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Indian Government under attack for atrocities against Dalits

The Indian government has come under attack for atrocities against Dalits. In a debate on Dalit atrocities in the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) on Thursday, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh  disputed claims of increasing […]

August 15th, 2016|India, Uncategorized, Violence and atrocities|

Millions of Dalit Muslims face caste discrimination

The caste-related problems of India’s Dalit Muslims are rarely addressed, neither by the government nor their own religious community. Contrary to Dalit Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, they are not classified in the ‘scheduled caste’ […]

June 30th, 2016|India|

UN expert supports IDSN at Human Rights Council

The obstruction of IDSN’s application for consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was discussed at the UN Human Rights Council on 17 June when the Special Rapporteur on the freedom […]

June 20th, 2016|Country/region, Human Rights Defenders, India, United Nations|

Infamous NGO Committee excludes human rights defenders from the UN

COPENHAGEN, 1 JUNE — The UN Committee on NGOs has become infamous as a tool of states that do not respect human rights and civil society. The Committee’s practice of repeatedly deferring NGO applications […]

June 1st, 2016|India, United Nations|

HRW urges India to stop treating critics as criminals

The Indian authorities use the country’s “vaguely worded, overly broad laws” to silence and harass critics, Human Rights Watch says in a new report released today. Dalit activists and artists are among the victims […]

May 24th, 2016|India, Uncategorized|

UN Special Rapporteur criticises India’s FCRA

India’s controversial Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) has come under attack by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly and association, Maina Kiai. In a recently published legal analysis, he argues that the […]

May 9th, 2016|Human Rights Defenders, India, United Nations|

UN expert: India should legislate against housing discrimination

India needs legislation to combat all forms of “de facto housing discrimination” against any individual or groups, including Dalits, the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Leilani Farha, said at the conclusion of her visit […]

April 28th, 2016|development, India, United Nations|

AI Germany presents rights award to Henri Tiphagne

The German section of Amnesty International has presented its 8th Human Rights Award to the Indian lawyer, human rights defender and campaigner against caste discrimination, Henri Tiphagne.

The award ceremony took place at the Maxim-Gorky-Theatre […]

April 28th, 2016|Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

Global celebrations as ‘Babasaheb’ turns 125

He is revered by India’s Dalit community as the man who campaigned against caste discrimination and inspired todays’ Dalit movement. Others primarily respect Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar as an important architect of the Constitution of […]

April 14th, 2016|India, Manual Scavenging|

Rohith suicide case continues to stir India

On 22 March, student demonstrators at Hyderabad Central University were violently attacked by police who forcefully detained 29 protesters, brutally beat them and held them in undisclosed locations for more than 24 hours. During […]