Archive | 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 International: Dalit human rights defenders face serious risk

A new report released by Amnesty International paints a grim picture of the situation for human rights defenders across the globe who face death, persecution and harassment for carrying out human rights work.  The […]

December 20th, 2017|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, South Asia|

IDSN members lobby global community

On 14 March 2016, IDSN members from all over the world gathered in Geneva for the network’s triennial General Assembly. Participants were Dalit human rights defenders from South Asia, Dalit Solidarity Networks from Europe, […]

UN expert calls on states to end caste discrimination

GENEVA, 17 MARCH 2016 — Caste-affected countries should take urgent and comprehensive action to combat caste discrimination, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsàk-Ndiaye, says in a new report on the issue […]

Minority Rights Group urges Governments to ensure ‘no one is left behind’ as SDGs are adopted

Caste-related extracts from MRG briefing note on the Sustainable Development Goals
Livelihoods
In India, Dalits are presented as ‘untouchable’ and as a result 17 per cent of the population are ‘largely exiled from mainstream society’ due […]

September 30th, 2015|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, Education, India, Pakistan, South Asia, United Nations|

IDSN UN side-event calls for more action to combat caste and gender-based slavery

 

Co-Sponsors of the event were Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Movement against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), Minority Rights Group (MRG), Anti-Slavery International, Franciscans International (FI). A report from the event […]

July 1st, 2015|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia, United Nations|

Invitation to UN HRC29 side-event on caste and gender-based forced and bonded Labour

The event will be held on June 18, 2015 from 17.00-18.30, Palais Des Nations, Geneva, Room XXV at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Please download the PDF invitation flyer for the event.

June 11th, 2015|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, South Asia, United Nations|

Dalit women go viral to tell the world their story

“A girl who was never considered to speak at any of the platforms in her hometown… speaks to the whole world on AL JAZEERA today,” tweeted Dalit woman human rights defender, Sanghapali Aruna Kornana, […]

April 28th, 2015|Dalit Women, Diaspora, India, South Asia|

South Asian parliamentarians join together to fight caste discrimination

Parliamentarians from India, Nepal and Bangladesh have formed the ‘South Asian Parliamentary Forum’ (SAPF) to combat caste discrimination, at the historic ‘South Asia Parliamentarians Conference on Dalit Concerns’ in Kathmandu 8-9th December.

February 4th, 2014|Political Participation, South Asia|