Archive | South Asia

IDSN report: Disasters hit Dalits harder

A new report reveals that Dalits are particularly vulnerable to disasters before and after they strike. Consequently, humanitarian actors must pay particular attention to their situation when preparing for and responding to emergencies.

October 15th, 2013|Humanitarian Aid, South Asia|

EP: The EU must fight caste discrimination

Press release: The elected representatives of half a billion Europeans from 28 countries in the European Parliament (EP) today adopted a strongly worded resolution on caste discrimination.

October 10th, 2013|Africa, European Union, South Asia|

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|

MEPs question EU policy on caste issue

A discussion in the European Parliament’s Development Committee on 8 July focused on the need for an EU policy on caste discrimination. MEPs believe that this serious human rights problem warrants EU priority action and are preparing a resolution on the issue.

July 9th, 2013|European Union, South Asia, 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|

Take action to improve conditions for Dalit women

Women and girls facing caste-based discrimination need special protections (Press release from Human Rights Watch, IMADR, Minority Rights Group International and IDSN)

June 7th, 2013|Dalit Women, India, South Asia, United Nations|

Pillay pledges support for Dalit women

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has reiterated her commitment to ending caste discrimination. In a statement to a UN side event on Dalit women, she also called on UN member states to address the issue.

June 5th, 2013|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, India, Nepal, South Asia, United Nations|

UN experts speak out on caste issue

Seven UN Special Procedures mandate holders have issued a powerful media statement, focusing on the violence and discrimination suffered by the world’s ‘untouchables’, particularly the Dalits of South Asia.

May 24th, 2013|Nepal, South Asia, United Nations|

MRG: End violence against Dalit women

It is time for comprehensive action to end violence against Dalit women and girls, says Minority Rights Group International on International Women’s Day. The full statement follows here.

March 8th, 2013|Dalit Women, India, Nepal, South Asia|

Norway’s Minister for International Development speaks out against caste discrimination

In a statement in a leading Norwegian newspaper the Minister for International Development speaks out strongly against caste discrimination and urges international involvement in the issue.

April 16th, 2012|South Asia|