ncdhr 
january 2016 by idsn
Report: Atrocities against Dalits rising, access to justice is not (IDSN news)
Violence and atrocities against Dalits are rising in India and there is an urgent need to step up efforts to ensure justice for victims, finds a new report on access to justice released by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), supported by Christian Aid and the European Union.
report  idsnnews  india  2015  ncdhr  ndmj  atrocities  caste  justice 
january 2016 by idsn
Report: “Even war discriminates’: Yemen’s minorities, exiled at home” (IDSN News)
A new Minority Rights Group (MRG) report on Yemen focuses on the extreme situation faced by the minorities in the war torn country. The report finds that the Muhamasheen, discriminated against on the basis of caste, reside in some of the worst hit areas of Yemen but face exclusion in access to shelter, relief articles and health facilities. The report states that the Muhamasheen are at risk of death, disease, hunger and further violence and humanitarian actors and the international community must step up efforts to offer relief to these communities.
MRG  Yemen  ingo  2015  Report  publication  caste  humanitarian  key  yemenkey  idsnnews 
january 2016 by idsn
New report: Low caste children suffer in India’s cottonseed industry
The new report ‘Cotton’s Forgotten Children’, released by the Stop Child Labour Campaign and the India Committee on the Netherlands (ICN), finds that almost half a million children in India work as child labourers in the cottonseed production industry. Most of them are Dalits, Adivasis or other low caste children (OBCs). The report warns that most of these children are not in school and are subjected to hazardous work and harmful chemicals.
idsn  news  idsnnews  2015  india  children  slavery  bondedlabour  Report  case  caste  dalit  childlabour 
august 2015 by idsn
Waiting for Justice in Response - Caste discrimination in aid delivery following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake
Report of Initial Findings from Immediate Needs Assessment and Monitoring Responses towards Affected Dalit Communities in Nepal Earthquake 2015
Nepal  adrf  humanitarian  disaster_relief  caste  2015  Report  publication  FEDO  nndswo  jmc  dalit 
may 2015 by idsn
UNESCO’s 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report - references to caste
UNESCO’s 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report - References to caste
education  UN  Report  2015  caste  children  educationref  dalit  ref  sdgs 
april 2015 by idsn
New reports: Exclusion and untouchability remain widespread and only 5% marry out of their caste
Report findings recently released from the India Human Development Survey, the India Exclusion Report and the Nepal Multidimensional Social Inclusion Index, document that caste discrimination is very far from being history. In almost all aspects of every-day life statistics indicate that caste discrimination is deep-rooted and widespread.
statistics  idsn  news  idsnnews  2014  caste  india  report  survey  untouchability  segregation  nepal  musahar  dalit 
january 2015 by idsn
Report: Dalit girls in modern slavery in India’s textile industry
A report following up on modern slavery in Indian spinning mills, finds that despite initiatives launched to end conditions of forced labour, the situation remains alarming. Efforts of clothing brands and retailers to end this, lack scale and conviction. Due to their marginalised status and lack of alternative opportunities, the majority of girls working in these factories are Dalits.
caste  2014  news  idsn  idsnnews  sumangali  report  slavery  india  dnn  dalit  children  women  childlabour 
october 2014 by idsn
EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013 highlights caste
The report includes key references to caste-based discrimination in the chapters on India, Nepal and Pakistan. References on caste-discrimination in humanitarian aid, caste-based violence, Dalit women, Dalit human rights defenders and Dalit religious minorities are included.
eu  report  india  2014  caste  pakistan  nepal  references  dalit  humanitarian  eu_parliament  hr_defenders  hrdefenders 
october 2014 by idsn
India Exclusion Report 2013-14 – Centre for Equity Studies
The report has hundreds of references to caste-based exclusion in all aspects of life, especially highlighting Dalit women.
report  2014  india  caste  exclusion  key  dalit  indiakey 
october 2014 by idsn
Claiming Justice: A Study of CSO Interventions in Addressing Atrocities Against Dalits and Tribals
a report highlighting interventions taken by civil society organisations (CSOs) to address atrocities under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act (PoA). The report is based on extensive field study conducted in five states in India, and documents the experiences and reflections of using the criminal justice system as told by victims, witnesses, human rights defenders and public officials. The report captures CSOs’ best practices in assisting victims of atrocities, and offers recommendations to strengthen their fight towards dignity and justice.
2014  publication  justice  legislation  implementation  impunity  India  key  Report  caste  dalit  indiakey 
october 2014 by idsn
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