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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 
3 hours ago 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
CIVICUS calls on the UN NGO Committee to stop blocking human rights organisations
The statement from CIVICUS highlights the 10-year deferral of IDSN’s application for UN consultative status and calls for all members of the committee to immediately discontinue any arbitrary actions to block applications from non-governmental organisations and strongly encourages governments that are committed to promoting an enabling environment for civil society to nominate themselves for future seats on the Committee.
2019  statement  UN  ecosoc  ingo  humanrights 
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
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
Joint NGO statement for meeting between the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs and accredited NGOs (IDSN)
IDSN and 257 other NGOs issued a statement for the meeting between the ECOSOC NGO Committee and accredited NGOS, raising concern over the “practices of the Committee that have inappropriately blocked the participation of some NGOs, in particular human rights NGOs, through procedural tactics including perpetual and repetitive questioning of applicants."
IDSN  caste  2018  ecosoc  UN  statement  hrdefenders  hr_defenders 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 Joint statement on global caste discrimination by IDSN-MRG for the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council
IDSN made a joint statement with Minority Rights Group under Item 8. This statement focused on the global prevalence of caste-based discrimination despite the Vienna Declaration and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Caste based discrimination, or discrimination based on work and descent, affects almost every human right, and can be perpetuated throughout generations. Despite legislation and policy development, lack of enforcement and judicial caste bias often lead to complete impunity for perpetrators who have violated Dalits’ rights. This statement also stressed the intersectional effects on Dalit women, who suffer gender-based violence as well as caste-based violence. According to the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dalit women are often “displaced, pushed into prostitution and victims of trafficking”. IDSN and MRG urged the Council to pay more attention to those affected by caste-based discrimination.
2018  hrc  hrc39  UN  MRG  IDSN  statement 
october 2018 by idsn
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
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
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
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
Events marking 16 days of Activism to end violence against Dalit women (CADAM, 2016)
National Confederation of Dalit Adivasi Organisations (NACDAOR) organised a national assembly of Dalit women contributing to the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Dalit and Adivasi Women which started on 25th November, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and lasted until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The assembly included delegates from different part of India to celebrate their leadership achievement and share struggle.
The organisation also organised Dalit women caravan in Haryana.
Dalit  caste  2016  IDSN  discrimination  women  womenkey  violence  violence_against_women  statement  nacdor 
april 2017 by idsn
HRC President calls for high-level discussions of caste issue (OHCHR, 2016)
Inputs from the President of the Human Rights Council to the 2016 HLPF: the work of the Human Rights Council in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
IDSN  Dalit  caste  UN  sdgs  hrc  ohchr  2016  2030agenda  discrimination  access_services  inputs  statement 
april 2017 by idsn
Challenges & Opportunities: The Advancement of Human Rights in India (Human Rights Watch, 2016)
On 7 June, the Asia Policy Director of Human Rights Watch, John Sifton, testified before a human rights hearing on India in the United States Congress. The hearing coincided with the arrival in the US of Indian Prime Minister Modi. Sifton made numerous references to caste discrimination and called on Members of Congress to include the issue in their dialogues with the Indian authorities. “The United States government should also encourage US companies investing in India to ensure that their hiring and management practices do not further entrench caste or other discrimination,” he added.
caste  Dalit  India  HRW  manualscavenging  statement  2016  women  civilsociety  justice 
june 2016 by idsn
Statment on Yemen at Minority Forum 2014 - All Youth Network
I am Sami Al-Naggar, representative of All Youth Network for Community Development and a member of the marginalized community in Yemen.
yemen  UN  minority_forum  caste  2014  statement  press  violence  segregation  recommendations  dalit  akhdam  key  yemenkey  muhamasheen  unkey 
january 2015 by idsn
Wateraid statement on manual scavenging 2014
Tom Palakudiyil, Head of South Asia Region for WaterAid (Statement on 28th August 2014) in connection with the release of the Human Rights Watch report Cleaning Human Waste: "Manual Scavenging," Caste, and
Discrimination in India
statement  water_sanitation  india  2014  press  hrw  manualscavenging  caste  ingo  dalit  ref 
october 2014 by idsn
India: A law against torture is of no use (AHRC statement)
"With the criminal justice apparatus of the country in such an appalling state, what use is there in a law against torture? India doesn't lack laws. Good and bad, convoluted and archaic, the country has all forms of it in place. What is absent in India is respect for the concept of justice.A culture of justice cannot be instilled via a new law. It has to be taught by establishing institutions that can deliver justice without fail. In India this is unfortunately not a priority."
india  press  statement  ahrc  caste  torture  legislation  implementation  2014  quotes  justice  dalit 
october 2014 by idsn
Tearing down the wall of caste - Opinion Piece by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR, 2009, Statement)
Opinion Piece "Tearing down the walls of caste" issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madam Navi Pillay, in October 2009
key  un  untouchability  hrc  dalit  caste  statement  ohchr  high_commissioner  pillay  press_release  recommendations  unkey 
december 2012 by idsn
Urgent Global Call for Action to Eliminate Caste Discrimination (IDSN, 2011, Statement)
Urgent Global Call for Action to Eliminate Caste Discrimination - an outcome of the International Consultation on Good Practices and Strategies to Eliminate Caste-Based Discrimination held in Kathmandu, Nepal, November 2011.
key  caste  dalit  idsn  statement  consultation  recommendations 
october 2012 by idsn
IDSN Position Paper on the Interrelations Between Caste, Descent and Race (IDSN, 2010, Publication)
IDSN position paper on the Interrelations between Caste, Descent and Race prepared in the context of the Durban Review Conference (2009)
idsn  statement  un  caste  dalit  2010  publication 
august 2012 by idsn
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