Archive | Access to justice

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|

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|

Dalit and Adivasi women’s march for self-respect meets violence, injustice and police negligence

The march (Yatra) took place from the 1st of June to the 10th of June and passed through 11 districts in the state of Odisha. The march was organised by the national level Dalit […]

July 2nd, 2015|Access to justice, Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India|

Exclusion of Dalit rights defenders from UN featured in handbook on NGO access

The handbook, A Practical Guide to the UN Committee on NGOs, is an honest account of the way in which the NGO committee functions and malfunctions, with helpful tips and useful insight. At the well-attended launch, […]

Resolution condemning caste-based discrimination introduced in US congress

The resolution, H.Res.158, was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives, “Condemning Dalit untouchability, the practice of birth-descent discrimination against Dalit people, which is widely practiced in India, Nepal, the Asian diaspora, and other South […]

March 24th, 2015|Access to justice, Dalit Women, Diaspora|

Leading Dalit activists arrested for protesting massive cuts in budgets meant for Dalits

Massive cuts to provisions for education of Dalits and Adivasis were central to the protest and public meeting, organised by the Campaign of Adivasis and Dalits for Rights on Education (CADRE 2201).

“The budgeted expenditure […]

March 13th, 2015|Access to justice, India, Political Participation|

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International’s 2015 reports raise serious concern over caste discrimination

Failure of state authorities to protect the rights of Dalits
In the India chapter of the Amnesty International 2014-15 report it is noted that “corruption, caste-based discrimination and caste violence remained pervasive,” and that,
“state […]