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Video: Manjula Pradeep on Caste and Women's Labour (So Many Feminisms)
Manjula Pradeep, human rights activist and founder of Wayve Foundation on caste and women's labour speaks about the unique situtation of Dalit women in relation to labour and modern slavery.
caste  dalit  women  dalitwomenfight  2020  video  slavery  untouchability 
6 days 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 
12 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 
12 weeks ago by idsn
IDSN Participates at UN Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights (IDSN News)
Henri Tiphagne, member of the IDSN board, represented IDSN in the Global Consultation on National Human Rights Institutions and access to remedy (Project on the Role of NHRIs in facilitating access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses), on the 10 and 11 October. This consultation is part of an ongoing project of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about accountability for human rights. violations and abuses committed by corporations.
UN  business  businessandhr  2019  caste  dalit  slavery  ohchr 
12 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
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
The Indian village where child sexual exploitation is the norm (The Guardian)
Poverty and caste discrimination mean that children in Sagar Gram are being groomed by their own families for abuse
slavery  slaverykey  india  2019  caste  castegenderjustice  dalit  dalitwomen  women  press  press_global  gender 
august 2019 by idsn
Consultation on global action to address discrimination based on work and descent held in Senegal (IDSN News)
On April 9-11 IDSN supported the Dakar Consultation on Global Partnership and Joint Actions in Addressing Discrimination based on Work & Descent – DWD, Untouchability, Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Analogous Forms of Discrimination that looked at caste and analogous forms of discrimination across the world to ensure joint actions and strategies to combat this form of discrimination. Information was shared and new initiatives formed and at the end of the consultation a Declaration was published as well as a summary report.
globalsolidarity  descentbaseddiscrimination  ncdhr  consultation  caste  2019  slavery 
july 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
Human Trafficking in India: Abuse from the Rural Elite and the Wider Implications (Foreign Policy Association, 2018)
Approximately 70 percent of trafficking victims in India belong to Scheduled Castes or Tribes – also called ‘Dalit’ classes – and are among the most disadvantaged socio-economic groups in India.
trafficking  slavery  childlabour  migration  caste  india  2018  sexual_violence  study 
february 2019 by idsn
The Cost of Cleanliness - Documentary on Deaths of Manual Scavengers in India (Video 2018)
“The Cost of Cleanliness” is based on the deaths of Dalit workers engaged in cleaning sewers and septic tanks and was release to coincide with the report Justice Denied – Death of workers engaged in manual scavenging by Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan
india  caste  2018  video  manualscavenging  slavery  documentary  jansahas 
february 2019 by idsn
New Report: Justice Denied - Death of workers engaged in manual scavenging (Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan) (IDSN News 2018)
Report by NGO Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, looking at the caste inequities underpinning manual scavenging in India and the many Dalits dying while cleaning septic tanks and sewers with no proper equipment. The findings, outlined in this summary, point to an urgent need for action to end this practice. Read the full report here. An event was held to release the report where the documentary “The Cost of Cleanliness” based on the deaths of workers engaged in cleaning sewers and septic tanks was also released.Read the summary of the report findings here.
caste  india  2018  jansahas  manualscavenging  justice  slavery 
february 2019 by idsn
EU encouraged to step up action on the issue of caste discrimination in global supply chains (IDSN News 2018)
The European Parliamentary Hearing on contemporary forms of slavery featured a presentation on caste and slavery in the supply chains of global companies by Ramesh Nathan, General Secretary of the National Dalit Movement For Justice-NCDHR, India. Ramesh pointed out the strong correlation between caste and slavery in India and urged the EU to step up action to address this in the supply chains of European companies.
Read the IDSN article on the hearing here >>
caste  business  businessandhr  humanrights  2018  slavery  supplychains  EU  ep  eu_parliament  India 
february 2019 by idsn
2018 statement by Anti-Slavery for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
Anti-Slavery delivered a statement highlighting the danger that migrant domestic workers face, particularly those who are “members of socially excluded and marginalised groups, such as indigenous people and Dalits”. The statement strongly urged States to implement the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations, especially concerning the adoption of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, extending the coverage of national labour law and ending sponsorship systems.
antislavery  2018  caste  slavery  un  hrc  hrc39 
october 2018 by idsn
Joint statement by IDSN-MRG on caste-related slavery for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
IDSN, in a joint statement with Minority Rights Group (MRG), delivered a strong statement in response welcoming the report and highlighting the issues faced by Dalit women who are discriminated against, not only because of their caste, but because of their gender. These women are “particularly subject to bonded debt in the area of domestic work”. It is a practice that is prevalent in many countries in Asia and one that needs to urgently be addressed. IDSN and MRG urged the Rapporteur to continue monitoring those who are discriminated against on the basis of their caste, specifically those who are subject to servitude and modern slavery.
statement  MRG  IDSN  2018  un  hrc  hrc39  sr_slavery  slavery 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences
The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Ms. Urmila Bhoola, made a special reference to caste-affected groups in the context of discriminatory attitudes in domestic work in her report to the HRC. She urged states to increase their efforts “in addressing and preventing domestic servitude”.
sr_slavery  2018  hrc39  hrc  un  slavery 
october 2018 by idsn
IDSN engages with the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN)
IDSN engaged with the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), held in the Palais des Nations from the 10th to the 28th of September 2018. IDSN delivered statements, lobbied Member States and OHCHR staff and met with the High Commissioner and the NGO Committee. Read a summary of IDSN's interventions in this IDSN news piece.
2018  hrc  UN  hrc39  sr_slavery  sr_water  dalit  caste  slavery  water_sanitation  idsn  idsnnews  news  justice  women  dalitwomen 
october 2018 by idsn
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
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
Rare slavery verdicts spark hope for ending caste-based slavery in Mauritania
For centuries a hereditary system of servitude has forced members of the Haratine ethnic minority to be subjected to slavery in Mauritania, working without pay as cattle herders and domestic servants, despite an official ban.

In March, Mauritania sentenced two men to 20 years in prison and one woman to 10 years in prison for enslaving their fellow citizens. These three rulings are extraordinary in the West African country, which has exceptionally few prosecutions for slavery. IDSN welcomes the verdicts as a sign of progress in the country.
mauritania  mauritaniakey  2018  slavery  labour  othercountries 
may 2018 by idsn
Caste-based slavery pg. 15 article in UN Slavery Fund publication
Rekha’s story - Rekha Bai is a 32-year-old woman from Rajasthan, India. When she was a child she was married off to a man whose mother, because of her caste, was engaged in “manual scavenging.” Traditionally, women of the Dalit caste are obligated to empty the dry latrines of people from higher castes — with their bare hands. They must then carry the waste on their heads, in wicker baskets, to a dumpsite outside the village. Following tradition, Rekha inherited this responsibility when her mother-in-law became too old.
“As payment for my labour I got just one chapatti from each household.”
slavery  UN  2018  india 
april 2018 by idsn
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
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
Report: Widespread child slavery in India’s yarn industry, most victims are Dalits (IDSN News, 2016)
Despite efforts to curb child slavery in India’s spinning mills the practice continues and 60% of the victims are Dalits – says newly released report.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  india  sumangali  dnn  business  caste  Dalit  women  2017  slavery  children  childlabour  childrenkey 
january 2017 by idsn
Caste at the Human Rights Council's 33 session (IDSN News, 2016)
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) commenced its 33rd session on 13 September. This year the report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences has a thematic focus on debt bondage. The rapporteur notes that “the majority of those in debt bondage are reported to be in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, despite the specific prohibition on such practices within the legal frameworks of these countries”, underlining that those who are trapped in debt bondage in South Asia are predominantly Dalits.
hrc  sr_slavery  caste  discrimination  UN  slavery  idsnnews  2016  Dalit  IDSN  bondedlabour 
september 2016 by idsn
Towards Dawn: Combating Contemporary Forms of Slavery in Brick Kilns (Different Truths, 2016)
Lenin takes us through the sordid and macabre accounts of contemporary slavery in brick kilns, based on actual accounts of the hapless victims. Driven by hunger and starvation, many children die of malnutrition. When the bonded labourers ask for money for the treatment of sick children, they are beaten up, blue-black. Children die, young girls and women are sexually exploited. People cannot escape the debt traps and clutches of the brick kiln owners. They are hounded. Police are hand-in- gloves with the brick kiln owners. Against all odds, his organisation, Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), has stood up for the cause of the Dalit and Musahar victims. There is a new dawn of dignity and identity for hopeless victims. Here’s a special story, an in-depth report to combat and resolve the problems, on the occasion of May Day by Different Truths (DT) and PVCHR.
caste  Dalit  press  2016  slavery  bondedlabour  India  women  children  childlabour  discrimination  IDSN 
may 2016 by idsn
Twilight children - Disadvantaged caste working to meet Global market demands (Opinion - The Hindu)
To meet the demands of global markets, Indian manufacturers have replaced adult workers with teenaged, mostly female, workers drawn from agriculturally impoverished regions and disadvantaged castes.
caste  india  dalit  women  children  bondedlabour  slavery  2015  press  november2015press  childlabour 
december 2015 by idsn
Dalit Woman Beaten Up for Refusing to be Maid - The New Indian Express
Three caste Hindus were booked for allegedly thrashing a Dalit woman who refused to work as a servant maid in the house of one of the accused.
caste  india  press  2015  labour  slavery  violence  violence_against_women 
november 2015 by idsn
The problem with slavery and the Sustainable Development Goals (Aidan McQuade - Equal Times)
They are unconcerned with the altogether more contentious questions that underpin the reality of contemporary slavery, such as state-acquiescence in caste- or ethnicity-based discrimination, denial of freedom of association and union rights to workers, undermining of rule of national and international law, refusal to establish safe migration routes for vulnerable workers seeking decent work, and the decriminalised international trade in slavery-produced goods and services.
slavery  caste  2015  press  press_global  bondedlabour  october2015clippings 
october 2015 by idsn
Photos: Mumbai’s 30,000 unsung Dalit heroes are languishing in filth and squalor
A photo essay on the city's conservatory workers shines light on the deplorable conditions they live and work in.
2015  press  october2015clippings  photos  india  manualscavenging  slavery  implementation 
october 2015 by idsn
Dalit girl of Theni village escapes from “hell” in spinning mill (The Hindu)
The girl, employed by a spinning mill was brutally attacked by the mill owners after trying to escape – says NGO demanding the arrest of the owners.
children  caste  india  press  2015  women  business  slavery  labour  sumangali 
october 2015 by idsn
Bonded labour in fresh avatar enters new sectors (The Hindu)
“Study finds that bondage has spread from farm sector to fast-food chains, carpet-making units"
bondedlabour  slavery  caste  dalit  2015  press  India  business 
october 2015 by idsn
Dalit Children in Bangladesh (Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2015)
The report examines the current situation of Dalit children and
provides information about the implementation gaps in the enforcement of the International Convention
on the Rights of the Child, and makes recommendations for the Committee’s examination. The
observations are based on independent studies and reports, case documentation, and recommendations
by other UN human rights bodies.
2015  Bangladesh  crc  un  submission  children  slavery  violence  education  bangladeshkey  childrenkey  crckey  caste  dalit  treatybodies  childlabour 
september 2015 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
ILO Resource Handbook for ending manual scavenging
The International Labour Organisation have now released the ILO Resource Handbook, a very useful tool in combating caste-based forced labour, and have also made a short summary of the handbook.
ilo  manualscavenging  caste  labour  slavery  untouchability  legislation  implementation  publication  2015  India  UN  dalit  business  ref  justice  businesskey 
july 2015 by idsn
India's child labour 'reforms' could make it a dangerous place to invest - Guardian Op-ed by Aidan McQuade - Anti-Slavery
Government signals plan to stimulate economic growth by removing basic protections for workers and ending ban on child labour
slavery  children  legislation  caste  India  press  2015  dalit  press_global  childlabour 
july 2015 by idsn
Experts: Law amendment will push Dalit children out of school and into child labour (IDSN News)
An amendment to India’s new Child Labour Prohibition Act that seeks to permit children under 14 to work in ‘family enterprises’, has been proposed by the Government. Child rights activists in India, including Nobel prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, say that the amendment will push millions of children into child labour and thereby out of an education, particularly Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim children.
idsnnews  IDSN  2015  slavery  children  legislation  caste  India  dalit  news  childlabour 
july 2015 by idsn
Report from IDSN UN side event: Caste and Gender-Based Forced and Bonded Labour
REPORT - Caste and Gender-Based Forced and Bonded Labour from UN HRC29 IDSN SIDE-EVENT 18th June 2015, 17.00-18.30
slavery  caste  un  ilo  manualscavenging  haliya  nepal  india  pakistan  sumangali  dalit  prostitution  ref  business  labour  women  bondedlabour  southasia  2015  key  keyslavery  keywomen  businesskey  unkey 
july 2015 by idsn
Scheduled Caste Children in Pakistan (IDSN and PDSN July 2015 alternative report for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2015)
The alternative report on scheduled caste children in Pakistan is written by the Pakistan Dalit Solidarity
Network (PDSN) and the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) and submitted to the UN Committee
on the Rights of the Child for the 72nd Pre-sessional Working Group session (5-9 October 2015) and the
review of Pakistan at the 72nd Working Group session (6 May-3 June 2016). The report examines the current
situation of scheduled caste (Dalit) children and provides information about the implementation gaps in the
enforcement of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, and makes recommendations for
the Committee’s examination. The observations are based on independent studies and reports, case
documentation, and recommendations by other UN human rights bodies.
Pakistan  crc  children  caste  education  UN  slavery  key  dalit  ref  forcedlabour  prostitution  2015  pakistankey  childrenkey  keywomenpakistan  treatybodies  slaverypakistankey  childlabour  unkey 
july 2015 by idsn
Diluting India's child labour law will trap families in cycle of poverty (Op-ed in The Guardian - by IDSN and DNN)
An amendment to the act that was set to make child labour illegal will push millions of marginalised children in India into work rather than education
labour  caste  dalit  children  education  legislation  slavery  poverty  press  2015  IDSN  press_global  childlabour  economicrights 
may 2015 by idsn
From Slavery to Self Reliance: A Story of Dalit Women in South India (Inter Press Service)
By Stella Paul. The pair leads a simple yet contented life – they subsist on half a dollar a day, stitch their own clothes and participate in schemes to educate their community in the Bellary district of the Southwest Indian state of Karnataka.

But not so very long ago, both women were slaves. They have fought an exhausting battle to get to where they are today, pushing against two evils that lurk in this mineral-rich state: the practice of sexual slavery in Hindu temples, and forced labour in the illegal mines that dot Bellary District, home to 25 percent of India’s iron ore reserves.

Finally free of the yoke of dual-slavery, they are determined to preserve their hard-won existence, humble though it may be.
slavery  india  resistance  2015  press  pressmarch2015  devadasi  prostitution  mining  caste  dalit  women  dalitwomenfight  press_global 
may 2015 by idsn
In India, a Broken System Leaves a ‘Broken’ People Powerless (Inter Press Service)
"Men would shuffle in and out of my room at night as if I had no right over my body, only they did. It broke me down completely." -- A 27-year-old Dalit woman, forced to serve as a 'temple slave' in South India
press  india  2015  pressmay2015  slavery  manualscavenging  devadasi  prostitution  legislation  ncdhr  caste  dalit  economicrights  ref  women  press_global 
may 2015 by idsn
Video: Manual Scavenging: Picking Up Human Waste In India (Al Jazeera)
Despite laws preventing manual scavenging, the tradition of the lower caste people of removing human waste is still alive in India. Kavita presents us with the life of a manual scavenger and the hardships she faces
slavery  2015  press  video  pressmarch2015  manualscavenging  India  caste  dalit  ref  press_global 
may 2015 by idsn
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International’s 2015 reports raise serious concern over caste discrimination
The newly released Human Rights Watch World Report 2015 and the Amnesty International 2014-15 report find that caste discrimination persists with adverse effects to human rights on multiple levels. Serious obstacles to access to justice, discrimination in education and access to services and caste-based violence, including rape of Dalit women, are among the key themes addressed in the reports. These concerns are also noted in the latest India and Nepal reports of the US State Department.
idsnnews  2015  hrw  amnesty  caste  ingo  us  usstatedept  education  children  slavery  bondedlabour  impunity  india  Nepal  key  justice  dalit  women  idsn  news  indiakey  childlabour 
march 2015 by idsn
Modern Slavery in Bangladesh (NYTimes, 2014)
Kabir Akon, a child rights campaigner who works for Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, says that the complexity of class and caste is one of the main reasons it is so hard to improve labor conditions.
2014  nytimes  press  Bangladesh  slavery  caste  dalit 
january 2015 by idsn
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