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EU encouraged to step up action on the issue of caste discrimination in global supply chains

The hearing was chaired by MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, Chair of the subcommittee on human rights. Ramesh Nathan focused his presentation on caste and contemporary slavery in supply chains with a specific focus on the […]

December 1st, 2018|Business, Caste-based slavery, European Union, Human Rights Defenders, India, South Asia|

Dalit human rights defenders attend the EU-NGO Forum

The overarching theme for the 2018 Forum was “Defending universality – Making Human Rights Reality”. 2018 marked the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration, the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action as […]

November 23rd, 2018|European Union, Human Rights Defenders, India, Nepal|

UN women’s committee makes recommendations to Nepal to address discrimination against Dalit women

The Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) has released its Concluding Observations, after the periodic review of Nepal. The CEDAW Committee took note of a number of […]

November 14th, 2018|Access to justice, Dalit Women, Education, Nepal, Political Participation, United Nations|

UN CEDAW committee voices concern over difficulties faced by Dalit women in Nepal

UN experts on gender discrimination voiced concerns over the difficulties elected Dalit women face in Nepal, the need for proportional inclusion of Dalit women in the Judiciary, and extreme poverty faced by many Dalit […]

November 5th, 2018|Dalit Women, Nepal, United Nations|

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|