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Caste extracts from: Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers: An Initial Assessment.” By World Bank, ILO, WaterAid, and WHO - 2019
“Low-grade, unskilled sanitation workers often face social stigma and discrimination. This is especially true when sanitation is linked to a caste-based structure and often allocated to castes perceived to be lower in the caste hierarchy, such as in India and Bangladesh, where sanitation work is perceived to belong to the Dalit caste. This stigma compounds the social ostracizing and limitations on social mobility that workers face and often results in intergenerational discrimination, where children of sanitation workers often struggle to escape the vicious cycle of limited opportunities and sanitation work.”

“[In Bangladesh] Many live in segregated sweeper colonies, which are unhygienic slumlike areas offering poor and overcrowded living conditions. Dalits (low-caste Hindus) and Christian and Muslim Bengalis”

"challenges include combating the systemic discrimination Dalits face, which affects their education and real opportunities to become entrepreneurs, and the multiple layers of subcontracting that enable manual scavenging to continue without oversight or enforcement of laws by local authorities"
water_sanitation  sanitation  2019  Bangladesh  India  WHO  ILO  UN  wateraid  publication 
6 weeks 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
2018 Joint statement by IDSN-IMADR-Jansahas on water and sanitation for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
The International Movement against All forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) delivered a joint statement with IDSN, Jan Sahas and the Movement to end Manual Scavenging, in response to the Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation. The statement thanked the Rapporteur for his country report and echoed the Rapporteur’s concerns regarding the vulnerability of Dalits to physical assault, violence and discrimination. This statement stressed the dire situation of Dalit women who are “often subject to sexual violence including rape due to their lack of access to safe sanitation facilities”. IMADR, IDSN, Jan Sahas and the Movement to end Manual Scavenging are concerned about the pervasive culture of impunity and the continuing practice of manual scavenging. The joint statement urged India to “secure safe access to water and sanitation for Dalits and ensure justice for Dalit victims of violence”.
2018  IMADR  IDSN  jansahas  manualscavenging  water_sanitation  water  UN  hrc  hrc39  caste 
october 2018 by idsn
Statement by Mr. Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation at the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (OHCHR)
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr Leo Heller, delivered a statement outlining his report on his country visit to India in 2017. He noted that caste-based discrimination has led to unequal access to water and sanitation services. India responded to this observation stating that the constitution prohibits any form of caste-based discrimination, which is a criminal offence, and according to India, “liable to harsh punishment”.
sr_water  UN  hrc  hrc39  caste  india  water_sanitation  water  2018 
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
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
The women who refuse to do India's dirtiest job (The Guardian)
Ranikumari Khokar is campaigning to end a caste-based practice that condemns women to cleaning human waste by hand
IDSN  press  caste  Dalit  women  sanitation  water_sanitation  resistance  2016  jansahas  India  discrimination 
april 2017 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
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
Forced to Clean Human Waste in India (Video - Human Rights Watch)
The Indian Government should end manual scavenging says Human Rights Watch in the new report, Cleaning Human Waste: "Manual Scavenging," Caste, and Discrimination in India. The report was released together with this short video
video  india  2014  press  hrw  manualscavenging  slavery  caste  water_sanitation  dalit  ref 
october 2014 by idsn
Low-caste Indians still forced to clean human waste: rights group (AFP)
by AFP and carried by ABC, Radio Australia, The National,
The Rakyat Post, Bangkok Post, Global Post, Gulf Today, Hindustan Times etc
reuters  india  2014  press  hrw  manualscavenging  caste  water_sanitation  dalit  ref  press_global 
october 2014 by idsn
Group decries India's reliance on waste cleaners (AP)
By Associated press, carried by Washington Post, San Louis Obispo Tribune, Arab News, Huffington Post, Fox News, Scotsman, China Post, Vancouver Desi, CTV, Minneapolis Star Tribune and more.
reuters  india  2014  press  hrw  manualscavenging  caste  water_sanitation  dalit  ref  press_global 
october 2014 by idsn
Human Rights Watch 2014 Manual Scavenging Report - Collation of key global press clippings
The Indian Government should end manual scavenging says Human Rights Watch in the report, Cleaning Human Waste: "Manual Scavenging," Caste, and Discrimination in India. The report was released together with a short video and received extensive media coverage, read key press clippings here.
india  2014  press  hrw  manualscavenging  slavery  caste  water_sanitation  dalit  women  ref 
october 2014 by idsn
Indian Minister says that manual scavenging persisists and the implementation of the manual scavenging act is being monitored
In a written reply to the Indian House of Parliament (Lok Sabha), the Indian Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, said that the practice of manual scavenging still persists in various parts of the country. He added that because previous laws banning the practice had proved inadequate, parliament had enacted the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, the implementation of which is now be monitored.
idsn  news  idsnnews  politics  2014  india  parliamentarians  manualscavenging  implementation  legislation  water_sanitation  slavery  manualscavengingref  justice  caste  dalit  ref 
october 2014 by idsn
Law to Prohibit Manual Scavenging Been Implemented, High Court Asks Civic Agencies
The Delhi High Court has sought response from municipal agencies, especially the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), on whether they have complied with the provisions of the 2013 law prohibiting employment of manual scavengers and are providing their rehabilitation.
press  2014  caste  manualscavenging  implementation  legislation  India  water_sanitation  slavery  justice  dalit  ref 
october 2014 by idsn
Dalit community in acute water, sanitation crisis (Dhaka Tribune)
Bangladesh: Seminar held to improve water and sanitation for Dalits. The Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) organised a seminar on government and non-government interventions for improving the water and sanitation situation of Dalit communities titled ‘Water & Sanitation: Accessibility & Reality of Dalit Community’.
2014  press  Bangladesh  water  sanitation  caste  seminar  access_services  dalit  water_sanitation  services 
october 2014 by idsn
A landmark judgement in the fight to eradicate manual scavenging
The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that the continuance of manual scavenging in the country is in blatant violation of Article 17 of the Constitution of India by which, “untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden”. The court was emphatic about the duty cast on all states and union territories “to fully implement the law and to take action against the violators”.
idsn  idsnnews  news  caste  2014  india  manualscavenging  legislation  water_sanitation  slavery  justice  dalit  impunity  ref 
october 2014 by idsn
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