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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 […]

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|

Consultation: Action on caste discrimination is crucial for meeting the Global Goals

The National Consultation “Localizing SDGs through Dalit perspectives” drew together over eighty delegates from 15 states in India, to discuss ways forward to address caste and gender discrimination vis a vis the UN Global […]

Indian budget fails to deliver on allocations for the welfare of Dalits

The analysis highlights include:

There is a continuing denial of Scheduled Castes (Dalits) & Scheduled Tribes (Adivasis) allocation thereby violating Government’s own norms set by the Niti Aayog
There is a total Gap in […]

Caste guidance launched at seminar on vulnerable workers in business supply chains

Human rights issues related to caste in global supply chains was a key theme at the seminar on vulnerable workers, held in Copenhagen on 12 November, organised by IDSN, the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) […]

December 2nd, 2019|Business, Caste-based slavery, India, Pakistan, South Asia|