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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|

European Parliament report urges EU to step up action on caste discrimination

In its 2017 Report on the “Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter” the European Parliament (EP) calls for an EU policy on […]

December 14th, 2017|European Union|

Young Dalit activists speak out at the UN Minority Forum on youth and inclusion

Young Dalit activists played an active role at the 2017 Forum on Minority Issues, which took place in Geneva from 30 November to 1 December. Dalit women from Nepal and India, forming part of […]

December 13th, 2017|India, Nepal, United Nations|

UN Expert criticizes India’s sanitation drive for exacerbating manual scavenging

The UN Expert on Water and Sanitation, Léo Heller, has stated that the failure to end the practice of manual scavenging in India coupled with the construction of more non-flush toilets, is contributing to […]

November 14th, 2017|India, Living conditions, Manual Scavenging, United Nations|

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 […]

IDSN Roadmap to the UNOHCHR Guidance tool on Descent-Based Discrimination

The Roadmap offers check boxes on actions within the four main areas covered in the tool: Learn, Involve, Support and Act. It summarises key concepts drawing on text excerpts from the UNOHCHR Guidance Tool […]

November 9th, 2017|United Nations|

UN water and sanitation expert to visit India in November

The United Nations Special Rapporteur, Léo Heller, will visit India from 27 October to 10 November 2017 to examine the extent to which people’s rights to safe drinking water and sanitation are being realized. […]

October 26th, 2017|India, Manual Scavenging, United Nations|

Dalit activists in Nepal take part in IDSN workshop on UN and EU advocacy

The workshop included an overview of the EU and its institutions by IDSN EU Adviser, Claire Ivers, specifically the different roles of the European Council, Council of the EU, European External Action Service (EEAS), […]

October 24th, 2017|European Union, Nepal, Political Participation, United Nations|

MEPs call on EU Presidents to address caste discrimination at the EU-India summit

A cross-party group of prominent Members of the European Parliament has sent an open letter to the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the High Representative of the […]

October 20th, 2017|European Union, India|

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|