Archive | Human Rights Defenders

IDSN Chair nominated for ‘Secularist of the year 2018 award’

IDSN Executive Chair and DSN-UK Director, Meena Varma, has been shortlisted for a ‘Secularist of the year 2018 award’ by the The National Secular Society in the UK . The award ‘recognises a campaigner or […]

February 20th, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, Solidarity Networks|

Urgent Appeal: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police

Human Rights Defenders’ Alert India have issued the following urgent appeal:
Urgent Appeal for Action – Kerala: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police for seeking action on encroachment of public property in Kochi, […]

February 12th, 2018|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

Dalit Women Speak Out conference – forming a collective for resistance

The December 2017 Dalit Women Speak Out conference in Pune, India, was a celebration of Dalit women power and resistance and a platform from which to map out new strategies and strengthen the collective force. […]

January 19th, 2018|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India, Political Participation|

Dalit human rights defenders take part in the EU-NGO Rights Forum

The EU-NGO Human Rights Forum took place in Brussels from 5-6 December with the participation of Dalit human rights defenders, who formed part of an IDSN delegation to the forum. The theme of the […]

December 21st, 2017|European Union, Human Rights Defenders|

Amnesty International: Dalit human rights defenders face serious risk

A new report released by Amnesty International paints a grim picture of the situation for human rights defenders across the globe who face death, persecution and harassment for carrying out human rights work.  The […]

December 20th, 2017|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, South Asia|

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.

13 November 2017

As the UN […]

Urgent Appeal for Action – Dalit Professor in need of immediate protection

Human Rights Defenders Alert – India (HRDA) has issued an urgent appeal for the protection of Professor Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – a political analyst, human rights activist and one of India’s most prominent Dalit […]

Urgent Appeal for Action – Death threats and withdrawal of police protection for a Dalit human rights activist

The appeal directed to the National Human Rights Commission of India states that false cases have been filed against Mr. Kalsan and that he is receiving death threats on account of his work defending […]

November 2nd, 2017|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

Indian Government responds to UN rights review – accepts key recommendations on caste but not on ensuring space for civil society

Fifteen states made interventions with explicit recognition of the challenges faced by Dalits, at the United Nations human rights review (UPR) of India, which took place in May. Responding to the review in September […]

October 9th, 2017|Human Rights Defenders, India, United Nations|

India cuts off funding to IDSN member for reporting to UN Experts

IDSN member People’s Watch is fighting a legal battle in the Indian courts to regain their foreign funding license, first revoked by the Indian Government in 2012. The organisation, a program unit  of the […]

August 15th, 2017|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, United Nations|