India’s thrid Universal Periodic Review is scheduled to take place during the 27th session of the UPR Working Group (April-May 2017).

See the UPR fact-sheet on Caste based Discrimination in India  produced by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) for a brief assessment of the implementation of recommendations from the second UPR cycle and key recommendations on caste based discrimination for the 3rd cycle.

NCDHR has also submitted a joint stakeholders report.

For a full overview and assessment of the implementation of recommendations from the 2nd UPR cycle see the matrice prepared by NCHDR with a thematic list of recommendations.

INDIA’s second review – 13th session – 24 May 2012:

India was reviewed for the second time by the UPR Working Group at the 13th UPR session on 24 May 2012. During this review, ten recommendations with specific reference to caste and Dalits were made by a cross-regional group of states. Out of these, the Government of India only accepted two caste-specific recommendatons.

NGO documents

The following briefing notes and submissions were prepared by IDSN members and associates in advance of the review of India:

UN review documents


INDIA’s first review – 1st session – 10 April 2008:

On 10 April 2008, the Government of India was reviewed by the Human Rights Council. During the interactive dialogue more than ten states expressed specific concern over the situation of Dalits in India, and asked specifically about the state’s compliance with the concluding observations of CERD to India in 2007.

A summary of the discussions from the interactive dialogue can be seen in the report of report of the working group on India published on 15 April 2008.

The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) and the International Movement against All Forms of Racism and Discrimination (IMADR) appealed to the Indian Government to move away from a state of denial of the scale and seriousness of caste-based discrimination. Instead they should seek constructive solutions with the assistance of the international community.

Read the full press statement here

  • joint NGO submission by NCDHR, IDSN, IMADR and LWF includingAnnex 1 (List of references) and Annex 2 (Explanatory note on the situation of Dalits in India) for the first UPR session in April 2008.