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OECD Forum: the first session on caste-based discrimination

News courtesy of IDSN International Associate – Arisa

This year, the ‘OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector’ took place from the 22nd till the 24th of February. This forum is an […]

March 21st, 2022|Business, India, South Asia|

Statement: India Should Stop Using Abusive Foreign Funding Law: End Harassment Against People’s Watch, Other Rights Groups

(Geneva, January 18, 2022) – The Indian government should immediately stop harassing the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns and its program unit People’s Watch, nine human rights groups said today. The government should […]

January 18th, 2022|Human Rights Defenders, India|

Dalit rights defenders speak out on caste at the EU-NGO Forum

Economic, social and labour rights were the thematic headlines of this year’s EU-NGO Human Rights Forum, where three Dalit human rights defenders were featured as panellists, facilitated by IDSN. Caste-related barriers to healthcare in […]

December 15th, 2021|Business, European Union, Health, Human Rights Defenders, India, Pakistan, Poverty, South Asia|

Global forum addresses the caste and sanitation work nexus

The links between caste and hazardous forms of sanitation work were highlighted by speakers at the Sanitation Workers Forum 2021 from 29 November – 2 December. Participants at the forum urged that immediate steps […]

December 8th, 2021|Human Rights Defenders, India, Pakistan, Water and Sanitation|

Brief: Dalit women face violence and harassment in India’s garment industry – time to act

Brief and recommendations in relation to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights – 29 November- 1 December

The rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit factory worker has attracted attention to poor working […]

November 25th, 2021|Business, India, United Nations|

UN report: One third of India’s Dalits remain poor

Almost 100 million Dalits in India – or one third of their total number – continue to live in multidimensional poverty. While poverty has been reduced over the past decade, Scheduled Castes – the […]

November 23rd, 2021|Dalit Children, Dalit Women, India, Living conditions, Poverty|

IDSN takes part in screening of award winning film Writing with Fire

On 14 November the Alderbugh Cinema DocFest invited the IDSN Executive Director to speak about Dalit women human rights defenders and caste in South Asia at the screening of the award winning documentary Writing with Fire.

Writing with […]

November 17th, 2021|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India|

Dalit women and girls targets of caste-based sexual violence

On a Sunday evening in early August, a nine-year old Dalit girl went to a crematorium across the street from her dwelling in the Indian capital Delhi to fetch cool drinking water. She never […]

November 14th, 2021|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Violence and atrocities|

India’s health inequality severely affects Dalits

Indian society is extremely unequal. Decent healthcare is a luxury mainly available to those who can afford it. The poor and marginalised, including Dalits, are much more likely to suffer from ill health than […]

New Report: Dalits work in slavery-like conditions in India’s cotton seed production

The new report Seeds of Oppression by ARISA describes slavery-like conditions in Gujarat’s cotton sees industry. Workers, many Dalits, produce cotton seed, yet receive no wages and owe the landowner debts.

Read the full report […]

August 3rd, 2021|Business, India|