Archive | Human Rights Defenders

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 […]

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|

UN expert calls on states to end caste discrimination

GENEVA, 17 MARCH 2016 — Caste-affected countries should take urgent and comprehensive action to combat caste discrimination, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsàk-Ndiaye, says in a new report on the issue […]

Dalit student suicide – the last drop in a cauldron of injustice

His is not the first Dalit student suicide, there have been many before him who have found no alternatives to the exclusion and ostracism they faced, as was also documented in the 2011 documentary […]

January 26th, 2016|Access to justice, Education, Human Rights Defenders, India|

Report: Atrocities against Dalits rising, access to justice is not

According to National Crimes Statistics presented in the report there has been a 19,4% increase in crimes against Dalits from the previous year. The number of cases registered under the Scheduled Caste (Dalits) and […]

December 18th, 2015|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

Caste violence in India rises as Dalits assert their rights

In October, the burning to death of two small Dalit children, asleep in their house, grabbed international headlines. The children were reportedly victims of a dispute between Dalits and members of the dominant caste. […]

November 9th, 2015|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

Stand up for Dalit rights at the UN SDG Summit 2015

A series of events including a protest rally are being organised at the UN summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from 22-26th September in New York, by the Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF) […]

September 22nd, 2015|development, Human Rights Defenders, United Nations|

Dalit women tour Germany and the US to raise awareness of caste violence

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September 21st, 2015|Access to justice, Dalit Women, Diaspora, Human Rights Defenders, India, Key Issues|

Police action against Kathmandu protest organised by Dalit lawmakers and rights activists

During the rally, police allegedly used excessive force against protesters and Durga Sob, President of the Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) and a number of other Dalit activists and CA Members were injured.

On August 5, […]

August 10th, 2015|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, Nepal, Political Participation|