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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|

The UK fails to ensure legal protection against caste discrimination

The decision, which the Government states is due to the ‘controversial nature’ of the issue, comes following many years of procedural delays in implementing a clause that would include caste under the remit of […]

August 20th, 2018|Solidarity Networks, UK|

Regional conference on equal access to justice calls for action to end caste discrimination

There were national human rights practitioners and advocates from the region, key state champions and regional actors to highlight the state and national efforts to advance the rights of Dalit and marginalized communities. The […]

August 15th, 2018|Human Rights Defenders, Nepal, South Asia|

Australian Parliament passes motion on caste-based discrimination

The motion was passed on 27th June 2018 and moved by Senators Claire Moore and Lee Rhiannon. It states that 260 million people across the globe are estimated to face discrimination based on descent and […]

July 18th, 2018|development, South Asia, United Nations|

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|