Archive | South Asia

Ethical Trade Norway event highlights the need to tackle caste discrimination in global supply chains

IDSN presented on the panel of the event “Modern Slavery: Stakeholder dialogue on Caste in Global Supply Chains” organised by Ethical Trade Norway on 14 December,  to discuss ways to tackle caste discrimination in […]

December 20th, 2020|Business, Solidarity Networks, South Asia|

IDSN speaks out about caste-hate speech at EU NGO Forum keynote panel

IDSN highlighted the need for urgent action to curb caste-hate speech “spreading like wildfire”, speaking at the EU NGO Human Rights Forum keynote panel on ‘Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in the Digital Sphere’.

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UN experts raise concern over caste-based slavery

UN experts spoke out about the links between discrimination and slavery at the webinar “Contemporary Slavery & Racial Discrimination: Civil Society Support to Survivors during the Pandemic” organised by the International Day for the […]

December 4th, 2020|Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging, Nepal, South Asia, United Nations|

EU Human Rights chief discusses caste violence with Dalit women activists

EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore and India and Nepal desk representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) met with IDSN and Dalit women activists from the Feminist Dalit Organisation – […]

Caste-hate speech highlighted at the 2020 UN Minority Forum

IDSN delivered strong statements at the UN Forum on Minority Issues on the theme “Hate Speech, Social Media and Minorities” highlighting the need to address caste-hate speech. The Forum was held in Geneva and […]

Petition: UN – Act now and hold member states accountable for elimination of caste-based discrimination

The Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network has launched a petition to call for the United Nations to build forward better on descent and caste-based discrimination. The petition includes concrete recommendations for civil society, UN human […]

November 23rd, 2020|Human Rights Defenders, South Asia, United Nations|

IDSN co-organises global OHCHR webinar “When language excludes and discriminates”

The webinar highlighted the need to move away from using the stigmatising concept of “social distancing”, which has been commonplace across UN agencies during the Covid-19 pandemic, and replace this with the term “safe […]

October 28th, 2020|Health, South Asia, United Nations|

Statement: Rapes of Dalit women and impunity for dominant caste perpetrators must end now

IDSN Statement, October 7, 2020

IDSN strongly condemns the rapes and murders of Dalit girls and women in South Asia. The recent case of gang rape and murder of a 19-year old Dalit woman in […]

October 7th, 2020|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India, Nepal, South Asia, Violence and atrocities|

Dalit women activists highlight caste and gender discrimination at UN hearing

The need for more attention to be paid to intersectional caste and gender discrimination and for transforming mindsets through human rights education and awareness raising, was highlighted at the UN multi-stakeholder hearing ‘Accelerating the […]

July 28th, 2020|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India, Nepal, South Asia, United Nations|

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 […]