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Report: Dalit men, women and children enslaved in India’s brick making industry

A new report by Anti-Slavery International documents widespread slavery in India’s brick making industry and finds that the majority of workers are Dalits. Whole families, including small children, work 9-12 hour days in debt-bondage […]

May 3rd, 2018|Caste-based slavery, India|

Dalit women in India march for justice and access to health and education

You can follow social media updates on the Yatra via @dalitwomenfight both on FaceBook and Twitter.

AIDMAM have also issued the following press release with more details on the Yatra:

April 22, 2018 Jaipur

All India Dalit Mahila […]

April 23rd, 2018|Access to justice, Dalit Women, Education, Human Rights Defenders, India|

Dalits protest Supreme Court ruling diluting legislation meant to protect them

IDSN is greatly concerned over the rulings weakening of the SC/ST Act, meant to protect victims of caste atrocities, and strongly condemns any use of force against peaceful protesters. The ruling makes it possible […]

April 13th, 2018|Access to justice, India|

Halt the Hate – Amnesty campaigns to document hate crimes in India

In the press release on the launch of the tool Amnesty India writes:

Over 200 alleged hate crimes in 2017 in India, reveals ‘Halt the hate’ website

In 2017, an alarming number of alleged hate crimes […]

UN review of Bangladesh highlights the need to ensure non-discrimination of Dalits

Concerns were raised at the review over the narrowing space for civil society, actions undertaken or planned to ensure non-discrimination of Dalits, special measures for minority groups in areas of employment, health and education, […]

March 20th, 2018|Bangladesh, United Nations|

UN human rights chief disturbed by discrimination against Dalits in India

The statement came in an annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s March 2018 session where Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said,

“In India, I am increasingly disturbed by discrimination and violence directed at minorities, including Dalits […]

March 12th, 2018|India, United Nations|

IDSN input to the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council

In advance to the HRC 37 session IDSN distributed its recommendations, referring to the High Commissioners’ on Human Rights reports, interactive dialogue with the SR on minority issues, and the Universal Periodic Review of […]

March 10th, 2018|Pakistan, United Nations|

UN Report: Average Dalit woman dies 14.6 years younger than women from dominant castes

A new report by UN Women finds that a woman’s caste in India increases her exposure to mortality because of intersectional discrimination, poor sanitation and inadequate healthcare. The global report Turning promises into action: gender […]

February 28th, 2018|Dalit Women, Education, India, Living conditions, United Nations|

Urgent Appeal: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police

Human Rights Defenders’ Alert India have issued the following urgent appeal:
Urgent Appeal for Action – Kerala: Dalit activists brutally assaulted, arrested and detained by police for seeking action on encroachment of public property in Kochi, […]

February 12th, 2018|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|

Indian budget falls far short on allocations for Dalits

Approximately one fourth of India’s population consists of Dalits and Adivasis, and they are supposed to receive budget allocations according to their numbers. IDSN member, The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, has released […]

February 12th, 2018|India|