Archive | 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|

Dalit human rights defenders need urgent protection says UN expert at UN Side-event

The UN Expert on Human Rights Defenders, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya, spoke out against the unacceptable situation faced by those defending Dalit human rights in South Asia, at a UN side-event, held on March 9th in Geneva, where panellists also included Dalit human rights defenders from several caste-affected countries in the region.

March 13th, 2012|Access to justice, South Asia|

Groundbreaking new photo book on Dalits in Asia by award winning photographer Jakob Carlsen

’Outcast’ – the repressed people of Asia', released in May 2011, depicts the destitution, injustice, poverty and exclusion suffered by hundreds of millions of people in South Asia, as well as small glimmers of hope and empowerment. The photographs and stories about Dalits in Asia were collected by the Danish photographer Jakob Carlsen, over several trips to the region. It is a haunting read, presenting images of a human rights situation so dire you cannot help but reflect on how this could still be taking place in the 21st century.

June 7th, 2011|South Asia|

IDSN on YouTube

IDSN have launched a YouTube Channel on

Open letter to Barack Obama ahead of his visit to India

IDSN urges President Barack Obama to raise the issue of caste discrimination on his upcoming visit to India

October 18th, 2010|India, South Asia, United Nations|

Caste systems obstruct South Asian education

A new UN report finds that India is still home to the world’s largest illiterate population. The report states that caste systems in South Asia have a negative effect on education opportunities.

January 27th, 2010|Education, South Asia|

Dalit demands put to SAARC at Sri Lanka meeting

At the Peoples’ SAARC meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 18 -20 July around 1500 delegates from civil society organizations and various movements assembled from all South Asian countries to oppose militarization, nuclearisation and adverse effects of globalization. […]

August 1st, 2008|South Asia, Sri Lanka|