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Report: Over 50% of child labourers in cottonseed farms in India are Dalits or Adivasis

A new report published by the human rights NGO Arisa has found that children under 14 years account for over 18% of the workforce in the cottonseed farms surveyed, with over 50% of the […]

June 16th, 2020|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, India|

Surge in atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis under COVID-19 lockdown in India reported

Please find the documented cases and interventions by NDMJ here >> and the collection of media reports collated by NDMJ here >>

Below please read the full press release from NDMJ on this:
Press Statement by National […]

June 15th, 2020|Health, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

Nepal: Bachelet condemns Dalit killings, calls for independent investigation

See the statement below from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet:

 
Nepal: Bachelet condemns Dalit killings, calls for independent investigation
 
GENEVA (29 May 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed […]

Dalit rights defenders demand justice in killings over inter-caste love in Nepal

IDSN members and affiliates in Nepal are raising awareness and demanding justice in a case of caste-based murder in the country that is still under Covid-19 lockdown.

What started as a love story between two […]

May 28th, 2020|Access to justice, Nepal, Violence and atrocities|

Call to action to respond to the suspension of fundamental labour rights in India

IDSN fully endorses the Call to action on Labour Law changes in India, issued by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). The statement calls on businesses sourcing in India to respond to the news that […]

May 27th, 2020|Access to justice, Business, Caste-based slavery, India, South Asia|

IDSN members and associates support Dalits affected by the impact of Covid-19

IDSN members in South Asia and international associates have been quick to offer immediate response and assistance, as the ramifications for Dalits of Covid-19 measures have become clear. While IDSN has issued two general […]

Vulnerable workers in supply chains need urgent protection to survive impact of Covid-19

IDSN Statement – We strongly urge governments and companies with supply chains in South Asia, to take measures to urgently protect migrant and informal workers, including Dalits, against a loss of income, social benefits, […]

Saving lives by preventing discrimination in COVID-19 relief

IDSN Statement – 27 March 2020

As COVID-19 sweeps across the world it is crucial that we ensure that relief, health services and awareness raising efforts are inclusive and accessible to all irrespective of caste, […]

March 27th, 2020|Bangladesh, Health, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia|

IDSN Annual Report 2019

The IDSN Annual Report 2019-2020 covers key developments and activities within IDSN’s work under the thematic areas Dalit women and gender justice, business and human rights and equality and participation, within the United Nations, […]

UN women’s committee raises concern over intersecting caste, religious and gender discrimination in Pakistan

The Committee’s observations are the result of an interactive process with NGOs and the state party where IDSN has also submitted a report detailing the challenges faced by Dalit women and girls in Pakistan. The report […]

March 23rd, 2020|Dalit Children, Dalit Women, Pakistan, United Nations, Violence and atrocities|