Archive | Pakistan

EP Committee approves caste resolution

Next month, the European Parliament will express serious concern about caste discrimination and urge the EU to take action on this important human rights issue.

September 19th, 2013|Access to justice, Bangladesh, European Union, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia, Sri Lanka, Yemen|

Dalit women raise their voices in the UN

Nine Dalit women activists from South Asia attended the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week. Members of the group spoke at a side event on Dalit women on 4 June, and they appealed to UN member states to address their situation.

June 10th, 2013|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia, United Nations|

Pakistan: Dalits demand representation

Participants in a consultation on Dalit political representation have adopted a resolution urging political parties in Pakistan to nominate members of ‘scheduled castes’ for seats in the country’s elected assemblies.

April 2nd, 2013|Pakistan, Political Participation|

Dalit women in Pakistan – denied a life in dignity and respect

A new report documents the situation of Pakistan's Dalit women; one of the most socially excluded and impoverished sections of the population. The shadow report for a UN CEDAW review of Pakistan in February calls on the Government to focus on education, access to basic services, and laws and special programmes to protect the rights of Dalit women.

January 30th, 2013|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, Pakistan, United Nations|

UN states strongly concerned about minority rights in Pakistan

When Pakistan was reviewed by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism on 30 October, many states expressed concern about the human rights situation of religious minorities, including scheduled castes.

November 1st, 2012|Pakistan, United Nations|

UN review of Pakistan: Urgent protection needed for minorities

Press Release (23 October 2012). The Government of Pakistan has failed to honour the commitments it made at the UN review of its human rights record four years ago. International NGOs are urging states to recommend it to ensure full protection of minorities, including Dalits and other marginalised groups.

October 23rd, 2012|Pakistan, Political Participation, Programme, United Nations|

Pakistan: Dalits call for affirmative action

The recent wave of kidnappings and forced marriages of Dalit girls has spread fear in Pakistan’s Dalit community, which is already extremely marginalised.

August 20th, 2012|Access to justice, Pakistan, Political Participation|

Dalit Christian worker brutally killed in Sindh, Pakistan

The Pakistan Dalit Network demands the arrest of the killers of the Mirpurkhas Christian worker, who was brutally killed. This serious case demonstrates the physical abuse and social discrimination, which Pakistan’s Christian and Hindus scheduled castes population is subject to because of their religious beliefs and "low caste" status.

July 11th, 2012|Access to justice, Pakistan|

UPR Pakistan: Joint call for adoption of law prohibiting caste discrimination

Pakistan will be reviewed for the second time by the UPR Working Group at the 14th UPR session on 30 October 2012. On this occassion, Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PDSN) and IDSN have prepared and submitted a stakeholders' report to the OHCHR on 23 April 2012 concerning discrimination against Dalits in Pakistan.

May 14th, 2012|Pakistan, United Nations|

Pakistan’s Dalits denied flood relief because of caste discrimination

Desperately needed shelter and relief items are not reaching hundreds of thousands of Dalits who are left homeless after the severe flooding in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Dalits are being discriminated against because their caste relegates them to the bottom of the social order in Pakistan and ‘untouchability practices’ exclude them from sharing the same shelters as other members of society.

September 26th, 2011|Humanitarian Aid, Pakistan|