Archive | Human Rights Defenders

Leave no-one behind: Addressing business-related human rights issues and exclusion of communities on the basis of caste and descent

IDSN and the UN OHCHR Minority section brought together an experts’ round table discussion to mark the 30th Anniversary of the UN Minority mandate. It was an incredibly rewarding two hours of discussion and […]

July 6th, 2022|Human Rights Defenders, United Nations|

Statement: India Should Stop Using Abusive Foreign Funding Law: End Harassment Against People’s Watch, Other Rights Groups

(Geneva, January 18, 2022) – The Indian government should immediately stop harassing the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns and its program unit People’s Watch, nine human rights groups said today. The government should […]

January 18th, 2022|Human Rights Defenders, India|

New report and symposium charts pathways towards access to justice for Dalit defenders in Pakistan

The symposium “Challenges to effective legal remedies for Dalit and Minorities’ defenders in Pakistan and proposed solution to those challenges” was organised in Pakistan to discuss and launch the Pakistan report of the Dalit […]

December 30th, 2021|Access to justice, Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, Pakistan|

Dalit rights defenders speak out on caste at the EU-NGO Forum

Economic, social and labour rights were the thematic headlines of this year’s EU-NGO Human Rights Forum, where three Dalit human rights defenders were featured as panellists, facilitated by IDSN. Caste-related barriers to healthcare in […]

December 15th, 2021|Business, European Union, Health, Human Rights Defenders, India, Pakistan, Poverty, South Asia|

Global forum addresses the caste and sanitation work nexus

The links between caste and hazardous forms of sanitation work were highlighted by speakers at the Sanitation Workers Forum 2021 from 29 November – 2 December. Participants at the forum urged that immediate steps […]

December 8th, 2021|Human Rights Defenders, India, Pakistan, Water and Sanitation|

IDSN takes part in screening of award winning film Writing with Fire

On 14 November the Alderbugh Cinema DocFest invited the IDSN Executive Director to speak about Dalit women human rights defenders and caste in South Asia at the screening of the award winning documentary Writing with Fire.

Writing with […]

November 17th, 2021|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, India|

The need for action on ensuring rights for Dalits in Bangladesh – highlighted at key events

The Dalit Women Conclave, on the 24th September, brought together Dalit leaders and activists from across Bangladesh and was organized by IDSN member the Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM).

In her presentation at the Conclave, […]

Join IDSN for the preview screening of ‘I am Belmaya’ – a Dalit woman’s transformative journey in Nepal

Please join IDSN for an exclusive online preview of the upcoming, award-winning feature documentary I Am Belmaya, with live Q&A on Thurs 7 Oct with director Sue Carpenter and co-director/subject Belmaya Nepali, hosted by IDSN.

September 14th, 2021|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, Nepal|

Champion of tribal (and Dalit) rights dies following imprisonment

Father Stan Swamy, 84, a courageous and dedicated campaigner for the rights of India’s indigenous Adivasi community, has died from Covid-19 complications. He had been imprisoned on terrorism charges since October 2020.

A powerful […]

July 7th, 2021|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India|

New report: Dalit Women Rise for Justice – Status Report 2021 released by AIDMAM-NCDHR

The Status Report is a compilation of AIDMAM’s efforts in assisting Dalit women through monitoring and advocacy with the police and administration in cases of caste and gender based violence in all operational states. […]