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IDSN statements and recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session
IDSN has contributed to the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session with two joint statements with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) on slavery and on safe drinking water and sanitation. IDSN also issued specific recommendations aimed at states and circulated by IDSN.
idsnnews  IDSN  statement  MRG  2019  news  caste  water_sanitation  recommendations  hrc  hrc42  UN  sr_water  slavery  sr_slavery  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
october 2019 by idsn
Caste and Gender Justice event at the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN news)
Dalit human rights defenders and UN experts raise concerns over intersectional caste and gender discrimination and its adverse impact on access to human rights, at the Dalit Women and Gender Justice side-event at the UN Human Rights Council’s 41st Session in Geneva.

On 25 June 2019, IDSN International Associate IMADR, and others organised a side-event during the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council, on Dalit women and gender justice. The panel was composed of Dubravka Simonovic, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Renu Sijapati, General Secretary of the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO-Nepal) and Abirami Jotheeswaran, from the National Dalit Movement for Justice-National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NDMJ-NCDHR). The event was moderated by Henri Tiphagne, from Peoples’ Watch, in India.
caste  gender  castegenderjustice  UN  hrc  fedo  ncdhr  idsnnews  idsn  news  dalit  women  dalitwomen  2019  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
october 2019 by idsn
Nepal encouraged to implement UN experts recommendations
Renu Sijapati, from the Feminist Dalit Organisation – FEDO Nepal, delivered an oral statement at the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019, encouraging Nepal to implement the recommendations in the UN Nepal visit report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. The visit took place in October 2018.
UN  2019  caste  dalit  Nepal  women  dalitwomen  hrc  HRC41  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  idsnnews 
october 2019 by idsn
'Statelessness' of Dalit communities raised at the UN Forum on Minority Issues (IDSN News 2018)
IDSN participated actively in the 11th Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues from the 29-30 November, under the theme "Statelessness: A Minority Issue". IDSN members from Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan presented on how Dalits in reality often suffer de facto statelessness, due to extreme marginalization and lack of access to rights. Read the IDSN news article on the forum here.
idsnnews  IDSN  news  2018  UN  minorities  minority_forum  caste  special_rapporteurs  specialprocedures  Bangladesh  Nepal  Pakistan 
february 2019 by idsn
UN Special Rapporteur asks Nepal to act on violence against Dalit women (IDSN News 2018)
The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dubravka Šimonović made a preliminary assessment on violence against women in Nepal, after her official visit to the country, which took place from the 19 to the 29 November. On the same occasion, she released an urgent appeal for the Nepalese State to step up efforts to fight against impunity and to secure access to justice for victims of gender-based violence. Read the IDSN article on the assessment here.
UN  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  2018  nepal  dalitwomen  women 
february 2019 by idsn
UN experts condemn deadly police response to protest against copper smelting plant in India, call for probe (OHCHR)
Many Dalits were among the protesters when police opened fire and shot and killed 10 people protesting in India. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has reacted by calling for a probe and condemning what is seen as an unwarranted use of force by the police.
2018  caste  india  UN  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  ohchr  sr_executions  sr_water  sr_freedomexpression  sr_hrd  violence 
july 2018 by idsn
UN experts urge immediate release of detained Mauritanian blogger (OHCHR)
A group of UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about the continued detention of Mauritanian blogger Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’kheitir on charges that violate his human rights. Mr. M’kheitir was arrested in January 2014 and sentenced to death for apostasy in after publishing an article online questioning the use of religious justification to legitimise caste discrimination.
2018  ohchr  UN  mauritania  mauritaniakey  caste  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  special_rapporteurs  specialprocedures  sr_hrd  sr_executions  sr_freedomexpression 
july 2018 by idsn
Young Dalit activists speak out at the UN Minority Forum on youth and inclusion
Young Dalit activists played an active role at the 2017 Forum on Minority Issues, which took place in Geneva from 30 November to 1 December. Dalit women from Nepal and India, forming part of an IDSN delegation, gave powerful presentations under the theme of Minority youth: towards diverse and inclusive societies. They explained to participants how deeply ingrained caste-based discrimination continues to pose severe obstacles to equal participation in most aspects of life and how social media offers both new opportunities for change and new challenges.
UN  minority_forum  minorities  idsnnews  2017  Nepal  India  sr_minorities  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
january 2018 by idsn
UN Expert criticizes India’s sanitation drive for exacerbating manual scavenging
The UN Expert on Water and Sanitation, Léo Heller, has stated that the failure to end the practice of manual scavenging in India coupled with the construction of more non-flush toilets, is contributing to an increase in the discriminatory practice of manual scavenging, where the lowest castes are made to undertake the duty of cleaning excrements from non-flush toilets by hand. The statement forms part of Mr. Heller’s official statement on his November 2017 mission in India.
manualscavenging  2017  idsnnews  idsn  news  un  sr_water  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  water_sanitation  India  indiakey 
december 2017 by idsn
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
UN expert: India should legislate against housing discrimination (IDSN News)
The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing has completed a 12-day visit to India during which she expressed concern about India’s legacy of discrimination against Dalits and other marginalised groups.
caste  Dalit  housing  UN  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  India  discrimination  scavenging  idsnnews  2016 
april 2016 by idsn
UN expert urges states to combat caste discrimination (IDSN News)
The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, has chosen caste discrimination as the theme of her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. The report has been welcomed by IDSN and Human Rights Watch.
UN  unkey  ohchr  hrc  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  sr_minorities  caste  Dalit  idsnnews 
march 2016 by idsn
UN Minority Forum: Dalit rights defenders deliver statements on shocking lack of justice for Dalits (IDSN News)
Three Dalit human rights defenders spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. Durga Sob, from Nepal, and Manjula Pradeep and Ramesh Nathan from India, delivered strong statements on the dismal state of access to justice for Dalits and the mistreatment of Dalits in the criminal justice system.
UN  2015  caste  dalit  specialprocedures  minority_forum  news  idsnnews  IDSN  sr_minorities  hrdefenders  justice  FEDO  UPR  impunity  women 
december 2015 by idsn
WG on African Descent Member note caste-based discrimination at GA, March 20 2015
Keynote Speech delivered by Professor Verene Shepherd (Member of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent) at the UN General Assembly on the Occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
UN  specialprocedures  caste  key  dalit  un_generalassembly  race  2015  unkey 
april 2015 by idsn
Violence and atrocities against Dalits debated at the UN Forum on Minority Issues
Dalit activists spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues to highlight the issue of violence against Dalits in South Asia and the lack of access to justice for victims. They also pointed to ways forward in redressing and preventing these crimes.
minority_forum  caste  2014  idsn  news  idsnnews  un  atrocities  violence  violence_against_women  dalit  women  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures 
january 2015 by idsn
UN Special Rapporteur calls for new measures to fight violence against women
The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo called for the adoption of different norms and measures to fight violence against women around the world and a binding standard of accountability at the international level.
UN  2014  violence  violence_against_women  idsn  news  idsnnews  caste  dalit  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures 
january 2015 by idsn
India called out at UN General Assembly for blocking IDSN’s UN consultative status
At the UN General Assembly meeting on the 28th October, The UN Special Rapporteur on the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, criticised India for arbitrarily blocking the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) from obtaining UN consultative status calling it “clearly unacceptable, wrong and unfair.”
IDSN  news  idsnnews  sr_freeassembly  ecosoc  hr_defenders  2014  UN  caste  india  dalit  un_generalassembly  specialprocedures  hrdefenders 
october 2014 by idsn
UN Special Rapporteur highlights unwarranted deferral of IDSN’s UN ECOSOC accreditation
The Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the context of multilateral institutions, raises particular concern for the continuous unwarranted defferal of IDSN’s application for ECOSOC status.
IDSN  news  idsnnews  sr_freeassembly  ecosoc  hr_defenders  2014  UN  caste  dalit  specialprocedures  hrdefenders 
october 2014 by idsn
UN experts increase focus on caste discrimination
In a recent Geneva meeting of UN Special Rapporteurs and civil society, caste-based discrimination was highlighted by the Rapporteurs as a key cross-cutting issue of concern.
idsn  news  idsnnews  caste  2014  un  sr_minorities  sr_slavery  sr_housing  sr_health  sr_hrd  wgdaw  slavery  dalit  specialprocedures 
october 2014 by idsn
Caste-based discrimination highlighted at the UN Human Rights Council - HRC27
The reports and statements of the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on Slavery and Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation at the HRC27 session offered general, thematic as well as state specific observations and recommendations on caste-based discrimination.
un  caste  hrc27  references  hrc  sr_slavery  sr_water  high_commissioner  india  yemen  mauritania  Pakistan  slavery  dalit  key  specialprocedures  unkey 
october 2014 by idsn
UN Racism Rapporteur highlights caste prejudice and discrimination in Mauritania
The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intorlerance, M. Mutuma Ruteere, has made numerous references to caste in his report from his mission to Mauritania and in his Interactive Dialogue at the HRC26.
2014  mauritania  caste  references  sr_racism  un  othercountries  dalit  race  specialprocedures 
october 2014 by idsn
‘India not willing to accept failure in providing safety measures to women’ (The Hindu)
"Referring to India’s opening statement at CEDAW, senior advocate Vrinda Grover noted that “seriousness of engagement was lacking on many issues and basic understanding was lacking in responses”. By Sowmiya Ashok
press  2014  india  caste  cedaw  violence_against_women  un  rashidamanjoo  dalit  women  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  treatybodies 
october 2014 by idsn
IDSN recommendations to the OHCHR and UN Agencies to end caste-based discrimination and caste-based violence against women and girls (June 2014)
IDSN recommendations to the OHCHR and UN Agencies to end caste-based
discrimination and caste-based violence against women and girls
presented at a side-event on 17 June at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council
idsn  recommendations  violence  violence_against_women  caste  2014  hrc26  hrc  ohchr  unagencies  key  dalit  women  specialprocedures  womenkey 
october 2014 by idsn
Report: UN HRC26 side-event on Caste-Based Violence Against Women The Role Of The Un In Combatting Caste-Based Violence And Discrimination
The side-event heard calls from top UN officials for a coherent and coordinated approach
from the UN in tackling caste-based violence and discrimination, with a particular focus on
women and girls. Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed great concern for the issue of caste-based violence and discrimination. UN Women - Saraswathi Menon also spoke passionately against caste discrimination.
report  key  idsn  publication  2014  un  high_commissioner  pillay  event  unsideevent  hrc  hrc26  rape  violence_against_women  violence  sexual_violence  unwomen  sr_minorities  quotes  hrw  bderm  unagencies  caste  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  specialprocedures  indiakey  womenkey  justicekey  unkey 
october 2014 by idsn
United Nations raising concern for caste discrimination from all quarters
Within the span of a month the urgent issue of caste discrimination has been highlighted by the UN Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Assembly, The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UNDP. Earlier this year the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women also reported grave concern for Dalit women.
un  idsnnews  2014  idsn  caste  sr_freeassembly  crc  ohchr  pillay  high_commissioner  undp  india  nepal  unagencies  dalit  news  specialprocedures  treatybodies 
october 2014 by idsn
UN: Plight of Dalit women highlighted by the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
“The intergenerational nature of caste-based discrimination condemns women to a life of exclusion, marginalization and disadvantage in every sphere of life. Many of those women are denied an education and economic opportunities, and perform dangerous and unprotected work, including … modern forms of slavery,” stated the SR on Violence against Women, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, in her report following her mission to India.
idsn  idsnnews  news  2014  dalit  caste  specialprocedures  sr_violencewomen  violence_against_women  UN  India  Bangladesh  rashidamanjoo  women 
october 2014 by idsn
HRC25 caste references
References to Caste-Based Discrimination in reports and statements presented at the 25th session of the Human Rights Council, March 2014
hrc  hrc25  2014  un  senegal  mauritius  sr_minorities  education  health  hunger  water  pillay  high_commissioner  caste  dalit  humanitarian  food  specialprocedures 
october 2014 by idsn
Promoting Dalits’ access to education (IDSN input and recommendations 2013)
Input by the International Dalit Solidarity Network (www.idsn.org) to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racial discrimination – March 2013
2013  idsn  educationref  education  sr_racism  recommendations  key  children  caste  dalit  ref  specialprocedures 
may 2013 by idsn
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