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Sanitation worker deaths spark protests demanding an end to manual scavenging in India

The call to action has come from the Safai Kramchari Andolan (SKA), an organization that has been fighting for the rights of manual scavengers and helping them break out of the practice. The protesters […]

September 26th, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, India, Manual Scavenging|

Senior UN official raises concern over the ‘de facto’ rejection of ECOSOC status for IDSN

In his address to the Human Rights Council, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, raised concern over the “repeated deferrals and apparent lack of transparency amounting to a de facto rejection on […]

September 20th, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, India, Political Participation, Uncategorized, United Nations|

MEPs: EU should cancel agreements with India until unjustly jailed human rights defenders are released

The letter from the MEP’s  specifically demands the immediate release of Prof. GN Saibaba, Varavara Rao, Gautam  Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves,  Arun   Ferreira, Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raul, and Sudha […]

September 18th, 2018|Access to justice, European Union, Human Rights Defenders, India|

India: MRG & IDSN strongly condemn latest arrests of prominent human rights defenders  

‘These and other arbitrary arrests undermine free speech and dissent, which are cornerstones of truly democratic societies,’ emphasises Carl Söderbergh, Director of Policy & Communications at Minority Rights Group International (MRG). ‘India should be […]

August 31st, 2018|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India|

Five female anti-trafficking activists kidnapped and raped in India – EU responds

The statement from EU High Representative and Vice President of the EU Commission, Frederica Mogherini, came as a response to a question from the Member of the European Parliament. The MEP asked for details […]

August 23rd, 2018|Dalit Women, European Union, India, Violence and atrocities|

Women subjected to caste-based attacks in India call on the UN to act

UN human rights officials at the United Nations Human Rights Council side event #DalitWomenFight against Caste-based violence on June 21, 2018, called for immediate efforts to end rampant caste-based violence against women and address a culture […]

Amnesty and HRW ask India to stop arresting Dalit rights activists on politically motivated grounds

Read the full press release from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch:

(New York) – Indian authorities should cease arrests of Dalit rights activists for their work, Amnesty International India and Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

June 24th, 2018|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Political Participation|

Invitation to the #DalitWomenFight side-event at the UN human rights council – 21 June

IDSN is supporting the side-event #DalitWomenFight against Caste-Based Violence taking place on 21 June in Geneva, in connection with the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The side-event will explore and discuss […]

UN rights chief references the unjust 10-year deferral of IDSN’s application for UN accreditation in his annual report to the UN Human Rights council

IDSN has issued a factsheet covering all the details of IDSN’s case, including over 80 questions received from India over the past 10 years and statements of UN experts addressing IDSN’s case.

In 2017, a […]

June 15th, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, India, Political Participation, United Nations|

The need to address caste-based violence highlighted in international annual human rights reports

Failure of state authorities to protect the rights of Dalits
In the India chapter of the Amnesty International 2018 report it is noted that,
“Adivasi communities continue to be displaced by industrial projects, and hate crimes […]