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Bangladesh must step up efforts to address caste discrimination say rights activists at UN review

Ahead of the review IDSN, NNMC and BDERM submitted an alternative report to the Committee, documenting how the Dalit population in Bangladesh continues to be exposed to systemic discrimination based on caste. The report […]

March 17th, 2017|Bangladesh, United Nations|

References to caste discrimination during the CEDAW review of Bangladesh

On 7 and 8 November, Bangladesh was reviewed under the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Prior to the review thirteen civil society organisations submitted alternative reports, outlining various issues that […]

November 10th, 2016|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, United Nations|

IDSN members lobby global community

On 14 March 2016, IDSN members from all over the world gathered in Geneva for the network’s triennial General Assembly. Participants were Dalit human rights defenders from South Asia, Dalit Solidarity Networks from Europe, […]

UN Deputy High Commissioner gravely concerned about caste discrimination

The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, has reiterated her office’s strong commitment to addressing caste discrimination as an important priority in its work.

In a meeting in Geneva on 16 March […]

March 30th, 2016|Bangladesh, Human Rights Defenders, India, Nepal, Pakistan, United Nations|

Bangladesh: Human chain to end violence against women

In a news release on the human chain the Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) writes:
“Dalit women and girls are often become the victim of violence and atrocity. They are discriminated and abused […]

December 15th, 2015|Bangladesh, Dalit Women|

Minority Rights Group urges Governments to ensure ‘no one is left behind’ as SDGs are adopted

Caste-related extracts from MRG briefing note on the Sustainable Development Goals
Livelihoods
In India, Dalits are presented as ‘untouchable’ and as a result 17 per cent of the population are ‘largely exiled from mainstream society’ due […]

September 30th, 2015|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, Education, India, Pakistan, South Asia, United Nations|

Dalit women fight for their rights with marches and mass events in Nepal and India

Dalit women from Nepal, India and Bangladesh joined hands to assert their rights at a rally in Kathmandu, at the fringes of the people’s SAARC meeting. Hundreds of Dalit women from across Nepal gathered at the FEDO National Dalit Women conference, to put Dalit women’s rights on the agenda and In India several long marches and mass gatherings of Dalit women took place throughout November and December.

December 19th, 2014|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, India, Nepal|

South Asian Parliamentarians meet to discuss strategies for ending caste discrimination

Thirty-one parliamentarians from India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh gathered for a meeting of the Asian Parliamentarians’ Forum on Dalit Concerns in Kathmandu, at the fringes of the 2014 SAARC meeting. The former Prime Minister of Nepal, Baburam Bhatttarai, delivered a remarkable keynote speech, calling for an international framework and a regional thematic approach to eliminate caste discrimination, and cooperation between South Asian parliamentarians for a common agenda.

December 18th, 2014|Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan|

Bangladesh: Dalits fight for their rights – hold anti-discrimination marches and a housing rights seminar

Dalits marched in Bangladesh to demand that the Government enact anti-discrimination legislation – important to the protection of rights of marginalised groups like the Dalits. The Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement also organised a seminar on housing and land rights for Dalits.

October 23rd, 2014|Bangladesh, Political Participation|

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.

May 5th, 2014|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, India, United Nations|