Archive | Access to justice

India blocks funding for IDSN member Navsarjan Trust

The Government order to cancel the license accuses Navsarjan Trust of being involved in “undesirable activities aimed to affect prejudicially harmony between religious, racial, social, linguistic, regional groups, castes or communities,” but it does […]

January 6th, 2017|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India|

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 […]

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|

Dalits fight for a fair share of the budget in India

In a press release issued by the NACSTL on 12 January 2016 the coalition writes:

The National Coalition on SCP TSP Legislation (NACSTL) today as part of pre-budget consultation of the Finance Ministry has submitted memorandum of Schemes for the due […]

January 13th, 2016|Access to justice, India|

Milestone act amending India’s caste atrocity legislation passed

In a victory for the Dalit movement in India and for all committed to justice and equality, a historic act amending the ‘Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) legislation has been passed by […]

January 4th, 2016|Access to justice, India, Violence and atrocities|

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|

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|

Historic amendment to India’s caste atrocity legislation passed in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament)

It is hoped that the amendments will be a stepping stone towards curbing rampant caste discrimination and violence in India that all too often goes unpunished. While Dalit organisations and networks are celebrating this […]

September 3rd, 2015|Access to justice, India|